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Published: March 4th 2018
This morning we showered with a view from our bathroom window of the Western Highway! After a self-catered breakfast in our room we hit the road about 9.30am.
We stopped at another silo painted by Guido van Helten this morning, this one across the border at Coonalpyn. This artwork features five school children from the local community at play. We did see this artwork as we drove back from Adelaide last year, but its scale still impresses on a second viewing. Since our last journey a new artwork has been completed - a beautiful mosaic screen in front of the public toilets which really brightens things up.
Onwards to Tailem Bend where we stopped for another break and ventured down to the bank of the Murray River. We’ve driven past this spot on a number of occasions, but we’ve never stopped to have a look. We parked near the rhinoceros (as you do!) and walked down the stairs to the river. The trees on the riverbank were absolutely filled with corellas. We have never seen so many corellas in the one place and what a racket they were making. We have no idea why they
were so attracted to this spot by the river. They were disturbed a couple of times and hundreds of them took to the air squawking and wheeling through the sky over the river before settling in the trees again.
After dropping into the Tourist Information Centre and lunching at the Poppy Cafe in the town centre we back-tracked slightly to the Meningie turn-off so that we could take the Princes Highway to the ferry crossing at Wellington. After a short wait and then a quick trip on the ferry we were on the other side of the Murray River on the Langhorne Creek Road. We made our way around Lake Alexandrina passing places with inspiring names like Mosquito Point and Boggy Lake!
Just before Langhorne Creek we turned off towards Goolwa. The map we picked up at the TIC indicated that there was a ‘Wetland Birds’ photo opportunity along the way. We did see a few pelicans on the wing, but no sign at all of where we were supposed to stop to photograph wetland birds?? We did stop at Clayton Bay though where we were able to take photos looking across to Hindmarsh
We made one more photo stop at the ‘Canoe Tree’ before continuing on our way and arriving in Victor Habour mid-afternoon. After checking in and making a quick stop at Woolies for some fruit for breakfast tomorrow we headed down to the beachfront to make our way over to Granite Island. We had missed the last horse-drawn tram of the day so we walked across to the island. After several hours on the road today it was good to stretch our legs!
An Italian dinner tonight at Nino’s - Victor Harbour’s No.1 restaurant on Trip Advisor.
Steps: 14,343 (10.65kms)
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