Port Gibbon

Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
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Trip End May 25, 2009


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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Port Gibbon
(17-19 January 2009)
 
After two nights at Coffin Bay we left and drove to Port Lincoln, which was a busier coastal town than we thought.  It has 14,000 residents and a major commercial centre for the Eyre Peninsula.  The shopping is extensive offering everything from supermarkets and department stores to a myriad of specialty stores.  We went to McDonalds for lunch and purchased groceries at Woolworths.  We checked out the Deep Sea Fishing Tours at the Information Centre and looked around the Marina and Wharfs.  We watched a DVD on the farming of Tuna in the area which commenced in the early 1990's.  This was fascinating to watch, as the boats go out to the gulf, net great schools of 5,000 odd live Tuna and then slowly at 2 nautical miles over 4-5 weeks bring them in off shore to Boston Bay.  They would then force feed them for three months, until they were plump enough to be sold to the Japanese for their sashimi market.  This industry is directly funded by the Japanese and is today a multi million dollar market.  From the coastal road, you can see the individual farms in the bay by their buoys keeping them afloat.
 
A popular sport in the area is Shark Cage Diving, you would have to be crazy to do this!
 
We drove through the following coastal villages off the highway:-
 
Tumby Bay, a lovely tourist village.  It had a great Esplanade, popular swimming areas with playgrounds, BBQ's and Jetty.
 
Port Neill, a quiet coastal village.  It had lots of small holiday shacks/huts, a caravan park, jetty and wharf.  We stopped here and had a couple of beers and gave the kids some time at the playground.
 
Arno Bay, also a quiet coastal village.  We walked the new boardwalk which lead from a car park to the beach and also along the creek/estuary.  We played silly buggers with the camera.
 
We arrived at Port Gibbon at 6pm, just in time for dinner.  We followed the Camps 3 book to this location, it is approx 6kms from the highway onto a dirt road, 24kms south of Cowell.  We managed to get a spot, the last nearest to the eco toilets.  We soon discovered this was a popular spot with the grey nomads as it had running town water, a dump site, 20metres to the beach, access to tank water for drinking.  Fees to stay here are voluntary and this site is suitable for all rigs.   Most fellow travelers stayed 1-2 months, obviously to save some money and move on.  Standard happy hour was at 5pm with a
designated beer garden, the shadiest spot in the camp.
 
Liam and Jye enjoyed the waterfront which had a large timber sun shelter dating back to 1915, which was originally part of a jetty.  It was hot and they stayed cool and out of the sun digging large holes and castles for hours.
 
Whilst we were here we organized a Deep Sea Fishing trip for Greg and Liam leaving Cowell on Tuesday 20 January 2009.
 
We met some interesting characters/travelers and arm chair experts here which had been on the road for a lot of years.  Staying long periods of time at these sort of camps was their way of life.
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