I’ve just paid another visit to the fabulous Fleurieu region in South Australia discovering more things to see and do in the restful havens of Goolwa and Port Elliot. So close to Adelaide they are easily visited in a day trip or better still for a quick weekend away, but to really live the lifestyle of the locals stay a few days to unwind, chill and soak it up.
The homeward stretch began as we left Darwin behind with its coldest day on record, struggling to get above 21 degrees all day. Too cold here, time to head south (Ha Ha, that’s one for our Darwin friends).
We stayed one night in Katherine then moved on to stay the next at Bitter Springs, Mataranka. There were noticeably more caravans and campers on the road as it got closer to the Easter weekend. Still we could pull up wherever we liked and the sites were big enough to stay hitched on to the car for a quick take-off the next day. Continue reading
A much anticipated part of the journey for me has been crossing the Nullarbor. It was with a little trepidation that we set off on this next step, it seems like such a leap into the unknown. I thought it would be quiet barren and possibly a boring stretch of road. How wrong I was. There is so much of interest on the way and plenty of places to stop and rest to have a break when needed. Take every opportunity to go to the lookouts along the Bunda Cliffs. You won’t be disappointed.
So the tree has been decorated and the house Christmasified and all, well nearly all the presents bought and wrapped.
The house is aglow with lights and candles and the fridge is stocked with food and wines ready for any family and friends that come by our door. All we can do now is wait for the big day or in our case days, to arrive when the frantic rush is on to get to every Uncle, cousin, in law, out law and assorted drop by’s and enjoy the indulgence that is Christmas. Looking forward to seafood, roasts, vegetable, salads, biscuits, pudding and other surprises.
The Mighty Murray is a phrase well known to South Australians and probably to a lot of communities along the stretch of this majestic river. It’s a name well deserved too. Being Australia’s longest river it travels through three states: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Its total length is 2520 kilometres and along with its tributaries is the third largest water catchment on earth.
The sheer size and beauty of this river is not lost on the people who love it, live on it or use it for recreation and holidays. It truly is breathtaking to see, especially from a high clifftop vantage point where, in some places, the massive length and width of the river can really be appreciated.
In South Australia we are very lucky to have many picturesque and peaceful places to go to on ‘the river’, which is all you need to say to a south aussie and they’ll know what you mean. In fact heading ‘up the river’ for a weekend break or longer is often met with a peaceful sigh as we can all remember when we’ve spent time camping, fishing, boating, skiing etc…somewhere along the length of the river.
Mannum is one spot that is a favourite for many South Australians as it’s less than 100kms from the city of Adelaide and has plenty to see and do, and options for staying a while. The caravan park is literally on the banks of the river, there are a couple of amazing free camp areas to set up tents, caravans or campers and the river is always busy. You don’t even have to get your feet wet if you don’t want to. There is plenty to see with huge river boats cruising by as well as houseboats, speed boats and jet skis.
There are interesting places to shop and browse, great local pubs and places to eat and best of all peaceful and quiet places to sit back and relax, slip into ‘river time’ and just watch the water flow by. The daily stresses are drifting away just thinking about it!
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You’ll find one of South Australia’s best caravan parks just over 80kms from Adelaide. Port Elliot and the gorgeous Horseshoe Bay are well known to SA locals and it’s a popular place year round. With springs arrival and daylight savings on the horizon there’s no better time to hook on the van and discover what’s on offer in Port Elliot. Here is my list of all-time top 5 things to do when you are holidaying along this spectacular coastline on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The journey has finished but the memories will stay forever. Plenty of new towns discovered and destinations to be revisited! The best thing about the driving holiday is getting to visit little and not so little gems of towns that you may or may not have heard of before, but feeling you’ve discovered a secret place that people need to know about. Throughout our journey one of the highlights was always the friendly, helpful, upbeat people who when they knew we were travelling through were more than happy to let us in on what their corner of Australia had to offer and what we “must see / must do” if you’ve got the time. We took their advice and when time permitted, we saw, we did, we loved it, and we’ll be back! There are a few things on the list to look forward to next time. Continue reading