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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
Kids With the Big Galah

Oceania July 18th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 15 I awoke to a beautiful view of the Back Stairs Passage which was like a mill pond and an overcast but rainless sky. Typical for the day we have to leave after 3 full days torrential rain but the world has bigger problems today as we also awoke to the dreadful news of MH17 being shot down and passengers at the ferry terminal are transfixed at the television. Before we ramped we did a quick tour of Penneshaw which looked like a quaint Cornish village stuck in the 70s. There are meant to be penguins right here near the ferry terminal and I had investigated going on a tour yesterday evening but there ws a big note at the penguin centre at Kingscote Wharf that all tours had benn cancelled ... read more
Boys on the Ferry
KI Ferry Approaches Penneshaw
Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsular

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
Bird Life on KI
Wet Koala in Caravan Park
American River

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
Cape Barren Goose and Chicks
Cape Barren Goose
Cape du Couedic Light House in Flinders Chase National Park

Oceania July 15th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 12. We managed a well over due sleep in and then I was back into my 'David Attenborough' mode again so I went searching for koalas that are meant to be hanging around in the trees here. The kids reckoned they saw three yesterday (when I was too exhausted to look). Anyway, of course, they were no where to be seen when I went looking. I saw plenty of Tamar Wallabies, roos and birds though. We headed for Flinders Chase National Park and was surprised by the big gift shop, cafe and interpretive centre in the middle of nowhere. We had the choice of paying for a one or two day pass but despite the weather being quite good, half a day had already passed and I wanted to spend most ... read more
Kangaroo Eating on KI
Kangaroo Eating on KI
Kangaroo Eating on KI

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
Road on Dudley Peninsular, KI
Kids on KI Ferry
Sheep Trucks on KI Ferry

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 over here. Time to head off to Victor Harbour via McLaren Vale . We were more interested in bakeries rather than wine, so we ... read more
Vine Yard in McLaren Vale
Dormant Vine Yard in McLaren Vale
Stone Home in McLaren Vale

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
European Feel at Hahdorf
Main Street - Hahndorf
Church at Hahndorf

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
Ruin in Flinders Ranges

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
Filling Up at Marree Road House
Electricity Poles at Marree
Sign at Farina Station

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