Homeward bound

Heading home via Woomera, Port Augusta and Mildura

We followed much of the orange and purple tracks on bottom of map


Around Coober Pedy

I had been to Coober Pedy a couple of other times in my travels. It is an opal mining town and usually looks deserted. That is because people live and work underground where it is cooler during the day.

Entrance to Coober Pedy showing the big winch built there for opal mining



William Creek to Coober Pedy

Changing the flat tyre

William Creek is a tiny town with 6 inhabitants and a dog. It is in the middle of the largest cattle station in Australia, Anna Creek station.

We had been warned the night before that there were a few bull dust traps and we might not get the bus through. A couple of road trains had to be pulled out. Wherever there is a dangerous part of the gravel road, red flags are put on the side to warn travellers. But before we could leave William Creek we had to change a flat tyre on the bus.

Flight over Lake Eyre

I had booked this trip over a year ago, so was very lucky to be flying over the salt lake at a time when the water was flowing down into it.  In February 2019, there were terrible floods in Queensland. The waters from this gradually moved down into the Lake Eyre region of South Australia.

Looking through the cockpit with our female pilot on the left.


These show the waters flowing into the lake from the northern area of South Australia.




Marree to William Creek

Marree is where the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks intersect. We headed west on the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek which is the place for flying to Lake Eyre using WrightsAir.

Sunrise at Marree


Port Augusta to Marree

The following photos show you what it was like travelling through the Southern Flinders Ranges through to Lyndhurst at the end of the sealed road and on to Marree on gravel road.

Mosaic mural on wall in Port Augusta


Thursday morning 28 March 2019

My photos for the first three days were on my iPad, which suddenly on Wednesday evening died on me. Hence these photos are now from the card in my camera.

In Port Augusta, we first visited the Wadlata Outback Centre which gave us a great idea of what the land was going to be like where we were travelling over the next week.