An Aussie outback adventure #2


Welcome to Iga Warta – Day 2

WiFi corner at Iga Warta

WiFi corner at Iga Warta

It was very windy through the night but it didn’t worry me too much as I was sound asleep! It was still quite warm.

Terry, our host, passed us on our way into breakfast with a shotgun in his hand.  He was on his way out to get dinner for the night – we ate freshly roasted kangaroo and damper that evening!

After our breakfast on the verandah in the early morning sunshine and our wifi fix was satiated, we left in the troop carrier with Sharpie for day 2 of walking the River Frome. We were driven through the Angepena Homestead property to Mudlapena where we had finished our first day of walking.

Some notes from our walking leader, which explain our adventure in a bit more detail:

The Frome River is the only River to flow north into the world renowned Lake Eyre, from high in the equally world renowned Flinders Ranges. From its watershed it drops about 739 metres over its 319 km length to Lake Eyre.  Our aim is to do a reconnaissance walk along the 110km of the mountain section to where it crosses the Strzeleckie Track. Even this section has been divided into 2 stages because, although part of our mission is to travel the distance, the most important part of our mission is to travel ‘in the spirit’ of those whose country this has been for 50000 years.  And so this is a guided Cultural Walk in Adnyamathanha Country, led and supported by Adnyamathanha people.  The term reconnaissance is used because we are not following an already prepared walk but working with our cultural  guides to determine the best course, information points, pace, points of interest, and to suggest what and where infrastructure may be required. Iga Warta Pty Ltd provides all meals, guides, Cultural information and support.

Y is it so?

Y is it so?

We were reminded again that this is an ancient and traditional walk, and could be compared to the iconic Camino walk in Spain.  We were encouraged to wash our hands or face in the water to connect to the river and Mother Earth.

The walk took us through magnificent gorges, waterholes, more exciting rocks and along the river bed. We met up with Sharpie our guide at various points along the way and he again told us stories of the ancient Adnyamathanha people. We ended up walking about 9kms finishing at the Angepena Homestead, where the creek meets the road.

That afternoon the place was jumping with car loads of people arriving for a few days of camping and looking for a cultural experience.  We shared a great meal and even better conversation around the table that night.  Life is good!!

Day 1 of walking can be found here – An Aussie Outback Adventure #1

Stay tuned for more updates!!

Deb

You can also find Deb’s World here – I’d be delighted if you’d join me.

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Outback adventure in Flinders Ranges South Australia

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  One thought on “An Aussie outback adventure #2

  1. August 18, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing your walk. That waterhole picture made me gasp at the loveliness!!

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    • August 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Jodi, it’s such a beautiful area. I appreciate your lovely comment.

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  2. August 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    What a wonderful day of cultural walking Deb. Looks beautiful. My sister will be in Spain doing the Camino walk in about two weeks. Keep enjoying. 🙂

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  3. August 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Walking, or meandering Deb???? 🙂

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  4. August 19, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Sounds wonderful.

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  5. August 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Fabulous photos – I’m surprised how dry it is already. Have fun 🙂

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Yes the dryness has been unexiected. Luckily some of the waterholes have water in them. The main rain comes over summer apparently. Glad you like the photos!!

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  6. August 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Oh wow! This looks amazing 🙂 I love the idea of connecting to the river and earth x

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  7. noellekelly
    August 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    That sounds amazing, I think I did a walk in the same general area when I was travelling in Oz too 🙂

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  8. August 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    This just sounds like such an amazing walk!!!!

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  9. August 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love the Aboriginal culture and their Dreamtime, we have spent a bit of time exploring the inner regions more over in Western Australia. Also, there is something very spiritual about spending time in the outback. Keep enjoying 🙂

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      I didn’t expect it to be so spiritual I must admit, but it’s certainly had an impact on me that’s for sure!

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  10. angelanoelauthor
    August 20, 2017 at 1:02 am

    This sounds amazing. Forgive me for asking, but what does kangaroo taste like? The views look incredible.

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Angela, it’s a beautifully picturesque place. Kangaroo is quite nice and is very lean meat. It really depends on how it’s cooked as to how it tastes. We had it in a stir fry and on the BBQ so it didn’t taste much different to beef.

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  11. August 20, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Im pretty much living my Aussie travel dreams through your posts Deb!

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      That’s perfectly fine by me Suzie!! Glad to have you along!!

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  12. August 20, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Mum it sounds like you guys are having such an awesome time. The pictures are exactly what I imagine it to be out there in the bush. Must be an amazing experience to learn more about the aboriginal and dreamtime culture. Can’t wait to hear more

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Melanie, it’s been a fantastic adventure. Glad you can get a glimpse of what it’s been like for us through my posts and and photos.

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  13. August 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Gorgeous photos Deb and such a spiritual place. xx

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    • August 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Yes it is gorgeous Sue, thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back reading blogs again soon, I’ve missed you all.

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      • September 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Yes I’ve missed you too and I’m away for the whole of October which is very close now.

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        • September 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

          You must be getting excited about your trip! We’ll be in Brisbane late October if you’re back by then??

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  14. September 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Love your posts on this trip! i am from Sydney and have always wanted to head over this way to see these beautiful places! You’re extremley lucky!

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