For the greater part of our journey today we were surrounded by golden wheat fields, some harvested, some being harvested and some waiting to be harvested; a sea of gold wherever we looked. We passed through the towns of Walleroo, Alford, and Port Broughton and travelled alongside the Flinders Range. We stopped in Port Pirie for lunch, had a drive around the town decided we didn’t want to stay there.
Seeing two Koalas in the wild this morning was a great start to our day; we finished packing up left Adelaide via Port Wakefield Road heading toward the York Peninsula passing through the outer suburbs, light industrial areas and market gardens. Across the Adelaide Plains where the acres and acres of golden wheat are in the midst of being harvested; the roads busy with grain trucks transporting the crop to storage silos.
Fay had very kindly booked me into her hairdresser for a cut, so first thing Thursday morning Derick drove me to the salon and an hour later I left feeling very happy with the cut and style. Then it was off to Bunnings for some mats to cover and protect the stove and fridge tops; we found what we wanted then headed back to the caravan park to catch up with the washing, tidy and clean the van inside and out (not sure how I am going to cope with a house when we are home, the van takes all of an hour and that’s being very thorough). We met Fay and Ray at the Torrens Arms for dinner and now that we are officially seniors we took advantage of their Seniors Specials :). The Torrens Arms is a beautifully renovated old hotel with a modern extension now housing the restaurant and bar area, very nice.
Leaving Mildura we decided to free camp 2-3 nights on the banks of the Murray River on our way into Adelaide. We had plenty of prepared meals as I had spent most of the previous day cooking up all out vegetables because the quarantine restrictions are very stringent crossing into SA meaning most fruit and vegetables would be confiscated at the border if still in their raw state. We crossed back into Victoria just outside Mildura travelling through acres of golden wheat just waiting to be harvested (some paddocks with 2 or 3 emus helping themselves to a snack), vineyards, and orchards, around Lake Cullulleraine and through the Murray Sunset National Park. We crossed the border into South Australia, had a few minutes wait at the quarantine station while the caravans before us were thoroughly checked as was ours. No dramas as all our vegetables were now in a curry pie, guacamole or tomato salsa (ready for the chorizo to be added). We stopped for lunch in the Bert Dix Memorial Park, then travelled through Berri, Barmera, rested a while at Banrock Station Winery and Café enjoying the views over the wetlands while sampling some of their wines.
This time we said goodbye to Lee and Laurie, we have enjoyed their company over the past couple of months and now the time has come for us to move on to South Australia. Our journey to the historic town of Echuca took us through Lancefield, Tooborac, Heathcote (Goldfields country), Toolleen, Elmore and Rochester, along the way we passed wineries, dairy cattle, alpacas, and horses with their foals, good old Aussie bush and many large irrigation channels, some which ran right through the centre of the town. We stopped in Echuca for lunch, parking on the banks of the Murray River behind the Information Centre.
Derick did a fantastic job negotiating the freeways from Rosebud through Melbourne out to Romsey, while I telephoned the number to pay the required tolls. The usual story, automated telephone system which couldn’t get the car registration number correct so I was passed onto a real person who then wanted to read me the disclaimers and legal jargon before even starting the registration process. The phone registration took about 20 minutes all told, so frustrating but apparently the easiest way to go about the process for a day pass on the Victoria toll roads. Continue reading
On our way out of Wilsons Promontory National Park we stopped at Glennies Lookout for some minute glimpses of the magnificent coastline and a few more photos as well.