If you’re looking for a high powered, noisy, exciting spectator sport then make your way to the lower Murray River town of Goolwa for a dose of flat out speedboat racing in April. The Goolwa Aquatic Club is the home of power boating and spectators can watch these fast machines from a grassy river bank vantage point. If you take deckchairs or a picnic rug you can settle in with some snacks and drinks and watch the action unfold in front of you.
On the edge of the Murray River in Goolwa, on Barrage Road, there is a green park just made for family and friend gatherings. A standout for the kids (and big kids) is a large wooden playground full of interesting equipment, swings, winding paths, a clever slide and even its own restored 10 metre wooden fishing boat to explore, just what every good waterside park should have. The playground is also a nature playspace, surrounded with lawn, native garden, a creek and dotted with sculptures and arty creations to find as you climb and weave your way through the garden.
My favourite kind of street art are the murals and pieces you find when you’re not even looking for them! Some of these latest finds for me, have been around for quite a while in Adelaide but I hadn’t made the time to go and find them so it’s a happy accident when I stumbled across them on an unrelated journey making a good day even better.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a relaxed restaurant specialising in dishes containing Goolwa cockles, than behind the sand dunes overlooking the beach where they can be harvested. The Kuti shack is at the end of Beach Road at Goolwa Beach and sits between the new Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and the popular surf beach. If you’re planning a holiday to the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia, you will want to add the Kuti Shack to your list of places to try if you want the best views and seafood experiences on the coast.
The number one attraction for many visitors to South Australia is the Adelaide Central Market. South Australia is renowned for its food and wine credentials and once you visit this fresh food market it’s easy to understand why. You need to put aside a few hours to really enjoy all that the market has to offer and bring plenty of market bags or a trolley because it probably won’t take too long before you’ll be wanting to fill them.
The Adelaide Fringe Festival is on again and this year if there is one experience I would highly recommend attending, it is ‘Yabarra Dreaming in Light’. This beautiful multi-sensory experience invites people to learn more about the Kaurna culture, the aboriginal clan of the Adelaide plains, and pay respect to the land.
I think if you ask most caravanners, the biggest motivation for caravan holidays is to enjoy the slow travel lifestyle including being immersed in all aspects of the country. Every landscape, deep red dirt, stark white sand, bone shaking gravel roads, the dead straight black tar or winding ribbons of roads are all aspects of the journey. Then there are the forests, deserts, cliff edges, plains and lazy days on coasts. With all the devastation of bushfires and droughts experienced throughout the country lately, it has had me wondering how much caravanning contributes to carbon emissions and what can be done to lessen our impact on the country while enjoying holidays on the road.