If you're lucky enough to be travelling between South Australian Outback towns Lyndhurst and Marree from May to mid-June, the Bakery Baking Today sign at the turn-off to the Farina ruins is worth taking a detour for!
Near the beginning (or the end!) of the well known Strzelecki, Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks, Farina isn't just a ghost town full of ruins.
Yes, there really IS a fully functional bakery here!
The underground Scotch oven turns out an astonishing array of sweet, savoury and plain bread rolls, sausage rolls, individual and family sized pasties. And judging by the roaring trade even in this remote Outback location, a Back-of-Beyond Bakery is just what the doctor ordered!
But that's not all.
The volunteer Farina Restoration Group is restoring Farina and its buildings as a tourist attraction with walks, storyboards and even a campground with barbecues, fire pits, toilets and hot showers, all for $5 per person per night. It's an excellent staging post en route to the rough stuff of the tracks further north, or a pleasant interlude before heading south.
Driving to and from Farina across the driest part of the driest state in the driest continent on earth, it's easy to get a feel for the hardships faced by early settlers in Farina where today's green and fertile pastoral country could be tomorrow's dust bowl.
But nowadays, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, the unique and unexpected Bakery at the Back-of-Beyond experience puts Farina well and truly back on the map!