Carolyn and Greg's Nomadic Adventures travel blog

Old Railway Station

Bridge & Flinders Ranges

North view across the inlet

Commercial Rd. Port Augusta

Flinders Ranges

Lookin to the Flinders Ranges from the park

13th October

Leaving Ceduna on the 11th we faced uncomfortable driving conditions for the first 100 kms. There was a strong gusty wind hitting the side of the truck and van with rain. Greg had to use all his strength to keep us on the road while facing oncoming wide loads. Finally the weather improved some and we continued on to Port Augusta. Staying here three days hoping the wind drops and the weather improves.

Port Augusta is situated on the quiet waterways of Spencer Gulf with the magnificent backdrop of the Flinders Ranges. Some of the tourist icons include the Wadlata Outback centre, Arid Lands Botanic Garden and Pichi Richi railway.

In the early years of settlement Port Augusta had no reliable drinking water. Water was sourced from a creek on Patterson Station under Mt Brown and brought to Port Augusta in casks on drays. A pipeline was laid in 1865 from Woolundunga Springs in the Flinders Ranges into Port Augusta. There have been various attempts to overcome water shortage issues, including householders sinking bores, and a movement to dam the junction of the Saltia and Albury creeks. Finally in 1944 Port Augusta's water supply was secured with the laying of the Morgan- Whyalla pipeline. Today they are on permanent water restrictions.

Looks like the worst of the weather is over, a sunny day with a light breeze hooray. This morning we walked into town,a 5 km round trip. Leave here tomorrow for Clare Valley.

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