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Oratunga Track, Skytrek . Photos by various members, words by John Cullen.
Easter, March 2008   

After a record long heatwave which had everyone on edge, very mild weather saw the arrival of 11 Jeeps at the designated meeting spot early Good Friday morning. Once Trip Attendance records were signed and we had all done the meet and greet it was time to head off towards the Northern Flinders Ranges.

We stopped at lunch and a re-fuel at Quorn before heading to our base camp location at Angorichina Homestead. After meeting the owners we were taken to our camping spot which was a large area beside a river bed and a lovely gorge offering spectacular scenery. It was quite late in the afternoon by the time everyone had set up so we had drinks and nibbles for happy hour before having dinner. After dinner the evening saw everyone sitting around the campfire telling yarns, discussing Jeeps, cooking marshmallows, and anticipating the weekend ahead.

Easter Saturday had us tackling the Oratunga Track and we split up into two groups and left with a half an hour gap between us. The supplied maps were very easy to follow and offered many track notes along the way. Most of the driving was moderate which made it easy to take in the breathtaking scenery. We stopped for lunch at Artimore ruins, which was built in the 1860’s as a depot shearing shed, and we were able to exchange stories with the second group for a short while just as they arrived and we were about to head off. We climbed to the top of a very steep track up to the top of Mt. Lucius giving us 360 degree views of the Northern Flinders Ranges. After we had completed the track we refuelled at Angorichina Village and then had ice cream at Blinman before heading back to our base camp.

Back at camp, we had our dinner, then left on a short journey suggested to us by the owners to the top of a hill to watch the sunset – another excellent experience.

Easter Sunday saw the kids up early and on their Easter egg hunt before the early start heading off towards Willow Springs to do the famous Skytrek. Skytrek is one of the more popular drives in the Flinders and offers a variety of scenery from rugged mountain valleys, majestic river gum lined creeks as well as seeing a lot of pioneering history along the way. The track is well marked with 40 reference points to keep you fascinated and intrigued throughout the day. The second half of the track was certainly challenging with low range having to be used frequently. The high point is climbing the 921 metre Mt. Caernarvon, again offering panoramic views of the Flinders. We all agreed that it was a spectacular days driving.

After arriving back at the base camp that evening we were all pretty tired but all stayed up talking and chatting around the campfire, eating more marshmallows, and Easter eggs too.

Easter Monday morning saw us take our time packing up before heading to Parachilna to the famous pub there for a drink before the long drive home.
Overall it was an excellent trip with a great group of people in a location that can only be described as breathtaking and inspiring.