Farina just south of the start of the Birdsville Track an Australian ghost town.
Just South of Marie ( Start of the Birdsville Track) is a wonderful little town Farina. Now in ruins ( ghost town) but slowly being restored by the friends of Farina. This town at dawn is a photographers parricide you know what you are looking for, though bloody cold.
Farina is some 640 km from Adelaide and in sumer the max daily summer temp recorded was 49.5 Celsius ( that is why I like the outback in winter). The max population of this little hamlet was up to 300 people in 1891 but by 1970 only 17 people remained. It was originally a rail head for the collection of wheat ( crazy arid place to grow wheat). By 1872 the overland Telegraph line was installed and by 1882 a narrow gauge rail line had reached farina.
In the 1930’s Farina was described as “The Last place on earth God made and he was so discussed with it, He turned around and threw stones at it” Personally I think this is a bit harsh but I certainly wold not have liked visit this town then and in the heat of summer.
You can camp at a set campsite (honesty box system) where you can stoke up the old boiler and arrange a hot shower, though it does take a wile for the water to heat up, this is a fun experience one I can recommend. Though in winter I would strongly suggest that you arrange to have a shower ether in the middle of the day or a couple of hours prior to sunset as the nights are cold and wet hair is not much fun.
If you would like to know more about this little town I would suggest you acquire a copy of Rob Olston’s book “Farina from Gibbers to Ghost town”
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