Duncan Grant

Joined February 2017
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  • Day18

    Jamestown

    March 19 in Australia

    Jamestown, birth place of the Aussie icon, R M Williams and home to the big battery.
    The agricultural based town is siuated 3 hours from Adelaide. The town is set amongst gums, often laiden with noisy cockatoos.There are many typical old stone buildings.We visited the interpretive display in honour of R M Williams. Born in Jamestown 24 th May 1908, living with his family on a nearby farm till the family moved to 5 Percy St Prospect when he was 12. This address was where he established himself as the mecca for bushman.
    A mosaic themed town name greets you in the main street. It displays sheep with gumboots on. The china pieces making the boots are donated heirloom pieces from locals, the boots a tribute to R M. and his famous boots and saying " step up boots and all "
    We visited the nearby Bundaleer forest, established in 1875. It was known as " the birth place of Australian forestry " being the first plantation in Australia where a diversity of exotic and native timbers were planted in a bid to find the most suitable plantation tree for the area.
    Jamestown has recently gained attention by the renewable energy source, the Hornsdale wind turbines and storage battery system. Whilst the energy storage area is off limits , situated in a paddock approx 1 km from the road, we could park near some of the many turbines and see sheep happily graze nearby.
    After our Jamestown stop it was time to pack up and head home, planning our next adventure on the way.
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  • Day17

    Eastern Eyre Peninsula

    March 18 in Australia

    We drove down the eastern coastal region of the Eyre Peninsula finding the northern part to be mostly open pastoral country. Low shrubbery including blue bush and salt bush, ideal sheep grazing country. Further south, evidence of cropping prevailed, eventually leading to large paddocks, now currently stubble, silos and small towns.
    Using Tumby Bay as our base, we ventured out finding an area of pristine coastlines, large national parks and marine parks, history, agriculture and fishing and even more fishing.
    One example of its history was the anchor of a ship , the Lady Kinnaird. She was loaded with a cargo of wheat leaving Port Pirie 19th January 1880, when she ran into a storm causing her to hit rocks at midnight on 20th January,. The crew were saved but the boat broke up.
    The grand old Franklin Hotel is an example of some of the beautiful old buildings over the Peninsula.
    The Eyre Peninsula, even though a small part of Australia is certainly a ideal place to visit. The coastline is never too far, open spaces to discover, bigger towns to enjoy dining and shopping or you can simply sleep out under the magnificent stars it's all there. We will have to start planning a trip to discover the Western region 👍
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  • Day14

    Coffin Bay National Park

    March 15 in Australia

    Situated on the western tip of Lower Eyre Peninsula, 45 kms from Port Lincolin, this idyllic little town is surrounded by sea and national parks. It is famous for fantastic seafood, notably Coffin Bay oysters. Duncan happily volunteered to just see how good they were but needed the full dozen to decide !
    The town was named after Sir Isaac Coffin, a friend of explorer Matthew Flinders.
    And Duncan's decision re how good the oysters were ? He may need to repeat the experience several times over in the future to really make up his mind. 😁Read more

  • Day14

    Tumby Bay

    March 15 in Australia

    Tumby Bay is a relaxed yet well appointed little seaside town. We decided to use the town as our base in exploring the region. It boasts a 10 km stretch of white sandy beach, with the towns foreshore kept neat and tidy. There are well kept lawns, shade areas and children's playground. There is year round fishing, boating, sailing, and sightseeing. There is a long jetty where people are frequently seen casting a line. The jetty is home to the Leafy Sea Dragon colony but you would need to dive to see them.
    Nearby is the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands, a breeding ground for a large variety of sea birds, seals, dolphins and fish.
    Tumby also gave us some glorious sunrises to kick start are day.
    The Tumby Bay hotel was another favourite spot serving up some delicious evening meals for us to savor. It was built in 1904 by a wealthy pastoralist, initially single story, it later had the second story added in 1909. This was achieved by jacking up the roof, building layer by layer, hauling limestone to build the upper level, the roof then being lowered and secured in position.
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  • Day14

    Port Lincoln

    March 15 in Australia

    Situated on Boston Bay, one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world, in fact three times the size of Sydney Harbour. The natural deep water harbour makes Port Lincoln attractive to large bulk carriers.
    Port Lincoln is also known as the " Seafood capital of Australia " where you can enjoy mouth watering seafood, as well as interact with the amazing sea life from cage diving with the Great Whites, to watching playful Australian sea lions. The town is the ideal base from which to explore the scenic coastline and beaches, and enjoy a myriad of experiences including sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing or if the fish aren't biting there are plenty of galleries, museums, shops and restaurants to pass the time.
    The foreshore is also home to a life size bronzed statue of the famous mare , Melbourne Cup three time winner Makybe Diva. The mare owned by Tony Santic, who was a local tuna fisherman. We took Mawson along and let him experience sitting on the super mare.
    The mosaic couch is a peaceful contemplation, conversation and connection artwork. Mawson Sat himself down waiting to experience the scerenity.
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  • Day11

    Whyalla

    March 12 in Australia

    Whyalla is located on the western shore of the upper Spencer Gulf on the Eyre Peninsula and is 385 kms northwest of Adelaide. The town has a substantial industrial base providing mining, engineering and steel services.
    We spent an extremely windy afternoon which lasted into the evening staying into the next day. The gale which was blowing certainly made it difficult to sleep as our van was on a site directly off the foreshore. We did manage some sightseeing without being blown off the face of the earth.
    Matthew Flinders first navigated the north Spencer Gulf in 1802, followed by Frenchman Louis-Claude Freycinet in 1803, these famous explorers are remembered in contemporary sculptures of the pair.
    The foreshore has recreational areas and is linked to the Ada Ryan gardens for everyone to enjoy. Along the foreshore is a sculpture of a stainless steel globe of the world honouring the multicultural heritage of the town and also a diver , an acknowledgement of humans and nature interacting . Little Mawson was up close and personal with the diver. In town is a steel artwork honouring the Henry Lawson story of the Loaded Dog. Made of thousands of pieces of small steel rods it makes a wonderful exhibit.
    One little structure we saw looked nothing other than a high rise Hobit house, looking rather funny we thought.
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  • Day10

    Yorke Peninsular Northern End

    March 11 in Australia

    Two things there are plenty of on the York Peninsula are large cropped paddocks and anglers !
    The towns are mostly small, sleepy even a little tired looking, most boasting some beautiful old limestone buildings, usually pubs !
    The town of Minlaton, today known as the ' Barley Capital of the World ' was an exception. The town was bright and tidy, colourful flower beds, trees, picnic areas and a playground all added to the picture.
    The town of Edithburg, more southern end of the peninsula, was home to a tidal swimming pool, great concept but certainly no competition to the tidal pool at Manly.
    Another feature was the Wattle Point wind farm, in fact wind farms are prevalent all over South Australia.
    Mining once dominated the area. One famous town was Moonta. Patrick Ryan, a shepherd, discovered copper in the mouth of a wombat burrow in This discovery lead to the formation of the Moonta Mining Company. The area is maintained by the National Trust, the train line and tunnel leading to Ryan's waste dump still present.
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