A Travellerspoint blog

This blog is published chronologically. Go straight to the most recent post.

ADELAIDE - OFF THE BEATEN PATH

We Lived in Jamestown and Edithburgh

FAVOURITE PHOTO

20171030_170428_small.jpg

LUCKY I FOUND ONE. FAVOURITE PHOTO.

AS I DON'T REALLY HAVE MUCH THAT IS POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT SOUTH AUSTRALIA.... WELL EXCEPT FOR THE WINE..... WHICH I NEEDED TO GET ME THROUGH SEVERE DEPRESSION AT HAVING MOVED THERE.....

WE LIVED IN JAMESTOWN AND EDITHBURGH FOR 6 MONTHS EACH AS HUBBY SCORED A GOOD JOB WITH GREEN CORPS DOING VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS WITH GROUPS OF UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE ASSISTING THEM TO GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE TO IMPROVE FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS.

WE WERE ALL PRETTY MUCH GLAD TO MOVE ON WHEN THE PROJECTS CAME TO AN END. WE HAVE SOME INTERESTING MEMORIES FROM OUR ADVENTURES HERE .... BUT IF YOU ARE THINKING OF VISITING SA..... DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND DONT BOTHER.

ADELAIDE IS A SMALL TOWN WITH A CHURCH ON EVERY CORNER.... :)
THE ONLY GOOD THING ADELAIDE HAS GOING FOR IT IS A GERMAN TOWN CALLED HARNDORF IN THE HILLS.

514716-Adelaide_Hills_Adelaide.jpg

FUNNY STORY

HUBBY ARRIVED IN ADELAIDE ABOUT 3 WEEKS BEFORE US. WHEN THE KIDS AND I FLEW IN HUBBY HAD ARRANGED A WEEKEND STAY FOR US IN THE HILLS. WE HAD A QUAINT ENGLISH LOOKING COTTAGE WITH A COSY FIREPLACE.

HUBBY GOT THE FIRE GOING BUT DIDN'T OPEN THE FLUE TO LET THE SMOKE OUT THROUGH THE CHIMNEY. IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE THE HOUSE WAS FULL OF SMOKE AND THEN THE ALARM WENT OFF. SO EMBARRASING. LUCKILY THE OWNER WAS JUST A PHONE CALL AND BLOCK AWAY AND WAS FINE ABOUT IT ALL. IT HAPPENS OFTEN HE SAID. PHEW!

JAMESTOWN

JAMESTOWN IS ABOUT 2 HOURS NORTH OF ADELAIDE. IT'S JUST A SMALL COUNTRY TOWN WITH A PUB ON EACH OF ITS 4 CORNERS :)

THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT JAMESTOWN WAS THE SCHOOL COOKBOOK.
THE KIDS THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT THAT WE HAD A LEMON TREE IN THE BACK YARD. LEMONS ARE SO EXPENSIVE. I DON'T KNOW WHY. BUT MY CHILDREN KNEW THAT AND IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE THEY WERE BAGGING UP THOSE LEMONS AND SELLING THEM AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO BUY LOLLIES FROM THE GARAGE NEXT DOOR. THEY HAD LEARN'T AT A YOUNG AGE TO BE MONEY SAVEY. COME TO THINK OF IT, THEY PROBABLY LEARN'T THAT BACK AT THE CARAVAN PARK IN HASTINGS POINT ON THE FAR NORTH COAST OF NEW SOUTH WALES WHEN HUBBY CAUGHT AN ABUNDANCE OF FRESH FISH AND WE WENT AROUND TH
THERE WAS A STREAM WHERE THE KIDS LOVED TO FEED THE DUCKS. IT WAS HERE IN JAMESTOWN THAT I WOKE UP ONE MORNING TO HEAR THAT PRINCESS DI HAD PASSED AWAY. SO SAD.

WE NEVER DID THE BAROSSA WINERIES BUT WE DID GET TO A FEW IN THE CLAIRE VALLEY WHICH IS IN BETWEEN ADELAIDE AND JAMESTOWN
ANNIE'S LANE AND JIM BARRY ARE MY FAVOURITES FOR RED WINE.

