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Across South Australia 

I’ve spent the last week camped on the beach near Streaky Bay.  South Australia has some really great free campsites.  This one was perfect! The beach was literally my yard. 

It was good to find such a lovely place to rest our feet. Leo thought so too, he spent a lot of time running up and down that beach and playing in the waves.  We won’t mention the maggoty fish head he had a good old roll in on one such adventure! 

Here he is, just about to be let off leash.  I snapped the pic first, because once that leash comes off, he’s ten miles up the beach! 

I came off the Nullabor just about broke. I had just enough to grab some food, petrol and gas for my van for the week.  One tank of fuel is not getting us far! So this place was perfect to wile away the days till I was a bit more financial. 

The beach inspired me.  I collected shells everyday and made them into jewelry, hair wraps and beach themed dream catchers.  They sold well when we spent a day in town, which was a nice surprise. 

Having restocked my funds, we hit the road again today, and made for Kimba, S.A.  I stayed here on my way through and really like this campground. We spent Christmas here and endured the insanely high temperatures. Thankfully, it’s a bit cooler on our return trip! 

Returning here feels a bit like coming home.  It’s nice to have access to unlimited water again and one of the big drawcards of this camp is that there is a shower here! This is absolute bliss for a dirty little gypsy that hasn’t had an actual shower in almost two weeks! I got into camp, got my washing done, washed my sheets (another luxury) and headed straight for the shower.  

So tonight, I feel like a queen.  Freshly washed and about to climb into a clean bed, minus the sand I gave up trying to get out of my sheets while living on the beach! Living in a van, on the beach, with a dog, sand gets everywhere! So that was another bit of housekeeping when I arrived in Kimba, sweep the beach out of my van! 

I’m planning on spending another day here, then we will keep on moving across South Australia.  

At this stage, I’m planning on making toward the N.S.W / Victorian border and following the Murray River, which is the actual physical border, along to my steady love, the Hume Highway.  This is the highway that runs through my homelands. I’ve a few friends and family to stop in on along the way, but I doubt I’ll last long over there. Talking to my daughter tonight, it’s actually autumn over there. Cold and wet! Eek! I’m still in summer out here! I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of heading back that way. 

Happy trails to you, my constant reader.  

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Geraldton 

Geraldton was really good to me. I parked my van in an old mates driveway and spent a few weeks in this beautiful part of the world.  

With a big inground pool in the backyard, the beach only a block away and good people to crack a cold beer with of an evening, I spent a couple of weeks in paradise. Even Leo had a little buddy, Patch, to play with and he loved the pool and having the run of the place. 

It’s always great to catch up with old friends.  Having not seen Jason in nearly ten years, it was really good to hang out again.  I also loved meeting his partner Corinne, we hit it off really well. Thanks for having me guys, it was awesome to stay with you. You all made me feel so at home and I’ll definitely be back over this way again some time soon. (And I’m still having Ark withdrawals!)

Geraldton was a great place to spend Australia Day.  We all had a really enjoyable day around the pool and barbecue, cold drinks in hand.  Good way to meet some locals too. It was a very hot day, but that’s always a good thing for Australia Day and we all utilized the pool throughout the heat of the day and beat the heat. 

A highlight of Geraldton was a day out with the girls, on a little roadtrip up the coast to Kalbarri. What a beautiful place!

We also had a look at the cliffs around Kalbarri. A bit reminiscent of my Great Ocean Road adventure. 

On our way up the coast, we dropped in to check out the Pink Lake.  Sadly, it was a bit overcast, so the lake wasn’t as pink as it can be, but it was still good to have a look.  I’ve seen the Blue Lake in Mt Gambier and now the Pink Lake.  I’ve also heard whispers of a Black Lake further down south, so I’ll keep an eye out for that. 

It was a good day out.  Thanks Cassie, Corinne and Taylah for showing me the sights. 

So thanks again Geraldton.  You’re all so friendly and welcoming.  Until next time, stay cool. 

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