Nelson Bay is 150 Kms north of Sydney and we pay a visit to Tom and Julie, long time friends. Tom is recovering (very well) from a double knee replacement so we thought it unfair to play our normal state of origin golf game.
Next stop – Sydney, at the Lane Cove National Park. Siobhan catches up with her best friend, Sheila, and Sheila’s sister and brother-in-law who are visiting from Ireland. We have a lovely meal on the harbour and have a very enjoyable game of golf at Moore Park which was in very good condition considering it is a public golf course in the middle of Sydney. Note the strange collection of Ronald MacDonalds in North Sydney – must have been a convention.
We take our time heading east along the Murray, bush camping mainly right on the river but we also stay in a couple of nicer caravan parks. We play a couple of games of golf – at Barham and Cobram / Barooga. There is another task we are undertaking on this part of the trip – to recce the journey for my sister and brother-in-law when they visit the Murray for a wedding in April.
Now starts the long trek home. We head away from the madding crowds. First stop is a lovely bush camp on the Murray River, at Berri. We stay for 3 nights to see in the New Year. Our first game of golf since Kalgoorlie is at the nearby Renmark golf course.
Stansbury is a small town (pop 543) located in the southern Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. It faces the Gulf St Vincent across Oyster Bay, where shellfish were originally harvested in the 19th century. The town has also been a port used in the export of wheat and barley to Adelaide. It is a great place to harvest some of our favourite seafood, namely squid, whiting, razor fish and blue swimmer crabs. All of the above were consumed on Christmas Day.
We are joined in Stansbury by another couple from Pelican Waters, Jeff and Faye Chapple. The day was most enjoyable spent browsing on fresh seafood all day and sipping various types of cooling beverages.
Our next week is spent travelling to Stansbury on the Yorke Peninsula, our base for Christmas. We stop at some of our favourite and typically quaint small fishing villages on the way, including Arno Bay, Port Germein, Port Hughes and Port Victoria. Most of these villages have their own jetty allowing the hunt for squid, whiting, herring and blue swimmer crabs to continue. There are also many examples of the attractive local architecture, especially the many stone buildings.
Port Germein is the home of the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, at 1.5 kilometres. Whilst the best Cornish Pasties can be fount at Moonta / Port Hughes, due to the history of Cornish tin miners who came to the area in the 1800’s.
Occasionally, the crab net turns up with a surprise – take a look at what turned up in ours, below. Turns out they are fiddler rays.
Port Lincoln is well known for its windy weather and it certainly lives up to its name. After 2 days of gale force winds we decide to head north for some shelter so Arno Bay is the target, half way up the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Just as we were packing up a groan from Siobhan got my attention as she sees a flat tyre on the caravan, our second this trip. So the spare is fitted and we head to Beaurepaire in town and get the bad news that the tyre was not reapairable. So, 4 new tyres later …
We arrive in Arno Bay and find a free camp in the pub carpark !