20171030_170332_small.jpg

173398-Our_house_in_Jamestown_Adelaide.jpg

514769-Jamestown_Pub_Jamestown.jpg 514774-Jamestown_Jamestown.jpg

IT WAS HERE IN JAMESTOWN THAT A FARMER GAVE IS A CUTE LITTLE CROSS BORDER COLLIE/KELPIE PUPPY. PATCHES WAS WITH US FOR THE NEXT 14 YEARS AND TRAVELLED WITH US TWICE ACROSS THE NULLARBOR AND THEN FLEW WITH US WHEN WE RELOCATED FROM SYDNEY TO PERTH. DEAR PATCHY :)

4281984-Patches_protecting_favourite_ball.jpg

FLINDERS RANGES

ONE OF THE PROJECTS TOOK HUBBY OUT TO THE FLINDERS RANGES. HE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH THAT HE COULDN'T WAIT TO TAKE US OUT THERE. NICE SCENERY ALONG THE WAY WITH THE ODD ABANDONED HOUSE AND RED OUTBACK AUSSIE DIRT. THERE'S A PLACE OUT THERE CALLED WILPENA POUND WHICH IS A HUGE NATURAL AMPHITHEATRE. LOOKS LIKE A BIG OLD VOLCANO BUT APARENTLY IT'S NOT. ANYWAY, IT'S QUITE IMPRESSIVE.

173407-Flinders_Ranges_Adelaide.jpg

62106404173362-Road_leading_..s_Adelaide.jpg

173359-Flinders_Ranges_Adelaide.jpg

173366-Outback_SA_Adelaide.jpg

EDITHBURGH

LOCATED ON THE YORKE PENINSULA DIRECTLY OPPOSITE ADELAIDE WITH A STRETCH OF WATER IN BETWEEN.
THE DESOLATE, WINDY BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.

EDITHBURGH IS A LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE WITH A RUGGED SALTWATER POOL AMONGST THE ROCKS ON THE SEA FRONT. MOST AFTERNOONS IN SUMMER THE WHOLE TOWN WOULD BE DOWN AT THE ROCK POOL AFTER SCHOOL CLOSED. THERE WERE A FEW DAYS IN SUMMER WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WENT OVER 38C.... YES WE WERE SURPRISED ABOUT THAT BEING WAY DOWN THE BOTTOM OF AUSTRALIA AND A HOP SKIP AND JUMP FROM ANTARCTICA:) ANYWAY FOR THOSE COUPLE OF HOT DAYS THE SCHOOL KNOCKED OFF EARLY AND EVERYONE MET UP DOWN AT THE POOL.

WASN'T MUCH ELSE TO DO HERE. THANK GOODNESS WE WERE NOT STAYING IN WINTER.....

THE BEACH A BIT FURTHER DOWN HOWEVER WAS USUALLY DESERTED AND HAD PURE WHITE SAND. WHEN THE TIDE WAS OUT.... IT WAS WAY OUT....

FUNNY STORY

I DON'T DRIVE. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING BECAUSE HUBBY AND I HAVE SAVED A LOT ON NOT HAVING THE EXPENSE OF 2 DRIVERS AND CARS PLUS 2 OVERHEADS ETC. I DONT KNOW HOW SOME FAMILIES DO IT. ANYWAY THE KIDS AND I HAD BIKES. I DOUBLED OUR YOUNGEST JANINE ON MY BIKE. I WAS VERY FIT BACK THEN. THE BIKE RIDE INTO YORK THE NEXT TOWN WAS QUITE A WAY. WE HAD BEEN OUT FOR THE DAY. COMING HOME WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED.

THAT WAS WHEN I HAD A BRIGHT IDEA.

WE HAD AT LEAST 2 K'S TO BIKE HOME.... BUT THE BACK OF OUR HOME WAS DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM US.... ACROSS THE WHEAT FIELD. SO WE TOOK A SHORT CUT. ONLY I WASN'T PLANNING ON BEING STOPPED BY SEEMINGLY GROWING WHEAT. IT WASNT LONG BEFORE WE HAD TO HOP OFF OUR BIKES AND START WALKING. THEN THE GRASS GREW TALLER AND WE WERE PUSHING THE BIKES HARDER. THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO GO LIKE THIS.... IT FELT LIKE A DARK NIGHTMARE.... ONLY IT WAS REAL.
VERY REAL.

