The wet, windy and wild weather we have been experiencing lately in South Australia has been whipping up some huge waves along the coastline and for as far as the eye can see. The white peaks and troughs of waves are visible to the horizon in fact. The conditions have reminded me of a trip we did to the east coast a while ago during winter where I saw the biggest surf I’ve ever seen in this country.
This week is NAIDOC week in Australia. It’s held each year in July and is a chance to promote and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. and as in other years the goal is to continue moving forward for a better future.
Winter in Southern and Eastern Australia usually means whale migration time along the coasts. They are starting to be seen with a little more frequency on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, just in time for the winter school holidays.
Sometimes you don’t have to venture too far from home to be transported to somewhere pretty special. Tucked away between beachside houses and the sand dunes that border Goolwa Beach in South Australia is one such place, Tokuremoar Reserve. This peaceful little patch of scrub is an ancient remnant Tea tree reserve that has a wide path for walking or riding through and forms part of the larger Encounter Bikeway trail that runs between the towns of Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
Pick any day of any season and you will find people out in the surf somewhere along the coastline of Australia. The continent is known as having some of the best waves in the world and therefore some of the best surfers in the world. If you’re looking for some of the top surf regions there are plenty of recognized ones to choose from including 80 in New South Wales, 25 in Queensland, 30 in South Australia, 9 in Tasmania, 30 in Victoria and 33 in Western Australia.
The town of Goolwa is 80 kilometres south of Adelaide in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula region. It’s the last town on the River Murray before the largest river in Australia winds its way through the Coorong and out to the Southern Ocean. Goolwa was also Australia’s first Cittaslow (pronounced cheetah-slow) town.