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ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
Merna Mora and the surrounding area is steeped in history and has many artifacts and evidence of the early days of settlement. Many of these attractions are restricted to conducted or tag along tours and are not located on public access roads.

The Mawson Bike trail traverses the Moralana Scenic Drive. Merna Mora is a convenient stopover on the two day ride from Hawker to Rawnsley and Wilpena.

Old stone kilns
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These kilns were built to help with the construction of the original Ghan Railway line. Limestone bearing deposits were burnt in these kilns to produce lime to aid in the construction of bridges and culverts. Cement was not available and the Chinese were adept in procuring lime from the local dolomite deposits. 


Blacks Gap

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This area forms part of the Heysen Trail. Bushwalkers can walk from here through Bridle Gap into Wilpena Pound (6 – 7 hour hike).

Salt lake
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The dry patina of Lake Torrens. The lake is the longest in the southern hemisphere. Its surface varies from a hard white salt encrusted layer to a treacherous black bottomless mud. It has deceived many and huge mirages give the impression of a water filled expanse. Mt Deception can be seen in the background.


Original Ghan Train Line

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These are remnants of the Mern Merna Railway Siding. Up to seven families lived at the settlement at any one time and part of the building comprised the Mern Merna School. The settlers and their families were dependent on the rail for food, water and communication.The closest settlement would have been Hookina, where a township with church, shops and school existed.

Wurlie
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This is the remains of a shepherd's hut located in sandhill country near the shores of Lake Torrens. Although built on the principles of the Aboriginal wurlie the chopped ends of the wood show the influence of white man.


Fossils

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There are many exposed beds showing various fossils  from the Archeoscyathas to various forms of marine life and signs of a much more fertile landscape than what is here today.

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4WD TRACKS
Various unique, picturesque, adventurous and exclusive self drive four wheel drive tracks are available.

These include:

  • access to Lake Torrens
  • Elder Range
  • Wilpena Pound escarpments
  • various sites of historic interest.

CENTRAL TO MERNA MORA YOU CAN EXPLORE:

  • Wilpena Pound
  • Brachina Gorge
  • Bunyeroo Gorge
  • Parachilna Gorge
  • Historic Blinman and Beltana townships
  • Leigh Creek

All of these areas are accessible by conventional vehicle and within an hour’s drive from Merna Mora. Scenic flights can also be arranged.

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