15th – 17th January: Streaky Bay

With the prospect of a long drive we left Spear Creek around 8.15am; the surroundings included saltbush, horses, Port Augusta Coal Fired Power Station and Port Augusta. Travelling west the photo opportunities at the Iron Knob Mine site were much better.

Iron Knob Mine


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14th January: Spear Creek Station Caravan Park

Burra Bakery

The Burra Bakery is famous throughout Australia and so we had to stop and try some of their product.  We were not disappointed; Derick tried their sausage rolls and me their pasties both were absolutely delicious.

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12th – 13th January: Burra Creek Gorge

The initial stages of our drive from lake Bonney the surroundings consisted of alpacas, sheep fruit, vines and some adolescent emus, they were cute!

We stopped in Morgan for a look around the town which in its heyday was a main port for the area.  A pedestrian and vehicle ferry is still in operation, the remnants of the train cart turntable are located quite near the ferry wharf and the views from the lookout are very nice.  The lovingly renovated heritage homes exist even out here.  South Australians really do treasure their heritage properties and it shows all over the state.

Port Of Morgan


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10th – 11th January: Lake Bonney

Another overcast day; 12°C when we said our goodbyes to Halls Gap heading to South Australia and a couple of nights of free camping.  The scenery along the way consisted of harvested paddocks dotted with grazing sheep, cattle and horses.  We passed through Dadswell Bridge, home of the giant Koala, Green Lake and Horsham were we stopped for our last Aldi fix so Derick could by a carton each of red and white wine for $29.00!

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7th January: Rosebud to Halls Gap

It was time for us to move on; and with heavy hearts we said our goodbyes to Andy.  We had decided to take the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff and what a great idea it turned out to be! Travelling on or before the 9am ferry meant the caravan travelled for half price; so all up we paid $109.50.  The weather was grey and drizzly with fog and about 23°C.   Arriving about 40 minutes prior to the ferry departure we were allocated our own lane.

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2nd – 6th January: Rosebud West

We were looking forward to our next family reunion with Derick’s youngest son Andy and his wife Sharon at the beach house in Rosebud West.  Derick refueled in Romsey (Diesel $1.339 excellent in comparison to Mandurah prices) then braced ourselves for the freeways and motorways to be traversed in our journey to the Mornington Peninsula.  Along the way I txt Andy to let him know our progress;  the reply we weren’t expecting was the news that they were literally in the middle of separating as Sharon had met someone else!!!!!

We spent the next few days supporting Andy through this devastating time in his life.  I took this opportunity to take some photos of the beautifully renovated garden.

Front Garden

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