Goyder’s Line is a boundary line across South Australia corresponding to a rainfall boundary believed to indicate the edge of the area suitable for agriculture. North of Goyder’s Line, the rainfall is not reliable enough, and the land is only suitable for grazing and not cropping. The line traces a distinct change in vegetation. To the south, it is composed mainly of mallee scrub whilst to the north salt-bush. In general Goyder’s Line represents the demarcation of a long-term rainfall average of 10 inches (254mm).
When I travelled in the Australian Bush I was told of this line and the stories of earlier settlers who chose the wrong side of the line. We stopped to explore an old homestead that had been abandoned for well over 100 years.
It was easy to imagine looking out this window and thinking that your closest neighbour was 150 miles away.
Another 100 or so miles and we came to a crossroad.
Hammond was 16 miles and we decided to explore. Hammond had been abandoned long ago and a few buildings remained.
We noticed what appeared to be a graveyard and stopped to look. Just mounds of sand and salt brush. No indication of who ended there days in this lonely spot.
And yet is is not all bush and sand. In the distance the hills catch the rain and bring flash floods to the lower areas.
The next time I visit I intend to spend more time in the Outback.