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Feb 22, 2016 - Victor Harbour and Granite Island

You could cycle either way from the town along cycletracks and side roads by the coast so we headed north back towards Goolwa in the morning and had a picnic on the headland above Victor Harbour. The next bay had fabulous coloured seaweeds washed up from the reef just out at sea. There were round balls, pale pink lettuces, and bright pink seaweeds as well as the green sea grass and large fawn and brown more normal seaweeds. The reef must look spectacular with the fish as well. When we returned to Victor Harbour we walked across the raised...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Victor Harbour

Today I went on an all-day cruise from Goolwa, down the Coorong National Park so I’m worn out this evening. As expected, there were huge numbers of birds & our guide said it was the lowest tide he’d ever seen so they were all busily feeding on newly exposed areas of sand. We went right up to the mouth of the Murray River so at last I know what it looks like. Because of all the sand dunes around it, the river mouth isn’t clearly defined & is hard to make out from the land. We did a couple of walks into the sand-dunes which separate the...

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Jan 7, 2016 - Victor Harbour

Not a good morning. First I found a trail of ants in the caravan. I dealt with them but can’t find where they’re getting in. Then I did a load of washing & when I put it on the clothes-line I discovered that the line was dirty & everything had black marks. I re-washed it all, then my next task was to pick up my mail at the post office. Dot, the Mildura Gardens manager had forgotten to send it to Naracoorte last week which actually worked out well because of the public holidays. She sent it here on Monday so it should have arrived today but...

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Jan 6, 2016 - Victor Harbour

South Australia’s first railway, built in 1854, was a line from the Murray River port of Goolwa to the sea port of Port Elliot to transport the wool & wheat coming down the Murray on the paddle-steamers. It soon became apparent that Port Elliot wasn’t a good choice so it was decided to relocate the port facilities along the coast to Victor Harbour which was much deeper & more sheltered. The railway was extended to Victor Harbour in 1864 & was horse-drawn until steam trains were introduced in 1884. The little heritage steam train I rode...

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Jan 5, 2016 - Victor Harbour

A much nicer day – warm & sunny, not too hot & enough of a breeze to keep the flies away. I went on my obligatory visit to the Information Centre yesterday afternoon & met a lovely older couple who worked there. They were full of information, especially about the river. They’d obviously lived in this area for a long time & at one stage took 3 months to sail up the river all the way to Nangiloc, just past Mildura. I’ve got a pile of brochures to go through because there’s lots to see around here. I was a bit slow to get going this morning...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Victor Harbor, scenery & another winery!!!

We started our day gently in downtown Victor Harbor. A visit to the Information Centre for free wi fi & then a coffee in town. Then on to the Bluff for wonderful views up & down the coast. At the right time of year (sadly not March), Southern Right Whales visit this area & can be seen from the shore. We then headed inland to Clayton Bay, a village on the shores of lake Alexandrina with lovely views. Also a very friendly cafe where we had lunch! Our final stop today - Currency Creek Winery (established 1969) where we tasted local wines,...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Victor Harbor - Coorong Discovery Cruise on the Spirit of the Coorong

We are sleeping in the front bedroom with lovely views across the bay & towards the centre of Victor Harbor about 1 mile away. A bank of dark cloud out to sea which gradually cleared & 2 plump rabbits scampering across the front lawn. Rabbits are a real pest on the coast here. Yesterday on our walk we saw notices warning that poisoning is underway. Carrots laced with poison are being left in the undergrowth on the cliff between particular dates. The cruise was supposed to be starting from the Wharf at Goolwa but because of shifting...

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Mar 16, 2014 - To Victor Harbor (not a spelling mistake!)

Victor Harbor, on Encounter Bay, is a seaside resort south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, reached by travelling through McLaren Vale (another wine region!). We travelled there this morning, stopping off at Goolwa, the last river port on the Murray River before it joins the sea. It was once a thriving port where paddle steamers met steam trains to carry produce inland & on for export overseas. Today it is a Regional Centre & gateway to the Coorong National Park. It is a pretty place with many sandstone buildings dating back to the...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Victor Harbor

(Ben) Before leaving Mannum this morning we spent a couple of hours checking out the museum detailing some of the history of paddle steamers on the Murray. The P.S. Marion first began operating on the river 116 years ago and, after some restoration, still makes occasional trips out of Mannum. She's docked at the museum and we had the chance to look through her as well. Inside the museum the kids (and adults!) also enjoyed the simulation which involved steering a paddle steamer down a winding river. We then made our way south and back...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Langhorne Creek, Victor Harbour

24/10 Karoonda is our overnight stop before heading towards the Fleurieu Peninsular. Another farming town and we are staying at their Apex park. It is freezing again tonight, I think we should have stayed up North for a little longer. Crossed the river again on a ferry, it is a weird feeling with the car and van bobbing around on the ferry but there is not much choice. Langhorne Creek was our free camp for the time we were going to spend on the Fleurieu. Right in the middle of vineyards, under shade trees, a few of us here tonight. This...

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Jun 4, 2013 - A bit further west

26 May - Today we've made our way to Ararat where we've found a good spot at Green Hill Lake for a few days. The lake is quite pretty with lots of black swans on it. We will probably spend a couple of days yere. 27 May - After a very informative visit to the Information Centre we set off for a drive to Halls Gap and The Grampians. Before we got there we drove through Moyston and Pomonal before detouring to Mackenzie Falls. It was about a 1klm walk to the falls which were very pretty but would have been nicer with a bit more water flowing...

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Feb 14, 2012 - It's not all roses

Well here's a short entry to let you all know that it's not all roses here: 1. many things are challenging and take alot more time than they should because a. we have to find out what the shops are, b. we have to google a location so we can pop it into the GPS then we have to get to it before 5 o'clock (except on Thursdays which are late shopping days) 2. products are labelled differently...so shopping takes longer because the labels and brands aren't familiar and if you don't know the store...well you have to find where things are 3. shops...

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