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To Wudinna and Back Again: An Eyre Peninsula Adventure

To Wudinna and Back Again: An Eyre Peninsula Adventure

Still on Day 2, we drove west from Coffin Bay along the highway towards Elliston – on the way to the Instagram-popular Greenly Beach.


You may have heard of Greenly Beach. It features regularly on social media for its rock pools, but it’s also an amazing stretch of golden sand with plenty of space for a hundred visitors.

When we arrive, though, there isn’t another soul on the beach. In fact, on the long, long walk we didn’t see anyone at all. The reason it was a long trek is because we didn’t really know where we were supposed to be looking.

Like many Instagrammers before us, we were in search of a particular rock pool at Greenly.

I knew what we were looking for, and I had a vague idea of where it should be… it just turns out we should have tried driving closer before we took to the beach! Nevertheless, when we did get there it was worth the hike.

Our photography skills aren’t as great as some of those travel blogs, but I think you can get the picture. It’s stunning. And cold. But mostly stunning, and truly a travel blog’s dream. The water is a gorgeous green-blue-ish colour (I can’t describe it) and the tranquil pool hiding behind the rocks from the open ocean is perfect for floating.

   


Did we mention it’s cold? Because it was. Really cold. Lucky the weather is so great on the Eyre Peninsula! We floated around anyway. When we’d had our fill of the rock pool, we trekked all the way back to the car and made our way back to Port Lincoln, very ready to sit down and relax.

Day 3 and Day 4 featured a change of scenery. We left the coast behind, and headed inland to Wudinna via the towns of Cummins (we were too late for the bakery) and Lock.
Part of the reason for visiting Wudinna was that it’s home – but the other reason is that it’s one of the gateways to the amazing Gawler Ranges. (You can also enter the Gawler Ranges via Kimba!)

Pink granite is a feature of this region and of the Ranges, and we stopped by Polda Dam (more water than expected) and Mount Wudinna before we headed out to the park. These two are just a short drive from Wudinna, and an easy stop to make if you can’t get all the way out to the park. Visit the Visitor Information Centre in town for information!

But back to the Gawler Ranges. We took the Barnes Road out, via the ‘short cut’ – a very sandy track that is only for the experienced 4WDers. We stopped in to take a look at Kangaluna Camp, which can be accessed by booking an amazing, all-encompassing tour with Gawler Ranges Safaris.

It’s glamping, with very knowledgeable tour guides and fantastic food. You also need to book well in advance to get a spot.

But the goal for lunch was a little further out in the park – Pondanna Outstation, via an authentically Australian landscape. Red earth, rugged granite outcrops, blue sky and lots of wildlife: the Gawler Ranges is spectacular. We saw countless emus and kangaroos on our trip, which was in the middle of the day and not the optimum time for animal-spotting. Nevertheless, when we stopped for lunch at Pondanna we found a mob of emus milling near the house!

The farmhouse is a gorgeous old building which has been restored. We picnicked under the veranda and in the shade of a big old tree. While in the park, we visited the famed Organ Pipes. A short, 500m walk along a trail will lead you to this natural amphitheatre. They’re some of the largest – wait for it – volcanic rhyolite formations in the world, and were formed by volcanic activity 1500 million years ago!

   


We were there in the middle of the day, but apparently sunset is a great time to visit and see the setting sun light up the rock. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have time to camp and show off all the things you can do in the area (we missed so many amazing places and walks, not to mention the stars!).

The Gawler Ranges is a fantastic place to visit for 4WDing, camping, wildlife watching and exploring an ancient Australian landscape. Particularly if you’re in the Eyre Peninsula in the cooler months (May to October) the park is a great getaway from civilisation without getting too far away from towns like Wudinna and Kimba. Details of park permits can be found online – visit the parks website for details.

After our amazing trip out to the Ranges, we jumped back in the car to head back to the coast and the coastal village of Venus Bay. The next episode features a swim with Australian sea lions, sand hill climbing, fishing and cave exploring! Be sure to check out the next blog post, and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.

Did you miss Part 1? Read here!
 

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