Dad had the oil changed in the Landcruiser and we spent several hours at the tourist display in Port Augusta.
The next day was Saturday, and our last together for a while. We’d run out of things to do so walked through the one shopping street in Port Augusta and bought the latest Harry Potter book which had only just been released.
That night we had dinner out at a hotel and saw Pokie machines and the people playing them looked very dull and bored.

Port Augusta

Yes, it rained today too as we headed north to Wilpena pound in the Flinders Ranges. Very very cold at 5° during the day and we couldn’t see much of the views.
We drove in a big circle around the Flinders enjoying being in mountains for a change, and drove back through a station track which showed us lots of wildlife close to the track and old station things. It was very muddy and we discovered the road had been closed after we started on it.

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SA plains

We woke to a very foggy Coober Pedy, then found some nice Opals to buy.
Most of the day we travelled in rain and it stayed very cold. Any roads off the bitumen were closed by the Police and were very very slippery.
We couldn’t find anywhere to stay in Woomera where there is a rocket range, and phoned ahead to book in a Caravan Park in Port Augusta where we arrived after dark.

Coober Pedy

The clouds built up overnight and rain was forecast for the day. It was Mum’s birthday today and Dad found two young German men to sing Happy Birthday with us. They had broken down and we towed them back north 20kms to Kulgera.

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We drove south in the drizzling rain to Coober Pedy which was a miserable place in the rain – probably in the dry too.
We stayed in an underground motel which was very warm and different. It stayed wet outside and we knew we’d made the right decision to not try to get to Mt Dare in the Simpson Desert.

Centre of Australia

With more rain forecast it became much less likely we would be able to get into the Simpson Desert.
We drove south along the Stuart Highway and we had fun driving through the mud into Rainbow Valley.
We camped right on the border between South Australia and the Northern Territory, disappointed we had missed on the biggest part of our adventure.
Cassidy was looking forward to going to the Lambert Centre – the very middle of Australia.

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