Yorke Peninsular

Trip Start May 10, 2009
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Trip End Jun 30, 2009


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Leaving the Barossa we drove to Port Victoria stopping on the way at Dublin, the centre for the vegetable farmers, to buy some local produce. Port Victoria was chosen as our first option Moonta was booked out by visitors attending the Cornish Festival there. This part of the world had many tin mines which had been worked by immigrants from Cornwall and their festival celebrated their lives in their new country. After booking into the van park and making ourselves comfortable we made something to eat before taking a short walk to look around the town. Then it was bed as we intended to take a long drive the next day with an early start.

We spent the first day driving around Yorke Peninsula stopping first at Dunn's Point a small beach on the Spencer Gulf with a couple of houses near the Corny Point lighthouse which we reached by way of a very windy and rough track but with a great rugged ocean view.  The wind was blowing quite hard so after a few photos we took shelter in the car and made our way towards Marion Bay, situated almost on the tip of the peninsular. Marion Bay was quiet and did not impress us that much so we decided that we would push ahead to Edithburgh via Yorketown.  We had something to eat there and then drove up the east coast of the peninsular as far as Androssan before taking a left turn towards Maitland and home.

First thing Saturday morning we drove into Moonta for the Cornish Festival and found a good spot to stand under cover near the Town Hall to watch the children dance around the maypole.  The children in their pretty Cornish costumes still danced enthusiastically around the May poles for fifteen minutes even though it was raining and their clothes were getting soaked.  The rain stopped just as the procession of floats, displaying Cornish activities, clothes of the times and some interesting vintage cars slowly came up the road to the oval where we enjoyed Cornish pasties and the festival atmosphere.

On our last day at Port Victoria we walked up to the local church and joined in with their Sunday service before soaking up the sunshine close to the caravan park. Near the jetty is the little museum where we learnt some interesting facts such as the cost of the 100 day trip from Southhampton to Port Victoria in the 1800s cost the amount of 10/- per day.  Our next door neighbour spent some time down on the jetty and returned with a fair catch of squid and he took time to show Mike  how to clean them ready for the pan. We also met our new neighbour on the other side, a young woman with her two dogs who had recently bought an 'A'van and was on her first trip. She had left home in Adelaide and forgot to latch the van to her car properly. Consequently it had taken a dive and dug into the road though luckily with little or no damage. The RAC had come to her rescue and got her going again but her nerves were a bit on edge when she pulled into the caravan park. A few glasses of wine and cheese and biscuits soon calmed her down and we spent a very pleasant evening together.


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