Montecollina Bore To Farina On The Strzelecki Track
Amanda had wanted to visit Farina for a few years and she finally got her chance. We travelled from Montecollina Bore To Farina down the Strzelecki Track. Just like yesterday the Strzelecki Track road conditions were really good. There were even a few sections of sealed road, not very long but long enough to make you wish for a bit more. We love the dirt but the sealed sections just give you a bit of a rest.
When we left Montecollina Bore To Farina down the Strzelecki Track it was blowing a bit of a gale, it was like Laurence of Arabia stuff with the wind blowing sand and dust all over the place. It died down after about an hour, the wind had been pretty strong for the last three days or so and we were pretty happy to see it ease up.
Montecollina Bore To Farina down the Strzelecki Track Via Lyndhurst
We headed off down the Strzelecki again. The road was pretty good all the way through to Lyndhurst with just a few corrugated stretches and a lot of floodways that would be messy if it rained. We were lucky and it was as dry as a bone all the way. There were lots of emus about about both alive and dead and we passed a heap of road trains going the other way.
We made it to Lyndhurst and filled up with fuel and bought a few basic groceries (eggs were $9 a dozen bread was $5 a frozen loaf can’t complain though you’re in the middle of nowhere) and headed to Farina only another 40ks up the road. The road between Lyndhurst and Farina was very well graded dirt/gravel and presented zero problems. Just like the road from Montecollina Bore To Farina.
Camping At Farina
Amanda had wanted to visit Farina for a few years and she finally got her chance. When we turned in to Farina it was pretty cool. There were heaps of old ruined buildings that we drove past on our way to the campgrounds. Camping at Farina is $5 per person per night and they have an honesty box at the gates.
The campgrounds are very large, very clean and very beautiful. One of the better spots we have camped. They have bins, flushing toilets as well as showers, you have to light a small wood fire underneath an old donkey boiler to heat the water for the showers. Heaps of fun. When we arrived there were about six other camper trailers and caravans set up but we were all so far spaced apart it was like being on your own.
We picked a nice spot with a picnic table alongside and bins close by and a big firepit as well as a woodburning bbq. A lot of the spots in the campgrounds are similarly well set up. All done by volunteers.
After setting up the van for the next few days we went for a bit of an explore. We visited the old cemetery and had a look around. Once again it had been cleaned up in recent years by the volunteers and there were explanation boards at the entry.
Next we went and had a look at the old police station as well as the cricket ground (FCG) and some of the railway associated ruins like the gangers hut and ticket booking office.
The whole reason Farina was where it is in the first place is that it was in the early 1900’s the railhead, end of the line so to speak of the Ghan Railway. All of the farmers and settlers from the surrounding areas north of Farina had to come to Farina to collect goods they had shipped up from Adelaide. Eventually the railhead moved north to Marree and farina died out.
We had a nice afternoon looking around the ruins, then we went back to the van and had some dinner and a fire with some wood we had collected back at Tibooburra. It was a great day.