Monday, December 31, 2012

Blue Lake, Black Prince cicadas, Beachport, Robe, The Coorong

The cacophony of sound of the Black Prince cicadas singing was worth the 
trip from Adelaide to Mount Gambier a distance of 450 or so kilometres.
We saw and heard them on the edges of the famous Crater Lakes. 
The Blue Lake is an enigma. The Leg of Mutton Lake is green.
We stayed at Mount Gambier for two nights catching up with old friends 
from Melbourne staying locally with family. A convenient half way point. 
Many enjoyable hands of 500 were played over a few bottles of wine and delicious 
meals shared.
Dougy, the dog,  delighted in getting involved in the exercise routine.
We returned home via the coast road staying overnite at Beachport.
The coastal towns of Beachport and Robe are frenetic over the Christmas/New Year.
An intended stay on the Coorong was curtailed because of the strong cold wind.
Our second expedition in the campervan was enjoyable and notes made of ways
to add refinements for a longer journey in June/July.

Birds - Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Leg Of Mutton Lake

Black Prince Cicada

Road detritus

Garden of Remembrance Mount Gambier

Theatre Mount Gambier

Cave Garden Mount Gambier

Street corner Mount Gambier




The Magpie enjoying the view provides one for me.


Not a Mr Whippy icecream cone

Looking pleased with herself, she suggested the photo above.

Robe marina

The inveterate Tiger Moth
Long Point - The Coorong

It must be cold and windy the pelicans have hunkered down.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Normanville overnight Toyota HiAce Reimo Campervan

Glenda and I have been searching for some months for a campervan of our own.
We have relocated campers across The Nullabor, from Christchurch to Auckland and hired them in New Zealand and Queensland.
The bug bit and months have been spent searching the web from Gumtree to CarSales.
There were several close calls but none quite ticked the boxes for both of us.
I suggested to Glenda we wait until after Christmas but she is persistent and she found 'the one'.
It ticked more boxes than we were hopeful of, Toyota HiAce, long wheel base, diesel, 4 X 4WD, 5 speed manual, low kilometers, a layout we could live with and generally very good condition for a late 1994 model.
Within hours of it being listed on Gumtree we had made a deposit and arranged for me to fly to Melbourne the following Tuesday to inspect and hopefully if satisfied drive the van home to Adelaide.
After travelling a few too many stops on the tram and a bit of a walk on a hot 36C day I arrived where the camper was located at Albert Park. Some hours were spent on inspection and completing the paperwork before I departed at 7.30pm for the drive to stay overnight with my niece at Casterton in western country Victoria, arriving at 1.30am Wednesday.
The trip back to Adelaide was uneventful. The Toyota diesel performed economically and smoothly.
Hours of work and a week or so after personalising the camper with a touch-up and kit-out this last weekend arrived with time for a short overnight trip away.
We departed mid-morning Saturday driving leisurely along the coast road via Noarlunga and Yankalilla to Normanville and a pre-booked powered site at the Jetty Caravan Park on the banks of the Bungala River and seafront. Normanville is a pleasant 90km drive from Adelaide.
We set up camp erecting the  awning, fold up chairs and table and settled in before exploring on foot the scenery which Normanville has to offer and the photographs reveal.