This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2004 Travels April 1

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THURSDAY 1 APRIL   PORT AUGUSTA TO STREAKY BAY   390kms

It was a pleasant drive west, to reach Streaky Bay, through grain farming country and several small towns. The early part of the journey, on the Eyre Highway, was broken up by the Iron Knob hill area in the distance, gradually becoming larger, until we were past it.

We stopped for a break and leg stretch at Kimba, where I took the photo that most travellers  must take – of John with the Big Galah, and one of the sign that says “Half way across Australia”. I was rather tempted to label one photo “Big and small galahs”! The galah photo should amuse the grand children, at least.

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At Poochera, we turned off the Eyre Highway, onto a local road that would take us across to the coast and our destination.

Booked into the Foreshore Caravan Park, for a week. We wanted to explore the area, where we’d only previously passed through. Also, we were able to slow down now, because of being booked at Ceduna for Easter. The park was a FPA one, so we joined that association on the spot. After the resultant discount, our site was $18 a night, with the 7th night free. We thought this very reasonable for an excellent location, and a very pleasant and clean park.

Their site layout, though, did not allow much room for maneuvering when parking the van – and ours was only a small van! We were one row back from the beach front, so had glimpses of the sea from our outside area, through the gaps between the opposite vans.

There were fish cleaning tables set up by the beach – a really good idea that saves a lot of mess. There were lots of pelicans hanging about these tables – easy meals for them!

Seems that Streaky Bay was so named by explorer  Matthew Flinders because he saw great streaks in the water – perhaps an effect of the light, perhaps masses of seaweed? Did not look streaky to us, now.

After setting up camp, John went off to suss out bowls. He came back saying we could hurry up and get to play this afternoon. Bad luck about lunch! The people we met there were very pleasant. There was one almost blind lady, who was a deadly bowler. We met a Qld couple there, who were also going on to Ceduna for Easter. They told him there was a bowls tournament happening there, and John arranged to pair up with them for some events.

The park had good TV reception, so John was happy. The mobile phone signal was also good, so I was able to text our location to the offspring.

It had not even occurred to me, this morning, that it was April Fools Day!

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