Central Australian Adventure 3 – walks around Willow Springs

Only 5 weeks or so back there had been flash flooding around the station as 85mm of rain fell inn30 minutes.

This had closed a number of trails and left other badly rutted challenging for walking.

But the view from Yacca lookout was worth the walk. Named after the Yacca grass trees that are endemic to Australia and can be seen in the middle photo above

The walk was very steep in places and the foothold very loose.

Further along the trail there are petroglyphs – aboriginal engravings.

These are thousands of years old.

I had read the last time I was here back in 2014 that there engraving were often sign posts. Showing where water or food can be found.

The circle symbol meant a permanent water source and the arrows the direction to find it

So I followed the dry creek bed in the direction of the arrows

After a kilometer or so there seeping from a rock, life giving water

Enough to make a string of little water holes on the creek bed

Its been a beautiful couple on nights camped here

Sitting by the camp fire

Walking the amazing gorges amongst the gum trees and native conifers

Next stop is the Wilpena Pound National Park before heading north toward the Oodnadatta Track.

3 thoughts on “Central Australian Adventure 3 – walks around Willow Springs

  1. Hi Mic,we’re just reading about your adventures while having a coffee. Very jealous! Cheers Pauline and Swanny xx

    1. Its great and the weather not too hot. There is a really hot day coming up north of here. Will stay in the Flinders Ranges till that passes then head up the Oodnadatta track

  2. WOW! So cool. I love that you were able to follow the symbols to the water source. It is neat to consider how many people (especially way back then) would have followed that same path….

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