Monday, April 27, 2009

Round Trip Thru Flinders Ranges

The Map showing where we went

The Flinders Ranges

The weather is still very miserable here, so yesterday we did a round trip through the Flinders Ranges a total of 300kms. We drove up through Wilmington to Orroroo, then up to Carrieton,

St Cecilias Church in Carrieton

Cradock and met up with dear friends Andy and Marg (fellow travellers from WA) in Hawker then back down to Quorn and home again. Some of the towns were where the original old Ghan railway went through and also the Pichi Richi Railway which still has tours from Quorn to Port Augusta. We stopped for morning tea at Orroroo, a lovely quaint little town. There was a resident artist in Hawker where we had lunch and a beautiful exhibition of photos and paintings in the Panorama theatre. Quorn was a lovely little town, obviously years ago it was quite thriving but now it is mainly known for its tourism. They were putting the Trains away when we arrived (too late for the tour) It actually looked a bit like Thomas the tank.

The railway station has been restored and now houses a museum.

It boasts three hotels and there was a lovely two storey building (badly needed restoration) which still had the original signs e.g Antiques, Hats & Apparel, etc.

The Old Ghan Restaurant

Talk again soon


Micki said...

The railway station, restaurant and church were amazing! Loved the pics!

Julia said...

Love the old buildings...that two story buliding is lovely shame to see it run down and forgotten...
It's till pretty warm here Jan..
Hugs Julia ♥