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24 April 2006 - Port Augusta to Ceduna
A long day today - 464 kilometres and five and a half hours driving from Port August to Ceduna. The road from Port Augusta initially passes through barren grasses, low scrub and red-orange hills as if welcoming the traveller to the dry interior. Red- dust around Iron Knob open cut iron ore mine 65 kilometres from Port Augusta adds to the apparent desolation. But this is a limited area of low rainfall and poor vegetation and the saltbush slowly gives way to mallee scrub then quite suddenly, about 140 kilometres from Port Augusta, the road enters flat, open croplands which continue for the next 320 kilometres to Ceduna.
Grain siloes are dotted across the countryside at the heart of settlements sometimes as small as three houses, and sometimes more substantial townships. The shining white silos can be seen for twenty or thirty kilometres across the paddocks before any other buildings are visible. The most substantial of these silo settlements is Kimba which proudly proclaims itself as the half-way point when crossing Australia from east to west. It is also the home of the giant galah.
The road is the Eyre Highway which is quite a good road. For the latter half of the trip (208 kilometres) a railway line and water pipeline from Port Lincoln run alongside the road to Ceduna.
|Grain silo at Kimba serving this grain growing part of the Eyre Peninsula.|
|Water pipe alongside the highway carries water from Port Lincoln to Ceduna. Supply of fresh water to this part of South Australia is a permanent problem.|
|Silo ahead on the highway indicates a village coming up.|