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Published: January 18th 2010
Day 263 - Coorong National Park to Little Dip Conservation Park
I’m intrigued this morning to find that now we’re actually camped at the Coorong I’m not sure of our next move! It’s not one of those places which is obvious in terms of exploration, especially if you haven’t got a boat. I figured we’d just have a bit of a drive through the area and check out a couple of the lookouts along the route, so that’s pretty much what we did.
The weather has definitely toned itself down and there’s a positive chill in the air. We packed up the caravan this morning and headed back down the dirt track to the sealed road and just enjoyed the scenery as we drive through. We’re due to meet up with Grant, Anna and the girls on Friday so we’ve run out of time for any major excursions around here due to us having too much fun in the Barossa and with the Hardy’s. We love it when that happens though and at least this part of Australia is easily accessible for future trips!
We stopped off at Jack’s Point, a pelican viewing area just across from three
protected islands where these birds have chosen to breed. We get ravaged by swarms of tiny flies on the walk up there which was a bit unpleasant and were a bit gutted that the promised high powered binoculars to view the breeding pelicans were no where in sight but hey ho, we managed to see a bit through our spy glass. Chatting to the ranger back at the car it seems that the binoculars were being regularly vandalised so they had to remove them in the end. What a shame.
From here we headed towards Robe which is a coastal town people rave about but for today our sights are set on the conservation park just to the east, Little Dip. What you get at these types of sites can vary greatly and today we get a drop toilet and a 1.3km walk to the beach. The view from the dunes is stunning though, beautiful rock pools and a very rough Southern Ocean.
The campsite isn’t really laid out in any particular way, that’s sometimes the nicest element of national park camping - you get to choose where you go. There’s just one other tent set up on
the other side of the bushes so we give them some privacy and set up away from them. For much of the afternoon we relaxed around camp but we did venture back out along the beach for a bit of a walk and look around. It’s a great place with lots of secluded spots.
By the time the neighbours returned we were already cooking dinner so we didn’t get the chance to socialise, we said hello and tried to make conversation but didn’t get much of a response - have a guess what nationality!
We've been pretty lucky with the phone and internet reception throughout South Australia but today we've picked a spot which is a little bit iffy and it happens to be the day that Grant and Anna are trying to contact us to arrange the meet up for tomorrow. One text led to another, they tried to phone and couldn't hear us so we weren't surprised when we got a text straight from John & Kate whose house we're going to be staying at. The content and context of the text message told us both in no uncertain terms that we were going to get
along like a house on fire!! It was short, sweet and to the point saying that they were looking forward to meeting us and that Grant & Anna hadn't told them they had more swinger friends!! Of course we replied immediately and in the same vain by saying that we were very excited and assumed they were fine with a bit of drag! As I said, we knew from that point we were going to get along just fine!
There wasn't much else we could do tonight so we stayed in the relative warmth of the caravan. One thing about being here is that it's quiet, except for the crashing waves, but they're easy to sleep through. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Dar and Sar
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