Ready! Set! Go! See you in a month
After a couple of days delay due to inclement wind conditions, we finally departed for one of our ‘must do’ caravan trips. This was to travel the Great Ocean Road, continuing on around the east coast of Victoria to just below Sydney.
Leaving the Barossa looking fresh after a much-needed rain, we travelled across the flats towards Murray Bridge via Sedan and Cambrai. The countryside, parched and bare. A few hopeful farmers taking a gamble by dry seeding.
We enjoyed a mid-morning coffee in a parking bay just east of Tailem Bend where a happy blue wren danced around our vehicle. Later we stopped for a bowl of hearty home-made soup at a scenic spot overlooking the Coorong.
So much for our itinerary. We had already passed Meningie, our first planned overnight stop, instead opting to stay at Kingston giving us a shorter distance to travel the next day.
Although we had seen quite a few caravans on the road, the Kingston Caravan Park was very quiet. We almost had it to ourselves. We had time for an esplanade walk and sticky beak at all the new houses being built. We were constantly amazed by the number
Lunch spot on the Coorong
that seemed to be on sites that were below the road height or seemingly at current sea level. This does not bode well for when the sea rises due to climate change.
We continued with our tradition of steak and a big red on our first night of a new trip. A beautiful 2005 Rockford’s Basket Press and perfectly barbequed scotch fillet did the job!
Next morning, we were not awakened by the usual bird chorus but a very noisy pair of young boys playing ball at 7am while their parents enjoyed a sleep in.
Having stayed connected as we were only staying one night, our departure was a pretty laid-back affair. Next stop Nelson!
With travel time saved, we decided to get to Nelson via Port MacDonnell to see if it had changed since the days Joan’s mum and sisters had holidayed there many years ago, staying in their cousin’s caravan.
The place was barely recognisable, having just completed a major esplanade redevelopment in 2018. We couldn’t resist the temptation of fish and chips at the beach for lunch. Possibly the same shop Doris and girls had frequented all those years ago. We passed
Studying the map to see where to next while eating lunch.
a caravan park but it seemed to be too far out of town to be the one once frequented.
Moving along the coast the countryside became more lush, obviously enjoying a much higher rainfall. Much of the foreshore has been subdivided into ¼ acre life style blocks. Some had been extensively developed with modern beach homes positioned to take advantage of the stunning ocean views. Others had a modest shed similar to ours at RWS some more tumble down and even the odd caravan strategically located centre block. Fishing seems to be a big recreational activity in this area. On the other side of the road were many dairy farms and later on pine forests. We had a sense of de ja vu with a similar drive near Denmark WA several years ago.
Mid afternoon we arrived in Nelson, located on the Glenelg River, A stunning little town with very few services but a lot of holiday homes. The River Vu Caravan Park on the Glenelg River proved a little challenging to find, and then to squeeze into our site, but was well worth the perseverance especially as we were staying 2 nights.
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