We've visited some pretty special places and met some interesting people.
We felt that that some crappy awards were in order after all this road-trip, so here they are.
First the positive awards:
- Best hiking: Flinders Ranges, diverse range of trails, superbly marked - also best views
- Most interesting national park: Mutawintji National Park, some 150km northeast of Broken Hill. This is true outback.
- Positive surprise town: Portland, Victoria. We knew nothing about this town beforehand. Cool town with a town seal in the harbour, cool surroundings, Great South West Walk nearby,
- Unexpected fun and quirky town: Peterborough, SA, aka Steamtown. A former railway junction, reinventing itself with a rail "sound and light show" aka movie documentary, run and organized by a German bloke
- Best wine district: Clare Valley, except for Clare town. Cool vineyards (in particular, Sevenhill), cool conversion of old rail tracks into Riesling Trail, a 25km biking or hiking stretch between Clare and Auburn
- Best food (outside of Di's cooking): La Scala Italian Restaurant in Griffith, a local institution
- Funniest menu item: Masallas in Broken Hill with Chicken AK-47 curry and its 30 chillies attached vs Beef Vindaloo with 3 chillies
- Best Elvis exhibition: Parkes, well, where else...? Well, since my baby left...
- Best belly laugh: Grampians camp ground, when a couple of abseilers returned to camp one day and found their previous quiet spot surrounded by a school bus load of teenagers and their tents. The abseilers moved quick smart to the other side of the campground
- Place with most overweight and unattractive people: Broken Hill's Tourist Park
- Least interesting town where we spent a night: Port Augusta, SA - gateway to the west... And north... And...
- Least interesting town - no overnight, we changed our mind once we got there: Tailem Bend, SA, a highway junction
With apologies to Russell Coight for some of inserts above...
No photos today, sorry.