Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary | Colonel William Light | Great Australian Bight Marine Park | Outback Dunnies | Port Germein, home of Australia’s longest wooden jetty | Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks | Riesling Trail | Wilpena Pound, jewel of Flinders Rangers
Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary
Arkaroola is set in an incredible landscape of ranges locaed with precious minerals and waterholes nestled inside tall gorges. As remote as it is, Arkaroola protects endangered species such as the yellow-tailed rock wallaby. It’s signature attraction is a 4WD tour along an insanely steep track atop the Flinders Ranges culminating at Siller’s Lookout.
Colonel William Light
Colonel William Light was the first Surveyor General of Adelaide. He fixed the site and laid out the city of Adelaide in 1836, before there were any people. Being a great forward thinker, he laid out Adelaide such that:
- the center is exactly 1 square mile
- the streets were wide enough so carriages could make a U-turn
- learning from the London Fire, the blocks were separate far enough so that if one portion of the city caught fire, it wouldn’t be able to spread
- there were to be no dark places (sunlight everywhere) to prevent slums from forming
Great Australian Bight Marine Park
The Great Australian Bight formed millions of years ago when Australia separated from Antarctica, is said to be the longest line of seacliffs in the world. The Bight runs for more than 1,000 kilometers along the southern coast of Australia. You stand at the top of cliff faces that descend 55 meters straight into the ocean making you truly feel like you’re literally at the end of the world! There are awesome views from the Bunda Cliffs, where the Nullarbor Plain reaches the ocean.
It is of oceanographic importance because its waters are transitional between warm and cold – linking the Indian and Pacific oceans. It has the longest ice-free east-west extent of coastline in the Southern Hemisphere and it is adjacent to the only circumpolar ocean.
The Australian Outback is a harsh, unforgiving environment. Boiling hot days, chilly nights, and dry, dry conditions. It’s hard to survive out here.
Earlier today, I had my chance. I went to fart, but shit in my pants.
So next time you’re traveling through the Australian Outback and see a toilet stop, pull over. Who knows what you might find? Either way, you’ll appreciate it.
Port Germein, Australia’s longest wooden jetty
Port Germein is home to Australia’s longest wooden jetty. The jetty was used for the loading of grain onto sailing ships from all over the world. Bagged wheat came from the local area, the eastern side of the Southern Flinders Ranges via Port Germein Gorge, and from the West Coast in smaller boats.
Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks
Who would have thought Mother Nature to be an abstract artist? The Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island’s southwest coast proves she is. These granite beauties, located on top of a granite dome, not only offer great views of the ocean, but are plenty of fun to climb on! They are one of Kangaroo Island’s best known icons, and a must see for visitors!
The Riesling Trail is a 27km pathway ideal for cyclists. It’s built on the old railway line between Clare and Auburn, and provides a link between the many villages of Clare Valley. It operates in both directions with gentle gradients. The best part? Several wineries located in the Clare Valley are accessible directly from the trail. It’s perfect for wine tasting as you don’t have to worry about having a designated driver — only being able to keep your balance on the bike after a few drinks.
The jewel of the Flinders Ranges, it’s a huge “crater rim” rising out of the plains; a vast natural amphitheatre, ringed with sheer cliffs and jagged rocks that change color according to the light.