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Port Broughton to Adelaide

Itinerary! What itinerary

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Well, best laid plans and all that!!!!……. The itinerary was only loosely sketched out, but once again we’ve changed our plans.

We went to the Copper Triangle (or Little Cornwall, as the area is also known). We didn’t know what to expect and we were a bit under whelmed by the three towns (well, villages really), Woollaroo, Moonta and Kadina. Looking at some of the buildings though, we could have been in Bodmin, Liskeard, Launceston or Camborne. Apparently when the Cornish miners arrived here they built their homes with stone, which according to some Australians was a bad idea, because in the summer the houses are stifling hot.

Port Broughton, is a really sleepy town and apart from the people on the campsites we didn’t see many people about. I expect that once we get to Adelaide and further around to the East that will all change, as most of the population of Australia live on the eastern side of the country.

While we were in Port Broughton we had a tally up of how many more days we had left to travel to Sydney for our flight to New Zealand, and found that we had a week spare, We had actually saved a week by deciding not to go to Uluru, (as well as a very, very long, dusty and hot run up and down the Stuart Highway). So we looked at the options and decided to travel further down the Yorke Peninsula. We headed to Port Vincent which is further south and on the other coast of the Peninsula to Port Broughton.

We found our campsite without any trouble, and guess what?! It was right on the beach again. Actually it’s on a bit of a point with beaches on both sides and was quite exposed to the elements, which turned out to be a bit of a problem on Monday morning, when strong winds blew the tent down and cracked two of the poles. Luckily the campsite had an unoccupied cabin and we were able to take refuge in that. For cabin read, deluxe two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchenette, lounge-dining room with veranda right on the sand with stunning views of golden beaches and blue sea all for £32.00 per night. It was so nice we decided to extend our time there and ended up staying for a week. Port Vincent is a great place for fishing, on Sunday night Steve came back with 2 lovely sized Mullet, and on Wednesday night he caught a nice sized Bream all of which we cooked and had for dinner. Also being by the sea, seafood was dirt cheap and we’ve been enjoying Oysters for A$7.00 a dozen,

As it was my birthday last week and Steve’s on Tuesday, we decided to treat ourselves and go out for a meal on Monday night, in Port Vincent’s poshest, in fact only Hotel/Restaurant. You could tell it was posh because there were cloths on the tables and there weren’t any pies on the menu! I had my first roast dinner in three months, it was delicious! Being at Port Vincent for a week has been a bit like a mini holiday for us. It was nice just to kick back and relax. Especially as Port Vincent was a pretty magical place to be. We really fell in love with the place, and I think that if we were to emigrate this is where we would want to be! It was lovely waking early in the morning to open the curtains and look out at the golden sand and watch Pelicans fly by. The people here are really friendly, and everyone stops to talk!

We’ve been a bit spoilt living in the cabin. And this showed when we arrived in Adelaide this morning and had to put the (very wonky) tent up. We went into Adelaide this afternoon to do some shopping and get some replacement poles for the tent. Adelaide is a very nice city, with some stunning old buildings and a lovely shopping area. It has a tram system which unfortunately has just been updated with new trams and extended tramways, I say unfortunately, as they are having several teething problems, the whole system went into shut down on Monday, and whilst we were on the tram today the automatic announcement system went up the spout and kept announcing the wrong stops. This was confusing even for the locals. After we had done the shopping we went to Glenelg or “The Bay” which is where every trendy Adelaidian goes at the weekend. It’s full of trendy bars and eateries, swarming with youngsters, and the main street is full of, hot rods, hot hatches, and mobile sound machines cruising up and down. It’s a bit like Newquay but the surf is better in Newquay. We are staying in Adelaide for the weekend and then heading south for Robe, Mount Gambier, and then the Great Ocean Road.

Love to everyone and thanks for all the comments

Posted by steve-les 19:03 Archived in Australia

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