Thursday 28th February 2008, Port Broughton.
A short trip around the area to towns such as Wallaroo, Kadina and Moonta only reinforced the fact that we must return to SA and spend a full summer looking around. These towns mentioned are in what is known as the ‘Copper Triangle’ and as the name suggests was once known for copper mining. One thing that stood out was the brick work used in the area for buildings, like a sandstone brick, and after originally thinking I would not bother taking any photos, because we will be coming back, I just had to take a heap of shots at Moonta because the buildings were more spectacular than the others. If we had known last week what we now know of the area we wouldn’t be staying at Port Broughton this trip, but rather at Wallaroo, it is a much more interesting place with heaps to look at and do. Not that there is anything wrong with Port Broughton, but the scenery is much better down that area, that’s the way it goes though EH!
Wednesday 27th February 2008, Port Broughton.
Port Broughton is a quaint little place, smaller than we had expected. We had a walk around town today, doing my usual thing taking photos. One thing that stood out was the one street we walked along that was lined with small holiday homes, we were looking for the other caravan park and my first thought was that we were in the park and what we were seeing were permanents sites, but further on we came across the park and decided they were in fact holiday homes. We also found out that the tides in this area, being the Upper Spencer Gulf, are different and there are only 3 places in the world that experience the same thing. The tides are called dodge tides, and the sea dodges its normal tides, ceasing to move from mid level for approximately 18 hours. The only other places where these tides occur are the Gulf of Mexico and the North American Coast. (This is an extract from a local tourist info sign) This now explains why we had noticed that the tides do not rise much from low tide.
The caravan park we are staying in is suffering from the drought, as are many others, and all the grass has died off leaving nothing but dirt. It is also very windy here and after going for our walk today we returned to find a very high layer of dust over every surface in the caravan, so it is essential from now on to leave all windows closed to hopefully prevent it again.
Tuesday 26th February 2008, Port Broughton.
Ear ache was no problem, possibly an insect bite or something, in fact it is almost better today. There has been no hold-up with our intended move today so we are now in Port Broughton, about 170K north of Adelaide, See Map. We will be here for about 4 days before we travel around the tip of the Spencer Gulf and onto the Eyre Peninsula for a look around until Easter when we plan to be in Ceduna, where we intend making a decision as to whether we will be going to WA.
Sunday 24th February 2008, Adelaide.
Possible plan changes: This constantly seems to happen, but more on that shortly.
Linda, K and A went for another bus trip yesterday into the city to visit some museums and art galleries. I chose not to go with them as museums don’t do a great deal for me, especially accompanying Linda and K as they like to spend quite some time looking around where I only prefer short looks. They did enjoy it tremendously though, as I enjoyed watching the car racing on telly. One might wonder why I didn’t go to the track to watch the Clipsal 500 seeing the track is only about 10 minutes down the road, but I do prefer to see all the cars around all the track rather than just all the cars on one stretch of track, or perhaps I am just a “couch potato
Wednesday 20th February 2008, Adelaide.
A little bit of sightseeing was done over the past couple of days. We have seen most of what we did, but for K&A it was all new. Yesterday was a day for catching busses and trams around the area for a bit of a look, and one of the intended tasks was to catch the tram from the city to Glenelg. For those that know of the tram ride you might be interested to know that the tram line has recently been extended at the city end from the outskirts of the southern end of the city into the city via King William st. and North Terrace to the Railway Station and this does make for a much more interesting trip. The trams have also been upgraded to similar to those new ones in Melbourne, and Adrian was heard to say that they are more like electric trains rather than trams, and I probably agree.
We had a little visitor today as I was sitting in the annexe, a Koala came wandering past the door, had a look inside, then continued on his way. He wandered a little way and then climbed a small Gum tree, had a feed of leaves for a while, then moved to the branch intersections and nestled in for a sleep. That all happened about mid-day and he is still there now at 8:00 PM much to the amusement of all the oversees tourist going mad with cameras.
This is our little visitor, quite a big one actually.
Saturday 16th February 2008, Adelaide.
