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Snellings Beach KI
Innamincka Cemetery
George Goyder
Lake Eyre Update
News from around
Trip itineraries 2015
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Issue: 33
February 2015
 Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2015 - and we celebrate our 20th year on 26th July!

Our anniversary "Legendary Longreach & Winton" trip has fully booked and I will include an item about it in a future newsletter!
If there is further interest we will consider another departure date.

Our trips to the Sapphire Coast (April 27), Painted Desert (May 16) and Birdsville/Innamincka (July 25) have bookings with seats still available on these trips.

We are also looking forward to returning to the south-east with interest expressed in the 5 day "Limestone Coast" trip in September.

A list of all departures for 2015 is at the foot of this newsletter.



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By the Seaside - Kangaroo Island 

The former boat shed on the sand at Snellings Beach  Kangaroo Island has been converted into a casual dining lounge and open to the public. The shed was originally built by Sir James Holden (of Holden cars fame) for private functions.

The house on the cliff above is part of Hannaford's LifeTime  Private Retreats which caters for top-end accommodation and is operated by Rachel Hannaford (grand-daughter of Sir James), and Sasha Sachs.

The emphasis is on serving local produce at the Taverna, and this can include fish, yoghurt, lamb kofta, and even mulberries!

Details:  hannafordandsachs.com.au
Innamincka Cemetery

Friends of Innamincka Regional Reserve (FOIR) have been working to restore the cemetery at Innamincka.

Work started in 2011 when members put a new fence around the cemetery and noticed how few graves were marked or had headstones.

"After the 2010 floods, the cemetery had become overgrown and we worked for days, clearing the weeds and trying to maintain the outline of the known graves," said Kate Buckley, FOIR President.

Several members started researching the lives and
deaths of people connected with Innamincka.
"The Outback Communities Authority in Port Augusta
had no records and Genealogy SA had little detail but the librarian at the Burra Library - an avid historian - provided a great deal of useful information and directions for where to search."

Various books and websites were then used to compile a list of people who had lived or died in Innamincka.

"We traced some detail on 60 people who had died in the Innamincka region since the period of Burke and Wills," said Kate. "Some of the names were of Indigenous folk, perhaps members of the Yandruwandha or Yawarrawarrka peoples."

But there was also a lack of detail about the cemetery such as lot numbers or a cemetery plan; the next breakthrough came in 2013 after ground penetrating radar was used to identify another 30 unmarked graves.

"The radar confirmed the 34 graves that were visible or partially visible - nine of which had headstones - and revealed an additional 30 unmarked plots where the earth had been disturbed in a manner consistent with a burial site."

Last year during their annual working bee FOIR members spent two days with a GPS measuring these new unmarked graves, and outlining them with gibber stones to match the rest of the graves.

"It was evident from the east-west orientation of some of the graves that they are the resting place of some of the very early immigrants to this area, the cameleers, or Afghans, who maintained their Muslim faith," said Kate.

Armed with the knowledge of the grave locations, the group continue their work trying to connect as many names as possible with the burial sites and are still
chasing up leads.

"After advice that the town policeman would have kept a record of deaths at Innamincka, I have been in touch with the Retired Police Association - but so far to no avail."

If you think you can shed more light on the Innamincka Cemetery or you would like to know more about the Friends of The Innamincka Regional
Reserve contact Kate Buckley 0428 887 786

A list of deaths associated with Innamincka can be viewed here

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Nature's Line - George Goyder
I am presently reading a book by Janis Sheldrick - Natures Line which tells the story of Goyder's life and work in the context of a contemporary understanding of climate.

George Woodroffe Goyder was the first European explorer to see the great salt lakes in the Australian Inland in flood and to witness the amazing transformation that follows the breaking of a drought. His experiences put him decades ahead of his contemporaries- who satirised him as the discoverer of the inland sea - in understanding the Australian climate

When he attempted to adapt the pattern of settlement to climatic reality by defining the border of the zone of reliable rainfall, his repeated warnings about the threat of drought were scorned. Thousands of people took up farming on land that proved ultimately unable to sustain them.

In central South Australia the area beyond Goyder's Line, as it had come to be known, is marked by they ruins they left.

Goyder was South Australia's surveyor general from 1861 to 1894, and a landscape author on a major scale, laying out the pattern of settlement across much of rural South Australia.

He took on remarkable roles, from establishing forestry and protection of native forests  to the drainage of the South-East.

