Exploring South Australia

In just over three months we’ve traveled over 15,000kms and are feeling pretty grateful to have embarked on such a trip. Admittedly, Drew has done most of the driving but I’ve been sure to capture all our adventures along the way.  We haven’t felt rushed, or worried we are not going to see everything, just somehow we’ve gotten into the groove of being on the road and going where the day takes us.

So far we have been satisfied with every experience, and I’m learning that home is wherever I’m with Drew (awwwh).

Here’s a collection of the places we have visited, and called home for a night or too during our time in South Australia – plus some highlights. Scroll to the end for the pics!

South Australia

Mount Gambier – Here we snorkelled Piccannie Ponds, walked the circumference of Blue Lake and visited the Umpherston Sink Hole. We camped at the Showgrounds, right next to a paddock with two horses and lots of pigeons.

Beachport – Stayed at the Beachport caravan park for three nights of powered luxury, we would consider expensive at $56 for only 2 nights. Here’s where I got my first taste for fishing.

Coonawarra Wine Regionread my review of the top wineries of this region here.

Robe – 4WD the 26km track through the dunes and on the beach from Beachport to Robe.

Kingston SE – Home of Larry the Lobster.

The Coorong – We got a taste of the Coorong by stopping at Salt Creek – most of which was pretty dry this time of year.

Hahndorf – A quaint little German town, we enjoyed a night at a pub and giddily stumbled back to the caravan. The next morning at 10am we were served a shot of sherry in the local leather makers. Promptly after, Drew purchased his prized bushman’s hat.

Marion –Given I got excited taking pictures at the border crossing and dented our camera lens, we had to stop in at Marion Harvey Norman to buy a new camera. Don’t worry this one is way better, it even takes pics under water – it was genius of me really to break the first one!

Port Noarlunga – Luckily the guy who served us at Harvey Norman was very chatty and told us to head here for an afternoon swim. The water here under the jetty teams with fish that jump out of the water when thrown a piece of bread – absolutely incredible reef and well worth a visit.

McLaren Vale – Read more about the winery visit here.

Rapid BayRead about our stay at Rapid Bay here.

Cape Jervis – We left our caravan here for 5 nights so we could catch the ferry over to Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island – We camped at Emu Bay (Discovery Lagoon campsite) and were impressed with the very clean and new toilets, showers and camp kitchen. If visiting, you must go to Flinders Chase National Park for Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, and if camping, we really enjoyed Snake Lagoon for its secluded bush camping. Antechamber Bay is also a great camp spot right on the beach/river with fishing opportunities. Don’t miss Stokes Bay, a beautifully sheltered swimming oasis, and if you like cheese, pop into Island Sheep Dairy. Don’t spend any money at Seals Bay, as you can see them by the dozens at Admirals Arch!

Victor Harbor and Granite Island

Clare Valley

Mount Remarkable National Park – Went on a 20km hike here and saw a bird eating spider! I kid you not. See the photos for yourself…

Port Germein– Home of Australia’s longest wooden jetty. We made the slight detour to walk it.

Port Pirie

Port Augusta

Whyalla

Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park – The best National Park visit so far, we couldn’t speak more highly of our stay here. Fishing opportunities galore, beautiful ocean and the opportunity to snag a picturesque camp spot overlooking the beach. Read more about our fishing adventures.

Coffin Bay and Coffin Bay National Park – Camped at Yangie Bay and Black Springs. Enjoyed amazing 4wding along Seven Mile Beach and there was plenty of wildlife (like the cheeky kangaroo pictured below).

Streaky Bay

South Australia from our camera lens

 

Umpherston Sinkhole Mount Gambier

The mind blowing Umpherston Sinkhole in the middle of Mouth Gambier

About to snorkel Piccanninie Ponds

About to snorkel Piccanninie Ponds

Touring the waters of Coffin Bay National Park

Touring the waters of Coffin Bay National Park

Hiking in Mount Remarkable National Park

Hiking in Mount Remarkable National Park – yes Drew IS wearing pants.

Bird eating spider in South Australia

The bird eating spider from Mount Remarkable (spider at the bottom of the pic).

Mount Remarkable camping

We were happy to call the bush of Mount Remarkable home for a few nights

4WD Beachport to Robe

Taking in the serenity en-route to Robe

Kangaroos in Coffin Bay National Park

Sharing our dirty water with Skippy at our campsite in Coffin Bay National Park (we offered him a fresh supply but he wasn’t fussy).

Lincoln National Park

Our kitchen table in Lincoln National Park – not a bad view

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, SA

Exploring Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, SA

Stay tuned

Now we’re in WA and quickly racking up a list of must see places and having the time of our lives. I’ll be sure to share this all with you all very soon…

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