There was once a man named Robert Brown. Born in Scotland. Educated in Edinburgh in the field of medicine, but was more obsessed with natural history. Somehow he found his way into the employ of Matthew Flinders on the other side of the world,….in Australia. While Matthew Flinders was attempting to find an inlet into the interior of Australia in the upper Spencer Gulf, he marvelled at the dramatic ridge line and mountains of which piqued his interest for a closer look. The enimitable Robert Brown went exploring for natural flora and fauna with Flinders and Co in tow, and scaled one of dominant peaks right to the top. Captain Flinders honoured his resident Naturalist by naming this mountain after him. This is the mountain we will climb today.
We started our trek at the end of Homestead Rd which runs aside Gunyah Creek. as noted in my last post, It is fortunate though that this “road” exists, as it is one of the few roads to give us access to this part of the trail.
Just as Mount Remarkable was very rocky, so is this trek. And, just to make it a little more challenging the grass has grown considerably, concealing plenty of potential “sprained ankles” beneath it’s foliage. Only four or five times did I have a mishap on the loose rocks, saved only by my decent Salomon walking boots.
We wound our way over gentle hills and along Mount Brown creek before starting the first of the steeper climbs towards the summit of Mount Brown. Watch out along the creek as, a Heysen sign or two, are well hidden or missing. As long as you follow the creek most of the way you should be fine.
The walk is worth it though, with stunning views. Getting over the rocky outcrop at the top was a bit interesting, as you will see, but once at the top, we had the most perfect spot for lunch. Climb the lookout for the best views.
We had on this day some unusual cloud formations creeping up the mountain enveloping us and disappearing just as quick, and just before we left the summit, a cloud moved in to give a most surreal atmosphere..
The other side of the mountain has a different feel, with a gentle slope (unlike what we just came up) and a winding path through open woodland with plenty of Blackboys, and, if you look close enough tiny wild flowers. Descending 500 odd metres into the valley floor, we had a pleasant stroll following the creek through to the Pichi Richi railway near Woolshed Flat. Along the creek near the end the trail is not well marked (a bit overgrown), so keep your GPS or map handy. Once again, not a great issue. Just follow the creek until you reach the bridge.
Gunyah Creek to Woolshed Flat
Distance : 21.3 kms
Duration : 4 hours 24 minutes
Pace : 4.8 kmh
Ups and Downs : Elevation Gain = 593 mtrs. Elevation Loss = 886 mtrs.
And….. the rest