In August this year, I had the absolute delight to drive the Dare’s Hill Tourist Drive, a fantastic 128kms dirt road drive that starts and finishes on the Barrier Highway in South Australia.
The scenery changes an amazing 5 times throughout the drive, there are the historic homestead ruins of Antarctic explorer and aviator Sir Hubert Wilkins, ancient Aboriginal rock engravings and paintings, panoramic views from the summit of Dare’s Hill, red dirt, salt bush, rocky outcrops and an abundance of Australian native plants and wildlife; it’s a photographer’s paradise.
We collected route notes and a map from the local tourist office in Burra, which disappointingly were last updated in 1989. The signs on Tourist Route Number 21 were faded, in a bad state of repair, and (I believe) missing altogether. It was no surprise when we discovered that we were very lost in the outback. A kind farmer on a Homestead helped us find our way back to the main road again.
The poor signage won’t deter me from doing the Dare’s Hill Drive again. Far from it – I would love to take the drive again in every season of the year. It’s a true gem of a tourist drive in South Australia and worthy to be on everyone’s “must do” travel list.
Hallett is just 187kms from the Adelaide CBD and only 32kms north of Burra; the Dare’s Hill Tourist Drive would be a fantastic complement to a short holiday/long weekend trip to the mid north of South Australia.
Featured in Australian Travel Photography and Writing Group October 2010