After our flight over Lake Eyre we headed south again. At Parachilna we turned east towards the Flinders Ranges and passed through the beautiful Parachilna Gorge just before sunset, heading to Blinman, where we stayed for two nights in Rose Cottage, a delightfully restored 1870's miner's cottage. Blinman is a virtual ghost town with only 22 permanent residents, 4 of whom are leaving. Being the highest town in South Australia the winter night get down to -9°C and summer days go up to the late 40's. The fireplace in the cottage worked very well to keep us comfortable after a lovely meal at the Blinman Hotel, enjoyed with red wine in front of the open fireplace.
The next morning we climbed the hill to the lookout at sunrise (bloody cold), saw many kangaroos.
In this panorama the village of Blinman is still in the shade of the lookout hill.
If you look to the village side you will see the tar road to the south (and Wilpena Pound) running off to the left. The road from Parachilna Gorge runs into this at the end of the village on the left. Our miners cottage can be seen at the junction of the two roads.
Later, I meandered around the village and captured some scenes.
Denny was showing withdrawal symptoms and had to get a dose of internet from the general dealer, which she enjoyed on the sunny verandah, after which we did the copper mine tour, an experience not to be missed.
Then we decide to explore more of the gorges. Glass Gorge joins up the road to Parachilna and was delightful. Here we had to kick our iron horse into 4WD low ratio locked diff to get up a steep hillock and look around.
Here are some photographs of Glass Gorge, including Denny splashing through a drift.
Then we headed back to Blinman via Brachina Gorge, another experience not to be missed.