This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2010 Travels May 12


M and John were up and away early, to go to Port Lincoln to do the boat trip they had booked.

I was able to sleep in until 9am – a nice luxury. While I had the chance, gave the van a good clean and tidy, and then spent some time on the laptop.

The tourists got back about 2pm. They thought the cruise had been good value. The boat only took eight passengers at a time, so there was attention for all. They gained lots of snippets of interesting information, about Port Lincoln and its area, and about tuna farming. They got to taste some of the highly valuable sashimi tuna. Port Lincoln was reputed to have the greatest number of millionaires, proportional to its population, of anywhere in Australia – due to the tuna industry.

Whilst still in Port Lincoln, they went to a chemist to buy some alkalinizing stuff for me – a product that M said her friend had taken, last year, when she had the same affliction during their Canning trip. The chemist told them I absolutely had to see a doctor, so they’d found an appointment for me – at 11.15 tomorrow.

I was actually feeling a bit better today – last night might have been the turning point. So I didn’t think I needed to see a doctor. That appointment would make tomorrow’s schedule really tight, as we were planning on moving from Coffin Bay to Port Lincoln, and John was booked in for bowls at 12.30. So I phoned and cancelled the appointment.

I also phoned and booked us into the Port Lincoln Caravan Park for five nights. We would use that as a base from which to explore the Lincoln National Park.

Went for a final drive out to the National Park – to the Point Avoid area.

Explored the side tracks to Flat Rock, Golden Island Lookout, and Almonta Beach too.

Near Flat Rock
Flat Rock area
Avoid Bay Beach
Point Avoid Lookout – Price Island
Golden Island Lookout
Almonta Beach

We contemplated driving the very sandy track through the dunes to Gunyah Beach, but the afternoon was getting on. John and I had been there before, and M was not keen enough on the idea to be bothered going through all the tyre letting down rigmarole – so we passed on that one.

Coffin Bay dusk

Tea was chicken thighs cooked with a packet satay sauce, with rice. Despite his aversion to coconut milk, John really liked it.

Another really cold night.

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2010 Travels May 11


In the wee small hours of last night, we were woken by a really loud bang. Lay and listened for a while, but heard nothing more. In the morning, M told us that a roo had bounded full pelt into the side of the Troopy. It woke her up with a hell of a fright. Apparently, it was determined to maintain the course it was on, and crawled and scrabbled under the vehicle to the other side.

She had just gotten back to sleep, when a mouse trap went off in the drawer under her bed. Because the drawer was metal – and empty – that made a fair noise too. One mouse less. The roo did not appear to have damaged the Troopy. M was less than enamoured with wild life, right now.

On a day that was overcast, with occasional showers, we drove to the National Park.

First stop was Templeton Lookout, where there were great views over the bays and inlets of Coffin Bay, and towards the ocean in the other direction.

Looking towards the ocean from Templeton Lookout

On to the Yangie Bay area, where we walked the Lookout Walk circuit – about 2kms.

Little Yangie Bay – part of the larger Coffin Bay

Along the way, we looked at birds, admired the brilliant scenery, took photos.

Weather variable….

The walk was well worth doing, through thick but low coastal scrub and trees.

Casuarina on the Yangie Bay track

Ate lunch at the Yangie Bay camp area, which was a lovely place, with tent nooks tucked away in the trees, and close to the sea. The van section, though, was further up the hillside and open, bare, unattractive. Had we been able to park the van in a “tent” site, we’d have been strongly tempted to move out here next.

Next, we tackled the drive to Black Springs, some 13 kms away. After a couple of kms, reached Lake Jessie and there we had to deflate the vehicle tyres, to be able to continue through the sand dunes.

Deflating tyres in order to continue through the sand

The track was a mix of sandy surface, alternating with rough, rocky stuff. Originally, we’d hoped to go and drive along Seven Mile Beach, as John and I had done in ’93. However, because there was a kangaroo cull happening, there was no public access beyond Black Springs. The drive that far was lovely, though. I really enjoyed the coastal bush and the scenery in general.

We went for a short walk at Black Springs, then retraced our route.

Black Springs

Used our air compressor, with its inbuilt air storage tank, to re-inflate our tyres at Yangie Bay. That was such a great tool to have, fixed as it was and wired in, tucked under the rear passenger seat, with the tank under Truck. Much easier than fiddling about with a portable compressor. Over the years, it had been worth every cent it cost to have it installed, back at the beginning of our travels.

Back to town, along the beautiful drive beside the bay.

I had not felt properly well, all day, and was in quite a bit of pain. It was not the greatest condition in which to be travelling over rough tracks, but I was glad we had done the drive – such a beautiful area.

A hot shower seemed to ease the pain somewhat, but I didn’t feel like any dinner. Made some pasta with a bottled sauce, for John, and M had the portion that would normally have been mine.

The night was very cold, and I had feverish bad dreams. The degree of pain was such that I wondered if, in fact, my occasionally grumbling appendix had come to life again.

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2000 Travels December 5


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


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.