4th – 11th March 2017: Port Lincoln to Port Augusta

We were booked in to the Port Lincoln Tourist Park and what a beautiful location on the banks of Boston Bay.  The sites are staggered horizontally and tiered vertically which provides each site with views of the bay. The park is well treed although not necessarily around each site.  Our sites were located about 2/3 up the side of the hill and being drive-through made it very easy to park.

We’re spending 3 nights in Port Lincoln; such a pleasant town with loads to do and see.

We visited Puckridge Park which is lovely for a picnic and provides panoramic views over the bay, grain terminal, and port area.  Boston Bay Wines are strategically located on the high side of the highway, with magic views over their vineyards and Boston Bay.  The wines are very nice and their tasting plates excellent value at $48.00 for two people!

Lincoln Cove Marina, located in Porter Bay is the place to view the fishing fleet and some of their vessels are larger than anything we have in Mandurah.  We enjoyed a delicious morning tea at Café Del Giorno, located on Tasman Terrace with views over the Town Beach which is a part of Boston Bay.  The Fresh Fish Place has the best fresh seafood in town.  As well as delicious fish and chips, guided tours through their factory and a small gift shop.  The two craft shops, Ruby and Kate and the Patchwork Pear have an amazing array of fabric, cotton, yarn and all the accessories.  I could have done some real damage while there!!

The Parnkalla Trail is a 14 kilometre walk trail following the Port Lincoln coastline.  Starting at the foreshore of the caravan park we walked about 4 kilometres admiring the beautiful beaches, rugged rock formations and local bush.

Around 5pm each night the parks trees fill with large flocks of brightly coloured parakeets.  Tried to photograph the birds, but they were either not still long enough or too far awayL.

Moving on up the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, we called in to Tumby Bay and Arno Bay on our way to Port Gibbon.  This is a free camp site in a coastal shanty town; very basic and very busy mainly because potable water, toilets and a dump site are all provided. The scenery for the drive from Port Gibbon to Whyalla consisted of harvested paddocks dotted with hay bales, grazing cattle and sheep.  One farmer has devoted an entire paddock, albeit a small one, to old harvesters and farm equipment.  A family farm equipment museum!

The Whyalla Wetlands project was our first stop, and what a wonderful space this this is and will be once the plants and trees have matured a little more.

We arrived in Port Augusta around 12ish, the temperature was 37°one of our hottest days since leaving home.  We booked into the Foreshore Caravan Park, set up and settled in.  Our afternoon consisted of food shopping and the usual domestics while staying relatively cool.  The pool was very inviting, and very cold, but refreshing.

Day 2, another 37° day, we visited the water tower lookout and then the Arid Gardens Conservation Park where we noticed quite a few changes.  New beds created, planted and in bloom as well as additional sculptures on show.  Also this time the café and gift shop were open; and the ice-creams were beckoning.  We both ordered a scoop of Quandong as well as a scoop of Wild Desert Lime.  They were both yummy. But I did prefer the lime flavour best of all.

The Flinders Lookout always provides a great view of the town, traffic bridge, red cliffs and the Flinders Ranges.

Back at the caravan park, about 8pm  a 1-2 metre snake (depending on who told the story) was seen slithering around our vans.  Derick and Ross watched to ensure it moved on; fortunately the park was only partially occupied but with the office closed difficult to know what to do about it.

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