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Australian Travel Writer and Photographer 💙 Caravan Holidays.


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Ogre Brewing Co. ~ A taste of Latvia in South Australia

Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not named after a large green monster but rather the town of Ogre in Latvia, from where the brewer Matthew Veide’s family originated. This family owned brewery and tap house is located in a heritage listed 1860s cottage which was for many years ‘The Barn’, a popular restaurant in McLaren Vale. Now as the home of Ogre Brewing Co, it’s open from 11am till late 7 days a week and visitors can try a range of beers with snacks, lunch or dinner.

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Caught Inside – A Book of Hope

As I was reading this book, I found myself holding my breath, willing things to go right even though I knew the outcome. At one minute cheering on the inside, touched by the honesty and humanity of all the medical staff involved and then almost in tears, and this is all by page 42!

I’m sitting by a beach reading ‘Caught Inside’ the story of Chris Blowes, a young South Australian who on Anzac Day 2015 was surfing in the wrong spot at the wrong time and was attacked by a great white shark – not once, but twice.

The miraculous circumstances that led to him being saved by mates, carried up a cliff in a remote area of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, dedicated hard work by health professionals and then his subsequent recovery is quite incredible.

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Finniss General Store – Fleurieu’s Best Burgers


‘Voted Best Burgers on the Fleurieu’ is the sign that greets you as you pull up to the Finniss General Store, set back from the twisting and turning road, in the shade of a huge pine tree. This is a venue I’ve been wanting to try for a while, it has a great reputation and every time I’ve passed by, there is always a busy car park, a sure sign to me that a place is worth visiting.

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McLaren Vale Wine (Beer & Spirit) Region

The McLaren Vale, or southern vales of South Australia is perhaps one of the best kept secrets when it comes to wine regions.  It is known as a area for red wine varieties but now is also home to micro-breweries, gin distilleries, clever and quirky architecture and beautiful fresh, clean, organic food.

My latest getaway guide which you can find here on CamperMate gives you all the details. Definitely a reason to Holiday Here This Year!


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Dog Friendly Caravan Holidays – Yorke Peninsula

Taking dogs on holidays is as much fun for them as it is for us I think. Like us, I’m sure they enjoy the social side of interacting with other humans and dogs. Dog friendly caravan parks are very popular and with more people travelling with pets they are catering more to the needs of four legged visitors, including installing dog washing facilities at some parks.

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Easy Dining at the Port Hughes Tavern

The locality of Port Hughes on Yorke Peninsula is just minutes from the town of Moonta and is a popular spot particularly for the fishing.  Whether you want to try your luck on the jetty or launch a boat from the multi laned boat ramp, it’s a well known spot for fishos to head to.  There are two caravan parks, a picturesque swimming beach, a store and café, and the Port Hughes Tavern is proving to be a big drawcard too.

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