|Pelicans, Streaky Bay|
|Streaky Bay, Eyre Peninsula|
|Kimba's halfway sign- I'm pointing at Kimba on the map|
|Iron Knob mine pit -90 metres to the bottom|
|Whyalla lookout over Spencer Gulf|
Whyalla is on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, a large and thriving town some 70 kms from Iron Knob. Here again is city life - malls, traffic lights, etc. We stayed here five nights, allowing caravanning friends from New Zealand to catch up with us. The coastal winds still blew ferociously and travelling north, we were almost blown on to Port Augusta at the top of the Spencer Gulf, before battling those same winds on the run south toward Adelaide.
|300 hectare wheat field, Maitland|
We pulled off the main highway and after farewelling our New Zealand friends, who were travelling on, we travelled down the Yorke Peninsula to Maitland, where we'd been invited to stay on a 56 000 hectare grain farm. Most of this peninsula is covered in vast grain fields. Our camp was beside one field of over 300 hectares. The bottom of the peninsula has scenic bays and historic towns and we spent three pleasant nights in the area with our hosts.
Monday November 25th we arrived in Adelaide, South Australia's capitol city of some 1.2 million people. It was a hot 35 degrees. The next day was 37 degrees.
Adelaide is known as the "
City of Churches" and is a
pleasant conservative place, with many parks, museums and grand buildings. Adelaide's heart is the Rundle Mall, and the
inner city free buses and trams make this a worthwhile visit. The city
is bounded in the west by many fine beaches and in the east by the
Adelaide Hills. We spent two nights in Adelaide before accepting an
invitation to stay with a family in Hahndorf, in the Adelaide
|Rundle Mall, centre of Adelaide|
|Hahndorf shopping centre|
Hahndorf is a perfect picture postcard village in the Adelaide Hills, first settled in 1839 by German migrants. Many of their old stone buildings are still being used today as cafes and craft centres, the narrow main street lined with leafy oak trees which add to the ambiance. You could be in the heart of an old European village. Near Hahndorf are other pleasant attractions - bush drives to the lookout at Mt Lofty; elsewhere chocolate and cheese factories, and the world's largest rocking horse at Gumeracha - except it doesn't rock. Our hosts took us on many delightful drives and walks.
|Gumeracha Rocking Horse|
We had a phone call from our daughters in New Zealand wanting us to arrange a lunch at an Adelaide restaurant, to celebrate our getting across the Nullarbor. Though they wouldn't be there, they implored us to confirm the restaurant so they could arrange payment for the two of us. We booked a restaurant overlooking the Adelaide coastline and on Saturday December 7th sat down to lunch. A few minutes later, both daughters surprised us, having flown in from Auckland just two hours previously. They'd hidden away until the manager assured them we were there. We were amazed they had gone to so much trouble knowing full well we had no set plans and we could have moved on before they arrived. As it was, we'd arrived in Adelaide two weeks ahead of their 'plans.'
The next four days were a blur of fun as we showed them as much of Adelaide as possible, before they flew home on Wednesday December 11th. We then packed up and moved on to a cousin's property in Murray Bridge, some 70kms east of Adelaide where the caravan and car will be stored until we return next year.
We'd like now to say a very big Thank You to those people who have helped or hosted us during our travels. You know who you are - our sincere thanks to each of you, though we don't mention names in this blog. We also thank our readers and those who have emailed comments to us. We appreciate your feedback.
We hope you stay with us next year when once again we invite you to join us. Meantime, do have a very memorable and joyous Christmas, and a fabulous New Year.
|Seasons Greetings from Aussie|