IT WAS HOT, WE WERE TIRED, EVERYONE WAS COMPLAINING, I HAD TO PIGGYBACK YOUNG JANINE.... AND MY ARMS FELT LIKE DROPPING OFF. I COUND NOT SEE ABOVE OR THROUGH THE GRASS. WERE WE STILL HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OR HAD WE STRAYED OFF COURSE? THIS WAS BAD....

FINALLY WE EMERGED FROM THE NIGHTMARE AND FOUND OUR WAY HOME. EVER HAD A RUN IN WITH WHEAT?.... NASTY STUFF. WE HAD SCRATCHES AND WERE PICKING IT OUT OF OUR CLOTHES FOR DAYS AFTER. I THINK I THREW THE KIDS SOCKS AWAY.

AND THEY HAVEN'T LET ME LIVE THAT STORY DOWN SINCE!!.... LOL.

514778-Edithburgh_Edithburgh.jpg

514788-Edithburgh_Edithburgh.jpg

EVEN THOUGH BOTH HUBBY AND I HAVE HAD WHAT WE FEEL ARE GOOD JOBS, WE HAVE NOT EARNED NEARLY AS MUCH AS A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. THAT HAS TAUGHT US TO BUDGET WELL. IN FACT YOU COULD CALL US SCRUGES. I DON'T WASTE MONEY ON PRIVATE HEALTH AND SCHOOLING. I HAVE NEVER PAID A CENT FOR GIVING BIRTH TO 4 CHILDREN OR FOR ANY OPERATION I HAVE HAD. I DON'T SEE THE SENSE IN PAYING FOR PRIVATE HEALTH COVER AND THEN HAVING TO PAY THE EXCESS. THAT HAS NEVER MADE SENSE TO ME. WHEN PRIVATE HEALTH COVER CAME OUT I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY EMBRACED IT. YOU GET YOUR OWN DOCTOR THEY SAY. WELL A DOCTOR IS A DOCTOR. ALL OF THE DOCS I HAVE HAD IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT. NO PROBLEM. INSURANCE ITSELF IS ANOTHER MONEY WASTER. I DON'T DO HOUSE CONTENTS INSURANCE. IF I LOST THE LOT I WOULDN'T BE TOO BOTHERED. I AM SAD THAT MEDICARE DOES NOT COVER TEETH. HAVING TEETH FIXED IS DREADFULLY EXPENSIVE. WHY?... SO HUBBY AND I GO TO KL. WHY PAY $10,000 FOR A INPLANT HERE WHEN YOU CAN GET ONE IN KL FOR $2,500? .... PLUS A HOLIDAY.

ANYWAY.... WHAT I AM GETTING AT IS THAT I HAVE LEARN'T TO BUDGET REAL TIGHT. WHEN WE LIVED IN THE RESORT IN HASTINGS POINT, THINGS WERE REAL TOUGH. WE WOULD LIVE FROM PAY TO PAY.... THE BILLS GOT PAID FIRST, I WOULD WRITE MY LIST OF WEEKLY MEALS AND FORECAST THE SHOPPING LIST WITH APPROXIMATE $$ AMOUNTS SO THE TOTAL WOULDN'T GO OVER OUR BUDGET.... THERE'S NOTHING MORE EMBARRASING THAN BEING AT THE CHECKOUT AND YOUR CARD IS DECLINED.

SO HERE WE ARE IN OUR MOUSE INFESTED HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN EDITHBURGH AND HUBBY GOT A GOOD PAY. FINALLY! I GET TO SPLURGE ON THE GROCERIES WITHOUT HAVING TO BUDGET. WE SPENT NEARLY $400!! THAT FELT REAL GOOD :) YOUNG DYLAN HERE IS SHOWCASING OUR FULL FRIDGE :)

20171030_170412_small.jpg

YORKE PENINSULA

THE YORKE PENINSULA IS THE FUNNY LITTLE BIT OF COASTAL LAND OPPOSITE ADELAIDE. THE COAST IS QUITE RUGGED AND SURROUNDS FIELDS OF WHEAT AND FARMING PASTURE WHICH IS FLAT AND UNINTERESTING. IF YOU FIND A NICE BAY AREA SURROUNDED BY STEEP GRANITE ROCKS, PLEASE BE AWARE OF OCCASIONAL HUGE COASTAL SURGE. LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING HERE. THE WAVES MAY LOOK OK BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU'LL GET A HUGE WAVE ROLL IN UNEXPECTEDLY.

