Whyalla to Port Lincoln
Aug 2, 2011
|Sunday - We arrived at the Port Lincoln Caravan Park, which is 10 kilometres north of Port Lincoln on the shores of Boston Bay at around 11am. The cost per night is $28 per night. We could have had a site which backs onto the beach or a drive through site but we decided on the site that backs onto the beach. The amenities block is clean and the washing machines only cost $2 which is half the price of most other parks.
The Caravan Park offers roadhouse service, which is provided by friendly and helpful staff. They offer a wide range of grocery lines, takeaway food (some homemade) and fuel along with other items. The temperature is around 20 degrees and sunny according to locals it is normally not this warm.
Monday – As usual Jim and I checked out the cemetery. The new cemetery is located out of town but we visited the old colonial cemetery and next to it is the war veterans cemetery, we found it very interesting. We arrived just before a funeral service and because the Hearst was parked across from us we thought it wasn’t appropriate to leave while everyone was coming in. We did have the nephew of the deceased come up to us and chatted for a few minutes.
We went to various lookouts one was the Old Flour Mill, which was built in 1846 but never commenced operation. It is now an historic lookout offering views over Port Lincoln.
Another one was the spectacular Winters Hill Lookout, which features superb views across Boston Bay towards Boston Island and beyond.
We had a look at the fishing fleet, which is filled with millions of dollars worth of fishing vessels. It also has a successful fishing industry, including tuna farms for the lucrative Japanese market. Port Lincoln also has an important grain-loading facility.
Tuesday – We visited Axel Stenross Maritime Museum featuring older style tools used in building wooden boats, clinker and carvel wooden dinghies, large collection of maritime artifacts and photos newspaper cuttings of local fishing and boating history. Well worth visiting - the entry fee was $7 each.
We visited Tumby Bay, which is situated around 50kms North of Port Lincoln.
I was expecting a small little town but I was really surprised at just how big the town is. Apparently, the town still acts as an important service centre to support the surrounding agricultural community and there is talk that they will be drilling for iron ore in the general area. The town has all of the major amenities, including a modern hospital and good shopping facilities.
History lesson - Port Lincoln is the Eyre Peninsula's second largest city, set on the shores of Boston Bay, Australia's largest natural harbour. Port Lincoln has a population of over 14,000. A magnificent marina development, Lincoln Cove, is home to the tuna fishing fleets of the Great Australian Bight.
Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia's unexplored coastline. The converted collier Investigator dropped anchor in Boston Bay in February 1802 and Flinders named the spot Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England. Only several days earlier Flinders lost eight seamen near Memory Cove, including his sailing master, Captain John Thistle, whilst searching for water. Port Lincoln was initially considered as the alternative site for the State's Capital, but was subsequently rejected by Colonel Light in 1836 in favour of Adelaide. Lack of fresh water supplies was a major determining factor.
The First Settlers arrived in March 1839 aboard the Abeona, the Dorset and the Porter. End of lesson
We are off to Port Pirie tomorrow