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Day 11, 12, 13 & 14

Koroit to Portland, Mt Gambier, Beachport, Robe, Kingston SE, Victor harbour

overcast 25 °C

Day 11
Friday 24th March
We left Koroit at 8.30 this morning and drove to Portland where we had morning tea. They export a lot of wood chips from here - we don't know where they are going. There is a nice little marina here as well as a striking looking college.2017_Mar_2..ader__Copy_.jpg2017_Mar_2..rina__Copy_.jpg2017_Mar_2..lege__Copy_.jpg
We then drove on across the State border into South Australia and after an unsuccessful attempt to book into the Show Grounds at Mount Gambier, (the place was packed); we did the next best thing and booked into a caravan park for 2 nights.
We went and visited son Rodney's mother in law (Barbara) who has recently moved here from N.SW and spent an hour or so with her.
The rest of the group did the touristy things and visited the Information centre and the Blue Lake etc.

Day 12
Saturday 25th March
This morning Hiroe and I went to do the tourist attractions that the other members of our group did yesterday. They have gone out to Port MacDonnell.
Our first stop was at the Blue Lake - it is very attractive.
We then went to the Information Centre and obtained a map of Mt Gambier and some other info.
next stop was at Umpherston Sinkhole which has been turned into a garden.
The Umpherston Sinkhole (or the Sunken Garden) is one of the most spectacular gardens located in the Mount Gambier region.

Umpherston sinkhole was once a typical limestone cave that formed by the corrosion of limestone rocks by seawater waves and the sinkhole was naturally created when the chamber’s roof collapsed.
We then drove out to Port MacDonnell and had lunch (Fish & Chips) out on the breakwater. The clouds have rolled in and it is completely overcast now and cool.
Back into town where we did some mandatory food shopping then back to the van.

Day 13
Sunday 26th March
Departed Mt Gambier just after 8.30. The town was VERY quiet and we had no trouble driving through town and onto the highway. Ron was leading today and he did a good job.
First stop was at the small town of Beachport where we all had morning tea. There are some lovely old building here including an extremely small church and an old Customs Office which closed in 1900.
The jetty here goes out quite a way as well.
We drove on till we reached the town of Robe where we drove down the main street and parked down near the beach. I took a photo of the old Customs House here and the statue of the English Explorer Matthew Flinders and the Frenchman Nicolas Baudin. They had unexpectedly met here in 1802.
After our brief stop it was onwards again to Kingston SE where we have camped for the night in the free RV Campsite right next to the beach and on the edge of town. It is a nice grassy and clean campsite.

Day 14
Monday 27th March
It was VERY windy last night, John and Wendy had to get up during the night and slide in their slide-out bedroom as the flap at the top was driving them mad with the wind.
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First stop was at Willabooka for morning tea then on to Keith then Just before Tailem Bend we turned west to Wellington when we had to line up to catch a ferry across the Murray River. This ferry crossing was the first constructed across this river. Our vans are way back in the line.
After crossing we continued on to Victor Harbour where will stay for 2 nights.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 00:59 Archived in Australia

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