South Australia – April 2016

Time for a quick escape and camping trip to places we’d not been to since 1984 (the southern parts of South Australia and Adelaide), or places we’d never seen, including Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula for one of us.  It was a two day drive across a dry landscape to Victor Harbor, a pretty town with a historic centre. Across on the ferry to Kangaroo Island where we first camped in Flinders Chase National Park in a beautiful bushy campground, and then on the eastern part of the island for a couple of days before taking the ferry to the mainland once more.

Kangaroo Island was very dry but had some quite unique plants and coastal scenery. The western part has a very isolated feel, and there are tales of shipwrecked sailors who died or only just survived before reaching the only outpost of civilisation (in the west, Cape Borda lighthouse, built in 1858 with much difficulty.)

Once on the mainland again, we headed up past Adelaide, staying overnight at Port Germein before driving to Port Augusta. We spotted a very high tech installation just before Port Augusta, a central tower, masses of solar panels and huge greenhouses. Further investigation found that it was Sundrop Farms, an impressive use of technologies that integrate solar power, electricity generation, fresh water production and hydroponics. It was due to open soon, and has now done so – very impressed!

We drove down the other side of the Spencer Gulf, past mining railways and the port of Whyalla, many wheat silos by the shore and a mostly dry but clearly quite productive landscape. We reached Port Lincoln, where Pete had lived for several years of his youth – an attractive town set on a bay with views to islands and peninsulas. We visited two National Parks nearby with wild coastal scenery, before driving back around Spencer Gulf, to spend a few days in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills nearby. Did lots of walking around the centre of Adelaide, and watched the Anzac Day march in the city. Enjoyed the lovely Adelaide Hills too, including Hahndorf and Hans Heysen’s studio.

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Victor Harbour from the island. Cape Barron goose. Our campsite at Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island. Seals and patterns on the rocks near Admirals Arch. Sedum growing on the cliffs. Cap du Couedic Lighthouse. At Remarkable Rocks. Little wallaby - not shy at all! Sunset from Remarkable Rocks. Hike to Harvey's Return, where the Cape Borda lighthouse keepers would receive their supplies, winch them up the steep ascent and then take them to the lighthouse station by bullock dray. Lovely little beach! Harvey's Return. Idyllic beach. Tightly banded and folded schist - beautiful! Local inhabitant. Approaching Remarkable Rocks for another attempt at the ultimate sunset shot! Seal Bay Conservation Park, where we had a great guided beach walk and learned a lot about sea lions. Sea lion lounging about. They move occasionally and are actually very active out in the sea. The sea lions make their way onto the dunes, leaving channels in the vegetation. Rather cool evening, camped at Discovery Lagoon Campground on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island. Beach at Penneshaw. Now, several days later, we are at Lincoln National Park near Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. Coastal scenery in Lincoln National Park. Cliff erosion in Coffin Bay National Park. Port Lincoln, looking south. Pelican and seagulls getting together. The oldest church in Adelaide, Holy Trinity Church in North Terrace. Pretty terrace houses in central Adelaide. One of the older buildings of the University, very impressive. Festooned with pigeons! Huge water lily pad from the Amazon in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Spectacular leaf, it takes a lot of weight! Lorikeets enjoying one of the fountains in the Botanic Gardens.

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