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LsBob
11.05.2008, 11:41
This trip was made a few years ago now but Lake Eyre is in the middle of Australia and is a dry salt pan. Thousands of years ago the climate was a lot wetter than it is now and water flowed into this lake for hundreds of miles around but at some time in history the exit was blocked and the climate became hotter and drier so the water evaporated leaving behind layers of salt.
In places this salt is metres deep and strong and perfectly flat, so much so that Donald Campbell came here during the 1960s to attempt a new land speed record in Bluebird. This area was selected as a large flat area was required to enable the car to reach top speed and to slow down.
Now when there is very heavy rains in Queensland in what is called the Channel country - inland Queensland, the water slowly moves Queensland and South Australia and occasionally 6 months later, flows into Lake Eyre. Only 3 times since the Europeans came has Lake Eyre filled with water though water may trickle into it about every 10 years so there is a very shallow lake which does not last long.
With this water come animal life and eggs which have layed under the cover of salt, hatch, and soon there is a mass of food as the fish and shrimps and other aquatic creatures have only a dhort ti,e to grow, mate and lay eggs. This attracts the bird life which feast on all the acquatic life.
As ths occurred in 2000 we went there during the school holidays in May going to Alice Springs, then into Chambers Pillar which is an isolated pillar in the desert.
The first photo is of Heavitree Gap at Alice Springs where the road, rail and Todd River all flow through a narrow gap in the ranges. Alice Springs is immediately to the right of these ranges.
The others are of approaching Chambers Pillar.

LsBob
11.05.2008, 12:01
Due to rains some 6 months earlier the area instead of being barren was covered with wild flowers. The spinifex grass is liked by cattle as food but it has sharp ends which stick into you.
Lamberts Centre is a place near Finke which the surveyors consider is the planimetric centre of gravity forAustralia see http://www.nt.gov.au/lands/lis/placenames/origins/centreaustralia.shtml.
and also http://www.exploroz.com/Places/75844/NT/Lambert_Centre.aspx
To mark this spot there is a minature of the flagpole on the Parliament house in Canberra.
We went back to the highway at Kulgera then left it further down taking an old track through the Painted Desert where the cliffs in parts are of many colours.
After joining the old unsealed highway at Oodnadatta we drove to where a track led into Lake Eyre. It is only 4WD due to the long sand patches and only a few months earlier some tourists had died of thirst when their car got bogged and they walked in the wrong directio for help.

LsBob
11.05.2008, 12:15
We camped here over night and being so far from civilization and there was a full lunar eclipse occuring that night, the stars were brilliant. Most of the ground here is pure gypsum,
The old railway line used to run near to here and there are still some remains of the equipment used to treat the hard water to make it suitable for the steam trains boilers.
There are also mound springs in parts where the water comes from underground.
We then visited Maree which is one end of the Birdsville Track which crosses the desert from Maree to Birdsville. It used to be used for droving the cattle down from Queensland to Maree where there was a railhead to take them to market. It has a reputation for being isolated but now with radios, satellites etc and improvements to the road, it is not so isolated as before.
Along the track there are artesian bores where they have drilled down to reach a water table, in some places it can be over a thousand metres. The water ranges from beautiful to being hot and with many natural chemicals. This bore the water came out boiling and it drove a small turbiine to generate electricity before going into cooling ponds where the cattle can drink it.

LsBob
11.05.2008, 12:23
Birdsville is probably Australia's remotest town, and it is by a large waterhole. Besides a hotel, general store, council depot for looking after the roadsm policestation - he has an enormous beat, hospital and old folks home plus a few dozen houses forms the town. Once a year it holds a race meeting here which attracts people from all places.
One of the early explorers when he passed through here had blazed a tree which still stands near the town. From here we then headed north across the gibber plains reaching the mining town of Mt Isa at night.

Avtokosmos
12.05.2008, 01:02
It's a perfect statement and a perfect photos. In Russia we haven't the same nature sights. I give the maximal estimation to your story.:)

LsBob
12.05.2008, 10:45
Thank you for the compliment but don't forget that to us outsiders, there are many beautiful places in Russia where the scenery is so different from what we have here. Also it is probably due to St Petersburg being so far to the North that your photos have a softer colouring, sometimes nearly monochrome, while in Australia probably due to the fact that the sun is overhead, the colours are brighter, sometimes harsher.

Avtokosmos
13.05.2008, 23:21
Thank you for the compliment but don't forget that to us outsiders, there are many beautiful places in Russia where the scenery is so different from what we have here. Also it is probably due to St Petersburg being so far to the North that your photos have a softer colouring, sometimes nearly monochrome, while in Australia probably due to the fact that the sun is overhead, the colours are brighter, sometimes harsher.

You are right in Russia there are a lot of beautiful places.:)
I want to ask you one question. Vbifus is a member of our club VSE4X4. He want to go to Australia in February in 2009 year and cross all continent on 4WD jeep. Please can you ask telephons and adresses of offices in Australia which gives cars in hire.
Thank you.:)