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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Ceduna July 19th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 16. It was a pretty cold morning in Clare as it would've been about one degree. I really wanted to see the historic town of Mintaro just out of Clare and to see if I could catch a glimpse of Martindale Hall since we are going to miss opening time. All I got to see was some outbuildings through the bush. After stopping briefly back in Clare I couldn't stop photographing all of the old buildings. Clare is also a wine growing area but the minute you leave the valley it quickly reverts to rolling agricultural plains and we were surprised to see how advanced the already flowering canola crops were. We were approaching the Southern Flinders Ranges area again and the landscape got quite hilly again. If you have a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island July 17th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 14.  The day commenced with yet more rain and I waited for a break in the showers to head back down to the koala walk they have here to see if I could spot my own koala in the wild. I was duly rewarded. They can be difficult to spot as they go really high.  I had a set of binoculars with me and this one was fast asleep and its fur was all wet. I don't know how they get much shelter in this weather.  I also saw some Tamar Wallabies that let me get quite close as they are normally quite skittish and once again I was rewarded with a mother and its joey in her pouch.  Today we drove to Kingscote where we are staying for our final ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island July 16th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 13. Day 13 started like any other day but its mere number should've been a foreboding ominous sign. I peeked outside our cabin from behind the curtains which did a great job of preventing the heat from the reverse cycle from escaping. The windows were all fogged up and I cleared a viewing area with my sleeve on the window to check on the weather. It was completely overcast and rain did not look far away. A quick check on the BOM radar showed no rain at all which seemed to back up the Flinders Chase National Park's Vistor Centre's yesterday's forecast for today of a few showers. Flinders Chase is the pinnacle of KI attractions and I passed up going yesterday because we'd got there at lunchtime and the kids ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island July 14th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 11. The weary family is up early this morning for the hour's journey to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis. The drive reminded me of New Zealand where there were rolling dales and plenty of dairy cows, sheep and roos on the road. I reckon if we were one minute earlier we could have made it on the 9am ferry but the car in front of us got the last spot. Nevermind, time for a coffee at the shop and watch the disembarkation process until the 10am ferry. I was surprised to see sheep carriers coming off full of sheep. I knew they farmed on KI but I guess I never thought too much beyond how they get their stuff to market. It must cost the farmers a fortune. I also ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Victor Harbor July 13th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 10. Time to leave the European winter wonderland of Hahndorf and check out Beerenburg Family Farm where we stocked up on relishes, jams and sauces. It was only 5 minutes up the road. Mount Lofty then beckoned us. This is a great look out over Adelaide and we got a bit lost because Mary Lou, our dumb Irish GPS, told us to go the wrong way. Nevertheless we got to see more of the Adelaide Hills which we missed out on when drove to Hahndorf in the dark. I must've said, "Oh, look at that lovely old stone house!" a thousand times. Absolutely everyone lives in one ver here. Time to head off to Victor Harbour via McLaren Vale. We were more interested in bakeries rather than wine, so we stopped ... read more

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Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 12th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 9. A bit slow to get going this morning as we seem to be getting more and more tired. We didn't start our washing till 9am and of course we couldn't stray too far while that was happening. We took the opportunity to wander down the street in Hahndorf. I felt like I was back in Europe in winter. There were deciduous trees everywhere without a leaf in sight and of course with weather to match. Autumn would look incredible here. It won't reach over 8 degrees celcius today, there are German style buildings everywhere and the only thing that is missing is snow. We treated ourselves to some Apple Strudle and coffee and was quite possibly the best I have ever tasted. Hahndorf is very touristy and very busy (with ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Hahndorf July 11th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 8. We unintentionally slept in till 8am today and were on the road again at 9.30am. The day was over cast and drizzling so a nice picture of Rawnsley Peak at sunrise was out of the question. There was a lovely ruin at the station so I took some pictures of that. As it turned there were ruins about every 500m the whole way to Claire. SA should be called the state of ruin. The landscape was mostly picturesque with gentle undulating hills reminding me of the Telly Tubby habitat, especially with all the wind turbines we saw along the way. We stopped at the Peterborough Steam Heritage Railway Centre which was really interesting but sucked a valuable 3 hours of time. It would still take about 4 hours to get ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Wilpena July 10th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 7. Well the Maree Hotel sure aint the Hilton but it sure is an outback experience. After I tackled the temperamental plumbing in the shower, we headed down stairs for a continental breakfast and got a bit stuck there watching the The Netherlands vs Argentina FIFA World Cup matchwhere The Netherlands lost in a penalty shoot out. After we packed the car, we went on a bit of a walking tour of Marree which used to be the main area where station cattle were mustered from as far away as Queensland and sent by rail to Adelaide to market. The Afghan cameleers also worked from here and there is the relics of Australia's first Mosque made from mud brick and a thatched roof. We feulled up and fuel is still not ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 9th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 6. We were on the road by 9am but held up a little bit by the peak hour traffic jam at the petrol station. Jammed by everyone making their way to all four corners of this great nation of ours. The road to the Oodnadata Track was really good and we spotted an eagle feeding off a dead dingo just as we reached the Track . Once on the track it was only about 5km before reached William Creek and the road here seemed to be worse. It was a hive of activity with mostly all 4WDs and off road campers all loaded up. This place seemed to be such an institution that we just had to stop for a quick drink at the pub. Four lemonades cost $16. My favourite ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 8th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 5. We started the day with an organised tour which I felt was a waste of money as the tour guide told us everything I had read in the tourist bureau yesterday and all the places we went to we could have gone to ourselves. One thing I did notice and was verified by our ex Opal Miner, tour guide, who looked about 85, had a German accent and walked with an unmistakable miner's stoop, was that the population of about 2000 was represented by 45 different nationalities. So far I have not come across one Australian. In this respect, Coober Pedy is so full of juxtapositions on so many levels. Where do I start. So Australian and so multicultural all simultaneously. I don't think there is a designated dump here ... read more




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