THAT HAPPENED TO US AND I HAD TO RUN AT TOP SPEED SCREAMING AT YOUNG DYLAN. LUCKILY I GRABBED HIM AND OUTRAN THE HUGE WAVE! THAT WAS SCAREY.

20171030_170440_small.jpg

20171030_170428_small.jpg

20171030_170449_small.jpg

FINALLY WE WERE ON THE MOVE AGAIN.... ALL PACKED UP FOR OUR LONG TRIP ACROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF AUSTRALIA ON THE LONG STRAIGHT STRETCH OF ROAD CALLED THE NULLARBOR. PLEASE FOLLOW ALONG NEXT BLOG.

Posted by aussirose 00:47 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint adelaide jamestown blog aussirose harndorf edithburgh yorke_peninsula flinders_ranges wilpena_pound Comments (4)

NULLARBOUR ROAD TRIP

Adelaide to Esperance Across the Bottom End

FAVOURITE PHOTO

20171102_191138.jpg

BYE BYE ADELAIDE. WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO ESPERANCE TO LIVE NEAR HUBBY'S MUM AND STEP DAD. THEY HAD RAVED ABOUT ESPERANCE AND NEARBY TOWNS FOR A WHILE NOW AND OUR INTEREST WAS CAPTURED. I HAVE THE STORIES OF ESPERENCE IN MY WESTERN AUSTRALIA BLOG.

NOW ON THE LONG ROAD COMPLETE WITH DRINKS AND LOLLIES.... TRAILER PILED WITH A FEW PRIZED POSSESSIONS AND LITTLE PATCHES IN HER DOGGIE BED IN THE BACK CHECKING OUT THE TAILGATERS DRIVING BEHIND.

FIRST STOP STREAKY BAY WHICH WAS QUITE A PRETTY LITTLE STOP.

20171102_191352.jpg

WE THEN HIKED IT OVER TO CEDUNA WHICH IS THE LAST TOWN BEFORE THE BIG LONG STRETCH. THE CARAVAN PARK WAS A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE NIGHT. PICTURE IS OF A PINK SALT LAKE NEARBY.

20171102_191237.jpg

I GUESS THE WORD NULLARBOR CONJOURS UP THOUGHTS OF DULL AND BORING BUT I FOUND THE SCENERY QUITE INTERESTING. I LIKED THE WAY THE LANDSCAPE CHANGED FROM WOODLAND TO SCRUB TO TINY SALT TOLERENT BUSH. PART OF THE STRETCH NEAR THE GREAT BIGHT IS CLOSE TO THE COAST LINE AND YOU CAN SEE THE GREAT SOUTHERN OCEAN. I LIKED THIS BIT THE BEST. THERE WAS HARDLY ANY BUSH... IT WAS FLAT COUNTRY AND THE ROAD HAD TURNS WHICH MADE A CHANGE.

HERE AT THE GREAT BIGHT YOU HAVE TO TURN OFF AND HEAD OUT TO THE COAST. THERE IS A VIEWING PLATFORM TO LOOK OUT OVER THE GREAT SOUTHERN OCEAN. IT'S QUITE IMPRESSIVE.

