Thanks to all of you who explained the South Australian sign “Stop creeping” to us – as in do not let your speed creep up over the limit!
For our 3 days in Elliston, we stayed at the caravan park opposite the jetty which has lovely grassed sites, and a camp kitchen with a huge fire and beaut jarrah slab tables to sit at every night – a great atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.
We met up with our good friends Jan and Jamie who are on a ‘big trip’ as well, and managed to eat our way through several dozen oysters, thanks to Master Schucker Jamie! We also cooked up some other favourites as well – while travelling, we find that we only buy a small amount of really good meat or fish and vegetables and cook them simply.
Several attempts to catch a fish were made. No success and no further discussion is being entered into apparently! The cliff-top scenic drive was spectacular with excellent sea vistas of the Southern Ocean and strategically placed statues. We especially enjoyed watching the surfers in Anxious Bay with a huge swell running.
So then it started raining, so clearly it was time to move further east! We caught the vehicle ferry from Lucky Bay to Walleroo rather than travel up through Port Augusta, as this suited our plans to revisit the lovely Clare Valley.
Unfortunately it rained for the 3 days we were in Clare! We stayed at the Discovery caravan park and observed many unhappy campers – that delicate perfume of drenched and smelly canvas…
It is such a well preserved and historic town at the gateway to the Clare Valley, with all the beautiful vineyards, artists, farmland and surrounding country. A highlight was eating great tapas at Mr Mick’s again – all those small tastes of yummy food combined with their local wines.
We know from experience it is important to be flexible with travel routes and arrangements…. when circumstances change, the weather is too hot or too cold, or costs blow out!
So it is with this trip. Our original plan was to get to SA and hug the coastline south and east around SA and Victoria and then north through NSW and up to Queensland.
We now plan to do this in reverse to take advantage of the warmer weather (i.e. we are already feeling quite cold!) Our new plan is to head east through the Riverland region to Mildura, then turn northeast. We have family and friends to see on the way through NSW and southern Queensland, then we will move north ASAP to the warmth.
Then when spring has sprung, we will explore the coast from Queensland south and west.