LAKE EYRE + EAST McDONNELL RANGES:
Travelling north via the Flinders Ranges we head for the vast expanse of Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake.
On our way to Oodnadatta, we track the route of the old Ghan past ancient mound springs which are an oasis for wildlife. We pass Mount Dare and Old Andado Station on the edge of the Simpson Desert, to visit a rare stand of Acacia Peuce.
Further north is Mt Chambers, seen by explorer John McDouall Stuart in 1860 on his first attempt at crossing the continent. The East McDonnell Ranges are a hidden gem in central Australia, studded with sheer quarzite cliffs and gum-lined waterholes.
Exploring this area on foot is a great way to absorb its natural beauty.