04.10.2007 - 12.10.2007 18 °C
Had a few good days resting in Ceduna, after the long haul across the Nullabor. The campsite was very nice and Ceduna was a lovely town with some good beaches nearby. However, the town was spoilt by problems with alcohol amongst the Indigenous people. It was quite noisy at night, drunken brawls etc. It appears that a lot of townships have similar problems, and there are all kinds of new legislation comming out on alcohol sales and its usage !
Instead of heading straight for Port Augusta, we decided to take a detour around the Eyre Peninsula, stopping at Streaky Bay and Port Lincoln. Streaky Bay was a fantastic place to stay, we camped right on the beach about half a mile away from the town, well village really, the population was only 1081. Streaky Bay is a bit of a holiday destination for people from Adelaide and it being half term there were quite a few holiday makers, but with there being so much open space and so many beaches to choose, nowhere was the remotest bit crowded. On Saturday night we watched England beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals. We didn’t celebrate too loudly though as we didn’t really fancy getting lynched.
The main industry in Streaky Bay is oyster farming and at A$6 a dozen (£2.40) we couldn’t resist the opportunity to try some! Another local delicacy that we have tried is Kangaroo. It’s absolutely lovely and has no cholesterol. It has quite a rich taste, a bit like Venison!
On Sunday we went for a bit of an adventure drive along an old dirt track to a place called Back Beach. We travelled about 30km before arriving at one of the most spectacular beaches we have ever seen, absolutely perfect surf and no one on the beach apart from us and a few seagulls. On Monday we left Streaky Bay and headed for Port Lincoln. Our intention was to spend a couple of days “bush camping” in the Lincoln National Park, however, when we went to buy our camping permits for the Park we were warned about problems with snakes. Apparently they are all just coming out of hibernation so are still a bit drowsy and therefore dangerous! We immediately decided to cancel the bush camping and we stayed on a proper campsite, again an amazing location right on the shore, just outside the town of Port Lincoln. We did go into the National Park on a day pass and sure enough we saw snakes and loads of lizards, so I think we made the right decision.
On Tuesday afternoon Steve went fishing from the pier and came back with three large squid, which he gutted and cooked up on the stove. We were tucking into them within half and hour of them coming out of the sea (you can’t get much fresher than that), and they were delicious! At the site there was a group of friendly Pelicans. I have taken no end of photos of them. Also just off shore we saw a group of dolphins playing in the water, they were probably feeding on the same shoal of squid as we did.
After Port Lincoln we travelled along the Lincoln Highway to Port Augusta, where we stopped to top up on supplies and petrol before travelling through the bush to Spear Creek, a sheep station at the foothill of the Flinders Mountain Range. The scenery on the way was stunning and we camped in a copse of River Red Gum trees that were home to Galahs, Cockatoos, Kookaburras and Rosellas. Whilst we were pitching the tent, Steve looked up and saw a Kangaroo about 15 yards away, just standing there watching us. I went to get the camera, but by the time I had got it out of the car and pointed it at the Kangaroo he bounded away.
Yesterday we went bush walking through the creek and into the Flinders Range. The scenery was spectacular, but again there was a danger of snakes so we made loud clomping noises with our walking boots hoping that any snakes in the vicinity would slither for cover. It must have worked because we didn’t see any. In the afternoon we gathered up a load of wood and in the evening had a proper outback barbeque on an open wood fire. We were joined by other campers and had a great night knocking back Aussie wine and exchanging travel tales.
We left Spear Creek this morning in the rain and are now camped at Port Broughton, right on the shore again, just for a change. Port Broughton is right at the top of the Yorke Peninsula which is home to the Copper Triangle and “Little Cornwall”. We have been told you can get a decent Cornish Pasty just down the road at Kadina, so we will go and investigate that tomorrow.
We will probably be staying here for a few days as it is both of our birthdays and then we are heading off to Adelaide.
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