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Published: March 17th 2018
We were on a mission this morning to arrive at Bleasdale Wines in Langhorne Creek at opening time so we could grab some half bottles of their sparkling Shiraz which is only available at the cellar door. We arrived just before 10am and the tasting room was already open so we walked in and purchased 18 half bottles (12 for me, 6 for Cathy) and then continued on our way. I think it was probably the wineries easiest sale of the day!
From Langhorne Creek we headed back to Wellington and returned across the Murray on the ferry. We timed it to perfection as the ferry was just about to leave, but there was room for two more cars so the ferry operator lifted the boom gate and ushered us on.
We turned south at the Princes Highway headed for Meningie, but decided to take the scenic route around the seaward side of Lake Albert. After passing the Point Malcolm Lighthouse we took another ferry this time at The Narrows, the narrow opening between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert. We timed this crossing to perfection too - we drove straight onto the ferry and we were on our way.
Many dirt road kilometres later we arrived in Meningie at the southern end of Lake Albert and probably the best view of Lake Albert that we’d had all morning! We decided to have an early lunch because it’s a long stretch of nothing between Meningie and Kingston S.E. We bought pies and pasties from the bakery and ate them by the lake.
We were very pleased to have seen the Coorong by boat yesterday because it really is difficult to see it properly from the Princes Highway. We only stopped for one photo because it is rather all the same from the landward side!
Upon our arrival in Kingston S.E. we were greeted with a much more interesting (?) photo op - the Giant Lobster! Kingston is now also home to the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse which was originally located on the Margaret Brock Reef at Cape Jaffa. We headed departed Kingston and made our way out the Cape Jaffa Road to visit where the lighthouse used to be.
We ventured back to the Southern Ports Highway and continued to Robe, arriving mid-afternoon in beautiful sunshine. Our first stop was for afternoon tea at Robe’s boutique roasting
house and espresso bar; Steve had been very excited all day about visiting the award winning Mahalia Coffee! The cafe is lovely, but it is rather oddly located in the industrial back lots of Robe. Steve had his coffee, a latte, I had a decaf cappuccino (which probably doesn’t really count) and the two non-coffee drinkers had a coke and a glass of water. I thought that the passion fruit yo-yos rather upstaged the coffee.
After checking into our motel we walked around the marina and past Karatta House to the jetty before heading out to Cape Dombey where Robe’s signature red and white obelisk is located. Both it and Doorway Rock are much more photogenic than Robe’s Lighthouse which is one of these modern lighthouse made from pre-fab concrete slabs!
We went to dinner at “Sails @ Robe”, Trip Advisor’s No.1 place to eat in Robe. We were so keen to eat at Sails that Bernie rang to book a table earlier in the day. The host at our motel also touted Sails as THE place to eat out in Robe. Hmmn, the food was delicious, but we think one (or more?) waitresses rang in sick and
maybe one of the kitchen staff too because the service was very slow and it took ages to get our meals.
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