There is a special place in South Australia which I think has gone largely unnoticed, but a spotlight is about to be shone on it with the release of a movie in January 2019. The movie is ‘Storm Boy’ and the setting is The Coorong, an area in South Australia that at it’s heart, is less than 2 hours from Adelaide. The Coorong is a series of estuarine lagoons that are protected from the wild Southern Ocean by sand dunes and a shell covered sandy peninsula that stretches for around 130 kilometres, beginning at the Murray Mouth in Goolwa.
I was looking through some old photo albums this week and came across the old west coast camping trip photos. Our very early days of camping / fishing trips saw us venture over 900kms from Adelaide, to the far west coast of South Australia to a place called Scott Bay. Here in a convoy of 3 or 4 cars and a trailer with dirt bikes we would head off into the sunset feeling like explorers. We would spend two weeks camping rough, way before ‘survivor’ was even thought of.
Our travelling music of choice when radio stations ran out was cassettes, usually Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and The Barking Spiders Live. (Look that one up!) We would amuse ourselves over the long drive with silly conversations over CB radios and the odd game of trivial pursuit, again over the CB.