When we moved to Pannawonica, the most well known landmark that cropped up was Pannawonica Hill. Apparently, the township’s name was actually derived from nearby Pannawonica Hill. According to Wikipedia the hill was named by a surveyor in 1885 after the corresponding Aboriginal placename which is said to mean “the hill that came from the sea”. The traditional legend is that two local Aboriginal tribes were arguing over the ownership of the hill which was located by the sea. The sea spirit decided to resolve the dispute by moving the hill inland. As the hill was dragged over the land it left a deep indentation which became the Robe River. With such cultural and historical relevance to the town it had to go on my Hitlist, and in the wet season it was a good place for a swim too.
Last week the family and I took the 4WD out to Panna Hill to check it out and go for a quick swim. We had recently had a little rain so there was some nice mud puddles to drive through which kept the boys happy and the river was quite full as well so it was great for swimming. I was happy to discover that the drive out was under 10km so this hitlist item would not be a difficult one to complete!
Due to the fact that we are in a remote location and I didn’t really want to get up close and personal with any of the local snakes while on my own, I decided that the hubby would drive the kids out for a swim and kayak while I rode out. That way he could scare off all the snakes along the way and would be looking out for me if I had a stack or pulled up with a flat tyre. Win, win. While I had driven out the week before there is something different about coming across Pannawonica Hill under your own steam, it really is quite….beautiful? spiritual? Quite something that’s for sure and it was a great ride there and back.
So there you have it, mountain bike ride to Pannawonica Hill crossed of my current hitlist. Quite an easy and scenic 15km return trip from Pannawonica.
Why not explore your own backyard in as many different ways as possible, you will experience a different perspective each and every time!