In addition to yesterday’s shots of Kangaroo Island, the story also called for coverage of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, extending up to Arkaba Station in the Flinders Ranges and the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna almost 500km north of Adelaide.

These photos capture some of the vastness that characterises this area, but if you’ve been out this way you’ll know just how impossible it is to convey an Australian sky in photos. Lying on the grass at Arkaba under a desert night sky is a star-watchers dream come true, and makes getting up at 4am to see the sun rise over the ranges just that little bit more difficult.

Emu mother and chicksRoad to the Flinders Ranges

Lonely WindmillOutside the Corner StoreAntique store signage

Arkaba Station homesteadArkaba Station hall

Arkaba Station bathroomArkaba Station shearing shedArkaba Station shearing shed

Arkaba Station branded wool bagShearing stations at Arkaba

Wool bale pressWool sorting tableShearing gate

Through the window to the waiting yardsAlong the ridge

The Prairie Hotel is out in the middle of nowhere, yet is world-famour for its ‘true blue’ Australian cuisine. I didn’t stay long enough to try anything, but if you’re interested in the Feral Feast (a mixture of kangaroo, emu, yabby, native limes and bush tomato) you can read up on the menu here, and wash it down with the locally brewed Fargher Larger.

Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

What's on tap?The Feral Feast - roadkill, anyone?

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