Week 39 | Penong to Port Lincoln

Day 267: Penong to Ceduna

Our last day on the Nullabor takes us from Penong to Shelly Beach just south of Ceduna.  It’s a short trip today of around 70km.  We’re packed up and leaving by 9.30am, it’s 14 degrees with drizzly rain.

I thought I would take a quick drone flight of the windmills this morning before leaving.  The minute I took flight the winds picked up and the drizzle started. I was really disappointed.  I should have taken the flight yesterday afternoon when the sun was shining and it was so still.  Never mind.  A little bit of footage and a few not so good aerials as the wind buffeted the drone.

The remaining veggies that I boiled are now in the freezer and all the fruit has been eaten. The quarantine checkpoint takes about 5 minutes. We declare our topped & tailed onions and garlic. No problems at all and we are on our way out to the beach.

We’re staying at the Shelly Beach Holiday Park. It’s a spacious park with large drive through sites.  It’s $34.50 for a powered site.  Each site has a privacy screen or bushy hedges.  Most have concrete pads.  It’s tucked behind the sand dunes, however the winds are still chilling and blowing a gale.

We’ve stocked up on fresh fruit and veggies at the local Foodland and taken a drive around town. The afternoon is spent prepping for my board meeting.

Late in the afternoon we walk across the dunes and down to the beach. It’s strewn with sea grasses and the wind is blowing a gale. Cinta loves the beach and is happily sniffing everything in sight. She’s not interested in going into the ocean.

We have a late night catching up on some Netflix series.

Wildlife: seagulls, cattle, sheep, horses, lizards.

Day 268: Shelly Beach

There’s no rush this morning for my meeting now that we are in South Australia.  I don’t have to phone in until 10.00am.  By 11.30 I’m finished so we have a very late morning tea outside.

We take a drive into town and pick up some lunch.  There’s not a lot to do in Ceduna.  It’s so dry, water is pumped 450km away from Port Lincoln.  The yards are all gypsum.  Very few plants and no green grass around.  Most homes have a minimum of 3-4 water tanks.  We couldn’t live here.  We are so fortunate to call Mission Beach our home.

Back home the remainder of the day is spent working. Andrew has put a slow cooker on today so it’s an easy dinner. One last walk of the beach before settling in for the night and watching more Netflix.  It’s strange seeing the sun set between 7.30pm & 8pm.

Wildlife: horses, galahs, seagulls.

Day 269: Shelly beach to Streaky Bay

Rising at 7.15am this morning it’s only 6 degrees.  It’s cold so the heater goes on while we enjoy a cup of tea in bed. We’re packed up and leaving by 9.15am and the temperature has climbed to 14 degrees.  We are heading to Elliston for two nights.

Streaky Bay is 113km from Shelly Beach.  We pull in for morning tea and the view of the bay is stunning.  While we’re having our cuppa I suggest to Andrew that we stay here instead of going onto Elliston.  We’re banking time as we don’t have to be at Port Lincoln until Sunday in time for our car service on Monday.

A quick look at WikiCamps shows us a low cost camp just around the corner.  We take a drive around to check it out. It’s a large grassed paddock on the hill.  There are no facilities but it’s close to the beach and town.  We decide to stay for the night.  We get ourselves set up and have a chat with another couple who have pulled up in a big bus with a trailer.  It’s an impressive rig.  The small 4WD comes out of the back trailer.  He’s a welder and she’s a hairdresser and seamstress.  There’s a motorbike in the back of the trailer as well!  They are lovely people.  They love to ballroom dance as well and are heading to Elliston for a dance in another fortnight.

Our spot in the paddock

We’ve been keen for fish n chips and head into town to see if we can find some for lunch.  Nothing there so back to the caravan park on the beachfront as they have a cafe.  King George whiting and chips $19.  It was pretty good too, even for a fussy fish eater.  We sit under the shelter on the beachfront in our deck chairs and enjoy the serenity of the ocean view.  It’s quite windy and chilly.  Back to the van and back to work for me.  I’ll be glad when this month is over and hopefully work will settle back to a normal pace again.

Sunset is 7.40pm and the clouds are rolling in. It’s getting colder and windier by the minute.  I get some great photos before heading home and settling into a warm bed and a night of Netflix.

Streaky Bay sunset

Wildlife: pelican, seagulls.

Day 270: Streaky Bay

Waking up it’s 8 degrees.  Andrew has already been for a walk with Cinta down to the beach.  I just can’t drag myself out of bed when it’s so cold.

First up is work for me while Andrew does some reading.  We chat with the other caravanners for awhile before packing a picnic lunch for the beach again. There is no wind today and the ocean is so calm it almost looks like glass. The bay is shallow and perfect for toddlers for wading in.  Cinta goes in but she’s not very interested.  We’re at the beach for quite awhile and then I suggest to Andrew that we do the Westall Loop road, it’s only 30km and there are a few points of interest along the loop.

The loop turns into a dirt road. Andrew is not real keen but we continue on.  The views of the coastline are spectacular.  High pristine white sand dunes and rugged limestone cliffs in the distance.  Smooth Pool an eroding granite shelf is a short drive off the loop on an extremely corrugated dirt track and Andrew takes it slow driving in. Another amazing view.  The shoreline below is smooth rocks with a brilliant orange hue, it reminded us of the Bay of Fire in Tasmania.