20171102_191159.jpg

20171102_191211.jpg

20171102_191138.jpg

BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THE SA/WA BORDER WE WERE TIRED. YOU CAN'T DRIVE THE WHOLE NULLARBOR IN A DAY ..... UNLESS YOU ARE A TRUCKY ON NODOSE PILLS OR SHARING THE DRIVING. SO WE STOPPED AT A PLACE CALLED BORDER VILLAGE AND HIRED A DOG BOX FOR THE NIGHT. LUCKY PATCHES FOR SLEEPING OUT UNDER THE STARS. THE ACCOMMODATION WAS WHAT WE CALL DONGAS WHICH ARE NOTHING MORE THAN SHIPPING CONTAINERS. WE WERE ENVYING THOSE IN AUSTRALIAN JAILS RIGHT NOW.... ;) BUT WE WERE TIRED AND NEEDED SOME SLEEP. IT'S AMAZING HOW MILES OF STRAIGHT ROAD CAN MAKE ONE TIRED. AT LEAST THEY HAD COLD BEER!! :)

PETROL SOLD ON THE NULLARBOR IS EXPENSIVE. YOU CAN'T DO WHAT MY DAD USED TO DO YEARS AGO..... DRIVE ON IN THE HOPE THAT THE NEXT TOWN WOULD BE CHEAPER.... TOWNS HERE ARE NON-EXISTANT. YOU JUST HAVE TO SUCK IT UP AND PAY WHAT THEY DEMAND.

DIDN'T GET ANY PICTURES OF BORDER VILLAGE..... THERE'S NOTHING MUCH TO TAKE PICTURES OF ANYWAY. I WAS TOO BUSY TUCKING INTO SOME EXPENSIVE BEERS!! ;)

~~oOo~~

WE WOKE EARLY AND DECIDED TO HEAD OFF JUST BEFORE SUNRISE. BE CAREFUL THOUGH DRIVING IN THE DARK. ROADKILL IS PRETTY BAD IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. WE SAW PLENTY ALONG THE WAY. THERE WAS A LITTLE LIGHT ON THE HORIZON SO WE HAD PLENTY OF VISIBILITY.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET IS STUNNING. WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK WITH MY DSLR.

At a Petrol Station Cringing at the Price

At a Petrol Station Cringing at the Price

Road Kill

Road Kill

20171102_191224.jpg

SA/WA BORDER. NOT MUCH HERE. WE GOT THE OBLIGITORY PHOTO STANDING HALF AND HALF ACROSS THE BORDER AND DROVE ON INTO WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

173396-The_Border_Adelaide.jpg

~~oOo~~

FUNNY STORY

YEARS AGO THE BORDER BETWEEN QLD AND NSW WAS HEAVILY MONITORED. WE USED TO REGULARLY DRIVE FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY TO VISIT MY BROTHER THERE. I REMEMBER ONCE, WE HAD A BIG STICK OF SUGAR CANE. WHEN I WAS YOUNG SUGAR CANE WAS LIKE ONE HUGE LOLLY. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PARTING WITH MY BIG LOLLY SO DAD, MUM AND I SAT ON IT WITH A BLANKET OVER TOP. THEY DIDN'T DETECT A THING.... ;)

ANOTHER TIME WE HAD A BAG OF ORANGES THAT THEY FOUND AND WERE GOING TO CONFISGATE. NO! SO WE PARKED THE CAR AND ATE ALL OF THE ORANGES LOL. THAT IS PROBABLY WHERE I GET MY STUBBORN STREAK. NO ONE WAS GOING TO TAKE OUR HARD EARNED ORANGES AWAY FROM US!!! HAHA

~~oOo~~

JUST OVER THE BORDER IN WA IS A PLACE CALLED EUCLA. WE DISCOVERED A LITTLE TOO LATE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE STAYED AT EUCLA. AT LEAST THEY DON'T HAVE DONGAS. SO WHEN WE DROVE BACK ACROSS THE NULLARBOR A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER WE STAYED HERE. MUCH NICER. SO THERE'S A TIP FOR YOU.

468043-Eucla_Eucla.jpg

AND LASTLY A PHOTO I TOOK OF AN INTERESTING SIGN. I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE HAVE A COLLECTION OF ROAD SIGNS. SOME ARE PRETTY COOL. THERE JUST HAPPENED TO BE A TRUCK IN THE DISTANCE. I WAS HAPPY WITH THIS SHOT :)

173394-Nullabour_roadsign_Adelaide.jpg

Posted by aussirose 01:47 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint blog nullarbor eucla roadkill aussirose border_village streaky_bay ceduna great_australian_bight Comments (6)

(Entries 1 - 2 of 2) Page [1]