On the Road Again…..
South Australia turned on some lovely weather as we departed Da Block. A bit of rain the week before saw the paddocks take on a tinge of green which we haven’t seen for SO long!
Wandering towards the coast we arrived in time to sample the Copper Coast Cornish Festival – Kernewek Lowender. Kadina, Moonta & Wallaroo share activities over a week in May. We sampled the cornish pasties (best we’ve had) and watched the street parade in Moonta. All the locals dress up in traditional costume and put on displays such as Maypole dancing, Furry Dance (oldest traditional Cornish custom), street parties, brass band concerts, dressing the graves (a re-enactment of a funeral procession of the era), art exhibitions, road tram tours and classic cars & motorcycles.
Onward to another ‘wine region’ – the Barossa Valley. Greenock supplied our camp spot (cricket oval) so we recipricated by visiting the local Hotel, brewery and winery! Schulter Wines near the Hotel, have some lovely vinos and a jovial host! Greenock Brewers in the old Wheat Store is also a beaut stop to taste their ales & sample a platter. And every Saturday Morning the Barossa Farmers Market south of Angaston is a great way to sample the regions fresh produce.
Down towards the great Murray River to cross at the ferry at Mannum and overnight at Tailem Bend Footy grounds. Jeda especially enjoyed Tailem Bend’s Dog Park meeting new ‘stiff’ friends and lots of new smells. The ocean beckoned so on to Meningie (lovely Lake Albert & wonderful foreshore) then to Kingston SE. Very clever shire council as they offer a 48hr RV stop that has everything a Traveller needs (except power). The seaweed was a bit high (in smell that is) but it was g8 to be lulled to sleep with the sounds of the ocean rolling in.
Kingston SE has the Big Lobster, some good fish n chips shops and it’s a good base to explore the region. We did a day trip to Cape Jaffa and Robe. We found a business called Transmutation – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle who had some brilliant products recycled to make other products.
Due to bad weather rolling in Naracoorte turned out to be our base till it passed by. One thing I will say about southern SA, they have FANTASTIC grass!!! When we arrived at the Narracoorte Showgrounds Jeda rolled on the lush, green grass and I nearly did too!!! 🙂
Moonta-Kernewek Lowender street parade
Moonta-Cornish children dressed in period garb
Moonta-Street parade characters
Moonta-Beautiful classic cars
Moonta-all ages participated
Greenock-Kalleske Wine Store
Greenock Brewers tasting paddle
Angaston-a stand out colour
Stone walls follow the line of the range
Mannum Stairwell from hell!
Crossing the Murray @ Mannum
Camp @ Tailem Bend Footy Club
Tailem Bend-Butcher with a sense of humour
Tailem Bend-Jeda with Bluey
Meningie-carving on foreshore
Kingston SE RV Park-first ticket machine we’ve encountered
Kingston SE-Camp area
KIngston SE-The Big Lobster
Kingston SE-Bliss Cafe has Dog Parking area
Kingston SE-relocated Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
Robe-Transmutation-breadtags made into door knobs
Robe-shoes made of truck tarp
Robe-hats made from truck tarp
Naracoorte-showgrounds g8 grass!
Naracoorte-Minijumbuk wool factory