Caravan Correspondent

Freelance travel writing and caravanning in Australia.

On the Road to Port Elliot

IMG_3853The May / June edition of On The Road Magazine is out now!  Pick up a copy today and make sure you check out my article on Port Elliot in South Australia. A beautiful spot at any time of the year but soon it will be whale season, just another reason to stay in this lovely town. The Port Elliot Holiday Park is situated on Horseshoe Bay and offers views like this every day.

24 Hours in McLaren Vale


Less than 40 kms from Adelaide is the relaxed town of McLaren Vale. This popular wine region has around 74 cellar doors and is known for its Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernets.   We stayed at the quiet and comfortable McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park for the weekend and surprisingly for the time of year and with little rain to speak of so far, the sites had very lush, green grass. Our long double site backed on to an oval and the park is dotted with large gums trees, home to pigeons that roosted near us at night and kookaburras to wake us up next morning.

The park is looked after immaculately and has a pool and spa, volleyball net and tennis courts, playground, camp kitchen and spotless amenities. In fact the dump point area got a 2 thumbs up from the other half as being the best he’d ever seen, complete with hand washing basin and soap on tap. The park is situated an easy stroll to the main street of McLaren Vale or on the way you can take a detour and take a walk on the Shiraz Trail. This trail of around 16 kms return, goes from McLaren Vale to Willunga and follows a section of the former Willunga Railway line. It is mostly flat, great for bike riding or walking, and takes you past a few cellar doors on the way. In fact you don’t have to go far, less than 1 km, to get to Oxenberry Farm Wines where they have not only a cellar door but coffee, cakes, platters and light meals.

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Australian Working Dog Rescue Inc. (AWDRI)

IMG_5739 Our beautiful but slightly damaged dog came from this great organisation.  Neo is a cream, also known as a blonde kelpie (no not a dingo) and has a beautiful temperament.  He’s a very intelligent boy, as kelpies are and loves to run and chase despite having a gangly looking leg due to nerve damage.  But try telling a kelpie not to run!  Neo comes on most holidays with us and loves a good walk, swim or dig on the beach.   See the great work that AWDRI does by visiting their facebook page.


Port Elliot Ahoy

IMG_3951The perfect time of year to visit Port Elliot in my opinion is Autumn.  You can still get days in the high twenties, but if the cooler weather does come in you can still enjoy a stroll on the beach.  Better yet, take the Harbourmasters walk around the cliff top from Horseshoe Bay to Knights Beach.  This spectacular walk takes in Lady Bay and Green Bay and is good for the soul! There’s no better way to see the waves crashing on to the rocks and the odd storm out at sea.  Keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins and a resident seal around the breakwater area of Horseshoe Bay. Continue reading

Moonta Bay SA

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IMG_6161This year began with a long summer spent at Moonta Bay on Yorke Peninsula South Australia.  The Moonta Bay caravan park is in prime position next to the jetty and right on the waterfront.  A friendly, family run park it has everything to keep all generations entertained.

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