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Stage 358 – The Middle of Nowhere to Lochiel

This could well be the stage that passes over the hump between Port Pirie and Port Wakefield on the eastern shore of the Spencer Gulf: I guess stages 359 and 360 will confirm it, one way or the other. The reason I mention it is because whilst the first three miles of the stage creep lumpily uphill to Burnsfield, followed by a four mile up/down/up to Kilkee, but the rest of the stage, fifteen miles of it, is predominantly downhill, albeit with a couple of lumps thrown in late on.

Burnsfield at three miles and Kilkee at seven miles are separated by a long straight with a dip in the middle at Ennisfree at the six mile mark. The railway follows the road on the left hand side for the whole of that time.

Over the top at seven miles, the Augusta Highway snakes right/left/right past Snowtown, and it’s there, on the second right hander than the railway shoots off to the left, never to be seen again on the stage. As the highway heads south towards Lake Bumbunga, it passes over water courses at Kooliata Creek at thirteen miles and Koolchunga Creek at fourteen miles, eventually reaching the lake on its eastern shore at fifteen miles. The lake is large enough to remain alongside the highway until a mile from the end.

The road passes by Tarama at eighteen miles on the other side of the road from the lake, and the larger town of Lochiel at twenty miles, also on the right hand side of the road. After that it’s a quick left/right/left down a one hundred foot descent before a final kick up to the line.

Distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometres

Ascent: 341 feet / 104 metres

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Total distance: 21.54 mi
Max elevation: 543 ft
Min elevation: 353 ft
Total climbing: 341 ft
Total descent: -430 ft

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