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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy June 14th 2019

As we were driving along the Stuart Highway towards Coober Pedy, we were constantly amazed at the changing landscape. Silly me I've forgotten the gadget that downloads my big cameras photos to my iPad so I'll need to post them later. I'd booked us into the Lookout Cave Underground Motel. Our room was fantastic but way too modem to give us a appreciation of what it was really like living underground.the fan had to be on 24/7 to circulate the air and keep the room cool as it was a constant 25 degrees underground. I did get a bit concerned when every morning there'd be chips off the wall on the floor and bedhead. Unfortunately we didn't find any opal. We did the mail run tour our first day. The tour is run by a local ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy June 12th 2019

We set out on Tuesday, June 11th. Fletcher had to renew his drivers' licence before we went so once that was done we were off! Our first destination was Woomera. We have been all over the world, but the north of our own state is unknown to us! We had packed the car with all we needed for a long trip including extra water and food and a box of talking books and other CDs to keep us interested in the long stretches of driving ahead. We headed north, travelling past Port Wakefield and our first stop was Port Pirie. Neither of us had been here for a long time , so we drove into the town and went for a stroll around the main strip. Not incredibly exciting, but we found a Cafe Primo and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide June 12th 2019

After two years staying home we finally on the way. We hoping everybody has the right right email address, if no blogs arrived you have to send your email address to me. We leave later today direction Doha Qatar. We be a few days there and no Ramadan that will be good. Last time we could not even have a bottle of water. So all you people stay healthy and we see you via the Blog all the way from Doha where it is 44 degrees. That depends on the internet of course. We hope for the best. Bye for now Liz & Alphons... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 9th 2019

This year the Oceania Athletics Championships are in Townsville starting on June 24th. As we have no long overseas trips planned for this year we have decided to venture into the heart of our own country and visit some places neither of us have been to yet. Hence on Tuesday we are heading off in our trusty Mazda 3 for points north. We have planned out our trip to Townsville and have booked ahead, ( no pulling caravans!!) and are looking forward to seeing the Outback and especially, Uluru. I have visited many of the landmarks of the world , but not this icon of my own country! I will try and keep my blog and share our experiences and photos as we wander north!... read more
Caves of Uluru
Inside Uluru
Me with the cave paintings

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Quorn June 9th 2019

It's holiday time again and we're off to see more of Australia. We start our adventure by flying to Adelaide where we picked up a tank. (Compared to my little Getz the Mitsubishi ASX feels like I'm driving a tank) I hardly recognised Adelaide airport, its been a few years since I've travelled to Adelaide for the cricket. After making a quick stop at Costco for supplies we headed off for Quorn. Quorn is located 335 kms north of Adelaide and is 293 meters above the sea level at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges and will be our home for 3 nights. The drive up was very picturesque. Coming across the biggest wind farm we'd seen in Australia. We detoured into the township of Snowtown, we didn't see the infamous bank but spotted our ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia May 22nd 2019

We had arranged to pick up the van on 23rd April, after Easter but it wasn’t finished until 26thApril. It was good to spend more time with Nico and Belinda and we had a very nice Easter. On Easter Sunday we took Nico and Belinda to the Yarra Valley, none of us had been to this famous wine region before. We went for coffee at Kings Lake, home of the devastating fires of 2009 (Danie worked there restoring power-very traumatic for him as bodies were still being found) before doing a tour of the valley and surrounding beautiful countryside. We stopped for lunch at Rochford Wines to treat Nico and Belinda and to thank them for their hospitality. We did a few things that needed to be done, I went to the hairdresser, we did some ... read more
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Lake Tyrrell Free Camp
Lake Tyrrell

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 » Streaky Bay April 22nd 2019

Day 45 (15/4/2019) Walked into town to take a look around the Ceduna shops, picking up a couple of bargains that we did not expect to find! Went to the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel for lunch. Had a 400g Rump Steak for $25, while Deb had a massive Stir Fry for $18. Stir Fry was brilliant while the Rump was as chewy as an old boot. Went fishing & caught fresh fish again, so fish is on the menu. The only problem is that mosquitoes inhabit the jetty & you not only get eaten alive but also picked up & carried away! Day 46 (16/4/2019) Went for a short drive to Denial Bay, which is north west opposite Ceduna across the bay. Lovely jetty walk talking to some wonderful people from all over Australia. Funny how people ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 9th 2019

Day 1 (2/3/2019) Departed home at 7:30AM. Found traffic quite busy for that early on a Saturday. Not happy to be leaving a day later than expected, but when you only get the caravan back at 4:05PM the previous day, there is not much you can do about it. At least all the main things were taken care of (we hope!) & we have a hassle free trip. After being badly buffeted by fierce side winds from the North, we stopped at Ballarat at 10:20AM for a cuppa & a brief rest. I had forgotten how the bum cheeks nod off driving & a leg stretch always stops any cramping up. Back on the road at 10:50AM, the drive was largely uneventful with little traffic except for one moron who decided he wanted to overtake me ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Fleurieu Peninsula February 7th 2019

Friday 8th February(300kms) Today we started our new adventure travelling to Willunga South via, Burra, Hanson and Riverton to Gawler and then through Adelaide. Adelaide has yet to finish the bypass and the trip through the old outer suburbs was slow and stressful as so much roadworks going on, but we made it through and onto the Victor Harbour Road towards our destination. We managed to get slightly lost as we missed the tiny sign saying Range Road West and our GPS wanted us to go down a very narrow track. We turned round and found the road we wanted which took us to the top of the Willunga Hills overlooking McLaren Vale and the Gulf of St Vincent. Gulf St Vincent is a large inlet of water bordered by Yorke Peninsula on its west, the ... read more
Looking Out to the Ocean and McLaren Vale
Feather & Peck
Parked Up at Willunga South - Father & Peck




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