The destination is Bon Bon Station Reserve, a property measuring about 70 kilometres from north to south and about 30
kilometres west to east, situated between Woomera and Coober Pedy in outback South Australia.
More info about the property and Bush Heritage Australia is available here: www.bushheritage.org.au
Allan drives the truck for the first leg of the 1,600 km journey to Bon Bon. Here the road from Hay to Balranald
is straight, flat and bumpy. The photographer struggled to hold the camera steady and level:
A billboard near Balranald encourages us to be mindful of the speed limits:
The overcast skies were behind us by the time we passed through Mildura. The afternoon sun makes for a better photo
of the truck carrying Glen's most treasured possessions:
Driving northwest from Port Augusta towards Woomera, the landscape becomes flat and devoid of tall trees. We stop
to rest at a lookout near Island Lagoon:
The Stuart Highway is the main road running up and through the centre of Australia from Port Augusta to Darwin.
For Glen, it's the road to his future.
I take my turn to drive Glen's car behind the truck. Keeping me company is Mo, Glen's Jack Russell dog. Mo
slept most of the way:
The Stuart Highway passes through the southwest corner of Bon Bon. When we turn off the highway onto the property,
it's still 21 kilometres to the homestead. That's the longest driveway I've ever seen to anyone's house!
The final turnoff to the homestead. Still 4 kilometres to go:
After two days and 1,600 kilometres of driving, we arrive at the Bon Bon homestead. Glen celebrates with a cold
beer. "I'm pinching myself. I can't believe I'm here!" he says between gulps of ice cold Coopers:
We're here to help Nature get back on her feet:
As the sun sets, Glen ponders his new responsibilities and the adventure ahead of him:
Magical light illuminates the land just after the horizon swallows the sun:
The next morning, Monday October 5: it's time to unload the truck and start setting up Glen's new life.
Abundant sunshine provides most of the electrical power for the homestead. The backup diesel generator only kicks
in after prolonged cloudy skies during the summer wet season.
Bon Bon has its own airstrip. The Royal Flying Doctor Service can land here if there's ever the need for emergency
The big sky......
..... necessitates a big hat:
Glen relaxes with his best friend....
Glen passes on his deepest appreciation to outgoing volunteer caretakers of the property, Carol and Paul. They've
done a great job to look after Bon Bon since it was purchased jointly by the South Australian and Federal Governments and
then handed over to Bush Heritage Australia for management some 18 months ago.
I got up at sunrise on the third day to take one last walk around the paddocks near the homestead. I'll miss Bon
Bon. I didn't really have the time to see enough of it. I look forward to going back there some day.
But I left Bon Bon in very capable hands. Bon Bon and Glen will be good for each other.