29.02.2012 - 08.03.2012
Using our much loved, 'Camps 6' book as well as a recommendation from fellow travellers we headed into Lower Glenelg National Park. Pritchards campground, a beautiful spot right on the Fitzroy River was our home for the night with a fish smorgasbord awaiting us; Well so we thought... It was cheese on toast for dinner; still a nice way to see out the day and made our last night in VIC a memorable one.
With mother natures help again we crossed into SA with a 25 knot tail wind.
Our first stop across the border was Mount Gambier. The Blue Lake is an intense, deep turquoise blue in summertime. Down the road was Umpherston Sinkhole, a fallen in limestone cave which has created the perfect environment for its "sunken garden".
We are finding our plans need to change regularly. We intended to stop at Robe but when the wind was still up around 40 knots a very exposed beach camping site meant that we had to move on. We picked up our essentials in town and headed onto Wrights Bay. Next stop, Victor Harbor which was such a magic spot we decided to stay for an extra night. Plenty to do here including bike riding (we headed to Port Elliot), surfing and fishing (off Granite Island).
Onto the wine regions of SA, first into McLaren Vale to check out Wirra Wirra, Chapel Hill and dArenberg.
Hanhdorf was a slight detour (thanks Lesley) via the Adelaide Hills. It is a well preserved small town with strong German origins. Beautifully shady, tree-lined streets, lots of boutique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
The Barossa, we hit on our bikes - the highlight was Rockford wines, the only vineyard to hand shovel and it happened to be harvesting whilst we were there.
A little heavier with wines onboard and sore heads we headed towards Southern Flinders Ranges, to a place called Melrose, great for mountain bike riding...
...well not great for everyone. This was reasonably difficult terrain and Jen found herself falling off a steep part of the track with her bike landing on top of her. Plenty of cuts, bruises and sprained ankle to show for it.
This changed our plan a little from heading further into the ranges and we drove instead through Port Augusta, the scenery around was beautifully rugged with views of the ranges as we headed onto the Eyre Peninsula, our next stop...
Some of you may have noticed photos with the toy Prado in previous blog entries... I wonder if anyone can see the Prado in this one