Sunday 30th November 2008, Stawell, Victoria.
We only stayed at Keith for the two days, it looked like rain for the next few days and there didn’t seem to be a great deal to do so we have now moved on to Stawell in Victoria. (see map) We are a bit undecided what to do, or where to go, from here, we were thinking of Bendigo for a week but we may just stay here for the two weeks. It also looks like rain here for the next few days and we do intend seeing a fair bit of the Grampians so we will stay for as long as it take to see it. The caravan park we are in is on the edge of a lake with plenty of bird life, and we are backed up right against it, so it will not take a great deal to occupy our time looking out over the lake if the weather is not conducive to sightseeing. It is a very reasonable price here also, so we could save a bit by staying here anyway.
Friday 28th November 2008, Keith.
Here it is over a full week since I have written a report: It just goes to show how we enjoyed our stay at Adelaide, we still didn’t do anything at all while there but the time seemed to just disappear. It has come time though to move on as we only have two and a half weeks to get to Melbourne, I don’t know how we are going to manage it, so now we are in residence at Keith, on the main highway, Dukes Hwy, about 260K from Adelaide. We were contemplating staying here for four days or so, even though we only paid for two so far, but there doesn’t seem to be a great deal to do here so a days touring tomorrow may just see us out, in fact it took us ages to even find the tourist information centre which turned out to be only a shelf of pamphlets in a local restaurant. Keith does seem to be a nice enough small town though, and you never know we may decide to stay here and rest a little more.
Thursday 20th November 2008, Adelaide.
I can’t believe we have been here for a week already, just goes to show haw time fly’s when you are enjoying yourself. The weather has not been very conducive for going out since we have been here so we have done basically nothing at all, and we have enjoyed it. I have done a couple of small chores, like relocate our water pump from one side of the van to the other and rerun some water pipe, but that didn’t take long, so we are surprised how quickly the time has disappeared. Another week to go and the forecast is a little better for the next week so that will be a lot better.
Monday 17th November 2008, Adelaide.
After being in Adelaide for a few days now it is apparent that out attitude toward travelling has changed, more to what it was before we went to WA, to a relaxed attitude. We are enjoying the rest after the lengthy travels and realise now that future travels won’t, and don’t have to be of any length, back to what we are accustomed to. I say again that we did enjoy what we did and saw in WA, but I guess it was always in the back of our minds that we were still in for some lengthy travels, and neither of us enjoy long distances, so this must have been the primary reason for not collectively over-enjoying our WA travels. We are now very much looking forward to the leisurely travels that we are accustomed to, and have been for the past 8 years.
Saturday 15th November 2008, Adelaide.
The caravan park we are in at present is the Adelaide Shores at West Beach, and since being here we have been reminded of why we just came back here without thinking of elsewhere. This park would have to be the best value for money park we have ever stayed at, it’s charges are comparative with other capital cities, but it provides seventh day free unlike most other capital city parks which makes it much better value. It provides everything that anybody would want in a caravan park, with the exception that at the moment there is not a shopping centre within walking distance, but that is about to change with one being opened next month just a large block away. One thing I noticed in the park today, that probably only caravanners would appreciate, was when I checked out the sewer dump point and noticed that they even had a wash basin with soap provided at the point. This is something that we have not seen provided at any caravan park we have ever stayed at.
Friday 14th November 2008, Adelaide.
We are finally in Adelaide. (see map) We are grateful that the Nullarbor trip is over and we fully intend stopping here for at least two weeks and rest a while. We are rather disappointed with the WA trip we have just had: As I have mentioned before we had a collection of misfortunes occur during the year that limited our travel plans for WA hence there were areas we didn’t get to see that we wanted to. We did enjoy what we did get to do and see and have at least been over there now and have an idea of what the state is like, if we get to go back in the future, which may be unlikely, we will at least know what to expect and will know of areas we would want to visit. From here on for a while, maybe a couple of years, our travels will be limited somewhat as we must try to save money due to the financial crunch now happening and wait for super to once again pick up. We will be moving around a little so these reports will continue, even though they might be a little more infrequent.
Wednesday 12th November 2008, Melrose.
We are now at our last stopover before reaching Adelaide. (see map) We decided to stop here at Melrose rather than Port Pirie because of the praise Kay and Adrian gave it earlier in the year after they stayed here on their way west. The town and caravan park do actually live up to all their praise, so if we are back in this area one day we would like to visit here for a longer period. We have already had a look around this area when we stayed in Port Pirie way back in March 2003, so this visit will purely be for relaxation. Linda could well do with a bit of a rest after she wasn’t too well last night, she obviously swallowed a bug or something that made her rather ill during the night, but she appears to be over it today so a rest here can only do her good.
Tuesday 11th November 2008, Kimba.
A stark reminder of outback style living while here with the bore water obviously being used. We are parked close to the amenities and with the wind blowing from that direction, whenever someone has a shower all we get is the typical smell of the bore water. It has been a while since we have been in the outback so we had almost forgotten what bore water smells like. I did my usual thing today and walked around town taking photos, in the heat, and it is a pity that the area is so dry: This would have been so much nicer if there had been a bit more greenery, the council has done a pretty good job with the main street though with keeping the trees and flowers in good condition.
Monday 10th November 2008, Kimba.
Another 300K plus sees us at a small town half way across the Eyre Peninsula of Kimba (see map). There are a couple of nice little towns along the top road across the Eyre Peninsula that seemed worth a short visit, but at the moment all we are interested in is getting to Adelaide so they will just have to keep. Kimba is just one of those towns and was at our maximum distance we are prepared to travel, hence the stop-over here. We will be here for two days, but are now wondering why we booked in for two days as we are thinking of changing our next destination to another small town near Port Pirie called Melrose. Kay and Adrian stayed there on their way across earlier in the year and gave rave reviews about the town so we are thinking of going a little out of our way. If we do go there we would be staying for a couple of days so, if that will be the case, their was no need to stop here for the two days, oh well it will be another restful day tomorrow anyway. Kimba’s ‘catch phrase’ is “half way across Australia
Saturday 8th November 2008, Ceduna.
A 300K trip now sees us with the Nullarbor behind us, we are back in Ceduna (see map). We are to stay here for two days and then head off onto unfamiliar roads across the top of the Eyre Peninsula to Port Augusta, with a stopover at Kimba. A trip from there will see us in Adelaide where we intend resting for a week or two.