We had several hours left of daylight to see as much as we could. We drove north of Burra and about 3.kms out of town on the Barrier Highway, we saw the abandoned farmhouse photographed by Ken Duncan for the cover of Midnight Oil’s “Diesel and Dust” record. It is one of Australia’s most photographed ruins and we of course, took our photos.
Travelling further north, we were on the path to Sir.Hubert Wilkins Homestead, restored with the assistance of Dick Smith, the National Trust and the volunteers of the Sir.Hubert Wilkins Memorial Trust Committee. This homestead was the birthplace of the explorer. Continuing along Dare’s Hill Circuit, we reached the magnificent views from Dare’s Hill Summit. We should have Googled the exact distance and not relied on the Tourist map which is more the style of a ‘mud map’ as we travelled much further than anticipated and needed to turn back to Burra, mindful of our fuel supply.
The landscapes varied as we travelled through the mostly pastoral farming country that was so dry from drought. We saw many kangaroos near old deserted farm house properties and around a dam. Emus could be seen in the distance at one point. Despite the drought affected land, the scenery was amazing.