Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thu 1 Nov - Naracoorte SA

A windy and overcast (and quite cold) day was evident in Meningie when we awoke. Had a great night's sleep at the Lake Albert Motel and decided to wander along the foreshore for a little to see the town. VERY windswept but interesting.
Hans had been out earlier and said Di was lucky - it was warmer at 7.30am. Hmmm...

Below is sunrise behind our motel...
Stopped at the local bakery to be served by a grumpy lady, clearly not a morning person. Fresh bread rolls for breakfast.
Today was another driving and exploring day and first stop was Kingston S.E. They never explain the S.E. but we assume it's for South East. Still windy but we did a drive around, took some photos of Larry the Lobster (this area of coast is know for their Rock Lobster... dum dum dum dada da di da dum... Rock Lobster - think B52s).

We didn't attempt walking out the Kingston jetty as it was just too frigging...

Di had to buy some local Lobster Pate (only in season from Nov to April) and fresh South Australian prawns for lunch.

We headed on to Robe - a really lovely town, lots of character and a coastline that makes it obvious it's part of the Great Ocean Road. So windy we barely could stand still for photos... check Di's hair! We felt sandblasted as fine grains of salt entered everything including our eyes.

In vain, we searched for a coastal view in a sheltered spot from the wind for our lunch, and eventually headed to the local lakeside to enjoy a very peaceful and relaxed picnic lunch. Different water views but really perfect for us. It could easily become an overnight campsite as it had pretty much everything including no other people.
We thought Penola would be a good place for staying to explore the Coonawarra area but the town is quite limited and the caravan park looked terrible so we made a quick decision to move on to Naracoorte, about 40 km away, but only some 30km from the Coonawarra vineyards. Naracoorte was a much nicer town with a great caravan park, promoting a NEW and enclosed camp kitchen. Perfect.

Our quick walk to town brought us to Foodland for some provisions and we also spotted a nice looking Thai restaurant that we booked for 7pm on Saturday.

On the walk back to the campground we passed a home with roses of 2 colours in each bush. Di stopped to comment on them to the senior lady of the house, whose accent made it immediately obvious that she was German. We chatted with Ilse for a while and she said she came from a town that was famous for a monorail known as the Zwiebelbahn (we can only assume that's because the carriages are shaped like onions but something to check on Wikipedia later).

It was easy to cook dinner in the fantastic new camp kitchen - and we thought of Ilse as we ate our smoked Vienerwurst, potatoes and rotkohl (red cabbage). All went down nicely with some good McLaren Vale red.

Still quite cold when we left the camp kitchen, but the wind had died down a bit. 5 degrees is forecast over night. Better rug up in the campervan.


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