We drove from Quorn to Wilpena and started the day with a good 2-hour hike into Wilpena Pound, a more or less flat walk through the forest.
After that it got a little more adventurous as our route to our next stop, Beltana Station, would have us driving on dirt roads and through the Brachina gorge, a pretty much dried up riverbed. The first part went really well even though our bus is not a 4-wheel drive and only those cars were allowed to use that track... Then we moved on to a part of the riverbed open to all vehicles - and there we got stuck! The first effort to get the bus out of the wet sand only got us in deeper and then Silvia just threw herself down and started to dig out the wheel pretty much by herself. Others were looking for flat stones and wood to put underneath the wheel for some traction while Blinky and our two guys, Kieran and Jaan, were removing the trailer we use for our bags and food. At some point it looked like there was no way we could get out without help so Blinky already made a call for someone from Beltana to pull us out - using a satellite phone as of course we would get stuck in an area with no mobile phone reception... But after he made the call, Silvia and some other girls had dug out so much sand that it looked like we should give it another try - some people actually pulling the bus in the front, others pushing in the back - and lo and behold we got the bus free and back unto more solid ground! Afterwards we emptied the trailer and in another team effort pulled and pushed the 1-ton trailer to the bus so they could be reunited
We then actually all stayed off the bus as there was another bit coming up that looked a bit tricky to get through and Blinky managed that just fine with the empty bus. So we all got on again and about 300 meters further down, we got stuck again!!! This time in completely dry but very loose sand...
So we took the trailer off AGAIN and then just pushed the bus for a good bit onto the hard ground - and it was really just us pushing that moved the bus, Blinky said he had no traction whatsoever. Just as we started to think about how to best proceed with the trailer, two girls in a 4x4 with a tow-bar (yeah!) came along and they then pulled the trailer up to our bus - our saviours!
Once that was done Blinky just wanted to get us out of there as quickly as possible, so instead of having a scenic ride through the gorge, he floored it (well, as much as that's possible off road with a bus and a trailer, definitely a pretty bumpy ride ) and we arrived in Beltana only an hour later than we had originally planned. Now that really was an adventure!
Beltana is working sheep and cattle station and there we had a chance to watch some baby goats being fed, then jump into the pool and for dinner we had barbecue again. And after that they set up a projector and a screen and we had a little open air cinema to watch "Red Dog", an Australian movie based on a true story - pretty cool end to an exciting day