Laura Bay House Sit

We arrived end of March for our house sit which should see us through till mid-May. We have a lovely vista to overlook, our own private beach, we moor the tinnie just out front and it’s so quiet. We only get a few day visitors driving past to view Sandy Cove (about 100 metres from the cottage and a great run beach for Jeda) or to the Headland to fish or view the coastline. Apart from the days when we get so much wind we can’t take the tinnie out or we get sand blasted from the north, the majority of the time it is beautiful. Water is at a premium on this peninsula and very precious. A large stone water tank built in 1914 is nearby which collects run-off for local farmers in times of drought.

We are getting a couple of good feeds a week of King George Whiting, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Squid and Razor Fish. Ceduna, the town has most things and the locals friendly. It has two good size supermarkets, banks, info centre, sports stores, a hospital, pharmacy and auto stores along with most industrial businesses for the traveller’s needs. The only thing it doesn’t have is a full time vet which we needed a week ago. (Jeda had an abscess on her neck – 4 hour drive to nearest vet in Port Lincoln, overnight, then 4 hr drive back) Ceduna you really need a closer vet!!

Now I’ve caught up I will attempt to keep this blog more current (if anyone out there is reading it?!) Time to go fishing again….bugger!

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Eyre Peninsula…we love it!

We had been around this peninsula last year so we decided to find different routes. We headed inland to Cleve Showgrounds for a few nights as the temperature was nudging mid 40’s. Then on to North Shields near Port Lincoln. Caught up on a few things there, then went inland again, this time to see the Koppio National Trust Museum we’d heard about. We spent 3 hours there and enjoyed every bit. They have so much to see (worth a day trip from Port Lincoln).

We had time to kill before starting our house sit near Ceduna, so we visited a few places we’d missed previously. Greenly Beach was one. It overlooks the softest beach I’ve ever walked on – you just sink. Camp areas are above on cliff top. Beautiful sunsets/sunrises as well. Then on to a spot we’d heard about, Sheringa Beach. We didn’t stay in the camp ground but kept going till we found a secluded area protected from the wind by dunes and a short walk to the beach – BEAUTIFUL! Only downside was the rubbish people had left there before us. We spent ½ hr cleaning up before we setup.

This was a fantastic place for Jeda – we had the time to train her to stay near the caravan and campsite. This has paid off since (in Conservation Park). From there we moved on to visit Elliston and stayed at Waterloo Bay Caravan Park in town. It was very busy but they were able to fit us in. This was the beginning of March and we were to encounter hoards of tourists making the westward trek from here on and vice versa. Elliston has an Ocean View Tourist Drive along the cliff tops (another thing worth doing). Along the way are sculptures which makes the drive more interesting.

Inland again…we headed to Murphy’s Haystacks, rock formations called Inselbergs popping up in the middle of paddocks. For a small donation you can walk around them. We camped overnight for sunset and sunrise photos. They are quite beautiful when you get the right light. From there we did a long drive through many gates around the coastline to Baird Bay and Point Labatt where we viewed sea lions from a platform on the cliffs.

From here we headed to familiar territory, Haslam. We decided to spend some time here as it was a good place for Jeda to run and ‘B’ to fish/squid and the local oysters are HUGE! Unfortunately we had to contend with mice. Luckily we didn’t get any inside the truck or van, but others weren’t so lucky. Still had time to kill so we headed inland to Tcharkuldu Rock near Minnipa. A few days there exploring then on to Pildappa Rock, which is similar to WA’s Wave Rock. It is quite large and has a great view from the top. Both rocks have man made walls around the base to collect any rainfall and guide it to a settling tank. We had a few nice days there then on to the small town of Wirrulla and it’s parking area (Caravan Park) to do washing etc. The only town with an inland jetty! Time to head to the coast, and yes Haslam again.

Met some lovely people here and it was a lot busier. Mice still in big numbers but the fishing and squiding made up for it. Then before we knew it it was time to head to our house sit at Laura Bay.

The Barossa and Fleurieu Peninsula SA

Towards the end of January it was time to move on. We headed towards the Barossa Valley and found a small caravan park at Eden Valley, part of a recreation grounds. Quiet, small and best of all had an oval for Jeda to exercise on. We visited the oldest wineries and thoroughly explored the region, most enjoyable.

Then on to Strathalbyn Caravan Park, also next to an oval, and caught up with friends we’d met years before in Darwin who now manage the park. It’s a great central location for day trips, dog friendly and next to an exercise oval. We did trips to Goolwa, Victor Harbour, Hindmarsh Island, Willunga (great Farmers Market), McLaren Vale and Cape Jervis.

After a number of weeks playing tourist we had to head north, which meant going through Adelaide. This doesn’t sit well with ‘B’ or myself and a restless night beforehand and dual headaches accompanied our trip the next day. We made it through (no thanks to our GPS) and on to Gawler, Port Parham and Port Augusta to head back to the Eyre Peninsula.