Some cool vw bus road trip images:
Bungabiddy Rock Hole valley in a morning view while the others slept!
Image by spelio
On the ExploreOz EOTopo on line map, it is called Pangkupirri Rockholes, in the Walter James Range.
I sensed the sun rising over the hill, so rose and walked down the track a few 100m and followed a ridge up to a vantage point overlooking the plains to the East and Rebecca Creek.
We met a couple of chaps already set up camp when we arrived last night. One was a German tourist in a rented Britz Troopy, he had already climbed the Sir Frederick Range lookout, and now planned to head off down an even more remote track across country to Giles.
The other chap, Dean Richardson, was from Victor Harbour. He had been all over the country in his extremely well set up Troopy. We got to chatting for quite awhile, after I climbed down from here.
It turns out he was from the Victor Harbour Primary School when their teacher, Chris Tapscott, thought they would benefit from a trip to meet the Anangu people of Central Australia.
His students and the students from the Musgrave Ranges, learnt the basics of each others language and customs.
I gave Dean a copy of David Astle’s “Offbeat Australia”, where Dean wrote these notes on p 357, where the story is written up.
“Took Ghan from Adelaide got off at Chandler Stn. met by Aboriginal People in bus to community of Fregon. Went witchety grubbing, Kangaroo (Euro) hunting, spear making, participated in their Inma (Corroboree). Then went to see Ayers Rock & Olgas & caught Ghan back to Adelaide from Kulgera Stn.
Went back on a trip in 2000 – Anniversary Trip 20Yrs.”
The Sandy Blight Junction Road is considered to be one of the most picturesque tracks in outback Australia, and was Beadell’s favourite. Its present-day southern terminus is 27 km (17 mi) west of Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and 77 km (48 mi) east of Warakurna Community (Giles). The original start point has been bypassed by more recent construction of the Great Central Road. Beadell placed eleven signposts and one large rock (200 mile mark) at significant points along the road. Most of the signs have since been replaced with replicas, as many original plates have been taken as souvenirs.
At Bungabiddy rockhole (of which there were two pools) he was unable to touch the bottom when in the water, so he presumed that it was deep enough to be permanent water. Beadell may have thought he was the first European to sight this feature, but a notorious dingo bounty hunter named Paddy de Conlay had carved his name and the date “1936” on a rock nearby.