Come with me to the amazing Flinders Ranges in South Australia
Our Aussie outback adventure in the great outdoors
Back in 2017 we did this amazing walk in the Flinders Ranges, with friends old and new, and members of the Adnyamathanha community.
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.
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.
Iga Warta is a cultural tourism centre that is welcoming, authentic and informative. It is run by members of the Coulthard family and we were lucky to get involved in a two week walking tour of along the Frome River. Iga Warta means Native Orange in the local Aboriginal dialect of the Adnyamathanha people.
The first week saw us stay on the grounds of Iga Warta and leave each day to walk a new section of the Frome River, usually from where we left off the day before. We made our lunches each morning and carried only bare necessities, stopping under ancient trees or in the shade of red cliffs for food breaks. The riverbed was dry and stony but occasionally we had waterholes to enjoy.
We usually had one of the local Adnyamathanha guides with us giving us information along the way but some days it was just us walking to the pick up point. It was peaceful, beautiful and spiritual.
The second week had us four wheel driving out into the Flinders Ranges and camping each night. We had our guides with us and the trip was an experiment, and we were guinea pigs in a way, testing the system to see if it would work. Things were made up as we went along at times, but that only improved the adventure of it all!
An Aussie Outback Adventure
At the time of our trip I wrote these posts which may be of interest to you, as they give far more detail about our two week walk and cultural immersion. It was one of the best trips we’ve been on in the great outdoors.
- Aussie Outback adventure #1 – Welcome to Iga Warta
- Aussie Outback adventure #2 – Walking along the River Frome
- Aussie Outback adventure #3 – A cultural day
- Aussie Outback adventure #4 – Mt Serle and Bush Tucker
- Aussie Outback adventure #5 – Art and Women’s Business
- Share, Care and Respect – Travel thoughts
What is Sunday Stills all about?
In Terri’s words:
Sunday Stills is a photography challenge with a weekly theme (similar to the now-defunct WPC). Each Sunday I post the weekly theme with images of my own interpretation. Any blogger is welcome to participate and interpret the challenge with their photos, poems, stories, music, etc!Source: Terri – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives
I know I always enjoy seeing what others come up with for these weekly prompts 🙂
How about you?
What does the term the ‘great outdoors’ mean to you? Do you have a favourite photo that says get outside??
I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on this week’s prompt – this trip was everything I had hoped it would be and more! I’m sure you’ll agree these photos just ooze adventure and the great Aussie outdoors 🙂
Have a great week. And how is it already July????
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