Mt Dare, Dalhousie Springs and Purni Bore are all in the Witjira National Park. Early on Day 2 we crossed into the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, the main practical difference to us being that we could now have a camp fire. Within the first hour we came upon the man with his front wheel off I mentioned in this post:
The landscape we travelled through was quite dry, but not as dry as we later encountered:
We had a choice of which track to take, the short and direct way or the longer way:
We were here to enjoy the desert, not just to cross it. We chose the longer way, to the right. It proved a good choice!
We were already seeing quite a lot of flowers, the result of rain earlier in the season:
This was quite a healthy clump of spinifex:
Here we have a sandhill showing about as green a stand of vegetation as we saw in the open desert:
Plant matter on the sand:
A little later we came upon the grave of a desert lover, whose wish it was to be buried in the desert:
Here’s the surrounding environment:
Soon after midday we stopped to photograph the fields of flowers we were passing through:
More flowers about an hour and a half later:
We were on a late lunch. Len took a walk up the hill:
And found more flowers:
Another hour down the track and the flowers were gone. Never again did we see flowers in such profusion.
The sandhills were becoming higher and more challenging. I think this was the first time Ian G_J had to have a second go:
Later when we had struck camp, Ian took a walk up the hill:
As the shadows lengthened, Len too took a walk:
He spied Margot near the throne room:
That’s a camera in her hand.
This contextualizes Len’s swag:
And a closer look:
I reckon that’s 2-star accommodation. Len liked it; I’m glad we bought a tent. Betty and Eoin’s tent was distinctly 4-star, with 2-litre shower annexe:
As at Purni Bore we had a fullish moon. Here’s the rising moon:
We did have our first camp fire:
To end another glorious day!
Note: This post is the sixth in a series on our Red Centre holiday.