After the Lake Eyre flight we headed south from Marree with no destination yet decided or accommodation booked. The tent in the rear of the car seemed uninviting due to the freezing night temperatures.
Mobile phone reception was none-existent (our Lake Eyre pilot Jane invited all passengers to take their mobile phones up with them in the hopes of receiving a signal at higher altitude. She said this was her only opprtuinty to update her facebook page!). We had installed a Telstra prepaid SIM in my mobile – Vodafone is absolute rubbish outside the cities. Cresting rise on the plains heading south we suddenly got a weak signal and pulled off. The tourist brochure revealed an inviting 1870’s miners cottage in Blinman and a quick call secured a stay with a request to leave the money in the microwave oven when we leave.
We turned east towards the Flinders Ranges at Parachilna, heading into the Parachilna Gorge. The GPS warned that it would take 4 hours to travel 30km through the gorge towards Blinman. As sunset was approaching we made haste on the dirt road. The sights that greeted us were wondrous. Rough but passable road, water in the gullies, rocky cliffs, colourful light, birds, kangaroos, emus and a shy fox. The trip could well take 4 hours in bad conditions.