Our visit to Adelaide was as fast as it was unexpected! Originally, we had planned to head down the Murray, through Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend, right down to Meningie on the eastern side of Lake Albert. This would have us avoiding Adelaide and all the busy, city areas. But – on the spur of the moment, being really irritated with Punyelroo, we headed west towards Nuriootpa and Adelaide. ‘Nuri’ has only the one caravan park – a Top Tourist. It is not a bad park, but the sites can be a little cramped because there are so many large pine trees. Also, management seemed to be packing people all into one area rather than spreading them out. We were only staying overnight and really wanted to stay hitched, but there was just not enough room on the site.
Next morning we headed across to Brown Hill Creek Caravan Park, via the new Northern Expressway. WOW! Heaps better than Main North Road and all the traffic lights. Sadly, it still all comes to a bottleneck at Gepps Cross. Then the slow trek down through the city to Brown Hill Creek. This a Top Tourist park (again), and is a lovely park. It is long and narrow, winding up along the creek, but the sites are a decent size and the environs are very quiet, because it is out of the city proper. But it is still within close reach of services and shopping.
The first day there, I made a hugely momentous decision (for me anyway). I got my hair all chopped off!!! It was such a relief. Long hair is really hard to look after when travelling, especially when it is hot. Now, I’m free!!!!
Our visit to Adelaide was very brief, and we headed out again quickly. Next stop Meningie on Lake Albert.
We stayed in Meningie for four days – and the wind blew hard for the whole time we were there. We spoke to another vanner who had arrived there from the east, and he’d had the wind right across from the east coast. The waves on the lake were so high on the worst day that we could have surfed! Having whinged about the weather, this park is in a beautiful location. Absolute lakefront, amazing birdlife and a full lake. Fantastic.
Our next stop was the Lakeside Caravan Park in Robe. This place has history for us from many, many years ago. We and some friends entertained the whole caravan park for several hours while trying to put up a large and complicated tent. Some alcohol was involved – and that’s all I’m going to say about that!!!!
After a couple of nights in Mount Gambier, we spent a few days seeing the sights of Warrnambool. The Art Gallery had an exhibit of works done by local school kids – both primary and secondary. There was some very good work – but some of it was rather disturbing and very confronting. It certainly made me think.
Brown Hill Creek Caravan Park – lovely, peaceful park. The sight of the tepee was quite a shock, but it is apparently quite genuine. Who knows?????
Choppy my foot – this is surfing weather!
Lots and lots of birdlife.
Port Fairy – supposedly the best fish & chips in Oz. Pretty good actually!