This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2000 Travels December 9

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

It was a hot day.

I walked to get the papers and then we read them and had an early lunch.

After lunch, we went driving. Skirted around Kellidie Bay, the upper part of the large inlet system, and went around that and onto The Ledge – a narrow promontory of land that juts into the inlet, opposite Coffin Bay.

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The Ledge coast

John tried fishing at a couple of locations along The Ledge, but, again, no luck.

We saw a couple of really large stingrays that came right close to where we were on the rocks, and hovered in the water, looking at us. I’ve never seen them so close in the wild.

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I am watching you…..

Backtracked a little and then went through Wangary to Farm Beach. This fronts onto the open part of Coffin Bay and is another lovely, long, sandy beach. A few kms to its north is Gallipoli Beach, used in the film of that name.

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Farm Beach

Farm Beach was different in that there was a long line of caravans parked at the back of the beach. Presumably, these had been brought in by owners and set up for the summer; we doubted they would be left there all year, in the sometimes wild winter weather. As a setting it was superb, but we wondered about practical matters, like toilets, of which there were none! It was my guess that the low dune area behind the line of caravans, would not be all that pleasant at summer’s end!

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Caravans set up at the back of Farm Beach

Another novelty at Farm Beach was a large tractor “farm” – a collection of older tractors used to tow boats across the sand to launch them, and also to tow the caravans up the beach to their summer spots.

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The tractor “farm”

We enjoyed a long walk along the really attractive beach.

Then it was back to Coffin Bay, having driven some 80kms.

We bought another dozen oysters each – indulging in these local delicacies while we can! They are so much nicer having been gathered fresh the same day.

This morning, I bought some mince for the magpies – there are four regularly visit us now. They turn up and carroll and warble until they are rewarded with blobs of mince.

For tea we had the oysters, done as yesterday, followed by steak, potato and vegies.


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2000 Travels December 8

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

In the morning, I phoned a dentist in Port Lincoln and managed to get a 4pm appointment for the afternoon.

We drove to the Lincoln National Park, south of the town,  and followed several tracks that went to interesting sounding bays. The coastal scenery out there was really impressive. With more time, it would have been interesting to take the van and camp out there.

John tried some fishing, but no success. We had lunch out there, though I had to be very cautious about eating!

We were both feeling rather down, because of all the home stuff.

Back to Port Lincoln to the dentist. He put a new filling on the tooth, but said it might not last long. He still charged me $190!

On the way back to Coffin Bay, we bought another dozen oysters each.

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The waterways of Coffin Bay

For tea, we had the oysters half natural, half Kilpatrick style. We followed these with bought fish and chips – John had whiting, I had flake. All very yummy.

We drove 186kms today.


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2000 Travels December 7

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

Collected the mail from the Post Office and went through it. There were a couple of personal letters to provide some enjoyment. But K had not paid the water rates, as we’d asked him to do, so John had to pay those via phone.

Whilst John was thinking home business, he phoned the electricity and gas suppliers and ensured these accounts were changed back to us, as of December 15. It is getting horribly close!

Whilst at the Post Office, we’d sent off S’s Xmas presents.

I extended our stay by three more nights. This only cost $15.30 a night. I had no idea why they were cheaper.

After lunch, we walked this end of the Oyster Walk, which comes away from the town direction. Followed it along the shore, then up to the Lookout, around and then back into town. It was a bit hot, but good exercise.

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We bought a dozen local oysters – already opened – to share for tea, and followed those with baked potatoes with cheese topping.

Phoned K to let him know what we’d done about accounts. John would have to follow up with Telstra tomorrow about that account. K was not happy, because he’d just found out that he will not be able to access the new house until the settlement is done. After the banks open. Apparently, this was a surprise to him. Told him that the carpet cleaners are coming at 3pm, so he needs to be out by then – that was not well received. Well – none of this was our idea!

Clearly, we will not be welcomed home with open arms!

My big loose filling became even looser today.


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2000 Travels December 6

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

We left camp at 8am, for the 50km drive into Port Lincoln.

After dropping Truck at the service centre, we had to fill in four hours, wandering around the town.  We did some shop browsing. Bought a new telephone handset and a cordless extension to match – at least we will be sure of having a phone when we get home.

John bought a new Harry Potter book.

We had lunch early – more to rest our feet than because we were really hungry.

Then did some supermarket shopping – not much, just what we could carry.

Truck was ready at 1pm.

We then drove around to have a more extended look at the town, which is clearly growing and seems very attractive. Drove out to the new-ish Marina Cove development – very upmarket!

