Discussion in 'Camping Australia' started by rstucke, May 7, 2019.
Sleepy sea lion right there in front of us at Seal bay
Ron Christensen who ran the best wrecking yard in NSW when I was younger had an emu in the yard and he never had anyone go into it uninvited, they were as nasty as.
Fur seals at the Admirals Arch
The arch is something as well
Hanson bay was a nice spot
Really enjoyed Dudley wine cellar
They had a mothers day party for the locals and while we weren't invited we were welcomed.
Had a long chat with an old guy who was related to the owners. Learnt a lot about the local history, Tasted and bought more than a few of their wines.
You can see the mainland in the background.
So we ended up staying in a caravan park in Penneshaw before leaving the island right near the beach
This is the beach that Flinders landed on looking for fresh water and food in 1802. Nicolas Baudin (French explorer) happened to turn up about the same time.
The 2 countries were at war at that time but common sense prevailed and they got along (both were flying explorers flags at the time) Flinders showing Baudin where fresh water was at the far end of the beach.
Baudin scratched his name in a rock there which has now got a cover to protect it and a copper plaque of each of the ships log of the meeting. The French have since commemorated this place on 3 occasions with plaques.
Time to head off the island
Definitely a “bucket list” destination for Lea & I
Waiting for our boat which was set for a 1:00pm departure this one came in. A little larger than ours.
You can see a semi rolling off in this pic
And truck and trailer in the next
I've been told by the people running the show that all the supplies for KI come in this way, the dock at Kingscote no longer used.
This vessel is capable off taking 4 B-doubles fully loaded and some cars either side as well.
A look inside
Anyway I thought we might be on this one to go back to the mainland but it left and stayed off shore while the smaller one came in to pick us up.
Got off the boat in Cape Jervis and trundled over to Victor Harbour.
Camped in an NRMA caravan park (of all things) down near the water.
did an early vote the next morning and then walked around town. what a beautiful place
went out to Granite island. The hose drawn cart wasn't running because of issues with the pylons so we walked (and I forgot to take the mobile).It's a very long bridge.
From there we drove to Finniss where Kym's great grand father had a farm and her father worked there before he went off to war.
And then Sellicks hills and Sellicks beach (Kym's a Sellick and related).
Went to Sellick Hills winery that was closed but Tony opened the place for us when he heard Kym's story
We drank a fair amount of his wine over conversations about the history of the place.Also bought a heap more wine which is being sent.
Here's a Sellick on Sellicks beach
They race vintage motor cycles along this beach once a year. Might have to go down and compete one year
Camped near Sellicks beach
Next day to Adelaide
Spent 2 days in Adelaide
Went through the Botanic gardens, SA art gallery and the museum of natural history.
Ate in restaurants and shopped in Rundle st
Off to Mildura next
It's really dry out here
Camped on the Murray
Next day camped on the Murray at Tocumwal
but as important to me as KI
In 1959 my parents brought us out here on the 10(can't find the pound sign on this tablet) pom immigration
In reality we were poms Italians, Greeks, Germans and many other nationalities.
If you came by ship the deal was you got of in Melbourne, straight on a train on the docks, got off around Wodonga and on a bus that took you to the migrant training camp at Bonegilla.
There you would stay in a small section of a hut (1 room 3mx2.4m, 2 joined rooms for a family)
While there you would be medically and physically assessed to determine what job you would be given
You were also required to learn the English language in a school. The slogan was "no speak English, no job"
I believe we were there for some months (I have no memory, I was 3) until my father landed a job with Holden in the Pagewood plant (Sydney) as a spray painter and we moved to the Villawood hostel (a detention center now) which he needed to stay at for 2 years (even though he was a mechanic), these I have memories of (not good ones)
So it was Important for me to visit the site
A small section has been preserved (area 19) consisting of about 12 buildings. There were 24 areas and in the days (I think it closed around 1971, most of it leveled and now an army area). It had played host to over 300,000 immigrants.
Had this book as a child
I added to the messages on every wall of every building of people who have come back to remember
End of adventure
We stayed in the Astor in Goulboune, had a few and left for home the next day
Wow, interesting story @rstucke. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Rick. What a journey.... K I & your personal one. What a great share of what has made this country.
Irene and family arrived at Bonegilla in 1954 from Austria, her solid memory of the time was her first encounter with a huntsman spider.
Great pics, thanks for sharing. Might head over in summertime.
Awesome post Rick, i am pleased that you enjoyed it,we have been to KI a couple of times but haven't seen some of the things that you have shown.
Separate names with a comma.