We were up early for breakfast, which was better than our awful dinner the night before. The rooms were very comfortable but we were excited to be on our way to Lake Eyre.
Yippee! The driver drove into the old settlement for us to have a closer look. There was a huge homestead and many smaller buildings.
We stopped for morning tea at Parachilna and once again we had to stand unless we perched ourselves on a fence. It was a long drive through desert country. It was flat all the way to the horizon and quite awe inspiring. We whizzed passed some interesting sculptures that an artist had placed along the roadside but no stop, so no photos.
We pulled into a rest stop in the town of Copley for another picnic lunch, nice wraps this time and whoo hoo we had a covered area with tables and trestles for all of us. While we were there a caravan pulled in. "Thats my blog!"
After lunch we drove through more fascinating red, outback, desert to Marree for a pit stop and then on towards the lake.
We were very happy when the driver stopped for us to get photos of the Dog Fence, sometimes called the Dingo Fence, or the Vermin Fence.
The Dog Fence was built between 1880-1885 to keep dingos out of the fertile SE Australia and protect the sheep flocks. Thousands of sheep were being lost each year.
It is 180cm/5.9ft high and extends into the ground for 30cm/1ft. It is maintained by 23 employees checking it every week.
It is the longest fence in the world stretching 5,614km/3,488m across the continent.