Adelaide to York Peninsula, Coober Pedy, Normanville and back
We returned from Kangaroo Island for the birth of our second granddaughter in Adelaide, which was a great moment. We decided to stay in Adelaide for a few weeks to get to know our new arrival before venturing off again towards York Peninsula.
Yorke Peninsula is a beautiful area very close to Adelaide. Lunch was at the BP Port Wakefield, a popular stopping place with great food. We journeyed south west coast for a three night camp at the Pondalowie Bay Bush Camp situated in the Innes National Parks. This is an excellent camp with great bush walks and close to the historic mining town of Inneston where they mined gypsum. A visit to Inneston is a must. Some of the historic cottages have been renovated so that they can be hired out as accommodation with all the normal facilities.
The nights and early mornings were getting cooler now our diesel heater was getting some use! We went down a couple of boardwalks down to the beaches to see wrecks washed up on the beach, two of which were Ethel which sank in 1904 and SS Ferret which sank around 1920. Other treasure troves to see were Marion Bay, Cable Bay and Chinaman’s Cap. Our journey took us through Yorketown, Warooka, Minlaton, Maitland, Moonta, Kadina, Walaroo with a free night camp at Alford. Morning saw us headed to Cape Broughton for lunch, then on to Port Pirie, Mambray Creek at the Mt. Remarkable National Park before continuing on to Port Augusta, Woomera and to Coober Pedy for a few nights. We drove 520 kms from Mambray Creek to Coober Pedy with a fuel stop at Port Augusta and lunch at Woomera.
Woomera is interesting with a small museum and large outdoor displays of rockets and satellites. It then was off to Coober Pedy for a few nights to replenish our supplies including power and catch up on some washing. Coober Pedy is a must visit unless it is summer when temperatures can reach around 40 degrees. We booked a 5 hour tour to see all the historic places, mining sites, dingo fence and wonderful scenic views. Our tour fee included a drink in the only underground international hotel bar. Our local driver who was also a miner took us into the underground church with its beautiful stain glass windows. The tour in Coober Pedy with dinner that night was $100 per person.
After three nights at Coober Pedy, we returned to Mambray Creek and Riverland area on the Murray River. There are a few free 24 hour ferry crossings. We camped in a free camping spot right called Hogwash Bend on the banks of the Murray River. We spent two nights here and it is a totally “Leave no Trace” spot as there are no facilities. After that it was time to head to other towns such as Waikerie, Barmera. Renmark and Loxton. Renmark is the largest of them all. Citrus plantations and vineyards were prominent in the area with a large juice factory in Berri. Renmark had a great “self contained only” stop for RV’s right in the town. We then proceeded towards Loxton after calling into the Loxton Historical Village. There is an entrance fee however it is worth paying to see the history.
Leaving the Riverland area, we headed towards Fleuerieu Peninsula making our way through Tailem Bend and then over the river by ferry through Wellington and another great free camp at Langhorne Creek. With a large number of RV’s already set up; it is beautiful places for nights stop with a pub just a short walk down the road. Next day we continued on through Strathalbyn to Goolwa on the south. This is a small town with good facilities of a new dump point, water and a huge shopping centre. After lunch we continued on to our pre-booked two nights at the Accor Resort at Normanville. Normanville is great seaside town with a fishing jetty and two caravan parks. We had a great stay at the resort and able to catch up on washing.
Finally the time to head back to Adelaide before our next adventure to the Limestone Coast area.
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