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Published: December 14th 2007
G’day from the heart of South Australia, Adelaide!
We’ve completed our roadtrip around the state. Now of course we didn’t have time to see everything we wanted plus we had a km limit on our rental car to further limit our adventures. But we did see quite a bit and had a lot of fun and made new friends and got good stories 😊
We started of on Thursday and drove south towards Cape Jervis and Flerieu Peninsula. We made several stops on the way and had fun on the cliffs by the ocean and watched local people jump from the jetties. We wanted to go to Cape Jervis just to see the forbidden fruit from us, Kangaroo Island. In the island there are colonies of fairy penguins, seals, sea lions, kangaroos, wallabies, etc. But it costs you over $300 to take a 10km ferry ride to the island……. So we just went to have glance of the island. And anyways it wouldn’t have been worth the effort since the island is having horrendous bushfires and is covering the Peninsula too with its smoke. Then we kept driving and our aim was to spend a night around Victor Harbour
and after a search we found a spot for our tent. First thing we noticed was, how damn cold it gets here in South Australia during the nights… Sure, its nice and warm(mostly) during the days, but the nights… Things you don’t notice when you sleep under blankets I guess.
We found out that in an island outside of Victor Harbor there was also a colony of Fairy Penguins. We got excited that we’ll see ‘em after all and drove down and walked the 600 meter pier that they call a bridge over to Granite Island. It was a nice small island but the penguin gods really didn’t want us to see any penguins on this road trip. They only come to the island after dusk and then you, of course, have to pay to get to the island to see them. Anyways, we had plans to drive further south and go see Lake Alexandrina and so we did. So totally waste of time it turned out to be and we had a really hard time finding a spot to pitch our tent up as well, but we did see quite a few interesting looking salt lakes, big and
On the third day our main destination was to get to Barossa Valley which is the winery center of the state and country. We got there after a few scenic turns(Turns out Carolina isn’t the best navigator 😉 and enjoyed Barossa Valley Estate and Jacob Creek’s fine wines. I having to be the driver, couldn’t have quite that much, but Carolina was wobbling back to the car. It was quite funny actually 😊 I guess, you had to be there! From there we decided to spend a night in a lovely little 1950’s town called Riverton. It was excellent! It was Saturday night and we went to the local pub for a beer and the local cricket team was there getting wasted after the day’s match. Turned out the match was only half played and next half is being played next Saturday. Funny sport this Cricket (which I have to comment now is that in 2hours we will be sitting in Adelaide Oval watching Australia-New Zealand test match. I cant wait!) Funny town and a really interesting experience.
The following day we headed to Yorke Peninsula and after a couple of interesting stops, that included, Snowtown, Moonta,
Bute, and Kadina we finally ended up at The Gap. Now this was a place a local told us to go and camp and what a beautiful place it was!! We drove about 13kms on a dirt road off the highway and all of a sudden we were on the beach. We camped and didn’t see another person for 30hours. That is how isolated we were. And the sunset. We’re putting on a picture of the sky with so many different colors that it is hard to describe with words. But one of the funniest stories of the trip comes from the Gap as well. Since we were so isolated and its pretty quiet and dark your imagination starts to dwell on it. Especially Carolina’s 😊 In the morning she told me she thought of someone being outside coming to get us and when we smelled the smoke from bushfires from miles and miles far away, she thinks someone is about to cook us for dinner… There did turn out to be something outside the tent during the night. We found Dingo tracks.
Last days we drove to Adelaide and spent time in Port Adelaide and Port Parham and
Glenelg. The last two nights we slept under a tree that had a baby and a mom Koala in it. They were soo cute
Now we are going to spend a week and a half here in Adelaide and on Xmas eve were driving to Sydney with another couple with their car. So yes, We are spending our Xmas in the Outback in the bush. A very different xmas it shall be this year :D
Love ya all, Jani & Carolina
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