Who would have thought that the beaches in South Australia would be so spectacular! Or that the water temperature would be a perfectly refreshing 20 degrees. Not me! After shivering through Victoria and much of Southern New South Wales where even a toe-dipped in the water was a frozen nightmare, we are pleasantly surprised by the pleasantness of this state!
Sure, we may have said farewell to the colour green for a while, but the sapphire sky and the turquoise water make up for it.
We had had enough of being tourists in Victor Harbour so we headed deep down the Fleurieau Peninsula in search of the ultimate campsite for the long weekend.
Yes, it was a little dusty, but with views of Kangaroo Island and these giant blackboys, we found ourselves at Deep Creek National Park.
The park slowly filled up as the Friday afternoon rolled on, so we set up our camp,
and then a decoy camp next door so no-one would encroach our personal space!
There were the most perfect bays within a few minutes drive so we spent our days exploring these in the near 40 degree heat.
Cape Jervis was just down the road, a town remarkable only for the Kangaroo Island Ferry that departs from here. Sadly, the ferry is mammothly overpriced and so, not for us this time. When Mum came to South Australia, this area around Rapid Bay and Second Valley were here favourite spots. You can see why! It’s reminiscent of the Mediterannean:
The white sand and tranquil blue waters, the yellow cliffs, the jetty and the ice-block shop all made the beach at Normanville a winner!
Australia Day came and went with a gastro bug included for free! The Hottest 100 was recieved with less enthusiasm as usual as I could barely manage a weak smile as my favourite songs came in, in between chucks! I am still not happy with number 1 though.
Due to a dramatic rescue of a heatstruck hiker, and continued dangerous fire conditions, the National Park was closed so it was for us to move on.
Back up the other side of the Fleurieau we are now at the lovely Port Willunga Big 4. We started off staying for 1 night, but here we still are 4 nights later.
The pool and playground are about 20 meters away, there seem to be only a few people here, and just down the road is Australia’s first official unclad beach.
What more could you possibly want? How about Mclaren Vale with its wineries and brewhouses a 10 minute drive away! We spent one hot afternoon tasting beer….
Please visit the Goodieson’s Brewery if you are ever here! It is wonderful! It even comes complete with a tyre swing and some friendly young people who entertained the kids for half an hour.
We topped that with a winery visit the next day….
Rosemount Merlot is one of my favourite wines! But because of the hot day, the best tasting ones were the chilled whites.
In between checking the reports of the cyclone back home, we have been visiting Aldinga Beach. Could it be the best beach in the world?
Do you know how easy it is to not have to walk to the beach with 3 kids?! You must obey the speed limit though!
So, in between sick kids, sicker adults, beaches, pools, shark monitoring planes and wineries, it doesn’t leave much room for Dash being a thug, but we still have to flee the odd Mcdonald’s playground due to his actions against others.
The kids are looking forward to getting to Adelaide tomorrow and seeing the big city. We will spend a week there being metro and chilling in the promised heat. Be careful what you wish for hey….