Farina - The Surrounding Country

Farina sits amongst stunning outback vistas

Located in the Lake Eyre basin, much of the terrain is flat and the soil has a high salt content. However there are numerous ranges of hills, and sudden rocky outcrops that reveal unusual and sometimes beautiful geological features.
The ocre deposits just North of Lyndhurst is one such feature. This deposit has been mined by aborigines for thousands of years. Vividly coloured ocre is mixed with water or saliva as a body paint and used ceremonially. It is also traded with other groups as far away as the West Australian coast.

The gibber plains (pictured in the slide show above) consist of a gritty soil covered with small rocks that are continually being fractured by expansion and contraction during temperature extremes. Apparently featureless landscapes such as these simply erupt with greenery and flowers whenever good rains occur. Unfortunately rain is one thing that the area receives little of.

Some of the slightly more elevated areas have better soils and a slightly higher rainfall, and are stocked with cattle, however in the main the stocking rate for sheep might be specified in "chops per square kilometre", instead of "sheep per square kilometre". The main source of feed being the spiky clumps of spinifex grass.

Also see some of the stunning geological features out at Lake Farina by clicking on HERE.

Farina - The Surrounding Country

Farina sits amongst stunning outback vistas

Located in the Lake Eyre basin, much of the terrain is flat and the soil has a high salt content. However there are numerous ranges of hills, and sudden rocky outcrops that reveal unusual and sometimes beautiful geological features.
The ocre deposits just North of Lyndhurst is one such feature. This deposit has been mined by aborigines for thousands of years. Vividly coloured ocre is mixed with water or saliva as a body paint and used ceremonially. It is also traded with other groups as far away as the West Australian coast.

The gibber plains (pictured in the slide show above) consist of a gritty soil covered with small rocks that are continually being fractured by expansion and contraction during temperature extremes. Apparently featureless landscapes such as these simply erupt with greenery and flowers whenever good rains occur. Unfortunately rain is one thing that the area receives little of.

Some of the slightly more elevated areas have better soils and a slightly higher rainfall, and are stocked with cattle, however in the main the stocking rate for sheep might be specified in "chops per square kilometre", instead of "sheep per square kilometre". The main source of feed being the spiky clumps of spinifex grass.

Also see some of the stunning geological features out at Lake Farina by clicking on HERE.

Looking SW through the Farina settlement.  The Bakery and Information booth are  in the mid distance.
The road to Lyndhurst
Start of the Birdsville Track at Lyndhurst
Red sand and Spinifex
Gibber plain right next to red sand
Gibber stones no more than 50mm long fracturing with the change in temperature
5Km North of Lyndhurst, the Western side of a huge Ocre deposit
Looking South over part of the (protected land) deposit
Startling colours that intensify when wet
Colours from White, through yellows and brown to almost Purple are found
Textures of the sparse tree and grass cover in the area
Looking West towards the deposit (over the brow of this low rise), Nesting sites are in great demand
Plaque at Goyders Baseline near Wychelina Station homestead
Witchelina homestead about 30Km NW of Farina
Witchelina station manager
Creekbed near Witchelina homestead
E.G. (Tom) Cruse
About 20 FWD vehicles, led by Kevin Dawes en-route to a rarely filled lake in 2012
Very small gekko found during the tour to the lake
Scenic flights from Lyndhurst and Marree are popular
Marree from the air. Railway turning loop in the foreground
Lake Eyre South in 2012, the deep colouring is an algal bloom
Looking west from the Farina Cemetery