Orroroo Roadtrip

Spent the weekend in South Australia (exciting new slogan: “SA, where less is always more”). I was there first for a labour econometrics workshop (attended by, among others, Derrida Derider, a regular commenter on the Ozblogosphere), and then for a trip up to the Flinders Ranges. I’d never been that way, and it’s expansive country – the road shooting straight to the horizon, and fields of saltbrush stretching out on either side. We stayed at Orroroo, a town just south of the Goyder Line, which marks the limits of viable agriculture – or what was considered viable in the C19th. A bit further north, and you get to patches of red dirt and a cluster of ghost towns, abandoned in the drought of the 1860s. If you’ve got a few days to spend around Adelaide, I’d highly recommend it.

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5 Responses to Orroroo Roadtrip

  1. taust says:

    One of the high moments in SA politics was reached when the Minister concerned put off Orroroo getting a post office by the remark ‘that it did not need one because it would only ever have two letters’.

    Hope it brings a smile.

  2. lisa says:

    and, you know, if you drive far enough you get to the edge of the computer game…

  3. derrida derider says:

    I’ve always wished South Australia was a hundred metres lower – it would have been really great to have had a large shallow inland sea to sail around in, with the Flinders and MacDonnell ranges being lovely little archipelagos and it all being accessed via the Spencer Strait (sic). God knows it would be better than all that flat desert and semidesert.

    And yeah, the Adelaide workshop was good. Good to see you Andrew.

  4. Andrew Leigh says:

    DD, perhaps global warming will make your dream come true. Oh, and since you’ve outed yourself, I’ve reworded the post.

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