In the Northern Territory, he laid out the site of Palmerston (Darwin) and established settlement after previous attempts has failed, at the same time coming to acknowledge the position of the traditional owners.


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Lake Eyre update

The following information from the Lake Eyre Yacht Club website indicates:

  • water in Belt Bay 500mm and Madigan Gulf 200mm
  • water is flowing in the Warburton Groove, whilst the Warburton River is a trickle.
  • The Macumba and Neales Rivers are in minor flood. In 1984 these two Rivers filled Lake Eyre south and partially filled Lake Eyre north from their discharge following heavy rains in central Australia.

  Wrightsair at William Creeek  offer scenic flights over the         Lake, and their website Gallery and Facebook Timeline  

  have some great pics. 


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News from around the traps!



The SA Caravan & Camping Show
will be held at the Wayville Showgrounds from 19th to 23rd February from 10am to 5pm.

VKS 737 - part The Australian 4WD Radio Network will be exhibiting (site W3).

I will be on the site each day, so if you are attending the Show,come and say G'day!


Personalised 4WD trips 2015

These trips are in a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle with a maximum of 4 passengers:

                 CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW Itineraries 2015 !



            Yorke Peninsula
           & Southern Flinders
         Monday 9th February  

                   (5 days)  




Ardrossan, Port Julia, Port Vincent, Edithburgh, and Wool Bay. Scenic drive to Troubridge Point and Marion Bay. Innes National Park includes Cable Bay, Cape Spencer and Pondalowie Bay. Corny Point, Warooka and Yorketown.

Moonta and Wallaroo.  Banking museum Kadina.

Southern Flinders Ranges, Alligator Gorge, Melrose.

Bridle Track to Port Germein. 


es Hill Circuit
                           on demand    

                        (2 days)  






  Gilbert Valley, Terowie, Peterborough (overnight and we visit Steamtown's  Laser Light Show), Franklyn, Ketchowla, Dares Hill, Mt Bryan, Clare Valley.





          Kangaroo Island
       Tuesday 17th February  
       Tuesday 17th March
        Tuesday 3rd  November   
                (4 days)

        (Includes Sealink ferry)


Penneshaw, Antechamber Bay, Cape Willoughby,    

American River, Kingscote, Flinders Chase National Park,  

Cape Borda, Admirals Arch, Cape De Coudic, Seal Bay, Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Snelling Beach, Western River Cove.  




            Wilson's Promontory  

             Sunday 1st March 

                     (9 days)  






Grampians NP, Halls Gap, Penshurst, Mortlake, Colac, Queensciffe Ferry, Sorrento, Meeniyan, Tidal River, Waratah Bay, Walkerville, Agnes Falls, Strzelecki Ranges, Tara Bulga NP, Grand Ridge Road, Skenes Creek,

The Great Ocean Road,  


Mt Gambier and The Coorong.               




            The Sapphire Coast

            Monday 27th April  

                      (8 days)



Portland, Great Ocean Road, Otway Tree Top Walk, Apollo Bay, Metung, Lakes Entrance, Eden, Twofold Bay, Pambula, Merimbula, Bega, Victorian coastal towns, Meeniyan, Camperdown, Dunkeld, The Coorong.   

          The Gawler Ranges
          Monday 12th October 
                   (5 days)          

Port Wakefield, Port Germein, Port Augusta, Iron Knob, Corunna, Siam, Nonning, Mt Ive, Lake Gairdner, Yardea, Hiltaba, Paney Station, The Organ Pipes, Pildappa Rock, Tcharkuldu Hill, Minnipa, Wudinna, Kimba, Wilmington, Melrose, Gladstone, The Clare Valley.

                Lake Eyre
                   on demand
                      (3 days)
      Includes Plane Flight!


 Clare Valley, Leigh Creek, Marree, One and a half hour plane flight over Lake Eyre, Farina Ruins, Ochre Cliffs, Hawker, Orroroo, Terowie, Burra.  

               Back O'Bourke       
          Wednesday 8th April  
                   (9 days)
Broken Hill, Mutawintji NP, White Cliffs, Wilcannia, Tilpa, Louth, Bourke(accommodation Bourke Riverside Motel), Lightning Ridge, Gilgandra, Cobar, Balranald, Murrayville, Pinnaroo.

           The Painted Desert           
              Saturday 16th  May 
                       (9 days) 

Clare Valley, Leigh Creek, Marree, William Creek, Coober Pedy,
The Breakaways, Painted Desert, Woomera, Roxby Downs, Andamooka,
Port Augusta, Arid Lands Botanical Gardens, Horrock's Pass  to the Flinders Ranges, Orroroo and Burra.

