31st October – 6th November 2016: Esperance – Home

Leaving Salmon Gums the road followed the railway line most of the way, with ore trains travelling in both directions, passing us along the journey.  Our surroundings consisted of paddocks of wheat, sheep, horses and cattle.  The weather was glorious, sunny with a light breeze which our journey all the more pleasant.

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24th – 30th October: Ceduna to Salmon Gums

Day 2 we treated ourselves to a seafood lunch at the Bistro, very nice but not as good as our last visit.  Bought some frozen vegetables and canned fruit to keep us going between the quarantine station and Norseman, refueled, generally just prepping for leaving town tomorrow morning.

Departing Ceduna around 9am we travelled through the remaining wheat, barley paddocks; some ready for harvesting, some just the remnant stalks.  With the warmer weather we have noticed heaps more lizards (in a variety of shapes and sizes) on the road, both dead and alive.  We do our best to miss them but sometimes it’s just not possible.  First stop Nundroo to refuel and then Yalata West Rest Area for lunch.

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17th – 23rd October 2016: Maitland – Ceduna

Just avoided a disaster leaving the Marion Bay Caravan Park, while busy keeping an eye on a shelter support pole we nearly took out the overhanging eaves of the same shelter:(.  Fortunately, stopped in time and no damage done. Phew!!

Our ‘showground trial’ is working well; most provide power, water, toilets and showers and the usual cost seems to be $15 per night.  Almost like free camping but with power and water and we’re not packed in like sardines (as per some caravan parks).

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10th – 16th October 2016: Adelaide – Marion Bay

Our additional few days in Adelaide were wonderful.  We visited Ikea for afternoon tea and then wandered through this amazing outlet.

Rode the OBAHN from Adelaide to Tea Tree Plaza and return.  The OBAHN consists of a bus which also has trolley wheels attached.  The vehicle can travel over the road and freeway system but when the trolley wheels are engaged is able to traverse the tram like tracks through park land running alongside the Torrens River.  This is exactly what Perth needs; no overhead powerlines and a vehicle which has dual options for roads or tram like tracks.  Fantastic innovation!

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3rd – 9th October 2016: Kapunda – Adelaide

The morning we left Kapunda the heavens opened!  Knowing the forecast we rolled the awning and cleaned up outside the day before.  We hooked up the van in pouring rain, said goodbye to Kapunda and headed into Adelaide via Gawler, Playford, Elizabeth and Salisbury.  By the time we reached Brownhill Caravan Park the rain had passed but the temperature was still quite low.

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26th September to 2nd October 2016: Flinders Ranges – Kapunda

This morning we packed a picnic basket, thermos and water and then headed out for the day.  First stop being Stokes Hill Lookout which provided for a glorious view of the surrounding green hilly pastures dotted with grazing sheep and wildflowers.  Further away, the Flinders Ranges on one side and the Wilpena Pound walls on the other.  What a glorious start to our day!

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