A test of my fitness today, or at least lack of it, when I attempted to climb a hill next to the caravan park. I headed for a track that I thought would be the one leading up the hill, thinking that it would zigzag up the hill, only to find it was not the track at all. I then backtracked down the road and finally found the actual track that does traverse to the top of the hill. This track went straight up the will and was very steep, hence I gave up about half way up, just as well the others weren’t with me, I’m not sure how they would have handled even that little bit. I will now see how sore my legs are tomorrow, then decide when I will make another attempt, hoping one day before we leave to make it to the top. I have likened this hill to the same as the climb up Ayres Rock only a bit shorter, so it would be good practice for the climb up Ayres Rock.
Friday 15th February 2008, Adelaide.
We started off the day today with a morning tea provided by the park owners. These are a good function to attend as one gets to meet many of the other campers and swap a few stories.
This was followed by a trip to the caravan and camping show, and the Adelaide one is reputed to be one of the better ones in Aust. It was a trip filled with much envy as we did find a couple of vans we would have liked, OH TO HAVE MORE FINANCES. Even though we are very happy with the van we have, except it is a non off the bitumen van, we did find one especially that Linda did fall in love with. It has a lot to do with the way they build vans nowadays, and the large fridge etc. I did find an hydraulic jockey wheel come jack that I have had an eye on for a while now, but didn’t like the price. This one was reduced to a price I couldn’t refuse so I had to buy it. I am sure I am really going to notice the difference between it and the old one.
We also had K & A with us so I took them on a little tour round the city after the show as they have not been here before, and they were suitably impressed, they are now starting to see what everyone has been raving about concerning Adelaide. They are going to enjoy their remaining time here I’m sure.
Wednesday 13th February 2008, Adelaide.
Friend Adrian has had his visit to the specialist and the news was all good. About 5 years ago he was diagnosed with having had a heart attack and has been given medication for that condition, and now this specialist says it was not a heart attack but rather he has very thickly muscled heart walls and this would have led to the miss-diagnosis. The medication he has been taking, under these circumstances, would not have helped his condition, so hopefully ceasing it may actually improve his health. The thickness of his heart walls actually prevent the heart from pumping properly, which results in his rapid heart-beat that has been his present problem. More tests over the next couple of weeks will dictate what treatment he will commence and then hopefully his health will improve even more. Adrian himself is showing his confidence that this news can only be good, and we do wish him all the best.
We have been giving some thought about our travels, and after staying here for a couple of weeks to accomplish the few things we need to do, we will more than likely visit several parts of SA while in the area. We thought we would go see the Yorke and Eyre Peninsula’s taking us to Ceduna at which point we will decide, depending on Linda’s health, whether we will still continue across to WA or back to Port Augusta and up the centre, or even back to the Sunshine Coast. At that point we would be half way to WA anyway so the decision won’t be too hard to make I’m sure.
Monday 11th February 2008, Adelaide.
Back in Adelaide again, ‘tis a nice place Adelaide. We arrived here yesterday and have spent our time so far setting up camp and familiarising Kay and Adrian with Adelaide. They are so far quite liking the area, but they will, hopefully, see a lot more of it over the next couple of weeks.
Friday 8th February 2008, Nuriootpa.
All has come to a head with us three couples travelling together: Kay and Adrian this morning informed Les and Jan that they were not going to the West because after all the maintenance they have gone through lately with car and caravan they could not afford to do the trip, and then came and informed us. We had also planned on pulling the pin so it seemed like the time to get everyone together and let them know what we also planned. Our reasons for pulling the pin was that Linda feels she may need more treatment for her breathing problems, not that anything is bad enough at the moment, but if this were the case we don’t want to be across the west either, but be close enough to the Sunshine Coast if needed seeing that is where she has had prior treatment for her ailment. Isn’t it our usual story that plans are always changing, but I always did say that there are better time frames to do WA.
At the moment we do not know what our future travel plans will be, but we are going to Adelaide on Sunday with K & A as planned while Adrian has treatment for his health problems, and we will use this week or two to decide where we will go to from there.
On a much lighter note: We are extremely impressed with this area. There are quite a few small towns in the area that are well worth a look at with their very old buildings etc. This is quite apart from all the wineries if one is into that sort of thing, it seems that none of us are really into wineries, but we would not find it difficult in finding something to fill our time with sightseeing. We all went for a drive around the area yesterday and easily filled in a day and only saw a fraction of what we reckon is on offer. We would have no problems with coming back to the Barossa Valley again in the future.