1st – 7th April 2017: Sawpit (Portland) to Langhorne Creek

Our day started out a wet, windy, 16° C.  We departed Port Fairy around 10.15 am, and on our drive to the Sawpit Camp Ground (about 10 minutes outside Portland) we were mainly by surrounded cattle and sheep grazing in reasonably green paddocks.

Arriving at our destination around 11.15 am, we found a site, setup and settled in.  As the name suggests the camp ground and picnic area were once a busy milling area.  When visiting the docks in Portland even today there are thousands of pine logs waiting to be loaded on to ships for export.

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Day 2 we drove into Portland, drove around and walked the town, then enjoyed coffee and cake at a beach side café.  We drove the coast road back to the campground.

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It was the first weekend of the school holidays in Victoria and also daylight saving ceased on the Saturday night.  Sadly a large group of adults decided to run amok in the campground Saturday Night.  Some other campers quite close to them asked them to quiet down several times, to no avail.  About 2am the heavens opened (karma), the rain sent them scurrying for their campers and tents.  Needless to say peace reigned supreme for the reminder of the night:):):)

Departing the Sawpit Campground the weather was a cold, wet, 14° C.  We drove the scenic route from Portland to Mount Gambier, through kilometre after kilometre of pine plantation.  There was some farm land mainly consisting of grazing sheep with alpacas as their protectors.

Arriving in Mount Gambier the sun was shining and although the breeze was cold the temperature was a pleasant 22° C.  We booked into the Central Caravan Park, set up and then caught up with Jan and Ross, who were also in town.

We visited the Blue Lake, Leg of Mutton Lake, climbed to the Centenary Tower, which provides glorious views over the town and surrounding areas.

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Day 2, Valley Lake, and Brownes Lake.  Umpherston Sinkhole and Engelbrecht Cave.  Then to complete the day enjoyed a yummy coffee and cake in one of the very popular cafes.

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Heading north along the Limestone Coast, more kilometres of pine plantation, with sheep and alpacas in between.  We drove through Millicent, stopped in Beachport for a look around.  Beautiful spot!  Then Robe, another beautiful spot, although both these towns were busy with lots of kids around.  Victorians spending the school holidays in South Australia!

Wright’s Beach donation camp site had been recommended as a great spot and we were not disappointed.  About 6 – 7 kilometres off the highway, located on a farm right on the beachJ.  The caretaker is very friendly and helpful and at $9 per night excellent value.  There is drinking water, both drop and portable toilets (provide your own toilet roll) and green grassy sites.

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Walking along the beach, the fisherman tell us that whiting and gardies are the catch of the day.  At sunset we sat on the wooden bench on the point, with our drinks and cameras, watching a pod of dolphins feed as the sun slowly sank in the west.  Perfect way to end the day:).

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Back on the road Kingston S.E. was our first stop; refilled 2 gas bottles (1 large, 1 small) then found the dump point for a flush and fill.  Drinking water here is free, and we needed to top up the tanks.

The scenery is mainly farm land on one side with cows and lots of new born calves, aww and The Coorong on the other, beautiful country side.  We stopped for lunch in Meningie, Lake Albert, took the ferry across the Murray River at Wellington, and arrived at Langhorne Creek free camp site about 2ish.  The rest area was almost full, we found one of the last big sites, set up and settled in.  By 4ish the place was full the closed sign was all but up!

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Langhorne Creek is located on the Fleurieu Peninsular in the heart of their wine region.  It’s a small historic town, nice pub and wineries with cellar door and café facilities, some of which are within walking distance of the rest area.

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We walked the town, and enjoyed a nice cold drink at the Bridge Hotel before returning to the camp ground all in all a nice hour or so excursion.

 

 

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