Then we thought of Pentland, only a short distance east from where the dirt superhighway emerged onto the REAL road! We’d driven through it in 2009, amazed by the magnificent wildflowers of the White Mountains National Park – and the Pentland wetland (aka ‘swamp’) at the back of the town gave it the edge over Torrens Creek. Before you start wondering what kind of people think a swamp makes a place MORE instead of LESS enticing, think birdwatching!!
Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Pentland – you’re in good company with (at a rough estimate) many millions of Aussies – and (I daresay) Oprah! Sad, when it’s a great place to spend a couple of days in a real Aussie small town.
The Pentland caravan park is one of those wonderful quiet country parks with everything – and on our June 2010 visit, was only $22 per night for a powered site! Bargain!! And within walking distance of the town’s services and attractions, including art gallery and historic Norwood police cells.
Returning to Pentland from viewing the breathtaking wild and remote vista from the lookout, an odd little bird, not destined to be roadkill today, scuttled across the road in front of us! What was it? Although pretty unlikely (wrong habitat and known distribution), I desperately wanted it to be a Plains Wanderer (how cool is that name?) but expert Pilchard didn’t see it clearly enough to identify preferring (thankfully, I guess) to actually watch the road when driving!
Although unlikely that we’ll nearly skittle the same bird in the same spot a year or two down the track, it’s just enough to make us return to Pentland one day on the off chance! Yes, we have an active fantasy life …
Till next time!!
*Prairie, Torrens Creek, Pentland, Homestead and Balfe’s Creek – all (other than Homestead) with Caravan Park/ hotel/motel accomodation; and all with other facilities such as stores, fuel, pub etc. Go on! Have a stopover!!
**Forest Den and Moorrinya, if you care!