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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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Feb 12, 2012 - A Great Weekend

What a fabulous weekend. We went down to Victor Harbour to stay with Carol and Greg, who arrived home from Canada on Friday. We had tea with their friends on Friday night....and I realized that when Carol talked about Friday tea in Canada...I had visions of her friends having tea (the drink) but here in Australia, dinner is often called tea or evening tea...and it certainly was not accompanied with 'tea'!!! Carol got a good laugh when I shared my thoughts and realizations with her...turns out her friends are not teetotalers!! Greg played...

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Sep 2, 2011 - A Little Nostalgia for Viv :)

I(Viv)felt very nostalgic visiting Victor Harbor. I have very positive memories of staying there for holidays as a child. The sound of wind whispering, sometimes roaring, through the Norfolk pines even now evokes memories of the mansion we stayed at for an annual family conference. My father, brothers and I used to get up before dawn to go rabbit-shooting on The Bluff, west of the town. I can't believe we did that! How no humans were shot is beyond me - maybe no-one went for early morning walks then? We had the privilege of watching four...

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Aug 18, 2011 - Goolwa

We rose early today as the Cable Guy was coming to fix the TV antenna. He discovered that there was no power getting to the Amplifier so we now have a Gerry rigged system but at least TV is viewable again… Then a pleasant drive to Goolwa where I found the Oscar W at the wharf alongside the Micro-Brewery and the all-important craft shop on the railway station, yes yesterday’s Cockle Train was supposed to be steam hauled but the crew slept in so the rail car was pressed into service. Anyway back to the Oscar W; the paddle steamer Oscar W was...

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Aug 17, 2011 - Victor Harbour

The Cockle train was a fizzer despite the improvement in the weather. The service today was to be provided by a rail motor so we decided to keep our AU$24.50 and instead caught the tram out to Granite Island. Mr Gnome and I rode on the upper floor and in a word I’d describe the trip as brisk or invigorating, I guess it could have been raining. The line has been extended and now runs as far as the Kiosk/café/bistro (2 course lunch AU$9.50). I climbed up to the lookout and admired the view… Great steps. So after looking around we caught the...

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Aug 16, 2011 - Victor Harbour

Hmmmmmm so I don’t feel like singing at all though the weather suggests a rousing chorus of “Singing in the rain” would be in order…. Here we are in lovely Victor Harbour, we saw a brief glimpse of a horse drawn tram trundling across the “causeway” (we suspect the poor horse was named “Daphne” [named in honour of Mrs Benaud???] as the sign said that Daphne was doing the shift) through the rain and we retreated to the safety of the souvenir shops, it would only be those of robust constitution to ride on the open top deck out to Granite...

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