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Published: October 1st 2016
Tuesday 27 September – Coffin Bay
Continuing down the coast and sometimes inland, we arrived at Coffin Bay at lunch time. We stopped at the VIC but attached to that was a food outlet selling oysters. Coffin Bay is known for its oysters. Doug and I had ½ doz shucked oysters natural and Tom had Kilpatrick. They were fresh, plump and soooo yummy!!!
We also had a fresh, flaky pastry pasty with Doug and Leura having fish and chips. It was so good, we came back the next day to have some more….oysters that is!
We decided to book into the caravan park and get up ‘early’ the next morning to visit the adjoining National Park. We went in Doug and Leura’s car leaving he vans in a cleared area of the park. The roads were sealed initially but to get to some of the beaches, we drove over rocky roads and some very sandy section.
The first beach was Gunyah which was covered with mountainous white sand dunes, many of which we walked over. It was windy so we had to be sure not to get too sand-blasted.
The scene down to the beach was spectacular.
The other beaches were Almonta, Point Avoid, Golden Island Lookout and Flat Rock which all offered spectacular views of the islands off the coast with waves crashing onto the shore.
As there was a big storm heading our was in the afternoon, we decided not to drive deeper into the Coffin Bay National Park as the roads were slow going. We returned to the town, visiting Long Beach on the way.
After lunch back at the vans, we headed for Port Lincoln as the clouds were getting black and the winds were picking up. We had heard that Adelaide was going to experience their biggest storm in 50 years. Streaky Bay had already been experiencing 100kph winds so we were please we had left there.
Driving the 48 km from Coffin Bay to Port Lincoln, we had a tail wind with the occasional cross wind which wasn’t too bad. Some people we over-reacting, buying cartons of long life milk etc. We were a bit bemused at this as the storm was only going to last 30 hours at the most.
Just as well they don’t live in Darwin or other cyclone-prone places in Australia!!!
However, Adelaide got really hit by the storm and the whole State lost power. This would have been unheard of in other states but SA has recently decommissioned a power station in Port Augusta and were very short of supply. They had been trying to get rid of their dirty brown coal-driven power stations. I guess there will be many questions asked.
We coped well with the power outage. Our vans are equipped with 12volt and gas to we had everything. We decided to go to the Cathcart’s van and over a couple of bottles of red wine and lots of stories, after a couple of hours, the power came back on ready for dinner.
Overnight we certainly got lots of rain and the winds really picked up. We felt sorry for all those who were out of power and flooded in the Adelaide region. However, in the morning our power was out again and we started to hear about the consequences of the whole State being out of power. It must be unprecedented in the 21st
century that this would happen.
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