Willaroo Lagoon – Andamooka Station – Outback South Australia
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Willaroo Lagoon – Andamooka Station – Outback South Australia

Willaroo Lagoon, not far from my camp at Andamooka Waterhole in outback South Australia, is a dry, salt lake, around three kilometres long and a couple of kilometres wide.

On the far side, I guess that would be north west, are slate cliffs, would be eight metres high. In times past, the slate has been open cut mined. Huge slabs of slate lie at the foot of the clifs, some smooth while others are textured in wave patterns. The colours range from various browns to subtle blues and greens as well as greys.

It looks like water only ever covers the north west third of the lake bed and this area has a light salt crust on the mud. No doubt, after heavy rain, there would be some water in Willaroo Lagoon, but being shallow would quickly evaporate.

The iron stone cliffs that make up a large part of the south east bank of Willaroo Lagoon, tower ten metres above the lake bed. I found a suitable spot where the iron stone gives way to gravel and rode the quadbike down into the bed of Willaroo Lagoon to photograph the iron stone cliffs from their base.

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Posted in Outback on May 31st, 2011 by Laurie   

2 Responses

  1. Caricature King
    June 2nd, 2011 | 8:59 pm

    You must be looking forward to seeing some trees again soon, other than the skeletal remains of tress long passed.

    Oh, and how big is your phone bill after uploading all these pics!!

    Great imagery!!

  2. June 5th, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    G’day Matt!

    Yes, home again this afternoon.

    It was great to travel down the Brown Mountain from the Monaro, the high country, to the coast where I live. Huge trees, alive and healthy with an understory of tree ferns and other lush vegitation.

    Phone bill not an issue. I have a wireless modem with a big enough package. External antenna gave me the signal strength to upload in remote areas.

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