A Travellerspoint blog

May 2012

Day 15 - Sunday 20 May 2012

Port Lincoln

Quite heavy overcast skies today but no rain although showers were forecast. David spent the morning battling with the satellite dish, but could not manage to get a picture. In the end we gave up and headed into town, where we got some tourist info and found a place for lunch. We both had King George Whiting at Del Giorno's Cafe Restaurant. While we we eating Chris and Nola came in - we had last seen then at the caravan park in Melbourne. They had left their caravan at Burra and driven to Port Augusta as Chris had a business meeting, they are staying the night at a local hotel.

After lunch we to Coffin Bay which is about 45 kms from Port Lincoln. Coffin Bay is a sleepy holiday centre with few services not much activity at this time of year. Coffin Bay is another of Matthew Flinders discoveries in 1802, and is known for its fishing and oysters.

Coffin Bay from the lookout

Coffin Bay from the lookout

Fishers chancing their luck

Fishers chancing their luck

After a drive around Coffin Bay we stopped for a coffee and cake at the Oysterbeds Restaurant.

The view from Oysterbeds Restaurant

The view from Oysterbeds Restaurant

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Day 14 - Saturday 19 May 2012

Cowell to Port Lincoln

Did not need to hitch-up today as we had been on a drive-through site for the night. Plenty of sun and 12 degrees this morning but it did not last long. As we left the caravan park at 9:45 am we encountered a bit of light drizzle. We had a relatively short trip of 165 kms today. We called into Arno Bay for a look, and wished that we hadn't as there was very little to see. Later in the morning we stopped at Tumby Bay for a morning coffee.

Blue Healer at the Tumby Bay Jetty

Blue Healer at the Tumby Bay Jetty

Tumby Bay is an interesting small town with the mandatory long pier now only used by fishers looking for a meal. On the way back to the car we passed the historic Police Station - In 1911 the town had two mounted policemen but only one horse - Did they take turns or were they just good friends.

After our coffee we continued on to the Port Lincoln Top Tourist Park which is located just south of the town centre. We have decided to stay here for three days before moving on to Ceduna.

Port Lincoln Top Tourist Park from the jetty

Port Lincoln Top Tourist Park from the jetty

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Day 13 - Friday 18 May 2012

Port Augusta to Cowell

A mainly clear blue sky today with temperatures of 11 to 20 degrees. We were up fairly early today to pack up for a relatively short trip of 180 kms to Cowell. Cowell is located about half way between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln on Franklin Harbour. The Franklin Harbour area was first explored by Matthew Flinders in 1802 in the "Investigator", and the harbour was named after John Franklin who was later to become Sir John Franklin. The area was settled in 1853 with grain, sheep and cattle as the main agricultural activities. Cowell was an important shipping port early last century, and today remains a service centre for the surrounding rural areas, and also hosts a thriving oyster industry. The Cowell Jade deposit is located nearby and is renowned as one of the oldest and largest deposits of jade in the world.

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In 1972 as a New Year's prank a large Black Stump was dragged into the town and placed between the two hotels, with sign proclaiming each to be the Best Pub this side of the Black Stump.

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Day 12 - Thursday 17 May 2012

Port Augusta

Clear sunny day - 9 to 22 degrees today - cracked out the shorts - hoping not to put them away for a while. Mainly domestic chores today - washing, cleaning the van and chatting to our neighbours. Visited downtown Port Augusta - the big boys toy shop and Woolies. After a late lunch we sat in the sun reading the papers - all in all a quiet day. Tomorrow we plan to head down into the Eyre Peninsula and some free camping.

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Day 11 - Wednesday 16 May 2012

Murray Bridge to Port Augusta

Awoke to a cold foggy morning with a temperature of 4.5 degrees. We packed up and headed off at about 9:45 am for the 380 kms trip from Murray Bridge to Port Augusta. We followed the South East Freeway into the outskirts of Adelaide before turning north on the A1. The traffic got heavier as we neared Adelaide and the trucks became more numerous as we headed north with more road trains. The road trains are less of a worry for caravanners as they are speed limited to 90 kph, which is our preferred speed.

We had for a morning coffee at a roadhouse at Lower Light, before stopping for lunch at Snowtown (of bodies in the barrels fame).

Lunch stop at Snowtown

Lunch stop at Snowtown

A wind turbine blade on dispay at Snowtown

A wind turbine blade on dispay at Snowtown

We eventually arrived at the Port Augusta Big 4 Caravan Park at about 3:30 pm and were allocated a roomy drive-through site for two nights. After setting up camp we relaxed with a QLD - it was still 18 degrees at 5:30pm after reaching a maximum of 23 degrees. Sunsets are getting later as we move further north and tonight the sun was going down at about 6:00 pm.

Sunset at Port Augusta

Sunset at Port Augusta

We have another 5th wheeler beside us in the park, who will also be travelling west across the Nullarbor, so we may see them again.

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