28 June 2009

Weekend at the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Nina, myself and four friends spent last weekend (Fri 19 - Sun 21 June 2009) at Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park, just west of Quorn, South Australia (see Google Maps). We stayed at the Dutchman Hut, which is maintained for Heysen Trail walkers.

We finished work early Friday afternoon and headed up to the park, stopping only for dinner at Port Pirie. We arrived at the hut around 2230, and we carried our gear the 200m from the car park to the hut, and settled in for a game of cards.

The next day we did the Dutchmans Stern Hike which travels through a Gorge, and visits the Dutchmans Stern Bluff (where we had lunch). The evening was spent relaxing and playing board games and cards.

On the third day we traveled to the Devil's Peak, a small mountain south of Quorn, with a horn like peak. We really enjoyed this short 2 hour walk, partly because it was such a nice day, but also because of the nice views. The pushed up geology of the mountain reminded us of St Mary Peak, Wilpena Pound.

After the walk we had lunch at the Quandong Cafe in Quorn. Highly recommended! Especially their specialty, Quandong Pie.

We were back home around 1830 after a 4 hour return trip.

More photos of the trip here.