Outback road trip part 4: Over the border to South Australia

by John Wilson June. 02, 2021 300 views

The first impression when we crossed the border from New South Wales was that South Australia is still very, very dry.

Ruins of Itali Itali between Wilmington and Quorn, South Australia, in the `golden hour' late afternoon light.

Ruins of Itali Itali between Wilmington and Quorn, South Australia, in the `golden hour' late afternoon light.

To my untrained eye the farmlands on the South Australian side of the inland border were so dry they were fast becoming dustbowls. Here the clouds looked promising but delivered nothing.

To my untrained eye the farmlands on the South Australian side of the inland border were so dry they were fast becoming dustbowls. Here the clouds looked promising but delivered nothing.

I couldn't understand what would possibly grow there without some more water. I do hope the farmers get some rain soon.

I couldn't understand what would possibly grow there without some more water. I do hope the farmers get some rain soon.

Emus seem ok with the dry conditions.

Emus seem ok with the dry conditions.

Some extremely resilient river red gums do manage to survive.

Some extremely resilient river red gums do manage to survive.

They somehow find moisture in the shallowest of dips in the landscape, even at times transforming the remote highway into an avenue.

They somehow find moisture in the shallowest of dips in the landscape, even at times transforming the remote highway into an avenue.

The landscape becomes more and more desolate (in a starkly beautiful way) towards the southern Flinders Ranges.

The landscape becomes more and more desolate (in a starkly beautiful way) towards the southern Flinders Ranges.

How do the sheep survive? It beats me. I suppose a lot of hand-feeding must be happening due to drought.

How do the sheep survive? It beats me. I suppose a lot of hand-feeding must be happening due to drought.

Yes, yes I know. Don't shoot into the sun. Rules are there to be broken.

Yes, yes I know. Don't shoot into the sun. Rules are there to be broken.

The obligatory shot of a rusting farm gate.

The obligatory shot of a rusting farm gate.

And windmill.

And windmill.

And run down old farmhouse.

And run down old farmhouse.

An enduring  impression of our time in outback South Australia was just how many failed settlements there have been. There are 19th century ruins dotted throughout the state that tell of hopes of a better life dashed by drought.

An enduring impression of our time in outback South Australia was just how many failed settlements there have been. There are 19th century ruins dotted throughout the state that tell of hopes of a better life dashed by drought.

Anyway, after a long drive we rolled into the lovely town of Quorn for the evening and enjoyed a nice pub meal by an open fire.

Anyway, after a long drive we rolled into the lovely town of Quorn for the evening and enjoyed a nice pub meal by an open fire.

Then out into the freezing night air to view a media display on the local silos. (This one taken with shaking cold hands on a phone.) Art on giant grain silos has become quite popular in rural towns.

Then out into the freezing night air to view a media display on the local silos. (This one taken with shaking cold hands on a phone.) Art on giant grain silos has become quite popular in rural towns.

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