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March 3rd 2013
Published: February 16th 2014
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The Fleurieu Peninsula and in particular Victor Harbor was our next destination. Not far out of Mt Gambier is the airport and we were fortunate enough to have a plane though only a small one coming in to land as we were driving passed, the timing was perfect because just for a few seconds this little baby looked like it was going to land on the roadway right in front of us. Fortunately it didn’t though we would have gotten some magnificent shots.

As is very typical of SA many old farmhouses with loads of character can be seen dotted around the place some have long been abandoned. I always find these buildings most interesting on our trip unfortunately more often than not we are unable to stop to take a nice photo so Liz snaps a quick shot as we pass by.

This area is chock a block with wineries lined up one after the other for maybe 3 or 4 kilometres, I don’t know for certain coz I did not measure it. Many had cellar doors open but we were going to be heading to Adelaide and the Barossa was definitely on the cards.

We stopped at a caravan park situated right on the beach, the day was a little cool and the wind was blowing but it soon warmed up again. I am not sure why but the seaweed is particularly drawn to the beach in some of these parts. The local fish and chip shop was the best we’d had for a long time it obviously has a big reputation because it was very busy but well worth it. The local Information Centre was again very helpful and guided us towards things we might like to do in the area.

An old bridge takes you either by foot or horse drawn tram over the water to Granite Island, the scenery here is magnificent. If you wanted you could walk around the island in probably 15 minutes it took us an hour and a half, I recommend the slower trek there is plenty to see and enjoy so do so. It is home to a variety of birdlife and a colony of Little Penguins live there, you can go on guided night time tours to see them if you wish. At the right time of year it is also a fantastic spot to watch whales.

About a 10 minute drive from the town centre takes you to the Bluff, it is a high vantage point and the views here are incredible and even more spectacular when you are fortunate enough to score a good sunset. Most definitely worthy of a trip regardless of what time of the day you go.

As I’ve mentioned a number of times if old Australian architecture is to your liking you will be happy indeed, they even have quite possibly the only (though don’t quote me) hand operated railway gates left in Australia. It was a huge pleasure to see these things in operation, though with the fast pace of today’s modern world and the increase in rail traffic it is no surprise that these are now all but extinct.

And speaking of railways we did take a train ride from Victor Harbor to Goolwa which follows the Coast most of the way, the journey took about half an hour. It was a fabulous trip but we were somewhat disappointed as according to the website you expect the train to be a steam engine with old restored carriages. What we got was one train/carriage unrestored from maybe the 70s or 80s that looked like a group of not so talented graffiti artists had worked on the night before, it was full so some passengers had to wait for the train to return. I imagine and by the looks on their faces they were very annoyed with the situation. Another couple behind us when we were at the ticket office were extremely peed off, as the train only runs about 3 times a week they specifically extended their stay in town by an extra 2 nights to catch a Steam Train – he was not a happy chappy!

Goolwa has Markets on a Sunday they have the usual fruit ‘n veg, bric-a-brac, hot food, craftwork, etc. well worth a look. While there we had nice feed in the Goolwa Hotel, 2 course roast lunch for $12 very good value.

Victor Harbor was a very relaxing and pleasant holiday destination I think you can judge the quality of a place by the friendliness of its people, both locals and tourists. Whilst going on an early morning walk you are regulated greeted with a typical “morning”, nice.

Next stop is in Adelaide.

Take care and Remember it’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice.

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