Today we leave Streaky Bay quite reluctantly and promise ourselves to return to this very beautiful spot when possible. We were heading for Farm Beach as recommended by some friends. This turned out to be totally different from what we had imagined. The campground looked a bit feral and the beach was out of sight about 300 metres away. You could drive along the beach if you wanted but I wasn’t going to attempt it on our own. It would be great here with a small group and even better if you had a tinny.
We continued on to Coffin Bay, which appeared very touristy and not what we were looking for. So it was on to Port Lincoln, did some shopping and out to the Lincoln National Park at Fishermans Point. This is a good 30-minute drive out of town on a good dirt road. We wriggled into a camp spot amongst heath land scrub on a point with views of Port Lincoln on the other side of the bay.
We woke to a beautiful day and headed off for the two loop drives. The first is the Cape Bauer Loop, which takes you along some of the most scenic coast you’ll find anywhere. The water seems extra clear down here and has this striking azure blue colour to it. The fishermen on the rocks have got to be keen and I don’t know how they get the fish up if it’s anything over a couple of kilos. There are blowholes that whistle and gush. Unfortunately not gushing water when we were there but the air rushing in and out was quite loud.
The second loop is the Westall Way, which is further down the coast displaying more spectacular coastline and even a bunch of sea lions lounging on the rocks and playing in the water. We also saw miles of pure white sand dunes but didn’t venture far out into them, as it’s pretty remote if you get stuck.
These drives took us most of the day so we treated ourselves to dinner at the caravan park restaurant. A low-key affair, but fantastic value for money. I had a dozen of the best oysters I’ve ever had for entrée then we had lamb shanks and vegies. Desert was apple crumble, cream and ice cream, Yummy!!
Thank God the wind has died down today. Patchy showers but still fairly cool. Only travelled about 130 klms today and booked into the Streaky Bay Foreshore CV Park for 3 nights. We scored a waterfront site, set up and went for a bike ride around town. We made a booking for dinner at the Mocean restaurant, which was recommended by the people camped beside us who are regular visitors here. On the way back the wind blew in our faces and the rain came down, once again I was freezing cold. We had some lunch and jumped under the covers for a nanna nap. Tomorrow we’ll explore a couple of circuit drives around the area as suggested by the park owners. We may even try another bike ride along the foreshore if the weather improves.
Eight degrees centigrade this morning with horizontal rain coming in at about 80 kph plus. Not nice and we froze packing up and filling the tanks. Heading west today to a little town called Minnipa and Pildappa Rock. This is one of several granite wave rock formations around Australia. We were heading into the wind all the way and the van has developed a small tail wobble, which I think is caused by the Coopers tyres.
We thought we would be out of the wind behind the rock, but it seemed to swirl around and get us just the same. Deb climbed the rock after some persuasion but couldn’t wait to get down again. We spent the rest of the day in the van out of the wind and rain.
Wilmington’s a little town 40 klms east of Port Augusta. Staying for 2 nights in the caravan park. A bit feral, but ok. Drove about 10 klm to Alligator Gorge and did the 2.5 klm 2 hour walk. Nice but lots of rock hopping and very steep climb in and out. We need the exercise though. Then we drove to Hancock’s Lookout for spectacular views of the Spencer Gulf. A beautiful day but cool and drizzling in the evening.
Left our friend’s place at Esk on Monday 11 October, spent night at Walgett NSW in free camp in town. Then went through Bourke to Wilcannia via the dirt road (350 klms dirt) which was in good condition as we did 80 kph most of the way. Spent Tuesday night at a rest area on a small hill in between Wilcannia and Broken Hill. Drizzling rain but the desert country is green and the wild flowers are in bloom making the views quite spectacular. Fields of purple, yellow, green, orange and flashes of red. It even smells good! Wednesday night we were at Wilmington near Port Augusta for a couple of nights. There are a number of walks to do in the area and will post photos of them in the next post, so stay tuned. The new cruiser is great and all is going well so far. It’s a little overcast at present but should be perfect for walking.