We found a wholesale fish shop and bought some whiting.

Tea was hamburgers. Some of the magpies that regularly visit the van, begging, scored some mince, this time.

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Maybe if we sing, there will be supper?

V phoned. They have bought twenty acres near Bendigo, with house. No power or water laid on, but there is a pet donkey! Obviously, she was thrilled.

Tomorrow should be our last day here, but it is so pleasant that we decided to extend for another three days. That really has to be the limit.


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2000 Travels December 5

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

The weather was variable today – fairly windy, but a bit dull.

I did the washing.

John phoned Landrover to check the time for his service appointment for tomorrow. He discovered, to his horror, that he’d managed to book into Port Pirie, rather than Port Lincoln! Any port………

So he had to cancel that service appointment. He phoned the Port Lincoln dealer and was very lucky to get fitted in tomorrow. At 9am, which means a fairly civilized time start, as these things go.

From snippets we have heard, the Port Lincoln Landrover service centre is supposed to be very good.

We went back to the National Park.

Visited the lookouts and Almonta Beach – all easy to get to.

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Outlook to the west from Point Avoid

John fished at Almonta Beach for a while, while I walked on the beach. John was not successful at the fishing, but I enjoyed my walk.

On the way back, John had a final try at fishing, from the fishing jetty on the point, in town. There was no interest from the fish, so he gave up.

Tea was soup, toast with sardines and tomato slices.


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2000 Travels December 4

MONDAY 4 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

The day was quite windy.

While John slept in, I did a much longer walk along the Oyster Walk, enjoying being by the sea. Then I walked back along the streets.

After breakfast, we went to the National Parks base, out on the edge of town, and bought a one month National Parks Pass. We’d worked out it was cheaper to do this than buy day passes every time we go out to the nearby Coffin Bay National Park, over the next few days.

Then we got organized with a cut lunch, and drove out to the National Park. The very attractive drive out to there follows the bay around.

We drove to Little Yangie Bay, which was about the first part of the Park ones comes to.

John had a brief fish there.

I walked to the top of the hill behind the bay, where there were great views over the bays and inlets.

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The outlook to the north from Yangie Bay hill

Then we drove  to the  Seven Mile Beach, much further on along the Peninsula. The track became quite sandy, although it had been ramped in one section. It is definitely 4WD terrain.

There was one other vehicle at Seven Mile Beach, but then they left and we had it all to ourselves – lovely. John fished, and I walked on the beach.

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Seven Mile Beach – and airplane contrails

We had lunch out there. It was a beautiful place – the long, curving beach, aqua coloured water, distant land across the bay, a few sea birds.

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Cormorants drying their wings

As we drove out, passed a couple of vehicles going that way – presumably to camp, as the day was getting on.

We also spotted a Rock Parrot – new bird for us.

John was determined to drive to Gunyah Beach, on the ocean side of the peninsula that Coffin Bay is on. We tried that in ’93, but the sand dune track was really hard in the Hilux.

We stopped to let some air out of the tyres, before taking the track to Gunyah Beach. It was easier with the Defender, although we got briefly stuck at the base of one dune. Let the tyres down a bit further and got through. The Truck handles the sand so much better.

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On Gunyah Beach

The seas were very rough.

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Gunyah Beach

John fished for a while, but got no bites. He then decided that he had achieved Gunyah Beach once more, and had no real desire to do it again.

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The track to Gunyah Beach goes through sand dunes

Had to stop and blow the tyres up again, then continued back to town.

Tea was bought fish and chips. Very nice ones.

We drove 90kms today.


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2000 Travels December 3

SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER     COFFIN BAY

There were some drops of rain through the night, and today was much cooler – very nice.

In the morning, I worked on the Xmas letter.

John took Truck to refuel – $1.09cpl.

After lunch, we went to bowls. The club people here seemed very nice. Gusty winds made consistent play difficult. John and I opposed each other as leads. They gave us two glasses with the club logo on, as a memento of the day – sweet of them.

Being cheap phone call day on our plan, we phoned T at Wonga Beach and had a good chat with him. They seem to still be happy there. It was great to make contact again.

Also phoned V, R and K – left messages at all three, but there was no response back. Why do we bother?

Tea was soup, leftover fish cake, some rice, salad and a tin of salmon – a real mish mash.

There was a low pressure system near Darwin that was predicted to turn into a cyclone. Since spending so much time in parts north, the occurrence of cyclones interests us far more than it used to.

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