Outback road trip part 10: Inland to Burra and Farrell Flat

by John Wilson July. 23, 2021 300 views

After a brief sojourn to the South Australian coast, we headed back inland to some historic rural towns.

We were keen to visit this humble dirt road outside Burra, South Australia, as there are some very old family connections to it. Sure it's no superhighway, but it's special to us!

We were keen to visit this humble dirt road outside Burra, South Australia, as there are some very old family connections to it. Sure it's no superhighway, but it's special to us!

We reached Farrell Flat, a tiny historic town a couple of hours north of Adelaide. Our accommodation at The Fruiterers was a great discovery - the least expensive and most charming we had all trip. Funny how that happens. A big thank you to our gracious hosts!

We reached Farrell Flat, a tiny historic town a couple of hours north of Adelaide. Our accommodation at The Fruiterers was a great discovery - the least expensive and most charming we had all trip. Funny how that happens. A big thank you to our gracious hosts!

Silo art is `a thing' these days in inland towns. I particularly liked this one in the middle of Farrell Flat.Ironic, or perhaps wistful, in that the rail line is now decommissioned.

Silo art is `a thing' these days in inland towns. I particularly liked this one in the middle of Farrell Flat.Ironic, or perhaps wistful, in that the rail line is now decommissioned.

The old station is now a private dwelling.

The old station is now a private dwelling.

The district is `wheat and sheep country'.

The district is `wheat and sheep country'.

We visited the nearby historic town of Burra ahead of sunset.

We visited the nearby historic town of Burra ahead of sunset.

Intrepid Cornish miners came to Burra in the 1800s to make their fortune - or at least, to try to scratch out a living. It's hard to imagine how difficult life must have been for them. There are several areas in South Australia with strong historic connections to that part of the UK.

Intrepid Cornish miners came to Burra in the 1800s to make their fortune - or at least, to try to scratch out a living. It's hard to imagine how difficult life must have been for them. There are several areas in South Australia with strong historic connections to that part of the UK.

I found the surrounding landscape starkly beautiful, but I remain quite torn about it. I always try to imagine what such vistas were like before early European settlers so comprehensively transformed them. By the way, did you see the sheep in the photo? They're easy to miss.

I found the surrounding landscape starkly beautiful, but I remain quite torn about it. I always try to imagine what such vistas were like before early European settlers so comprehensively transformed them. By the way, did you see the sheep in the photo? They're easy to miss.

There must have been trees on those hills at one time.

There must have been trees on those hills at one time.

They say South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent (forgetting Antarctica just for a moment). Farming these areas can't be easy. These river red gums seem to be extracting the last drops of water available. True survivors.

They say South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent (forgetting Antarctica just for a moment). Farming these areas can't be easy. These river red gums seem to be extracting the last drops of water available. True survivors.

Anyway, a nice place for photography in the late afternoon.

Anyway, a nice place for photography in the late afternoon.

Windmills are widespread in the countryside - we've been using alternative energy sources for a long time.

Windmills are widespread in the countryside - we've been using alternative energy sources for a long time.

Just about bed time for these guys.

Just about bed time for these guys.

It was a memorable afternoon visiting Burra and its surrounds in the late autumn light.

It was a memorable afternoon visiting Burra and its surrounds in the late autumn light.

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Thomas Thompson 2 months ago

What a fantastic set of captures well done thanks for sharing

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John Wilson Replied to Thomas Thompson 2 months ago

Thanks so much Thomas! I got lucky with that wonderful late afternoon light.

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J D 2 months, 1 week ago

Gorgeous imagery and really love #10 the last trees standing is so epic!

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John Wilson Replied to J D 2 months ago

Thanks JD! The area was amazing in that golden hour light.

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K A Metcalfe 2 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful shots.....especially the silo !

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John Wilson Replied to K A Metcalfe 2 months ago

Thanks! Yes, the silo is great isn't it? It's such a tiny town, barely three or four streets, and that silo is so dominant.

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Berckmans Peter 2 months, 1 week ago

Beautifull scenery

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John Wilson Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

Thanks Peter! Yes, we loved it there and it was all the more special because of old family connections.

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