            Mungo and Hattah  
             National Parks  
           Wednesday 25th March
                   (5 days)  
Pinnaroo, Kow Plains Homestead and Cowangie, Murrayville, Pink Lakes, Underbool, Mildura, Wentworth, Old Zanci Station, Mungo Woolshed, Walls of China, Grand Canyon, Vigar's Well, Perry Sandhills, Paddle Steamer through Lock 11 Mildura, Red Cliffs, Lake Hattah, Lake Victoria, Rufus River, The Riverland.


           Coongie Lakes

               Coongie Lakes
               Monday   1st  June
               Monday 22nd June
                   (7 days)

Old Strzelecki Track, Innamincka, Coongie Lakes, Cmp LXV, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Loch Lilly and Quandong Stations, Burra.


          Birdsville & Innamincka 
              Saturday 25th July 
                       (9 days)  

Clare Valley, Leigh Creek, Marree, Mungerannie, Birdsville,Innamincka, Cameron Corner, Sturt National Park, Tibooburra,Broken Hill,
 Old Pastoral route to Burra, Adelaide.

             Birdsville & Windorah
             Saturday 8th  August 
                    (9 days)

Clare Valley, Leigh Creek, Marree, Mungerannie, Birdsville,
Betoota, Windorah, Quilpie, Toompine, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Cobar, Broken Hill. 


            Flinders Ranges
       Wednesday September 9th    
                    (4 days)
Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Willow Springs Station, Skytrek, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Parachilna Gorge, Moralana Scenic Drive, Melrose, The Bridle Track. Port Germein, Laura, Orroroo, Burra, Eudunda, Kapunda. 

           Flinders R
     Saturday 17th  September
                  (5 days)
Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole, Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.

             Flinders Ranges 
                    & Outback
                   on demand
                  (8 days) 



Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole, Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.
Marree, The Oodnadatta Track, William Creek, Coober Pedy,
The Painted Desert, Woomera, Roxby Downs.
 The Limestone Coast  
         Monday 28th September 
         (5 days)   

Coonalpyn, Naracoorte (Alexandra Cave and Bool Lagoon), Penola, Mount Gambier, Port MacDonnell, Nelson. Tantanoola, Millicent, Robe, Kingston. Return to Adelaide via the Coorong to Meningie, Wellington and Strathalbyn. 

                Tumby Bay  
               The Eyre Peninsula
           Friday 14th November
                     (5 days)                    
Port Germein, Arno Bay, Port Neill,Trinity Haven Scenic Drive, Poonindie, Port Lincoln, Sleaford Bay, Whaler's Way, Tod Reservoir, Cummins, Mt Hope, Point Drummond, Greenly Beach, Dutton Bay, Coffin Bay, Koppio Museum.
Enjoy a Clydesdale Horse and trolley ride!
Return is via Horrock's Pass 
to Flinders Ranges, Orroroo and Burra.

                 Head of Bight
The Eyre Peninsula         Saturday 22nd August   
          (8 days)  

Port Germein, Arno Bay, Port Neill,Trinity Haven Scenic Drive, Poonindie , Port Lincoln, Sleaford Bay, Whaler's Way, Coffin Bay, Lock's Well, Elliston, Talia Caves, Venue Bay, Murphy's Haystacks, Point Labatt, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, Ceduna,
Penong, Cactus Beach, Fowlers Bay,Nullarbor Roadhouse,
Head of Bight Whale Centre, Minnipa, Wudinna, The Gawler Ranges National Park, Kimba, Iron Knob, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Wilmington, Melrose, The Bridle Track to Port Germein, Clare Valley.

         Coongie Lakes                              
       Legendary Longreach
           Monday 6th July   
                 (11 days)                                        $4200pp

The Strzelecki Track, Innamincka, Windorah,
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackway, Winton, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Longreach. Visit the Stockman's Hall Of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Thomson River.
Barcaldine, The Tree of Knowledge, Blackall Woolscour, Tambo, Charleville, Cunumulla, Currawinya National Park, Hungerford, The Darling Track to Yantbulla, Ford's Bridge and Bourke.

A day exploring Bourke visiting Mt Oxley and local attractions including a cruise aboard the Jandra paddle-steamer on the Darling River.

Wilcannia via The Darling River Run through Louth to Tilpa and on to Broken Hill.

We take an old pastoral route to Burra and World's End Highway to Adelaide.

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