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Sinkholes to Cottages to Wineries…all in SA!

Just thought I’d mention the Kingston-SE RV Park; as far as I know it may be the only RV park in SA with a ticket machine. For $10 you can camp for $10. Toilets are close, the town a short walk, the jetty straight out in front, dump point front of park & potable water nearby, no power.

Whilst we were held up in Naracoorte, we did a few day trips. We headed south through Coonawarra, Penola, Mt Gambier and Port MacDonnell. Just HAD to stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate for a tasting and a sample to take home. Highly recommended!

The little town of Penola (on the hwy) has a Historic Precinct with the original cottages from the area open to view. A market garden in the back is available to locals to help work and use what they grow. Also, the park next door has some interesting ‘sculptures’ including a bearded Marilyn Monroe!

Only had enough time for a quick visit to The Blue Lake and The Umpherstone Sinkhole. Wrong time of day/year for good photos. Onwards to Port MacDonnell. We were hoping to visit Feast’s Private Classic Car Collection & Memorabilia, Lower North East Road, Port MacDonnell, but the owner was away that day, so only have pics through the gate.  Shame, cause B loves the Valiants (he had one ‘in the day’) Don’t let the blue sky in the photos fool you, it was deadly cold!!! And as we made it to Port MacDonnell the skies opened – so rain AND cold! 😦  So we drove around the seaside town and ate lunch in the car!

‘Doyaselfafava’ and visit these areas in the spring or summer!!!

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Cornish pasties to Mettwurst to Big Lobster

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!!! 🙂