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Published: November 13th 2014
Hi travel followers.
Just thought I had better give you an update on our travels and adventures as I just discovered it has been almost 2 weeks since our last blog and a lot has happened.
From Port Lincoln we travelled up the east side of the Eyre Peninsular to Cowell via Tumby Bay, Port Neill and Arno Bay. As it was extremely windy and this was Melbourne Cup day, we were looking for a spot to pull up where we could join in with the local activities and most importantly, out of the wind. Cowell ended up being an excellent opportunity as they had a old style pub with a "pig on the spit" lunch for $12 almost beside van park. Also, as this part of the world is renowned for their "oysters" the pub put on "free" oysters Kilpatrick, natural and crumbed as an appetiser to lunch. I'm not normally an oyster lover, BUT as they were free, fresh and local we just couldn't help but indulge and they were delicious. YUM.
From Cowell we moved to Whyalla (a previous ship building port) for a couple of days and took in the local sites like Point
Lowly and Fitzgerald Bay etc. all including the Lighthouse and the crude oil and LPG Gas storage and shipping facilities. The following day we did a tour of the Steel plant where we learnt all about how they make steel/iron from scratch including the manufacture of the "coke" from coal to then generate the heat in the blast furnaces to create the steel. All very spectacular.
After Whyalla it was stops Port Pirie and then Port Wakefield so that we could take in the coast line of the Yorke Peninsular which is quite spectacular in it's own right. The little towns along the coast like Ardrossan, Port Vincent, Edithburgh, Warooka, Port Victoria, Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina are all very well looked after and restored historic towns from the late 1800's. Absolutely beautiful and will definitely require a future return visit. We were somewhat surprised to find out the whole of the peninsular is basically a "grain" growing region for Wheat, Barley and Canola etc. To be honest, if they could grow grain on the bitumen road, we are sure they would try it as we saw it growing everywhere including town back yards. As this is harvesting season it
was full on harvesters and grain trucks hauling grain to the ports to be shipped overseas etc.
From Port Wakefield we headed east towards the Murray River region with stops at Morgan, Waikerie and now Berri. All very nice little towns on the Murray River, but Berri is our favourite at the moment as it is renowned for it's citrus, grapes and stone fruit which just so happens to be "in season". Yesterday we bought a 10kg box of mixed peaches and nectarines for $10. Can't beat that. We also stocked up on our wine supplies for our ongoing travels and happy hour discussions.
I'm afraid we didn't take a lot of photos, but we hope you like the ones we did.
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