Our From The Bottom To The Top Trip travel blog


I didn't realise so much time has gone by since my last post.

We left Port Fairy at a reasonable hour. We stopped at Mount Gambier and found a massive sink hole, which had been planted and was an amazing garden. The whole area had a strong aroma of creosote from all the timber around - used to like the smell, but that was too much! After a stop at Bunnings for caravan supplies we made it to Beachport in the middle of the afternoon. There were two caravan parks to chose from and we stayed in the one in the town, so we could leave the Pathfinder and walk everywhere. Went for a walk along the waterfront and then had a hot drink at Bompa's and then back to van. We played Monopoly and I thrashed Barry so many times that we swapped seats and he won!

The next morning Barry noticed that the big gum tree that we were parked under had large ropes holding some of its large branches up.......we moved to be treeless spot. After re-setting up we sat outside (for the first time) and had breakfast. We were joined by Milo the dog who was very interested in Barry. When a ute drove up the street, Milo suddenly lay down at Barry's feet. It was his owner and when he called Milo, Milo rang away in the oppposite direction! Eventually he came back and went off fishing in the back of the ute.

When the rain stopped we went for a walk along one of the tracks on a map we had been given. Well I think we made up our own route as when we got back we couldn't work out where we had gone, but it was a great walk up and down sand dunes and along a beach. Then we walked along the jetty which is 772 metres long. After all that we went to the hotel and I had a pint of soda and lime - I was parched!

We packed up the following morning and drove along the Coorong. Was a beautiful day and we were pleased to see so much water after the last time we went that way and it was so dry.

We rang Barry's parents from Tailem Bend and gave them 20 minutes notice that we were dropping in. Barry's dad said we should have given them more notice so that they could have organised a get together - neither of us had the heart to tell him that was why he had no notice!

We left Murray Bridge at 5 and drove the Hartley, where Barry's brother and sister in law live - about 20 minutes from his parents. They have 75 acres of bushland and have built a house 3 metres above the ground. We stayed in the house for three nights. The next day Barry went back to see his parents and said he didn't need me to go with him so I went for a walk around the property with my sister in law. Was so interesting as she knows all the plants and birds. We saw heaps of kangaroos. On Tuesday we went to Strathabyn and looked around some antique shops. Then had a drive through Macclesfield, Echunga to Hahndorf. Had a quick stop in Hahndorf so Barry could stock up on mettwurst and then we went to Bridgewater to see our old neighbours, Heather and Ian.

Yesterday morning Barry and Rob fixed the jockey wheel and made a base for the generator to sit on on the drawbar. We left Hartley at midday and zig zagged across country to Burra, on our way to the Flinders Ranges. Pulled in to Burra about 5. The caravan park is busy as it is a stopping point for people going across the Nullaboor, up the Strzleckie Track or the Birdsville Track.

After setting up we went for a walk into town, which is lovely. We went into the Commercial Hotel and met some interesting people. Ended up having dinner in there.

Today we drove out to North Burra and looked around the old copper mines. The antique shops were closed. Back to Burra and walked around the town again. Had coffee in an antique shop, then had a look around an old cottage. Everyone here is so friendly - they treat you like long lost friends - except for the people in the antique shops - weird! Today we have been in the most expensive antique shops and they were so dirty and the man in one of them was so rude. I said to Barry not to worry, at least our wallets came away undamaged!

The strong winds that we had last night have died down, but it is quite cold and we keep getting squally showers. We are not back in the van with the heater on and catching up with things we need to do. Tomorrow we leave and hope to make it to Hawker and then Leigh Creek after that.

Over and out,

M & B xx

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