Posts Tagged ‘Indulkana’


There they were on the side of the road – the beautiful Sturt Desert Pea. I’ve only seen them here in the far north of South Australia. South Australia – I’m getting very near.

Sturt Desert Pea

Sturt Desert Pea

With only 65km on a bitumen road with a tailwind we had time to sleep in and talk with John and his visitor Liz. Then we left the APY Aboriginal lands – after about a week in this beautiful place which has left our heads spinning with contradictions I need time to process.

Leaving the APY Lands

Leaving the APY Lands

We arrived in Marla and collected the several tonnes of food our friends in Alice Springs had sent. Having been invited to dinner almost every night in the APY lands, we still had lots of food, and there was no way we could possibly take this food with us on the Oodnadatta track. I did a circuit of the caravan park and found a lovely New Zealand couple – Wendy and Gregory – to take our excess food to Oodnadatta. Now we are all set for the next dirt road into the outback – one I have driven several times before.


The trip is complete. We were allowed to enter the APY Lands to visit Robert Stevens – the head of Fregon community – and now we have seen him. Bumping down the road to Indulkana a car stopped, and out he stepped. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens

We continued our tradition of stopping for a day in the aboriginal communities, and spent the day in Mimili with Helen and Kel. Another lovely day of talking and sharing stories, and of talking to the kids in the school. We spent the evening in the youth centre watching a debriefing of a football match in the Pitjinjinjara language, and meeting an energetic young aboriginal man that is in a new generation that ‘walks in both worlds’. He grew up with his aboriginal roots, but has studied and spent much time in the wider Australian society. He has a unique opportunity to lead, and improve the lot of the aboriginal people.

Helen and Kel

Helen and Kel

We are staying with a teacher from the school in Indulkana – a keen cyclist who will be joining us tomorrow cycling to Marla. Thanks, John for your great hospitality!

Car wreck

Car wreck