Published: April 7th 2013April 7th 2013
Yesterday we had a quiet day during which I washed the truck and trailer, did general servicing of the truck making sure all was well, and repacked the trailer for convenience.
Marg did a trip to the biggest Woolworths Supermarket she had seen. So, now that we are stocked up, we were ready for the next phase of our journey.
We had a beautiful sunset last night to celebrate the end of daylight saving, and headed west today.
The plan was to drive from Mt Gambier to Millicent and then along a highway with three coastal salt water lakes. Unfortunately, we missed the key intersection, and took the shorter rout to Kingston SE.
The journey was through easy rolling country. Large forests, sheep and beef country, and at Cape Jaffa, some large wineries. We didn't sample any of the above as we travelled. Marg drove most of the trip today so I just enjoyed the view from the passengers seat. We past an old stone shepherds cottage, long since abandoned. We were touched with the hard life of station workers of 100 years ago and their primitive life. I don't think we
Long since abandoned.
would do all that well if we had to endure their life style.
We diverted a little past Cape Jaffa. Cape Jaffa originally had a Lighthouse mounted on a sea platform. With changes to maritime requirements, the historic lighthouse was dismantled and now stands on the foreshore at Kinston SE. The cape is still a fishing port, and there is a new marina as part of a residential development. Seems a strange place for such a high quality estate, but maybe folks from Adelaide like the area as a resort.
We were puzzled by the name, Kinston SE until we found that South Australia also has Kingston On Murray which is miles from here.
We then came through to Kingston, found the waterfront free camp, had lunch and then went exploring. We had been told that there is nothing at Kingston. We don't agree.
Marg and Mary headed off to the shops while David and I went for a walk to the end of the pier, and then around some of the old buildings. Once again, we have a town with quite a long history, much of it well preserved.
David and I talked to
the lady at the fish co-op and found this is a prime crayfish area, and they are BIG. She suggested we rocked up at 11.00am tomorrow when she will have tonight's catch freshly cooked. $75.00 per KG mind you. There is no better way with crayfish, so we might just treat ourselves to a half cray - probably $35.00, to share.
There was a group of three caravaners opposite us ay Mt Gambier, and they were headed for a town called Keith this morning. We surprised when they rocked up here at Kinston, and they were just as surprised to see us as well. We had indicated that we might try to get a little further north.
There was an interesting sunset again tonight after a pleasant day with good temperatures. And for a change, not the wild seas from our earlier coastal visits, but a calm bay.
A lot of folk fish from the pier, and I noted that a lot of folk went out there at sunset. The water is very clear, and that may have kept the bigger fish away. We saw the Australian Sardines caught during the day, and I suspect they are
Pelicans and sea birds
On the shore Cape Jaffa
also a target for bigger fish.
We have seen a number of different sea birds on the coast. If you recognise them, let me know. David has a book of Australian Birds, and the nearest we can see is a specie of duck. I don't recall ducks in salt water, but doesn't mean this isn't a duck. Check the photos yourself.
There are more photos below