14th – 20th April 2017: Adelaide to Port Augusta

Departing Black Cockatoo we took the scenic route via Moana Beach, Seaford, past the Onkaparinga River mouth and Port Noarlunga.  Arriving in Adelaide Easter eve was good and bad.  The good being that we would be in a caravan park over the 5 day break, the bad, the traffic into Adelaide and trying to food shop.  By mid-afternoon we were well and truly settled in and enjoying the tranquil surrounds of the Brownhill Caravan Park.

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Good Friday, we took Jan and Ross for a tour of Adelaide and surrounds starting with Mount Lofty lookout.  With just a light haze over the city and ocean the views were quite spectacular from the Yorke Peninsula in the west to Aldinga Beach in the south.  We drive through Uraidla, Summertown, down Greenhill road, which is very steep, winding and narrow but provides awesome views of the valleys, city and ocean.  Being so steep the housing can be quite unusual and spectacular.

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23rd – 30th March 2017: Meredith to Port Fairy

Departing Stawell around 9.45am, we drove through Ararat, surrounded by farmlands dotted with sheep and cattle, very pretty countryside.  Through Beaufort to Lake Burrumbeet, our planned stopped for the next few nights.  The first warning bells started ringing when we noticed all the tyre re-treads littering the road verge, then the copious amounts of rubber laid along the entry road to the site.  Lake Burrumbeet itself is quite picturesque, but also quite isolated and the road in very obviously used as a racetrack and burn out site for the locals.

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12th – 22nd March 2017: Burra to Stawell

Leaving Port Augusta the day was very hot and humid, and the Flinders Ranges so majestic, yet quite mystical in the morning light. A glider floated across the sky above the highway then landed in the flats alongside the railway line, (hope all was OK?). On the climb through Horrock’s Pass the change in flora to the statuesque river gums and surrounding farmland.

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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.

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18th – 25th February 2017: Home to Ceduna

We left home around 9.30am which was earlier than we expected, but after the weeks of preparation it was great to actually be ‘back on the road’.  Travelling along the Great Eastern Highway around the Northam the high water levels were still very evident with the Mortlock East River full and flowing fast!

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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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