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Lime Stone Coast & Normanville - Part 5

Lime Stone Coast & Normanville - Part 5

After a brief rest in Adelaide catching up with family, we returned to the road; this time heading over to the Limestone Coast via Mt Gambier.

Travelling through Hahndorf, Tailem Bend and Keith, we made our first free camp night at Mt Monster Conservation Park. There are no facilities here so you need to leave no trace. As it was winter, there were no other campers in the area and at night there wasn’t a sound to be heard. The diesel heater came in handy for heating up the bus. There is a great walk around and also up to the top of Mount Monster where you get a wonderful view of the area.

The next day we left Mt Monster and headed to Mt Gambier. We travelled through beautiful wine growing areas around Penola where Australia’s first Saint, Mary McKillop opened the first Catholic Saint Joseph School. The area also has large timber plantations run by State Forestry.

Mt Gambier has the unique Blue Lake that is a must to see. There is a great walk around the lake. Also a must see are the cave gardens in Mount Gambier city centre and also the Umpherson Sinkhole a little out of town. The gardens were amazing and there were also seats made from the tree logs recovered from the Ash Wednesday fires as a lasting reminder.

From Mt. Gambier it was off to the coast and our next few days stop was the Three Mile Bend Campground at Beachport Conservation Park. This has only toilets and camping fees apply. This park overlooks Lake George. Beachport has a jetty that lays claim to being the second longest in SA.

After Beachport we travelled to Robe, Kingston SE, and on to the Coorong National Park. Robe is a lovely town and is well worth a look to see the old jail and Obelisk down near the waters edge on Cape Dombey. Beautiful scenery of the coastline can be seen from here with Doorway Rock in the distance. Kingston SE has a number of free camps with beach frontage including one right near the jetty in the middle of town with easy access to the main street. The only facilities were water and toilets however no fees are charged. Kingston also has the big lobster, tractor on the pole and situated in the Apex Park is the analemmatic sundial of human involvement to tell time. Well worth a look.

Coorong National Park has a number of camps throughout the park but camping fees as well as park pass fees are payable to the SA National Parks and Wildlife Service. One of the great camps is 42 Mile Crossing with a great walk to the huge sand dunes on the southern beaches. As the beaches front the south coast, they are usually pounded by strong winds from the southern ocean. Most of the camps in the Coorong area have toilets only so you need to top up with water wherever you can and take rubbish with you. Dump points can be found within the many small townships of the area.

As we travelled along the beautiful Coorongs, we called into the Chinaman’s Well Historic Site made famous where thousands of Chinese passed through this area on their way to Victoria to seek their fortunes in gold. After this we called in to have a look at the Jack Point Pelican Walk where you can walk around the lake ands view the pelicans. The Coorongs was made famous by the filming of the movie Storm Boy in the area. We then travelled on to a great little town called Meningie where we had lunch along the banks of Lake Albert before continuing on to Goolwa once again to utilize the dump point and stock up with water.

After leaving Goolwa we stayed at Normanville once again for two nights before continuing back up the coast route to Adelaide for a brief stay with family before heading off to Tasmania for the rest of the year.

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