Arid Recovey Reserve Law Field Trip – Day Four

Written by Hannah Bubb and Eliza Harvey

On day four we were awoken by our first (and only) morning rainfall. Tales of Environ Camp 2011’s muddy dash from the property in torrential downpours ringing in our ears, we packed as quickly as possible and were on the road by 8am. Fortunately, the showers were light and embarking early gave us a great head start along the Borefield Road: we were Flinders Ranges bound.

The Prairie Hotel Parachilna

Our convoy travelled along the Oodnadatta Track with stops in Marree, Leigh Creek and Parachilna. Sixteen hungry soon-to-be lawyers rolling into Leigh Creek at lunch time almost looted the small town of all available food and drink, in particular their scrumptious hot chips. Throughout the journey, amongst the seemingly endless flat landscape ,we spied dingos, emus, and kangaroos and even happened across an open cut mine.

After a relaxing coffee/beer pit-stop at the authentic Prairie Hotel in Parachilna (oh, the flies), we entered the Flinders Ranges from the northern road into spectacular and breathtaking scenery.

Relaxing at the Prairie Hotel

We drove onto Blinman, passing by “The Great Wall of China” (rock formation), finally coming to rest after a tiresome day of travelling at Wilpena Pound,
where hot showers and flushing toilets were
much anticipated and appreciated.

After setting up camp and devouring another delicious meal of toad in the hole, bacon/fake-on and veggies, the group was treated to an outstanding music performance by (“our Brazilian boss”) Renato’s car group, perfectly summarising our amazing (and surprisingly informative) trip. Toasting marshmallows around the camp fire, swapping stories and building friendships was the perfect way to spend the last night under the stars.

“I’d give up my holidays to.. travel ‘round with students like you.. We all love doing enviro law.. We’ll all become lawyers? That’s unsure.

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