Today we left civilisation for the Outback, passing through our last coastal town, Port Augusta, and on to Woomera; no mans land situated amongst the dusty red land. Woomera range has a history dating back to 1947 being the ‘support base precinct’ of the RAAF Test Range. Today it is open to the public and holds the weaponry which is on display in the town. It looked a livable little community; one of the cleanest and neatest towns I’ve come across in Australia, with a school, church, the historical museum and heritage site. However there was no human in sight which gave it a very eerie feel.
We parked up Jucy for the night at our first Roadhouse, Spud’s, in Pimba, just outside Woomera, where there was a fancy free campground next door, as in it had a toilet and paid shower. The grounds welcomed all truckies and travellers and cooked up greasy pub grub from inside the Roadhouse bar. The place definitely had character; odd bits and bobs hung all throughout the pub, served by lovely people and welcomed by caravans next door to our camper.
Our first night in the Outback was actually the most spectacular of them all. Unbeknown to how incredible the night sky would be, when the stars came out, shooting stars covered the sky and a gorgeous orange moon glowed low in the sky. It was perfect, a night to remember, with great company and surroundings that felt so surreal.
Our second day in the Outback was one of the longest stretches to drive. Seven hours to reach Marla; the last town of South Australia. Very dry, very boring, and very long. Just as we expected. Shrubbery, the odd dead tree and a straight road stretching out as far as we could see. On the way we made some memorable stops; Lake Hart, the great salt lake of South Australia and Glendambo; a town with the population of 30 humans and two millions flies. Definitely worth the toilet break to take a photo next to the famous sign. It sported nothing other than the Roadhouse though.
Each day we all took in turns to do our coffee rounds, trying out how bad the coffee really is in the Outback. So far it is drinkable, and gives us the boost for driving. Another stop to make, perhaps even overnight if your interest in mining is Cooper Pedy, but as we wanted to push on to the next border we didn’t really make time to check out the famous mining town.
One more stop that is worth a photo with a sign is Marla, and this is why:
Just highlights how far you really are from civilisation and it feels amazing. Camp that night was around 60KM out of Marla in a free overnight car park. Nothing but our Jucy and the beautiful orange sunset. Outback sunsets really are something else to see. The colours that the sky creates are unreal. Blues, oranges, purples, reds and yellows.The life of living on the road really allows you to make the most of the littlest things and to appreciate more than you would ever think. My favourite is the freedom.