Although we spent most of our time in South Australia close to Adelaide, we did still find time to visit a number of other places as we travelled through the state.
One of these was the railway town of Quorn, which is located in the Flinders Ranges, 40km north of Port Augusta. The town has been used as the movie set for a number of films in recent years including The Rover and The Water Diviner (nope, us neither) and it is also home to a working steam railway, the Pichi Richi Railway.
Starting at the old railway station, we took a walk around the towns historic centre, with many of the buildings dating from the late 19th century, which is classed as old over here! The place had a bit of a Wild West feel to it, and was a very enjoyable journey back in time!
One of the stranger things we have seen on our road trip so far, was the giant lobster in Kingston SE. We’re still not entirely sure how this came into existence, but it certainly stands out as you drive through the town. Know locally as ‘Larry’ the huge fiberglass structure was built in 1979, and a local crowdfunding campaign recently paid for its restoration.
On our journey from Adelaide, we managed to make several other stops before crossing the border into Victoria. One of these was at Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, where for $11 per person, we were given a guided tour of the incredible cave chamber. The cave was discovered by the landowner’s son in 1930, and was opened to the public soon after.
The cavern itself is 30m in width and 8m in height, and you can follow walkways around the impressive stalactites and stalagmites, with the lighting making them stand out even more. The largest of the structures is the ‘wedding cake’ which dominates the centre of the cave.
We spent the afternoon in Mount Gambier, the second largest city in South Australia. The main attraction here is the Blue Lake, an extinct volcanic crater, which is famous for the vibrant blue colour of the water between December and March.
Thankfully, the water was still an impressive shade of blue for our visit, as it returns to its normal dull grey colour gradually, over a number of weeks. Much better than the supposed ‘Pink Lake’ from earlier on in our travels. We walked the 3.5km trail around the lake, taking in the views from several wooden platforms.
We stopped for a late lunch at the Umpherston Sinkhole Gardens, which is free to enter. The sinkhole was made into a garden by a very creative landowner in the late 19th century, which continues to be maintained to this day.
You are able to walk around the edges at various levels, and down to the floor of the sinkhole, although we cut our visit short once we noticed the large beehive in one of the walls!