Parachilna SA 5730, Australia
Place of peppermint gum treesI love the Australian outback, it's a big place but in and around it are small pockets of human existence and history.
Parachilna or 'patajilnda' to use the Aboriginal word is no exception. Surveyed in 1863, and located on the railway line and road between Port Augusta and Leigh Creek, today it's claim to fame is the Prairie Hotel. All that remains of the town is a derelict railway station, a dirt airstrip and a few buildings.
It's a great spot to stay if you want to explore the Flinders Ranges National Park which is literally at it's doorstep, as well as Arkaroola and the Gammon Ranges, the Leigh Creek coal mine and Lake Torrens which are close as well.
At night you can sit in front of a blazing fire in an old oil drum plonked in front of the hotel and surrounded by a odd collection of chairs, logs and other places to sit. The sunsets are magnificent, the company jolly and the hotel food, famous for it's Road Kill platter, which is excellent.
This view, from the front of the hotel, looks past the old station out toward the west.