Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hello to you all,

Just an update of what we have been up to.

On the 2nd June we left Busselton and headed out through Capel, Donnybrook and Collie to stop at Stockton dam for the night, it is an old mine site, very cold but a lovely spot.

Onwards over to Darkan, Wagin & Dumbleyung & staying at Lake Grace then Lake King We then went on to Stokes Inlet National Pk for a couple of days, really good in there. This Nat Pk got burnt out a couple of years ago and they have just built new Camp kitchens and toilets, nice stainless steel and polished Jarrah doors.

On through Esperance, Salmon gums, Norseman and headed out across the Nullarbor.

We did some free camping and c/parks. We stopped at Mundrabilla Roadhouse and there was a film crew there filming a commercial, it was like a 3 ring circus and the crew were rude and the poor girl behind the counter didn't know if she was coming or going!!

On into SA picked up our Parks pass which included camping for 2mths, these are really good value. On down into the Eyre Peninsula where the ground just moved with mice Yuck!!. We have done the Eyre pen 3 times now so will probably give it a miss the next time around. We did go out to coffin Bay Nat pk and stay for 5 nights very nice out there. On to Lincoln Nat pk for 5 nights lovely looking out over the bay. Good spot Fisherman's Point.

The next Nat Pk was Mt Remarkable, Mambray creek campground this was excellent.

Next we went down the western side of the Yorke Peninsula stopping off in Wallaroo for a couple of days, Lovely old buildings and plenty of history. Some nice weather for a couple of days.

On down to Stenhouse bay at Innes Nat Pk, Where there is some great walks, coastline and the remains of the old Inneston township. Very interesting.

While we were doing the Stenhouse Bay lookout walk we spotted something in the water first thoughts were a whale then it disappeared then it was in a different spot but at the same distance from us took some photos and zoomed in on it and it appeared to be a periscope of a submarine!! Theirs or ours????

Now up the eastern side of the Peninsula. Stopping a Stansbury of 1 night became 2 because of the 126 klm an hour wind gusts during the night no sleep was to be had, hence we felt it was to dangerous to drive tired and it was still very windy.

Up to Gawler to have the van serviced the fellows at Gawler caravan services are very good, family business and can't do enough for you.

Into Adelaide for a couple of days, where we did the historic walk around the city, Botanical gardens where there wasn't much in bloom but very nice just the same.

Off down to Christies Beach to stay 1 night and catch up with a friend for dinner, It was great to see June and her son's and catch up on all their news.

On June's advice we decided not to take the van all the way down to Cape Jervis and Deep Creek Nat PK. Instead we went across country to Victor Harbour for a few nights and did a day trip down around the bottom of the Fleurieu Peninsula. SO glad we didn't take the van Nat Pk wasn't caravan friendly and the roads are very windy. But it is beautiful and we would like to go back when its spring time. Another trip!! Lots of whales!!

Next was out along the Coorong this Nat Pk is definitely NOT caravan friendly. So it was on to Robe then out to stay at the Little Dip Con Pk, nice big campground at Long Gully.

On to Beachport Con Pk for a few nights then into Millicent staying at the Lakeside Top Tourist Park, Nice owners and they are doing lots of maintenance. Leaving here we headed to Mt Gambia, stopping at Tantanoola Cave for m/tea and the cave tour, very good. The guide takes you to the door of the cave gives you a brief history and then lets you wander for as long as you want.

On to Mt Gambia for a few days, where we stayed at the showgrounds. Unfortunately the lake is steel grey at this time of the year but we did the tour The lake holds 30,000 million litres of water and it’s average depth is 70 metres.

M G also has one of the longest main streets in Aust.

We are now in Portland Vic. Heading of tomorrow further east along the Great Ocean Road.

Love to you all

Lyn & Ian

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