Day 9 - Mount Ive Station
I’m writing this with the aim to post it later when I find a wifi spot, apparently there’s one here somewhere on the station, but no phone reception. We arrived at Mount Ive Station early afternoon after 100km of dirt roads, most of which were in pretty good condition (better than the corrugations we experienced yesterday) and with amazing scenery the whole way.
There’s something about red dirt and the bush which takes me back to my childhood and growing up in Kalgoorlie, so yes the red dirt kind of has a special place in my heart. And believe me there’s plenty of it inside and over our car, red dirt has that amazing quality of being able to creep into all the gaps.
Mount Ive Station is a working sheep station and homestead with about 2500 sheep and is roughly 120km north of Kimba. We saw emus and goats coming in through the eastern side of the Gawler Ranges National Park. There‘s a little joey here called Ruby who does the rounds of the homestead and the owner says she’s about 9 months old.
Our room is very basic, a bed and bed side tables - which was what we expected. There’s a huge rec room which I’m sitting in now (only because it’s so windy outside), a big camp kitchen and a BBQ room, and in the main building there’s a bar which is open from 5pm - 7pm each night. This is the ‘go to place‘ apparently of an evening for everyone to gather and you can either purchase or bring your own.
Drinks in the bar where we made lots of new friends, scones cooked over an open fire by the Manager for everyone to share - with donations to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and now we’re finishing up a great day with chops cooked on the open fire, despite there being a BBQ and a camp kitchen, Pete is doing it the old style way.
Somewhere in the outback...and having a ton of fun.
Keep smiling, Fi 🌻