The Gawler Ranges were only a short drive from Pildappa Rock, so we set off relatively late and set up camp at the Yandinga campsite in the National Park at about lunch time. In the afternoon we drove around to the organ pipes. Most of the Gawler Ranges are made up of 1500 million year old volcanic rock and in areas where water courses have eroded and exposed the underlying rocks, it has left some amazing columns.
After sitting and admiring the formations, on the walk back to the car and the subsequent drive back to the camp, I spotted no less than 5 new species of bird: Gilbert’s Whistler; Crested Bell Bird and the three below.
After a lovely quiet night we were up early to do a circuit drive around the Gawler Ranges National Park which featured more interesting organ pipe rocks, some old pastoral homesteads that had been preserved/restored, but the highlight of the drive was seeing a southern hairy nosed wombat out in the open in the middle of the day – very unusual.
An old stone dam (LHS) and an old stone and newer concrete water tank (RHS) – interesting to see which stood the test of time.
We also spotted this dragon on the rocks near Kolay Mirica falls. It had an interesting habit of swishing its tail like a cat. I think this might be a tawny dragon – if anyone can advise, please let us know.
After returning to our campsite, we decided to stay an extra night rather than pushing on to our next destination so we had a relaxing couple of hours in the late afternoon. That evening during a walk, I encountered some goats in an open plain. Having heard that humans have better endurance than most animals, I decided I would take the opportunity to get some exercise after a rather sedentary day and test the theory. So I set off at a medium pace after the goats, which immediately scampered off. Sure enough, it took only about two minutes before the goats started running out of steam and I soon caught up with the slowest one. Although it is considered a feral pest in the outback, I certainly didn’t have it in me to do my bit for the environment, so having grabbed it and taken the trophy photo, I let it go. Seems the one on the right wasn’t so lucky. S