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A short visit to the Flinders Ranges
June 2019



The purpose of this page is to record some of the more interesting bits of this short holiday for my own use, with the hope that it may also be of interest to others.

The Flinders Ranges is one of my wife and my favourite places on this planet. See it before it is irreparably damaged by climate change.

Some of the images have high-definitions versions which can be seen by clicking on the photos. Use your device's back-arrow to go back to the main Web page.

This page was started 2019/06/19, last edited 2020/04/19
Contact: David K. Clarke – ©
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Rawnsley Park

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Early morning after the big rain of 2019/06/12.

Dogs are not allowed into most of South Australia's national parks (whether this law is justifiable or not is a question I will go into here), Rawnsley is outside of the Flinders Ranges National Park and the caravan park does welcome campers with dogs; also they have two cabins in which they allow dogs. We stayed in one of these.

Photo 2019/06/13, 07:19



Rain, 2019/06/12

 
Water in gutter
Rain started about 5am on the morning that this photo was taken. By 10am there had been about 44mm, 14% of the annual average of 310mm; after that there were only scattered light showers over the remainder of the day.

This photo was taken where a gutter ran through the camping ground.

Photo 2019/06/12, 08:46
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Water in creek
Water began flowing in the creek (which goes on to pass through Kangaroo Gap nearby) while we were having breakfast. This image captures the flow-front.

We were able to watch its progress because it was only about 30 metres in front of our cabin.

Photo 2019/06/12, 08:57
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Water conditioner

 
Water conditioner
This device, a 'Carefree Water Conditioner' was on a well near the Rawnsley Park camping ground.

I worked for 30 years in the hydrogeology (underground water) field. I came across these gadgets during that time. They are claimed to somehow improve the water by 'conditioning' it. It should not be confused with ion-exchange water conditioners, which replace calcium and magnesium ions (which 'harden' water) with sodium ions, improving the water for several purposes. In contrast, Carefree Water Conditioners take nothing from the water and so far as I've been able to find out do not change the water flowing through them in any way.

A better alternative to installing one of these is to shoot a feral cat and feral goat and by the light of a full Moon bury one each side of the well-head. It will do no more to improve the water quality than a Carefree conditioner, but it would at least reduce the damage done to the native bush and its denizens by the feral pests, and it wouldn't waste money.

I have been unable to find any record of scientifically credible, independent testing of these devices, nor can I imagine how they can possibly work when they don't take anything out of the water.

See also Delusions, an unaffordable luxury and The problem and prevalence of ignorance. Water divining is a related superstition totally lacking in evidentiary support.

Photo 2019/06/12

 
Well head

Windmill gone, solar pump takes over

A view of the well-head; the 'water conditioner' is between the galvanised bend and black polythene pipe on the far right.

The old windmills that used to be almost a ubiquitous feature of the Australian bush are gradually being replaced by solar powered pumps such as has been installed here. Both, of course, use unlimited, free, clean, renewable energy.

An old abandoned well that was fitted with a windmill can be seen just right of centre, the bases of the windmill legs are still in place. The new well, cased with white PVC, with the 'water conditioner' in the pipeline, is on the right. Power from the solar panels goes to a submersible pump in the well.

Photo 2019/06/12
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Dead trees

 
Callitris trees (probably Callitris glaucophylla) showing severe stress, some dead or dying, near Rawnsley Park camping ground. This would be the result of the exceptionally long and hot summer of 2018/19 that itself was quite probably due to climate change.

We saw similar signs of stress in many areas and in a number of species.

Photo 2019/06/12
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Early morning walk

Morning mist

On the morning following the exceptional rain of the 12th I went for a walk before sunrise up one of the marked trails in the Ulowdna Range. The beautiful ground-hugging fog toward the south was a bonus that I didn't expect and is probably quite unusual in the Flinders Ranges. Notice the fog flowing over the top of some of the hills in the distance on the left (you'll need to view the high-definition version of the photo).

The fog had risen by an hour or so later.

The camping ground was nearly full, but I saw no other walkers on the range; it is quite probable that I was the only person to see this. A great privilege for me! So many people miss so much be sleeping through the most beautiful part of the day.

Photo 2019/06/13, 07:01



Morning mist

This photo was taken from around the same place as the previous one, but just after sun-rise, looking toward the east.

Photo 2019/06/13, 07:19



 
Wilpena Range
Looking toward the north-west a few minutes after the earlier photos this view of the south-western wall of the Wilpena Pound Range was to be seen.

The sediments that became the rocks of the Wilpena Pound Range were laid down about 500 million years ago, but the most recent uplift that produced the landscape we see today happened a mere five million years back (see The Wilpena Group, Flinders Ranges, South Australia; Stratigraphy, Correlation, and Geological History.)

The hills in the foreground and the distance on the left are parts of the Ulowdna Range.

In the middle distance is the Rawnsley Park camping ground and slightly beyond that some water in the Rawnsley Park dam. Before the rain the dam had been quite empty.

Photo 2019/06/13, 07:26
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Wilpena

Gum trees (probably Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in Wilpena Pound, near where Wilpena Creek flows out through the gap that leads to the Wilpena resort.

Gum trees like these require a lot of water; these must get much of their water from the sediments that are 'topped up' periodically by run-off that collects in the Pound, which has higher rainfall than the surrounding area because of its altitude.

The water for the Wilpena resort is groundwater that is recharged via the same source and held in the same natural storage. The main outlet for surface water from the Pound is through Wilpena Creek, and most likely the main outlet for groundwater is through sediments and fractured rocks beneath Wilpena Creek.

Photo 2019/06/13



Panorama 1

A panorama view of Wilpena Pound recorded from the lower of the two Wangara lookouts, which are just inside the Pound.

It is about a three kilometre walk from the car parking area into the Pound, a bus is available to take people part of the way once or twice a day.

Photo 2019/06/18



Panorama 2

A panorama view recorded from the higher of the two Wangara lookouts.

The ABC range and the more distant Bunker Hill Range are visible in the distance through the gap (in the high-definition image). The gap, through which Wilpena Creek flows, is the main entrance into the Pound for walkers, there is no vehicle access, except for emergency use.

The typically red colour of the rocks of the Flinders Ranges can be seen to some extent on the right. While the Grampians of Victoria are composed of a similar sandstone the rocks there are typically grey. I've written elsewhere about how this seems to be due to a far more extensive biocrust cover in the damper climate of the Grampians. The biocrust page shows the reds of the Flinders Ranges rocks more than this page does.

Photo 2019/06/13



Sunrise from Twidale Tops

Sunrise

Taken during another early morning walk, on our last morning in the Flinders Ranges.

Rawnsley Bluff, a part of the Wilpena Pound Range, on the left, the Chase Range in the centre distance, the Ulowdna Range nearer on the right.

Photo 2019/06/14



Wirrabara silo art

 
Silo art
Not a particularly good photo (the light was coming from the wrong direction), but a masterpiece of art; at Wirrabara on our way home.

On another page I've recorded more silo art near Benalla and north of Horsham, both in Victoria, and Waikerie in South Australia.

Photo 2019/06/14
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Dead trees
Early morning walk
Rain, 2019/06/12
Rawnsley Park
Sunrise from Twidale Tops
Water conditioner
Wilpena
Windmill gone, solar pump takes over
Wirrabara silo art


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