Off the Tourist Trail #8 – Point Pass, South Australia
|Looking towards Point Pass at Inspiration Point, Mid North, South Australia|
Penniless Australians despondent over their inability to travel overseas to areas of unfettered opulence and baroque magnificence need no longer be depressed about the prospect of never seeing their gilt and glamour.
|Lutheran Church, Point Pass, South Australia|
In fact, those unable to leave the country for ANY reason – infirmity, criminal record, pteromerhanophobia* or even choice – can take heart that Australia has once again risen to the challenge of providing unique experiences.
Because I’d be surprised if any of the world’s pantheon of gilded steeples could claim a more bizarre and unusual location than Australia’s stunning contribution at Point Pass**.
|Gilded Steeple at Point Pass, South Australia|
Deep in South Australia’s mid-north, Point Pass is only slightly west of the Goyder line, beyond which land is considered unsuitable for farming.
Just up the road – if ‘road’ is an accurate description of the steep, stony track held in place by well placed rocks in the washaways – the staggering view from Inspiration Point looks down over this farming region on the plains to the ranges beyond.
Midway between Eudunda and Robertstown en route to larger copper mining town Burra, Point Pass was once a watering point on the overland stock route and a significant town in its own right.
And with many German settlers pioneering the region, this 1870’s church and adjoining Immanuel College complex form part of South Australia’s Lutheran heritage.
Who cares that the unexpected sumptuousness of glittering metal flashing in the March 2012 autumn sunshine isn’t really gold, but comes from the anodised aluminium covering the steeple? One day I may travel overseas and see other examples of this art.
|Point Pass Lutheran Church Steeple – ona South Aussie autumn day|
But they’ll have to work mighty hard to beat this shining spire on that lonely little church in the middle of the mid north plain on the edge of nowhere …
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* Pteromerhanophobia = fear of flying, according to Wikipedia!
**Many thanx to ‘Flinders Ranges and Mid North’ by Stuart Nicol for most of the information about Point Pass in this post.