"Ediacara hills" Flinders Ranges Things to Do Tip by kokoryko
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I hesitated before posting some information about this holy place; it is very severely protected, and will even be more in the near future.
You may get close to it on Google Earth, but on low resolution and cloudy image, but I won’t tell more. . . Here I quote Environment and conservation minister Gail Gago (Ediacara Reserve proclaimed Conservation Park): “Just 30 Ediacaran sites exists around the world, but those found in South Australia are arguably some of the best. Unfortunately, these fossils are subject to poachers, which is why their exact location won’t be publicised, and another reason we’ve increased their conservation status,”. . . . ./
. . . /“There’s a fantastic display of these fossils at the SA Museum, so all South Australians and tourists from around the world can appreciate their beauty and significance.. . /. . .
Well, I drove on a sandy dirt road, then walked a few kilometres (with two bottles of water!) to reach the hill and once I identified the "Wonoka Formation", I knew just above was the formation (The Pound Quartzite) containing the fossils. I was not at the very location where the palaeontologists study and extract the fossils, but I knew what I was looking for, and I could put my fingers (I had no hammer, of course!) on the rocks and the fossils I have seen there.
When I drove to the place, was I going to a mirage or reality (Main picture)? I decided to visit first this outcrop (picture 2), and walked across the sandy “bush”. No, the fossils I saw were not spectacular (picture 3), but it was just to be there close to them once in my life.
I then walked to the top of the hill from where I had a 360° view, (here, picture 4, view to the Flinders) and made an “auto-portrait” on top, with Lake Torrens, very far in the background.
I had a very personal reason to visit the place, and if I did not see the fossils as spectacular as in the books or museums, I felt a sort of peace and happiness (and also a bit pride!) having visited this place.
Ah! I had to open a barrier before my 15 km drive (and 4-5 km walk) in order to reach the area; I found a “warning” on my car when I came back, in the form of a writing in the dust covering my car, which said something like “Trepasser! Watch out”. Nothing more.
Sorry, I won’t publicise!
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