As we were both keen to leave Broken Hill, we decided to forego the free pancakes on offer for breakfast at the Caravan Park and hit the road. We left Broken Hill early [for us] and headed west on the Barrier Highway towards Port Augusta in SA.
Our first morning break was at Cutana Rest Area. As we pulled off the road we were rather surprised to find a vehicle draped in police tape. I checked it out thoroughly for bullet holes and blood, but found nothing too exciting. We figured things were safe so we proceeded to park and enjoyed a coffee and a stretch – all the time imagining what terrible thing may have happened.
We then continued along the highway. It was overcast but a very good driving day. We stopped at Yunta Centennial Park for lunch. This seemed to be a busy stopping place for nomads like us. I spent a while discussing overnight options with a fellow traveler.
As we continued along the Barrier Highway after lunch the skies turned very black. Our rain cloud had found us! We decided to pull off and checked out a couple of free camps but they already had surface water so we continued to Peterborough Caravan Park which is like paradise after Broken Hill.
We parked without unhitching and put on our coats and went exploring. The Caravan Park is very nice and clean and inviting and it is next to Victoria Park which has a lake full of ducks. It is a great spot. The Caravan Park owner gave us a run down on the town and we can’t wait to explore further tomorrow.
Interesting facts about Peterborough:
- It is 240 km from Adelaide.
- It has a population of 2000.
- The Indian Pacific goes through the town 4 times a week.
- It is 10 kms from Yongala which is the coldest place in SA.
- It is home to the Steamtown Heritage Rail Museum