Early Adventures in the Robbiebago

First trip

For our first adventure we spent a week in January 2009 at Dalmeny down the south coast of NSW, trying the van out. I even managed to blow up the glass cover of the cook top on the very first night of cooking. How was I to know that the off is adjacent to the high on the gas burner. Logically speaking you would expect it to go from high to low to off - it does on an electric hot plate! Oh well I know otherwise now!

South Australia: the real try out

In April we went for a longer 4 week trip to SA to give the caravan it first real workout. We went via a 3 night stay with friends in Nagambie, Vic. (Hi Ken & Heather).

We then proceeded to Robe on the lovely Limestone Coast and met up with Bob’s brother, Eric & his lovely wife, Marion. We had a terrific time travelling around seeing this part of God’s marvellous country.

The coastline & countryside around Mt Gambier are delightful. I really enjoyed the fossil caves at Narracoorte. The walking tracks & driving trips around Flinders Ranges are 2 superb highlights for me.

Things were a bit wet over on at Port Ellicot and so we soon moved up to the elegant city of Adelaide and thoroughly enjoyed the Adelaide Botanical Gardens there and a bit of shopping also filled a couple of hours in the wet weather. We really didn't visit much of Adelaide. We will have to come back another time, this trip was more about seeing the natural beauties of the eastern half of South Australia.

Photo Source: Harndorf Streetscape
I can recommend a day trip to the Lutheran German village of Hahndorf with it's culture driven shops and hotels. The crafts there had Marion and I in ruptures.

Afterwards we continued into the absolutely beautiful surrounds of the Adelaide Hills enjoying the scenic drive and the beauty of the foliage and flowers that surrounded us everywhere.
The day was completed with a lovely time of fellowship & a lovely dinner with our past minister, Fred & Helen V.
After a few days we moved on towards Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges with a few stops along the way. I was surprised at the surrounds here. I had expected the mountains to be higher and such, but after a few walks I was certainly glad it wasn't more rugged and steep. I just enough engergy and fitness to handle what was there. Eric and I left Rob and Marion behind on some of the longer walks. It was here that we parted company to each make our own way home, even though we live within 60 minutes of each other.

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