Wattle Range

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  • Day21

    Über Mount Gambier nach Beachport

    October 20, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Die Fahrt war heute etwas weiter.
    In Mount Gambier suchten wir den Blue Lake einen Kratersee eines inaktiven Vulkans auf. Das Wasser dort wurde mit sensationellem blau beschrieben. Hmm 🤔 es war halt blau 😃. Der zweite See in einem anderen Krater war nicht gut zu sehen.
    Etwas enttäuscht ging die Reise wieder zurück zur Küste. Mittlerweile sind wir in Südaustralien und die Uhr wurde wieder eine halbe Std. zurück gestellt. Jetzt sind wir nur noch 8 1/2 h voraus.
    Beachport bietet wieder mehrere tolle unterschiedliche Küstenbereiche. Die Brandung ist hier sehr schön anzusehen.
    Wir warten auf den Sonnenuntergang 🌅 und übernachten dort.
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  • Day2


    March 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We spent our first night at Penola-a town approximately 390 kms south of Adelaide and 424 kms west of Melbourne.
    Penola is best known for its association with Mary MacKillop, Australia's first Catholic saint, who lived and worked in the area.
    Duncan and his family spent several years in the area living and farming at a property they named " Angus Downs ", where they farmed beef and sheep. Wal and Lorna had purchased a large area of natural bush to develop into a functioning farm, initially living near the town and later Wal building a farm house for the family.
    We stopped off at Duncan's primary school at Penola- established in1855 and today is a well maintained school, he rememberd playing in the school yard with friends.
    We took some time to drive around the town giving Duncan the joy of remembering buildings and stories of his youth. He remembers well attending the local St Mary's Anglican church so he took young Mawson along to learn about being a good boy.
    Visitors to the town will find a lively range of cafes, galleries, art and crafts. Nearby is the famous Coonawarra wine region and for those wanting something different you can hire a bike from Penola and ride to the wineries.
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  • Day3


    March 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Coonawarra - Australia's red wine centre can be found several minutes from Penola. Taking its name from the Aboriginal word "honeysuckle" it is a famous strip of rich, red terra rossa soil sitting atop deep limestone beds has given rise to many of the nation's finest drops, with a worldwide reputation for unique flavour and quality. Cabernet Sauvignon has become the region's signature drop. The region contains 25 cellar doors, all within 10 mins' drive of one another.
    Coonawarra was a spot that Duncan spent a lot of time exploring in his youth He remembers going to the weekly dances at the Memorial Hall and also a young romance with a girl who would later become a Miss Australia - the road that passed her house has now been named after her - Tricia Reschie Rd.
    We visited the little house situated along the main road where the Grants made their home whilst the farmhouse at "Angus Downs" was established. The old house has seen its day, but it still had an apple tree in the front yard which had ripe apples falling unpicked to the ground. Angela was more than happy to take advantage of the situation and fill a bag full to munch on whilst holidaying.
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  • Day2


    March 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We took a short trip out to the small hamlet of Maaoupe, the area where Wal and Lorna purchased the property they named "Angus Downs". This land was uncleared with no house but the growing family managed to establish themselves there for approximately ten or so years. Duncan went to a little school at Maacoupe which is the current site of the fire station. Duncan also had the joy of owning his first horse , which was named Francis , and can remember galloping flat out across the swamps and sand hills. We passed Pollards road which lead to his friend, Alex's home and he recalls often riding Francis over to enjoy riding with him. Near Maacoupe lived Lynette, his first flame. The property was named " By The Way" and still is so named today. Our last joy was a sign post near the site of the old school which ironically had Ryan Tracker Road on it -must have been in the crystal ball as many years later fell in love with his last flame Angela Ryan.Read more

  • Day94

    trip adelaide day 9

    December 19, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Today I woke up early to make a early start. I went to the house where my travelmate slept for the last time. And she still had to dry her laundry. So afterall 1 hour later we left towards Portland.

    The drive was somewhere like 1 hour. First we went to some lookout. It was just okay and it was also a small 4wd track. Then we visited a world War lookout, it was daily opend but unfortunately today not. So just enjoyed the view. Afterwards we went to some yellow rock lookout. There were a lot of surfers and the waves where really good! But the view was just nice. Also they have windmills here just like in the Netherlands ;-).

    Also in Portland there was a blowholes lookout, it was just okay, but next to it there was an petrified forrest. At least they called it so because it just looked like it. That was really amazing to see!

    At last we drove to some amazing caves. Really stunning so nice!. When we wanted to go we saw an old couple with a leak tire so I helped them and had a nice chat. Then dinner and afterwards to mount Gambier.

    Just before there was a sinkhole. We had a look and it was really weird. All the surrounding forrest where cut and there was only a small Piece of wood still there. The sinkhole was used for divers. There was an platform and stuff, I think it was 25 meters deep.

    In the city mount Gambier there was also a sinkhole but this one was built into a garden it was really nicely done! In the sinkhole there were some possems, one almost bit in my finger :-P. Then we went to a Blue Lake. It was really blue. Just like the coolant of a car. Really weird to see but beautiful!.

    All the places we saw the same people. Probably they did all thesame points as us. Pretty funny.

    Afterwards we went to beachport and had dinner there and went to sleep.
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  • Day124


    April 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Overnight in a free camp at Tantanoola (home of the Tantanoola Tiger), just west of Mt Gambier where we checked out the Umpherston Sink Hole sunken garden and the Blue Lake on the way through.

    Unfortunately the Tantanoola pub was closed due to ill health so couldn't see the tiger.

  • Day8

    Lake Leake, Glencoe

    March 27 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    N/W of Mount Gambier, has beautiful views, largish space and if you get in early there is heaps of shade. Also has a working cold shower and one electronic BBQ and undercover area with table.
    And a flushable toilet! All for free!
    The lake is swimmable too, no signs of leeches.

  • Day10


    September 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Heute morgen ging es endlich los mit dem ersten Abschnitt unseres Roadtrips bis nach Melbourne 😊

    Die heutige Fahrt war mit 4,5 Std. auch gleich die längste der Tour, führte uns aber auch entlang der Küste durch viele kleine Dörfer und schönen Landschaften des Südens.

    Ziel der heutigen Reise ist der kleine Ort namens Beachport. Hier verbringen wir erstmals nicht die Nacht in einem Hotel, dafür aber in einem traumhaften Apartment mit Blick aufs Meer 😍

    Besonders schön hier ist der "Jetty", also der Steg vor der Haustüre, der mit 772 m zu einem der längsten in Südaustralien gehört.

    Liebe Grüße
    Jonas, Jasmin&Thomas
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