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Feb 4, 2016 - Wallaroo

Wallaroo was the location of a large smelting works where copper ore from both the Wallaroo mine (near Kadina) & the Moonta mine was smelted from 1861 until the closure of the mines in 1923. The port became one of the busiest in the state as ships brought cargoes of timber, coal, machinery & food supplies & left laden with copper ore & ingots then later with wool & wheat. Wallaroo is still a major port for exporting grain. The smelting works here were, for a time, the largest smelters in the world outside Wales. The only visible remnant is...

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Feb 3, 2016 - Wallaroo

A terrible day yesterday enduring the remnants of cyclone Stan which has come down from the north-west coast. Very windy but fortunately we didn't get the torrential rain they had in the south - I still seem to be leaving a trail of destruction behind me. This area of the Yorke Peninsula is called the Copper Coast so today I drove the short distance to Moonta where the first & largest copper mine operated from 1862 to the 1920s. There’s a very good little narrow-gauge train which takes you around the ruins of the Moonta Mine with an...

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Feb 1, 2016 - Edithburgh to Wallaroo

Another short hop today of about 150 km. Still on the Yorke Peninsula but I’ve travelled from the south-east coast to the north-west coast. The caravan park overlooks a beautiful beach & there are lots of places to see around here so I’m looking forward to a busy week.

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Mar 29, 2015 - cup final

29/3 There is not much to report today as we are staying at van due to the final of the world cup.I am not going to miss seeing this. Go Aussie. 30/3 Great to see Australia won the World Cup. We are now heading for the York Peninsular our first stop for the night is Wallaroo. This little town is an RV Friendly town so they have an area for you to stay the night. More towns should take this approach.

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Trip Journal


May 7, 2014 - Gawler to Mambray Creek (Via Walleroo)

Wednesday 7th May We left early this morning heading for a free camp that we have been to before, on the way we are going to call in to Wallaroo and catch up with Steph's rellies Coral and John. We tried to find a bakery along the road to pick up a cake or something for morning tea with them. None of the 5 bakery's we stopped at had a cake of any type, so we picked up a bun and take that with us to Coral and Johns. After having a chat with them we headed off around 1:30 for our over night stop. I put the GPS co-ordinates in the GPS and off...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Ferry nice

We left Dublin about 10 am and drove to Wallaroo to catch the ferry across the Spencer Gulf. It was a very calm crossing. We went up into the dining area and we asked how long the crossing took. It takes two and a quarter hours to cross. I quickly whipped down to the Motorhome and made a couple of sandwiches and came back up before they closed the hold. It was a very pleasant crossing to Lucky Bay. We drove out of Lucky Bay and down the east side of the Eyre Peninsula. The weather is beautiful and we called into a rest area at the beach...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Minlaton, Wallaroo

12/10 – 14/10 Our next stop was Minlaton, this is the home town of Capt Harry Butler, first pilot to fly a monoplane from Adelaide to Minlaton. They have erected a Memorial in his honour where his plane is stored, The Red Devil. He fought in the war as a pilot but on his return all he wanted to do was fly, so he did air shows as a living. He crashed his plane and was badly injured and disfigured but recovered well enough to keep flying but he died 2 years later at the age of 34 after a slow growing abscess burst in his brain. Gorgeous old...

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Apr 1, 2013 - Port Rickaby to Tikera

We spent the Easter period in a caravan park in Port Rickaby, the weather was very ordinary all the time, wet windy and overcast. So today we have traveled just over 100kms to a small free camp called Tikera, it is about 20kms north of Walleroo. A bit rough getting into it but as you can see we are right on the water (which is coming in as we write this blog) I hope to be able to try a little raking for crabs, not to hopeful but we will see how we go. We will only be staying here the one night. The wind is up at the moment so I hope it...

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Dec 13, 2012 - Port Broughton to Wallaroo

Fuel today 17.3 lts to 100 kms. We only traveled a short distance today as we had been warned that the temperature was going to be hot again. Yesterday it was 40deg in Port Broughton so I spent most of the day socializing in the pool, it was too hot to do anything else. When we finished packing the van this morning I said to Steph that I was going to have a swim and travel wet as it was already very hot by 9am. Luckily the trip to Wallaroo was only short and we arrived late morning. We are staying in a very nice Caravan Park and our bay...

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Dec 8, 2010 - Wallaroo

We hit the road and travelled down to Wallaroo where the sun was shining. On the way we saw where the storm had really struck hard and left a trail of destruction, branches down and trees uprooted. We thanked our lucky stars that we were not there camping. We heard on the news that Port Pirie had a record number of lightning strikes during the storm. There was also flooding in areas of SA and some around the Two Wells area where we intended to go after Wallaroo. Our day in Wallaroo was very pleasant, sun shining and caravan drying out....

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Dec 14, 2006 - Cape Jervis to Adelaide South Australia

Sylvia's comments The boat trip back from Kangaroo Island was quite rough (well for me it was) and I was really pleased when they called the drivers down to the car deck. Only drivers are allowed on the car deck. We sailed into the harbour and the ship made its turn and and staff threw out through out the rope. Unfortunately the wind carried it away and it got stuck between the pier and the ship snapping it off. The boat then had to sail back out into the sea to enable it to turn before it could get into the harbour to make another attempt....

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Oct 22, 2005 - the Riverland

It was beautiful weather for a drive, and that's exactly what we did. Ken loaded up the car, and away we went early Saturday morning. It was a lovely drive through the country from Kadina to Renmark. We stopped here and there along the way to catch the views and visit the small towns for a bite to eat. Our visit with Wendy and Bruce was great! They are such fun company, and are on exchange from Sarnia. It was nice to see their neck of the woods and we enjoyed tea together. They let us "camp out" in their living room, and sent us off with...

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