Further along is Point Westall which was sighted and named by Matthew Flinders on 5 February 1802.  We missed the turnoff so Andrew reverses back.  Now this track is real 4WDing.  We venture in a short distance but when the track turns to large crevices we eventually manage to turn around and head back out.  Next stop is The Granites.  Down another short track where you overlook the sweeping views to High Cliffs and the Dreadnoughts.  Amazing views.  There’s a very steep staircase down to the beach but the wind is so strong that we decide to stay at the top and take in the view.

What a beautiful picturesque drive. Back home and back to work. Another sunset photo opportunity and back to a warm snug bed again.

Wildlife: fox, pelicans, seagulls, blue tongue lizard.

Day 271:  Streaky Bay to Elliston

Another cold start to the day at 9 degrees.  We’re packed up by 9.25am and it’s warmed up to 15 degrees.  This morning we’ve passed a solo bike rider, I wonder if it is the same man we passed on the Nullabor? Quite possibly. Further along two kangaroos come out of the Bush and onto the road.  Andrew slows right down and they are hopping along in front of us for quite sometime.

Today’s travel is 126km and we’re staying at the Elliston Caravan Park.  It’s a small park with large grassy sites and we can choose our own and drive through.  Tim at reception is really friendly, his dad has been running the park for 19 years.  Tim has a lot of local knowledge and tells us about all the points of interest around Elliston.

After we set up and had our late morning tea we walk across the road and down to the jetty which is situated in Waterloo Bay.  The wind is blowing an absolute gale.  There is a walking track up to the lookout which has spectacular views of the Town & Millikans Beaches.  You can also see right out to Point Wellington & Point Wellesley.

View over Waterloo Bay

Elliston is a very “arty” township.  With a population of just under 400 people the township grows to 1500 in peak season.  The local Community Agricultural Hall is painted on 3 sides of the building.  It’s a fantastic mural which depicts a lot of the locals who previously lived in the area.

Back at the van it’s an afternoon of work for me while Andrew relaxes and socialises with some of our neighbours.  We decide to head back to the jetty at sunset to get a few photos.  It’s still blowing a gale and getting pretty cold. There’s no TV reception here so we have another night of Netflix. Thank you Jules xo.

Wildlife: dead wombat, kangaroos, sheep, seagulls, galahs, squid.

Day 272:  Elliston

It’s a windy start to the day. I can’t get any WiFi reception this morning so we decide to take a drive out to Point Wellington.  There’s a great walking track along the cliff face with seats strategically placed at picturesque viewing points. The scenery is stunning and Bird Rock is just off the point.

Anxious Bay Cliff Top Drive was another recommendation from Tim. The view is absolutely stunning looking out over Point Wellesley, Cape Finniss and Anxious Bay. The ocean is shades of deep blue and aqua and the waves are crashing against the bottom of the cliff faces. Along the drive are several sculptures on the cliff face and of course Andrew has to stop at each one so I can photograph them.

Back home and back to work again. Tonight we’re having roast lamb and right now it smells delicious.

Wildlife: seagulls, galahs, lizard.

Day 273:  Elliston to Port Lincoln

It’s looking grey and overcast this morning when we wake. Andrews cooking bacon and eggs for brekkie and I’m enjoying my cuppa tucked up in bed.  A loud clap of thunder and the rain starts.  Its drizzly when we’re packing up to leave.  There’s nothing worse than having to pack up in the wet.  By 8.40am we are on the road and it’s 15 degrees. We’re heading to Port Lincoln today in time for a car service tomorrow.  The first of our travel deadlines for sometime.

Along the highway are many grazing properties.  The sheep have been clipped and I feel for them all in this wet, cold weather.  We pass the solo bike rider again.  We’re taking a 14km detour from the highway and driving into Coffin Bay for morning tea.  Approaching the bay the ocean is a cool blue colour.  The rain gets heavier.  We park alongside the oyster farm and have our cuppa inside the van.  We’re being buffeted by the wind.  There is a small break in the rain and I duck outside for a few quick photos.

Back on the highway Port Lincoln is 29km away and we are staying a further 8km out of town at North Shields.  We have a large site which is just 3 sites away from the beachfront.  It’s raining.  It’s challenging setting up in the rain when the wind is blowing a gale.  We knew it had to happen sooner or later. The park is filling quickly as there’s a Cell Caravan convention.  We’ve never heard of Cell caravans before.  The sign says: “Welcome Cell Mates”  we have a bit of a giggle.

Today marks another milestone on the road.  Nine months.  Where has that time gone?  Over 26,400km costing $5305 with the most expensive fuel in the Northern Territory at $2.04 p/litre.

Over and out from the Roving Reporter.

Wildlife: 2 emus, sheep, pelicans, galahs, dead kangaroos, kangaroos

Week 39 total expenses: $451.30 – pretty pleased to have a good week as next week will be expensive with a car service and registration in the budget.

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That’s a wrap for Week 39 of the Lap of the Map.

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