Before Reg and I discovered and fell in love with the Kimberley and the Pilbara of Western Australia, the Flinders Ranges were my favorite place in Australia.
The fact that we wrecked a car each time we went there, driving on the outback roads could very well be why we have only been there twice in out 43 years of touting together. Not that there are not good roads into the Flinders if you like to stick to them.
We always joked when we were ready for a new car we would go and wreck the old one driving into the northern section of the Finders ranges the rugged Arkaroola area we love so much. Because Reg and I have lived and loved a lifetime of 42 years of travel we have never concerned ourselves with collecting valuables that get left at home.
I have such wonderful memories of crossing rivers in the Flindres ranges, an old Holden station wagon towing a 4' x6' trailer. We had to cross the river because that was the road, the only way in or out when we first drove to the Northern Flinders.
The roads willl have improved since then but outback is still outback and rain flow has to go someplace and in the outback, when the rain is heavy the road becomes a river in many places. Most people only see the Flinders Ranges when it is dry or stick to the lower of middle sections.
We will not go too far off highway during our planned 2011 trip to the Flinders Ranges.
The things you do when you are on wages are different to what you do once retired on a lower income.
We now have a 4WD more suited to the terrain and an off highway Eco-Tourer caravan more suited to country roads. This raises a question I am often asked and and something many people are misguided about. Basically I will be taking care of our beautiful caravan and I do take her, gently off highway on to proper off highway roads but I do not treat an off highway caravan like it is an off road vehicul and I don't recommend doing so.
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