A sign that greets you as enter the town of Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges, gives you the Adnyamathanha peoples original name for the location as Varratyalinha. The word means Dead Finish Splinter – dead finish is the plant species Acacia Tetragonophylla. Another theory is that the Nukunu people lived in this area and referred to it as ‘patajilnda’ meaning peppermint gum trees, but little is known of the traditional owners who were dispossessed of their country from 1849, and much of their language has been lost. Sadly this is all that is recorded for this particular area as any other connections to traditional or dreaming stories has been lost over time.
The Quorn Caravan Park is a very neat and tidy park to stay in on a trip to the Flinders Ranges and especially if you are in town to see the Quorn Silo Light Show. Quorn is seen as the gateway to the Southern Flinders Ranges and rock wallaby statues greet you as you enter town.
In Australia we are used to seeing more and more silo art appearing in country areas but in South Australia there are now a couple of towns doing it a little differently. Recently we were in the town of Quorn in the Southern Flinders Ranges and we timed it specifically so we could spend a night in town to watch the silo light show.
We haven’t been given the green light yet to go caravan or camping in South Australia, and when we do it will at first, be only within the state. I know plenty of people are itching to head away somewhere…anywhere, for a change of scenery. And perhaps like me, you’re sick of hearing about ‘a new normal’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘social distancing’, ‘isolation’ and every other term we’ve heard too often over the past few months. That’s not to say we don’t still follow every bit of advice from the health professionals (they are doing a brilliant job in Australia) but a break from the doom and gloom is going to be very welcome.
Today it continues to conserve arid land flora in its natural environment while educating visitors on how to use native plants in home gardens. Now especially with drought conditions affecting so much of the country and a hot and dry summer predicted it makes so much sense when you see how water wise we can be using these plants.