Panoramas of the Outback

Hi Folks,

Was uploading some panoramas I took in the outback to the website yesterday and thought I would share them with you here as well.

Canning Stock Route Breaden hills

Breaden Hills Canning Stock Route

This image was taken at sunset at the Breaden Hills, which are around 100kms south of the northern end of the Canning Stock Route. The area is within the Southesk Tablelands, named by the explorer David Carnegie after his father the 7th Earl of Southesk. The hills hold significance to Aboriginal people, and contain stone tool sites, waterholes, a stone hunting hide and some petroglyphs. There was plenty of humidity in the air, and there was lightning about the tablelands. I was preparing dinner when the range lit up, so I grabbed the camera. My expedition to the Canning is here.

Cooper Creek in flood Etadunna

Sunset reflections on the flooded Cooper floodplain at Etadunna

In 2011 the Cooper had crossed the Birdsville Track, an event that only occurs every twenty odd years. We were heading down towards the mouth and camped in the horse paddock on Etadunna, right on the banks. The cacophony of birdsong was almost deafening as I wandered down to get a shot of the sunset. I returned to this very spot in May 2012 and it was a dusty clay pan, dry as a chip.

Lake Cohen in flood

Flooded Lake Cohen in the Gibson Desert.

Lake Cohen is an ephemeral wetland in the middle of the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve. It is really a giant clay pan that regularly holds a sheet of water. It is an important wayside stop for migratory birds. There is no water for miles around, and it is about as remote a place in Australia as you can get, almost directly between Newman and Alice Springs.

Looking out of Balgo Pound, a view to take your breath away

The Balgo Pound is one of the most spectacular breakaways in outback Australia, the flat spinifex plains of the Tanami Desert are broken by a spectacular laterite escarpment, the views take your breath away. We had been travelling for days up a track that doesn’t appear on any maps from Lake Mackay on the NT/WA border and suddenly arrived at the pound.

Sir Frederick James Range

Vehicles descending on a steep track in the Sir Frederick James Range

The Frederick James Range is half way up the Sandy Blight Junction Road, a track put in by road builder and surveyor Len Beadell in 1963 as part of a network of roads for the Woomera Long Range Weapons testing program. Consisting of alluvial conglomerate, there is a steep 4X4 track to the summit. The view that awaits is astonishing. In this panorama you can see in the far distance the Peterman Range, with Lake Hopkins in the foreground. Though not in the photo, when we were there to the left we could see Mt Liebler in the Kintore Ranges, meaning the entire 380km Sandy Blight Junction track was visible from the top of this range.

About Andrew Dwyer

I am a cook, author of three published cookbooks, historian and expedition leader. I live in Jamieson, a town with a population of 200 in a valley where two rivers meet in the Australian High Country. I am married to Jane and we have three grown ups that were once children. They all return home regularly for short visits. Life is good. NB: This site uses Australian English, so if you are American you may struggle with the spelling.
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7 Responses to Panoramas of the Outback

  1. Paul Gannan says:

    Very nice pictures and a good commentary. Looks and sounds like you had a great trip.

  2. Alan Ford says:

    Everyone should try and go to the Breaden Hills, to say nothing of Lake Cohen. That lake, with water in it is really quite spectacular, particularly considering its position in the centre of the continent.

  3. Rick Moore says:

    And they are vistas enjoyed all the more when shared with enthusiastic travellers and botanists like Alan Ford.

  4. Charolette says:

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