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Published: March 15th 2018
As we departed Robe this morning we drove up to Beacon Hill Lookout. With the weather overcast this morning we regretted not having driven up to the lookout yesterday afternoon. C’est la vie! We snapped shots anyway over Lake Fellmongery towards Guichen Bay.
In a similar vein to yesterday we decided to take the unsealed roads on the ocean side of Lake Eliza and call in at Nora Creina. We reached the end of the road somewhat before the end of the road because the settlement of Nora Creina is a gated community. We parked at the gate and took the walkway to the beach which was looking a bit grey and uninviting this morning.
We were getting a bit sick of the dirt road driving so decided to head back out to the Southern Ports Highway. On our way we encountered a mob of sheep so that caused a slight delay as we waited for them to be herded off the road and into a paddock.
We called in next at Beachport situated on the picturesque Rivoli Bay. Beachport’s jetty at 772 metres long is South Australia’s second longest jetty. We also visited the Beachport Museum which
is operated by the National Trust and, of course, we couldn’t leave town without photographing the Cape Martin Lighthouse!
We continued on the highway to Millicent and then a little further south where we turned off towards Tantanoola to make our way out to Carpenter Rocks. This small town supports a significant rock lobster industry and Bucks Bay provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that are moored there. According to an interpretative board beside the bay it’s safe once you’re in the harbour, but it can be dicey negotiating in and out of the harbour.
From the small settlement of Carpenter Rocks we made our way out the dirt track to visit the Cape Banks Lighthouse. Damn, it’s being restored so all there was to see was a structure wrapped in plastic. We were very disappointed! We did, however, find out all about the SS Admella that was wrecked on the reef here on the 5th of August 1859. Eighty-nine lives were lost, but one of the survivors was named Hurtle Fisher, which is interesting because my father’s father’s name was Hurtle Fisher. I shall have to look into whether or not the two Hurtles
We continued along the coast to Pelican Point, Blackfellows Caves, Nene Valley and Cape Douglas (another Cape, another lighthouse!) before arriving in Port MacDonnell where we are spending the night. OMG Port MacDonnell also has a lighthouse - the Cape Northumberland Lighthouse. We were only able to look at this lighthouse from the road, but at least we could get close enough for a photograph and it wasn’t shrouded in plastic!
There are not many dining options in Port MacDonnell. On a weeknight the pizza and fish ‘n’ chip shops are closed so there was only the pub. Wednesday night is schnitzel night so, although there were other choices, we had schnitzels for dinner.
Steps: 12,794 (9.61kms)
Tot: 1.808s; Tpl: 0.051s; cc: 11; qc: 29; dbt: 0.0189s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
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