Day 3 the day was planned by Richard and Maria to be an easier and shorter day. Moments after leaving camp a kangaroo with Joey was seen by some. We then did a walk to a trig point. It was further than advertised and so we didn't get to the end but enjoyed lots of lovely flowers, views and conversations.
Morning tea was on the road back at the cars. The track was thick sand but easy driving. We soon arrived at the lunch spot by a salt lake. On previous visits this has been walked on but today it was full of water and a pleasant sight. After this we were enthralled by many grass trees with their interesting flowers. They were plentiful and as far as the eye could see. All different shapes, sizes, colours and groupings - a photographer’s haven. We then travelled along the southern border noticing wattles in flower and stopped at Leah 's Well. This was surprisingly deep – applying the falling stone test!! As we turned back for camp the planned route had to be changed several times due to closed roads. A quick look at Dahlenburg's Mill before stopping at a path where there were very unusual orchids.
We were greeted at the camp entrance by a large goanna – which decided to climb a tree when it saw all the vehicles approaching. At 5.30 we set off again for Nhill and were again entertained by the local resident goanna in an artistic position on the tree. There was much good humoured merriment at a pub crawl in Nhill to find the only one of 3 that was open would serve food. It was dilapidated but we were happy to support the local business. The one that was booked over the phone we found had been closed for 2 years – apparently the phantom owner still answers the phone to take reservations!
Day 4 It was hard to crawl out of the snug sleeping bags on this brisk morning which had frost on the tents, following a brilliantly clear night, but a day of adventure enticed us out. We were just 5 cars heading out again to attempt a way into the central part of the park. We serenaded the Paul & Tineke before we left as we discovered we had 3 upcoming birthdays!
We stopped at the marker to show a route for the gold escort. We then skirted around the boundary to find a route in that was open and passable. After morning tea on the roadside we had a walk to the crater. There were many viewings of wildlife.