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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark April 30th 2019

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 ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark June 2nd 2017

Hello again, day 15 and we are still driving South through the state of South Australia. We spent the afternoon and night at Port Augusta. Not impressed with this town. It is situated in a natural port but it does not have an active community surrounding the water. Not sure why but it appeared the water was surrounded by Industry. Anyhow we move off, again after a Macca's coffee. The surrounding landscape was very different to the dryness that we had been used to. We found rolling hills, lush meadows and trees, lot of trees. There was a patch that was desert like but it did not last long. We stopped at an old Historical mining town called Burra. Very quant and we stopped at the local bakery hoping we could find a traditional cream bun ... read more
A view from the Woolshed
One of Burra's old historic buildings
Burra and the Murray

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark January 24th 2015

After crossing the Nullabor we had a couple of days in the Airport Caravan Park in Ceduna. Before Ceduna we went through the quarantine checkpoint, they are very strict on what you can bring into SA, mostly because of fruit fly. We'd had a cookup of our stone fruit, pumpkin, potato and sweet potato, had no citrus or tomatoes, cut the tops off the carrots but still lost some celery sticks and a small piece of red cabbage to quarantine, we bought a small amount of fruit and veg in Port Augusta and kept the dockets in case we were stopped by a mobile quarantine as we're heading for the Riverland districts around Berri and Renmark which are also fruit fly free and very close to the Victorian border. On our way to Port Augusts we ... read more
Farmer statue, granite, Wuddina SA
Me with the Big Galah, Kimba SA.
Burra Town Hall.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark 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 ... read more
The red cliffs of Ardrossan
The Whyalla. The first ship built in Whyalla
Port Lincoln Mill

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark September 19th 2014

It’s no longer the Murray River, but the River Murray! That’s according to the signs either end of the old suspension and opening bridge across the river as you drive into the town. South Australia - its immediately different the moment you cross the border. The farms, orchards and vineyards here are clean, very tidy, well manicured and loved and healthy looking. The landscapes are beautiful again. Renmark is a very lovely town, especially along the river banks. There are houseboats galore and it gives the appearance of being a very active and busy hub for river traffic. We stayed the first night at Plush’s Bend just a few kilometers out of the center of town. Nice, but the wind was still blowing and it was cold, and I have to say the shine was taken ... read more
Lining up for Bridge opening at Renmark
Murray River from Headings Lookout, Murtho Forest Reserve, out of Renmark
Red Cliffs on Murray from Headings Lookout

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark June 9th 2013

This morning we got up early as we had heard that the bridge opens at 9.30am to allow access for the houseboats and we wanted to watch the bridge go up. The houseboats then need to negotiate Lock 5 on the Murray River. There are 13 Locks along the Murray (I did not know that we had Locks on the Murray). I was quite excited and looking forward to seeing a houseboat pass through the Lock. We were so lucky, when we spoke to the man who operates the Lock he said it has been very quiet and that, on some days, no boats are passing through the lock; but today there was a boat. YAY! It was all very interesting and operated by a little hand remote control. We had a lovely chat to the ... read more
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034 opening the lock

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark June 16th 2012

The last couple of days in Adelaide were spent mostly packing up and stocking the motor home as well as driving around having a last look. What we love most about Adelaide are the river red gums that are everywhere. They are all along the Murray and also prolific at Alice Springs but they add such a great touch to the already picturesque Adelaide, in their parks and lining their suburban streets. And so we said farewell .. as they say .. and headed north east up the aptly named Corkscrew Road (very winding for a motor home) to Cudlee Creek and beyond. Our next destination was the Barossa Valley and Nuriootpa once more. This is wine country and for miles there are vineyards .. not at their best in winter with the bare, sometimes pruned ... read more
vineyard at Nuriootpa
our favourite motor home
more of the motor home

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark June 5th 2011

Coober Pedy to Renmark Our journey towards home has led us along regions of the Old Ghan Railway line, adjacent the Oodnadatta Track to see water in the great artesian basin – Lake Eyre. There is a well known Dog Fence that crosses the William Creek (population 16) Road and Oodnadatta Track, stretching 5600km’s from the Great Australian Bight (SA) to Darling Downs (Qld) – the longest fence in the world (twice the length of the great wall of China). Built to keep dingos out of sheep country on the southern side of the fence, while many cattle remained on the northern side as they are less vulnerable to dingos. We drove through Anna Creek station – the largest working cattle station in the world! It measures 24,000 square kilometres (bigger than Belgium, and almost ... read more
Anna Creek Station - cattle holding yard
Dry Earth
William Creek windmill

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark March 12th 2011

We headed off on a tour of the local region and found ourselves in the Berri wine tasting centre, this is the largest winery in the Southern hemisphere, (according the spiel guy) We decided to taste a couple and chose some Chardonnay for Rick and also Karon chose a Rose, Yep look out she might join Rick on a real ( “Pretend” ) wine o’clock, instead of Pepsi max. We then took a tour up to Renwick and a loop around the sights there and back to find the BIG Orange!. Well as a tourist attraction it is closed but we managed a couple of photos, and a trip into the Berri Store, that once was run by the “Berri” Company, is now a simple retail site with various fruits and juices available by the carton. ... read more
No Longer a tourist attraction
Lock No 5
The Rose Garden

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark March 11th 2011

We left Mannum at around 9:30am, and travelled up the Murray river. We came to a ferry crossing and proceeded over the big renowned river. The route we chose was as suggested by a couple of locals, and it was a great drive. We managed some wonderful views of the Murray in all it’s glory, with full banks to overflow and it had cut a swath through thousands of years to leave behind a meandering bed with high cliffs and plateaus. So interesting, we stopped at one point to take in some views and a couple of photos, to observe sea shells un-covered along the side of the road. Amazing considering it must be many thousands of years, if not millions, since the sea was in this region. A lovely relaxed drive and a wonderful experience ... read more




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