Flinders Ranges & Clare Valley

Flinders Ranges & Clare Valley

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As we continued on our journey south from the red centre of Australia the arid landscape began to change. Red earth and dust gradually gave way to green fields and mountains. It was a strange feeling, seeing so much greenery when all we had seen for days was dry earth. The even stranger thing was that the further south we went; the more like North Wales it became. It even rained a little and we had to wear our coats at one point. In Port Augusta we ate a subway, it was quite surreal.

Surrounded by sheep, mountains and other items clearly stolen from the Welsh, we took a detour from the main route south and camped in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges. We spent a morning hiking through alligator gorge, making the most of the more temperate climate.

That afternoon we stopped in the Clare Valley, one of the many wine regions of South Australia. During our travels we’ve visited plenty of vineyards, but Sevenhill Cellars was a little different. Established by Jesuits in 1851 to produce sacramental wine, this vineyard is now one of the largest producers of alter wine in Australia. Moving with the times they also produce plenty of non-sacramental wine, which to our delight was available for tasting at the cellar door. That evening we arrived in Adelaide and enjoyed a final meal and a few drinks with our tour group.

clare valley vineyard

 

After just six days our tour from Alice Springs to Adelaide was complete. We couldn’t believe how much we had seen and experienced in such a short space of time: We went camel riding at an outback racing ranch; climbed heart attack hill and walked around the rim of Watarrka; We slept under the stars in a swag and hiked through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta; We experienced a sunrise and sunset at Uluru and felt a deep connection to the Ananagu people; We Slept underground in the post apocalyptic town of Coober Pedy; We hiked in the Flinders Ranges and sampled wines in a Jesuit Vineyard. Not bad for a six day tour, not bad at all.

Our tour was Rock 2 Water with Groovy Grape, booked and arranged by Backpackers World Travel.

22 Responses

  1. Very interesting and wonderful pictures! Love the blog!

  2. I’m incredibly jealous! It’s unbelievable how much scenery and geology can change dramatically over a trip like this. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pictures!

  3. My part of the world! Enjoy! Are you traveling any more of South Australia?

  4. So, are you saving the best bit of Australia for last? P.S that would be Tasmania in case you didn’t realise 🙂

  5. I laughed out loud when you compared Australia to North Wales but I can see the similarities! What a great adventure. Enjoy.

  6. Beautiful (although I don’t think I’d stick around “heart attack hill.” Mercy! Great to see all the shiny faces from your group.

  7. So much green😍

  8. An amazing trip and so enjoyable for you both. That’s a great group photo at the end. Thank you for sharing your trip with us here. (I love the header picture for this post! The colours of those rocks are wonderful.) 🙂

  9. Wow, that sounds so exciting! I’m glad you didn’t get eaten by an alligator.

  10. Sounds like an amazing trip! I like traveling with a guide; I see so much more. Amazing photos. Thought we might travel to Australia in 2016 to visit friends who had planned a long term trip there but their plans changed so I don’t think it’ll happen. Someday!

    • It is so worth it! There is a lot more to
      Australia than white sandy beaches. We really appreciated having a whole year to explore properly and work along the way.
      Hope you make it out there 🙂

  11. Absolutely loved your main photo – beautiful. I love the connection to Wales (born in Wales so know what you mean). I really enjoyed Clare Valley when I was there many years ago.

  12. Welsh aligators – now there’s a thought!

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