We passed Goyder’s line the day before the Gorge and the look of the country changed. It became more arid looking with different vegetation. Spinifex began to be seen. The soil colours changed. We feel like we are entering the desert regions now.
Many people ignored Goyder in 1865 and established farms north of this line with the thinking “The rains follows the plow”. The many ruins in the area above this line show that maybe they should have listened. Good for us though as we love the ruins. Because of the German Lutherans that came up from the coast last century, many of the old buildings in South Australia are a wonderful well built stone which stands the test of time and /or looks wonderful as a ruin. More of these later. M
We had a couple of nights at Warren Gorge near Quorn S.A. The gorge is a conservation area run by the council. Unfortunately that means you can bring dogs in. The Flinders Ranges are home to the increasingly rare,shy and endangered yellow footed rock wallaby. We were hoping to see one. You would think the council could keep dogs out of this area for the sake of our native wildlife. M
We did the Warren Gorge circuit walk while we were there. The temp was in the high 30’s that day so we got up nice and early, which made it pleasant. As with everywhere around here the drought was evident and it was very dry in the gorge. There was no water in the creek, but there were a few spring fed puddles which all the animals and birds were going to. M