We left Andamooka and Roxby Downs on a 24 degree sunny day with blue skies wearing a pair of thongs. As we headed down to Port Augusta we could see the rain sweeping in over the Flinders Ranges.
We decided Port Augusta would be a great place to stop to break up our journey back to the City. We had lovely modern accommodation at the Majestic Oasis Apartments and ate the yummiest chinese from the Golden Pearl rhoping to do some fishing with the girls but we couldn't explore as much as we hoped as some rainy weather set in. It didn't spoil the afternoon though as we got to see a beautiful rainbow with a back drop of the Flinders Ranges.
The next day was just beautiful we went to the Arid Lands Botanic Garden. A beautiful new cafe and shop surrounded by native fauna. It was surprisingly popular and difficult to find a park. Lot's of tourists some even bringing their own picnics enjoying the grounds. We opted for coffee and cake at the peaceful cafe.It was very warm by the windows due to the eco design acting like a green house but the view was magnificent. Looking out over the native gardens and the Flinders Ranges.
Following our scrumptious food we all took a walk around the guided paths watching out for snakes or wildlife. The girls particularly loved the nature play kids garden. It had lot's of pieces of wood to climb, sand pit, bird watching house and cubby houses. We enjoyed playing with the kids in there and they didn't want to leave!
The outback flowers that were out for winter were just stunning!
The views of the Flinders Ranges were lovely, Arid Lands Botanic Garden is definitely a great place to stop either on your way to the Andamooka Opal fields or heading back to Adelaide!
Kimberley is originally from Liverpool in the UK and is a mother of three young daughters. She loves opal and jewellery design and in her spare time loves travelling around South Australia with her family exploring and living life to the full.