Rawnsley Park bushwalk – remembering Clem

We are in the campground at Rawnsley Park Station. Forty years ago we introduced our baby to the Flinders Ranges, by staying in the shearers’ bunk rooms. The owner, Clem Smith drove us about in his ute and let us try shearing a sheep in the woolshed.

Clem has long passed on but the property, is still a holiday destination, now with swimming pool, store and a recreation room alive with families enjoying the term break. A restaurant is attached to the shearing shed.

A coloured brochure suggests half a dozen walks, so yesterday afternoon we followed the one to Clem Corner. The euros and us were treated to 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges as the sun lowered. With such far horizons, we are glad to be back in the outback. There are abundant native pines and white-trunked gums along dry river beds this winter – much greener than in previous years.

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