Pressing on from beautiful Burra on our journey to Tamworth, we passed through more dry countryside and then into the irrigated vineyards and orchards of the Riverland. Roses also grow well in this area and in October is celebrated the nine day Rose Festival.
Arriving at Renmark, we took a break to walk along the bank of the Murray River. Renmark was a port for paddle steamers until the introduction of the railway, which eventually gave way to prime movers transporting freight.
The Murray river is a major attraction for those enjoying water sports and the scenery is stunning. Houseboats are big business in this area, hired out to tourists holidaying and wanting to travel the great river. At a wharf near the Tourist Info Centre, a marker has been erected showing the levels to which the river has flooded over the years.
Following our break, we proceeded on a little further to seek out our free camping site for the night, on the bank of the Murray at Plushs Bend. We followed a gravel track through trees to the edge of the river where there were sites along the road and a main site with a toilet, at the end of the track.
Having made camp, Mike and his partner in crime and travelling partner Barry, set about unpacking and inflating the rubber boat and give the new motor a trial. Some issues to start, but between them they finally, sluggishly ‘sped’ off for a trip down river and back.
Nullabor Roadhouse is always another rest stop for us but not re-fueling at $1.99 per litre. Have enough to get to Nundroo and pay $1.499 per litre.
At Ceduna we passed through the quarantine station without incident, however after refuelling at $1.439 per litre, arrived 5.minutes too late at the supermarket to restock our groceries and continued on our journey.
Streaky Bay is a RV Friendly Town and what used to be a cricket ground (next to the new sporting complex) is now a camping spot, no facilities, for self-contained vehicles at $10 per vehicle for the night.
Within easy walking distance, the caravan park (fully booked) overlooking the bay and where we walked to the Fish & Chip shop for dinner. After being told there as a 1 and 1/2.hour wait for orders and they had run out of chips, we walked back to our vehicle to make dinner and stock up on bread, fruit and vegetables next morning.
Mike has got the hang of his drone and took a 360 of Streaky Bay from our camp site.
Finally, we arrive at the WA/SA Border!
Just a short distance further, and we camped at the 13.k Peg Rest Area where it was fairly cool, being not far off the coast. As with most of the rest areas encountered, this is another that has plenty of space and no facilities, within a landscape so dry and dusty it is hard to believe anything grows.
A low-key celebration with our travelling companions for New Year’s Eve and we retired before midnight, weary from our travels.
Pushing on from Broken Hill/Motorhome, more barren scenes with differing areas of bush, trees, plains and hills. Some preserved and ‘hotted up’ cars passed us by, one taking his chances overtaking on a solid white line. Eventually we came through the hills on our approach to Port Augusta. Exiting the hills our attention turned to the very high tower stretching from the flat land near the top of Spencer Gulf at Port Augusta. Near the top of the tower, a massively bright light. We had plenty of time to observe the tower as we waited for one of the 60+ carriage long train to pass.
Only later with the benefit of Google, did we find out this tower is a world-leading, concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plant. 127.metres tall, the tower collects the sun’s rays from a 51,500m² solar field consisting of more than 23,000.heliostats to supply heat, power and desalinated water used to grow tomatoes in greenhouses at the site. 15,000.tonnes are expected to be produced annually and creates jobs for around 175.people.
Port Augusta Sports Club RV Park was our stopping point. Nothing flash. Wide parking area on gravel with dump point and water available, all that we needed. Access through the parking area to the Sports Club to pay our $7 fee for the night and have a cool drink and dinner in their bar.
A lovely morning to be walking on the sand – if you can find any! Time to hit the road for Adelaide.
A lengthy drive today (635 kms), and varied scenery, to arrive at Parham Free Camping Site next to the beach, approximately 1 hour’s travel north of Adelaide.
When we arrived at Parham, the tide was coming in. Very shallow water out from the beach. “Real time” video (turn sound off, conditions were very windy) of how quickly the tide was moving:
Camping: Minimal charge. Get there early! Toilet facilities available.
Our first full day at Streaky Bay. Moved from camping site in town to The Streaky Bay Islands Caravan Park, established within the last year. The designer of this park has thought of everything: well appointed, large bays; amenity blocks with shower ensuites -again of generous proportions; recreation room and swimming pool; campers’ kitchen with gas barbeques outside and appliances inside – the best ever campers’ kitchen facility we’ve seen. Receptionist very friendly and helpful. Top marks for this clean and tidy caravan park, located a short walk to the beach.