Published: April 11th 2012March 29th 2012
After clearing away our swags and camp breakfast we headed for port Augusta. Along the way Simo pointed out a bridge that was used in the opening sequence of the Wolf Creek film; not a great omen for those of you who have seen the film!Once we'd stocked up on a few luxury items including beer and cider for the camp fires we set off on the Air highway. Apparently it's named after John Edward air who along with an abborigal guide were apparently the only survivors of a legendary exploration party that was marred with treachery and murder.On our travels we've noticed that very similar to America the Australians have a taste for making oversized fibreglass models of things, and when we passed through Kimba just short of the half way mark they had a giant gala; tasteful!Unfortunately our scheduled surfing lesson was cancelled due to the instructor being unavailable, so our next stop was going to be Venus Bay where we went on a cliff top walk. We were very lucky to spot a pod of dolphins swimming close to the shore, and as we walked they
followed us along the shore showing off with flips; this only raised the level of anticipation of the seal and dolphin swim tomorrow! In reflection seeing the dolphins was probably better than a surf!With our camp for the night not far away we took in a couple more sights along the coast. First was the wool shed which took you to the waters edge with the waves splashing up between the rocks, and a huge cave as the back drop. The last stop was the tub which you had to descend into via the aid of a log with notches caved out for your feet, and an old root to hang onto; will tried kicking it in half by accident and came out second best with a scar to prove it! The walk down to the sea was a little slippery, although the view of the wash breaking was worth the trouble.The final activity of the day was sand boarding, so we parked up and marched into the dunes with our boards in hand. Once we at the top of the tallest dune Simo demonstrated how it was done goin head first
and setting an impressive distance to bet. Jo soon followed going straight for the fast board and head first. Not to be out done will followed suit and with a slight weight advantage went a little further! With confidence high Will picked a steeper face on the dune and raised the bar! One of our fellow travellers Marty was also showing a passion for the boarding! With legs tiring fromthe climb back to the summit we decided to go down in tandem for the last run. Jo went first down the steep run followed by Will a few seconds later. At the bottom we arrived very close to each other, with Will running over Jos leg! Before we had time to get on our feet we could here the rest of the group shouting. When we turned round we could see Marty the Missle heading directly for us, and although we tried our best to move Marty ploughed over the back of Wills ankle to head butt him on the back of the thigh. Apparently the crash looked spectacular from the top, although fortunately the result was only a few scrapes and bruises and a slightly compressed neck
for Marty! It was time to head to camp whilst we were all still in one piece!Camp for the night was Coodlie Park. This is actually the owner of the tour company's farm which covers 15 square km which sounded impressive although we were informed this was small by the county's standards. After unloading the bus and a few refreshing drinks we had an Ozzie barbecue before going for a night time nature tour with Hazzy the farm owner. Initially we didn't see much so took to star gazing and learning a little about the constellations; although with Wills phone app we were already experts! Back in the van, we hadn't seen many animals, then we caught sight of several kangaroos in the spotlight and soon after we saw a couple of wombats around their dens dug into the ground. It was amazing to see how much damage they do, as well as learning they do square poo's!When we returned to the camp everyone else had deserted the fire so we decided to call it a night and enjoy the luxury of having a bed and sleeping indoors
as the next few nights would be back under the stars.
There are more photos below