While Australia is in the news at the moment with venomous snakes,crocodiles and Bull sharks happily swimming around that northern state,s flooded suburbs eating tasty things floating in the water I thought it was high time to post the rest of my trips around The wonderful land of Oz where strange and exciting things can and do happen.
The next place I was lucky enough to visit was a seaside town called Victor Harbor over 5 hours drive (about 460 klms) away from Whyalla, firstly up the Spencer Gulf then back down the coast past Adelaide to the Great Southern Ocean.This would entail staying for the weekend at a hotel in the town.There were four of us in the car.Myself, my sister Vi, her daughter Joanne and Joanne,s husband John.Joanne and John had connections to the town and knew the area well so they were our tour guides this time.It was also their car so many thanks again for their kind generosity.Hopefully I can do the place justice here.
Victor harbor and its neighboring towns of Port Elliot,Middleton and Goolwa run east along the coast and end at the Murray River,the vast watercourse that drains most of the state starting its journey high in the mountains of New South Wales.Even when I was over in September they were having a lot of rain and flash floods in New South Wales.What I found mind boggling was how long this massive bulge of flooding took to travel down to the Murray mouth.Over two weeks to cover the distance.It also has the River Darling pouring into it from the mountains near Brisbane.Although South Australia had just emerged from a ten year dry cycle and the Murray River was at record low levels I think it will be pretty full now giving the whole state a real lift for years to come.Its just a pity someone else has to suffer under the full brunt of the deluge first.One thing I know about the Australian national character though.Moaning about things just isn't in their nature and neither is giving up.Like Americans,another young country with extremes in climate they just get on with it and rebuild communities without too much fuss.Resilience just seems to be built into their DNA as a way of life.Reading the papers despite crippling droughts in many places the attitude always seemed to be ...No Worries She,ll be right.
But first things first.Victor Harbor and this part of the coastal strip has a wide range of things going for it.Cooling Sea breezes in summer,a mild almost UK feel to the climate.Loads of walks and cycle rides along the coast and through the hills,Bags of activities,several islands just offshore,even one, Granite Island with its own colony of resident little penguins.
Never mind plenty more to see.
An unusual car at the hotel.Note the Shark Fin.
Next up was a short coastal walk to the only estuary nearby then up the gorge like Hindmarsh river Which cuts the town in half and has some very exclusive properties on its wooded flanks.It made for a lovely walk,like an Australian Beverley hills with little fast moving parrots skimming and squawking through the trees.
When I returned to grab some cornflakes the others decided to take me on a drive(hooray, a sit down) along the coastal strip of towns to the Murray mouth.
The Coorong National Park covers a large area of tidal creeks, lagoons and swamps as well as the main river.
An interesting feature of Victor Harbor is a Granite Island of the future,The Rocky headland of the Bluff,still connected to the mainland but in ten thousand years who knows?
A good night was had in the hotel playing the pokies(winning again.Yahoo!) and a nice meal and a pint.
The next day we went touring returning home to Whyalla via Hahndorf a little town tucked snugly up in the Hills above Adelaide.
Hahndorf has strong Germanic links with its current population still keeping up that connection.Its a lovely place to stop,so we did to sight see and to break the journey.The German arms does amazing and very large traditional meals.(We won again on the pokies!)
A great trip and thanks to all involved.Unlike my sister who can type with all her fingers I am now off to rest on a bollard as well.Its 12.20 pm in the morning .Wah!.And so to bed.
******* I've Just noticed Victor Harbor is an unusual spelling so I've had to change this post!Wah Wah!!!The spelling on the pics stays though!Live with it.