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Feb 26, 2016 - A three day stop in Naracoorte

We travelled inland from Meningie to Naracoorte on the Riddoch Highway in pouring rain and ithe rain continued all day! This was the first real rain we have seen and it made us slow down which was a good thing as my knee was struggling. .... it was just a shame we could not use the adjacent swimming pool. We did have a swim the next day when it warmed up a little but it was still quite chilly as it was still quite cloudy with a chilly wind. We went to what we had researched as a world heritage wetland area with bird hides but when we got...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Naracoorte

A very windy, horrible day so no good for doing anything outdoors. I don’t seem to be able to get the weather right lately although it seems I’m leaving a trail of bushfires behind me. Everyone knows what happened along the Ocean Road after I left Lorne & now I’ve heard that, just after I left, a fire came right up to the boundary fence of the caravan park I was staying in at Port Fairy. So far Naracoorte seems to be OK. I went to the Sheep’s Back Museum this afternoon. This area was originally developed in the early 1800s as grazing...

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Dec 31, 2015 - Naracoorte

It’s forecast to be a stinking hot day so I started off early. I had my mail forwarded from Mildura & forgot about the public holiday tomorrow so I went to the post office today, hoping the Express mail bag had made it in time. South Australia is such a queer place – the post office was closed today as well as tomorrow but the sign said it was open Saturday morning, so fingers crossed. I went to the Wonambi Fossil Centre which is part of the Naracoorte Caves complex & saw the moving, life-sized recreations of extinct megafauna which are...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Naracoorte

This morning I went to 2 more caves. First a guided tour of the beautiful Alexandra cave then another guided tour of Blanche cave which also included a visit to the Bat Observation Centre. These are tiny insect-eating bats which only weigh about 15 grams when adult & this is one of 2 breeding caves for the species, the other being in Warrnambool but it’s on private land so not open to the public. The little bats (Southern Bentwing Bats) are highly endangered so there’s no direct access to the breeding cave because the noise & lights would...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Naracoorte

Baby Jasmine’s 6 month birthday. I went to the Tourist Information office & got all the details about the famous World Heritage listed caves so after lunch I went out there to have a look around. There are several different caves I want to see & I found out I can spread them out over a couple of days & don’t have to see them all at once. All the caves are at a constant 17ºC so a good place to visit during the hot days later this week. I chose to go to the Victoria Fossil Cave this afternoon because the fossils here are the reason for the...

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Dec 28, 2015 - Port Fairy to Naracoorte

Just to let you know where I am. A lovely day & I took my time, driving a slightly longer route through Mount Gambier. I didn’t stop at all except for lunch near Penola. I’d got rid of all my F&V expecting a quarantine inspection coming into South Australia but there’s nothing on the Princes Highway. What a nuisance, but there’s a decent Woolworths here so that was my first port of call after I’d set up.

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Oct 31, 2013 - Naracoorte

28/10 Our overnight stop was a Coonalbyn at their Apex park, there was one other guy there who was a self publishing author, promoting his book on inspirational prose and two Asian guys on push bikes heading to Melbourne. Did our walk around the football oval and around town. There is always a bakery. 29/10 – 31/10 Headed off to Naracoorte Caves National Park, usually $30 per night but they will honour the parks pass. Apparently there has been some discussion whether to or not but for now it stands. Beaut place, all the facilities, laundry,...

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Oct 12, 2007 - Making Lemonade from Lemons

Day 6 Today we were planning on driving the Great Coast Road from Melbourne all the way to Naracoorte, in South Australia. However, after we told a number of locals what our plans were, we changed our plans after we picked them up off of the floor laughing. Our first draft of the itinerary had us taking two days for the trip, but in order to save days and money we thought we could do the distance in one long day. Boy, were we wrong! After an early breakfast, we grabbed a cab and headed for the Budget Rent a Car in Melbourne, picked up our...

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Nov 26, 2006 - Horsham to Narracoorte

Jeff's Account of Horsham to (Horsham) to Naracoorte (South Australia). 13/14 November. Our night's destination was to be the 'Little Desert Nature Lodge' where we had learned we would be able to see a 'Malleefowl', an endangered species whose last main stronghold is the Little Desert. (The Little Desert is a wee bit misnamed as it is mostly 'Australian bush' growing on a sandy soil). On our way we stopped at Dimboola, a small town on the edge of the Little Desert. Dimboola is now famous as the town where Sylvia had her hair cut; or top...

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Mar 30, 2004 - Coonawarra

After our cross-country drive that at times took us past pink salt lagoons, pelicans and on unsealed roads we got to Wynn's late afternoon for our last winery tour. To our amazement and delight they were actually unloading grapes into the crushers. This now meant that through all the 4 visits we have done in Australia we had now seen the wine-making process from start to finish. Superb ! After an obligatory tasting we ended up in Jail in Mount Gambier an hour to the south. See next entry. Still solid.

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