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April 30th 2019
Published: April 30th 2019
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Day 52 (22/4/2019)

Picked up some more water for our next stop as there is only a general store there & likely to be expensive.

Cleaned up the van & 4WD from all the bird droppings out of the trees. Checked the 4WD fluids which were good considering the huge number of kilometres we have travelled.

Day 53 (23/4/2019)

Departed Streaky Bay at 9:50AM. Stopped at Murphys Haystacks on the Pt Lincoln road. These incredible rock formations are well worth exploring. There is a $2 honesty box to enter, for which they provide good gravel paths & a well kept toilet block. It will be one of the best $2 you will spend. There is also a low cost camp area here which some people may choose to utilise.

We arrived at Venus Bay, only to find they had no vacancies, so went a little bit further to Elliston, staying at the Waterloo Bay Caravan Park. Whilst it was blowing a gale here, this caravan park was so quiet in comparison to the ruckus at Streaky Bay. We certainly had no trouble getting a great nights sleep!

Day 54 (24/4/2019)

We departed Elliston at 9:20AM in drizzling rain. The road initially is a bit hilly, then settles down into a well protected flat run. Stopped at Cleve to do a bit of shopping then returned on our way.

Arrived at Arno Bay Caravan Park at 12:30PM. This is right on the beach front with the jetty 50M from our door. Set up the van & went for a walk before doing a bit of fishing. Lots of Tommy Ruffs around so looking forward to more fresh fish!

Day 55 (25/4/2019)

As Arno Bay is not a big town, there is not a lot to see or do, with the exception of fishing, but it is a good place to relax & unwind.

Booked at the caravan park office for the fish & chip dinner along with salads that they put on. Also bought some big oysters; $12 for 14. These went down quite nicely.

Went fishing & caught a future feed of Tommy Ruffs & a huge squid. Plenty of small fish, but only kept the good size ones, throwing the rest back.

Came back & cleaned the fish & squid in time for dinner. The meal was brilliant & swapped yarns with some of the patrons. The sound of the ocean & salt air is quite relaxing & it certainly tires you out. No trouble sleeping here.

Day 56 (26/4/2019)

Last day in Arno Bay & the wind was blowing a gale. This made fishing on the jetty almost impossible. Still managed a whiting, mullet & tommy ruff before heading to the boat harbour instead as it was better protected.

Fished off one of the floating boat pontoons which makes you feel like you have had too much to drink! Found a school of tommy ruffs which kept me busy for quite a while, only keeping 2 & throwing the rest back.

Just before I packed up to leave, a fishing charter boat came in from a day out. A young girl came over to me carrying a 44cm Snapper which she said I could have. This was a wonderful gesture & I was most appreciative.

Returned to the caravan park to clean the fish, then had the previous days fish & squid for dinner. Nothing beats fresh fish & we enjoyed every bit of it before packing up ahead of tomorrows travel.

Day 57 (27/4/2019)

Departed Arno Bay at 3:50AM, taking our time as morning travel sees plenty of kangaroos out & about. Stopped in Pt Augusta for breakfast at 6:50AM, then filled up with fuel on our way out at 7:30AM.

Lots of traffic on the way before we detoured up through the lovely Clare Valley. Stopped at Sevenhill Bakery mid morning for a bite to eat. As it was nearing the end of school holidays, there was a massive amount of traffic heading in the opposite direction. Still had plenty travelling in our direction as well, with plenty of idiots passing in dangerous places.

Arrived at Berri Riverside Caravan Park at 2:05PM. Set up the van & made our way to the nearby Woolies & Coles to pick up a few things. The caravan park had pizza night for a reasonable fee, where they supply you with a base, sauce & cheese. All you need to do is put your own toppings on, then they cook it for you in a wood fired oven. Absolutely delicious!

Day 58 (28/4/2019)

Walked to the Information Centre & around the shops to take a look around. Bought some worms to do a bit of fishing directly opposite the caravan park. Nothing like sitting in a camp chair watching the world go by while drowning some worms!

Back in the caravan park we had an Iced Chocolate at the kiosk which was brilliant, then walked around the caravan park which is brilliantly set out & has it's own mini golf setup.

Day 59 (29/4/2019)

Went for a drive up to Woolshed Brewery at Murtho, where we tasted beer & had a bite to eat all overlooking the river. Picked up a carton of beer to take home since it was that good!

The lookout at Murtho Forest was breathtaking as the views were stunning. Definitely a spot worth visiting as you will love it. Returned to Renmark where we visited Angoves Winery with Deb's turn to sample & buy a carton. Shortly after Deb cracked in again at 23rd St Distillery, tasting vodka, gin, brandy & whiskey.

Down the road was Almondco Almond Hut where we sampled & picked up a few goodies including a chocolate Bilby taking us back to our childhood! Next was Berri Estate where Deb did more tasting & buying. I think I need to build a cellar to keep it all!

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