Herbig Tree

Panorama of the Herbig family tree in Springton, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Johann Friedrich Herbig arrived in South Australia from Bremen, Germany, in 1855. Herbig, the first German to settle here, made is home in this old hollow red gum tree at Black Springs as this area was then known. The tree, over 6 metres wide at its base and over 23 metres high, became his dwelling for 5 years. In 1858 Herbig married 18 year old Anna Caroline Rattey, also a Lutheran refugee from Germany, and both continued to live in the tree until a pine and pug dwelling was constructed after the birth of their second son.

Herbig arrived almost penniless in South Australia but by his death the family assets had grown to nearly 1,000 acres of land. Herbig and his wife had 9 boys and 7 girls. Herbig died at the age of 58 from brain damage after falling from a load of chaff.


Brachina Gorge

Panorama of Brachina Gorge in Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia.

Brachina Gorge is one of the most spectacular and popular attractions in the Flinders Ranges National Park where a self guided geological trail passes through 130 million years of earth history.

Brachina Gorge is roughly 470 kilometres north of Adelaide and 200 kilometres northeast of Port Augusta. Brachina Gorge Road is unsealed but can be suitable for 2WD when conditions are good. The Flinders Ranges NP is one of the most scenic National Parks in Australia and offers a range of accommodation at Wilpena or Hawker.

Prior to European settlement in the mid 1800s aborigines had lived in the ranges for tens of thousands of years leaving behind rock paintings, rock engravings and many artifacts. The climate is semi arid with hot dry summers and cool winters, the average rainfall is very low with 250mm per annum.

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Panorama of Island Beach on Kangaroo Island.

Island Beach is a 4 kilometre long swimming beach in Eastern Cove approximately 16 kilometres south-west of Penneshaw.


Frenchmans Rocks

Panorama of Hog Bay and Frenchman's Rock in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

The location received its name due to a rock on which a crew member of french explorer Nicolas Baudin carved the arrival of the expedition. The original rock was moved to the visitor information centre and a replica is now in place to commemorate this historic event.


Panorama of Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island.

Remarkable Rocks are stunning rock formations sculpted by wind and sea on the far south-west coast of Kangaroo Island. The granite rocks are estimated to be about 500 million years old and sit precariously on a large granite outcrop above the  roaring Southern Ocean.