Day 83 – 25 Sep 2012 – at Oororoo

The wind howled a gale again through the night – sure rocked the van a bit. However, by the time we woke it had calmed down to just a slight breeze. It was lovely to see the sun rise over Porter Bay as we sat and had breakfast.

We left Port Lincoln around 9.15am and headed along the Flinders Highway – another beautiful road right beside the ocean – Spencer Gulf to be precise. We have been so surprised and pleased to drive along so many roads which really do follow the sea – the view is always so lovely. Port Lincoln is quite a lovely city – very tidy and being situated right on 3 bays, there was a sea-view from most angles.

Road out of Port Lincoln

We re-fuelled just outside of Port Lincoln and then drove by the various little Bay towns/resorts which are all along this coastline.Forgot to mention yesterday that for the last 100 km or so coming into Port Lincoln along the Flinders Hwy, the crops looked fantastic,and in fact one oat crop was already being cut for hay. The same applied for today for the first 100 km or so after leaving Port Lincoln,on the Lincoln Hwy, the the crops looked extremely good, and we saw several paddocks of oats that had been cut for hay some time ago. But after that the crops did not look so good and it was obvious they needed more rain to finish them off.

Paddocks out from Port Lincoln

We called in at a place called Arno Bay just to have a short break and to have a look around. It is a tiny town which really was just a small shopping precinct and a caravan park. It looked like a lovely spot for a summer holiday as the beach was quite a safe beach. Just out at sea out from this town are large acquaculture cages where tuna, yellowtail kingfish, and mulloway are raised commercially. But this is classed as a minor asset to the local area with tourism taking the larger share.

Beach and jetty at Arnu Bay

Can understand why as it was a really lovely little town. Population around 500 I think the noticeboard said. All the cabins and caravans were right on the beach front.

Next stop was Cowell – this is the place from which the ferry across Spencer Gulf leaves so we thought we have a look at what we did not do. The ferry harbour was a few kilometres out of town. There was another couple there with their motorised home having a look too but like us felt that the cost did not justify the experience. The ferry runs twice a day – leaving mid morning and mid afternoon. We worked out that crossing by this ferry would have saved around 500kms of travel, but working out the cost of fuel and acccommodation over that distance, the $500 all-up which the ferry crossing would have cost, was not worth it.

Next stop was Whyalla – it was time for lunch so we pulled in at a parking area and had lunch overlooking a reclaimed area which was now a wetland. It had originally been an airport with a tarmac but since 1993 had been reclaimed. It was quite good with ducks and swans swimming, but once again we are in ‘mining’ territory so the soil all around is red so in my opinion it takes away from the beauty of the small lakes which were there. We saw a few mining areas – this area is not far from Iron Knob so iron ore is the main mining industry here. Whyalla is the 3rd most populous city in South Australia outside of Adelaide and Mt. Gambier, but it is totally reliant on the steel making industry, and in 2011, OneSteel’s commitment to the industry saved hundreds of jobs.

We were now back on to the Eyre Highway (No.1) and drove to Port Augusta where we re-fuelled once more before heading east to Orroro. We did drive through Orroroo on our way through to Quorn all those weeks ago, but on the whole we have managed so far to only drive on the same road for only a few kilometres which has made Ian very pleased.

Just coming to the top of Horrock’s Pass

On this road we had to drive around the edge of the Southen Flinders Range and drove over Horrock’s Pass. This was a lovely drive through the hills and the view when coming back down was very lovely.

Oororoo is a lovely, quiet little town and the caravan park has space for about 10 vans. It is a very clean and tidy Park. When we passed through this area 12 weeks or so ago some of the crops had just been sown and we were interested to see how they had grown. But we were disappointed. The season has been very dry and the lady at the Reception Desk told us that many crops have now had sheep or cattle put on them. She mentioned that Oororoo is north of Goyder’s Line and therefore very marginal cropping area. Ian says if you do not know what ‘Goyder’s Line’ is it is worth googling to find out.

The weather is quite mild – no wind and the temp around 18C. I managed to do a load of washing which was good, but had to use the dryer in the laundry as the nights are no longer warm enough to keep washing out on the line overnight. There is another ‘TRAVELLER” van in this Park so Ian has been having a good chat with them. Like us, they love their caravan.

Love to all, Janese and Ian

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