Having commented about SA seeming like one big wheat farm in the Yorke Peninsula post, I am pleased to advise I was wrong! The landscape found on the Fleureiu Peninsuala is quite different from that found on the Yorke and Eyre Peninsula’s. If you’re wondering how to pronounce the name, then you’re not alone!! However, wikipedia does have the pronunciation (FLOO-ree-oh), or you could just do what one of the info centre ladies on the Eyre Peninsuala does and call it the Flu Whatever Peninsula…. Kind of fitting too given I left the peninsula with the beginnings of the flu…
I won’t continue with that preamble any longer, as I’m doing an injustice to what is a beautiful area. It is a lovely countryside of rolling hills and beautiful coastline. The green grass – quite green in the valleys but browner in the more exposed areas – feeds herds of cattle or [less commonly] sheep or has been formed into neat bales of hay still scattered over the fields. Being SA there are of course vineyards dotted around the place, and the occasional horse stud too.
Following our visit to Hahndorf, we spent Monday night at a dead end road, up high on a hill, just out of Meadows. Our target for the day was Victor Harbor, to catch up with Amanda, Ben and Noah, but rather than take the direct route we detoured over to Yankalilla and travelled down the coastline.
First stop on the coast was Second Valley which is a beautiful little cove. There was a group of school kids (maybe G12) there kayaking and building rafts and the like.
It wasn’t far around to Rapid Bay, where we stopped for lunch. There is a campground there, right on the foreshore. It’s not a soft fine sand type beach, but is still lovely nonetheless.
We headed round to Cape Jervis, where the ferry leaves for Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island had been recommended to us, and it would have been great to go over and see. We decided against it though given the short time frames left in our trip, and ferry costs of over $600 just to get us and the motorhome there and back.
Similar to Rapid Bay, the road heads steeply down the hill to the cape, providing some lovely views.
Just to the north of Cape Jervis is Morgans beach, and also a wind turbine farm!
From Cape Jervis we headed over to Victor Harbor. Here is the view either side of the road about 2/3rds of the way there.
If you are wondering, I haven’t been miss-spelling Harbor – yes it is American spelling as they were the ones involved in whaling here and named the place. It is a pity I didn’t capture the view coming down into Victor Harbor as it was incredibly beautiful.
We had a great time with Ben, Amanda and Noah (their 4 year old). We arrived mid arvo and we all picked up some goodies at the awesome little bakery at Port Elliot. There are lovely little bakeries at several of the various little towns throughout the peninsula. Port Elliot is just a few minutes drive from Victor Harbor – now it is basically a continuous settlement along the coast. We pulled over at picturesque Horseshoe Bay, to enjoy the bakery goodies, take in the scenery, and let the boys have a nice play together.
We then moved over to the adjoining caravan park where we booked in for the night, while Ben picked up some fish and chips to share for dinner. Of course they batter it down here (not crumbed like in QLD), but it still tasted nice. Haven’t had great success with battered fish in QLD, but I think the batter used down here might be a little thinner. Anyway, thanks guys, it was great to catch up again and spend the evening with you. Good luck in your house hunting.
We awoke to another beautiful sunny day, and we did a walk around Horeshoe bay, and the headland to its west.
Yes, lots of nice big holiday homes down here. This place is the where wealthy Adelaidians buy holiday properties for the summer holidays! Ben reckons well over half the places down here are empty most of the year!
Heading a bit further east now, the boys were keen on some body boarding, but at Middleton the surf stretched out a loooong way to where the breaks were – too far for them.
They ended up going in at Goolwa, where the conditions were similar, so they just stayed in the shallower areas. Goolwa is as far as you can go along the coastline, till you run into the Murray River (or some of the waterways around it anyway). Unfortunately, to get to the mouth of the Murray you need to 4wd down the beach.
We stopped the night at a lovely free rest stop in Langhorne. Nice green grass and surrounded by vineyards! Here’s Daniel cooking dinner – that evening I was starting to feel a little off.
I don’t know where the Fleureiu Peninsula ends, and where the Limestone Coast starts, so I’m going to use the Murray River as an arbitrary cross-point! Arriving at Wellington Thursday (20/11), realised that there was no road across – it was a ferry! I thought we’d head just a little further north to Tailem Bend and cross there, but looking at google maps on my phone saw that there was no bridge there either! Went to find out the cost of the ferry at Wellington, and discovered it was free! OK, we won’t bother detouring after all…
As you can see, the weather had turned horrible. We were rather fortunate to see the Fleureiu Peninsula, and catch up with Amanda and Ben at Victor Harbor, when we did. We had beautiful weather, which is just as well because it is a beautiful area and rainy weather wouldn’t have done it justice.