Rock Art

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Nov 19, 2010

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September Beach Camping Ground

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Prior to departing the Port Lincoln Tourist Park we arranged with the owners to power up our batteries for our next stop in the national park. We plugged in on a site and Tan soon got talking to the couple in the van next door, turns out their from Torquay doing a similar trip to ours. Ron and Val are retirees doing a five month trip around Australia and are next heading to streaky Bay where some friends from Aireys Inlet have offered them to use there holiday shack, co-incidently we also have some friends from Aireys who have offered us use of there shack, Dave and Kayleen I think you've made a double booking. We quickly depart Port Lincoln telling Ron, we'll race you there.

The Port Lincoln area is too large to see in two days, so we decided to have a couple of nights at September Beach on the North/East side of the Lincoln National Park. Upon reaching the camp ground we are greeted by emus, kangaroos and bullants. After almost having the camp set up we realise we are right over an ant nest and deciide to move, we investigate a couple of other camps before setting up again on a site with an amazing rock formation that we are drawn too.

Once set up again I'm ready to go and explore but the kids are not, they are keeping themselves occupied doing what I call "rock art" sculpting the limestone and decorating it into some modern conveniences. They continue doing this untill night fall, when we discover the battery doesn't have much charge at all due to our quick departure ar Port Lincoln. We're all tired anyway so its an early night for everyone, we can explore tomorrow.

I wake up early the following morning and head off for a ride and really enjoy serenity of the park, the highlight being as I ride into the large grassy area ( I call it the savanagh) occupied by 100s of emus and kangaroos which scatter as I ride through them, an amazing feeling. All of us find the emu amusing and we've all had a go at imitating it's walk. Arriving back at camp I find the kids getting stuck into their rock art, but we convince them to come on a walk up to the Cape Donnington lighthouse. It was a great walk along September Beach which is a small cove about 1km long, then along a large rocky section which the kids love, they call it rock hopping and they're starting to get quiet good at it (from what we hear about adventures on the weekend in Lorne they could probably give Nat, Brooke and Pam some tips on rock hopping), then onto a trail which lead up to the lighthouse. From the cape we had a great view over the entry to Boston Bay and was able to witness comings and goings of the tuna fleet.

Back at camp we have an early lunch (pancakes again thanks Brooke) then down to the beach to catch some fish with Coop getting out first edible fish, a King George Whiting, which after being corrected 10 times he still calls it a King George Whitening. We then decided to jump in the car and have a look around the park, I had been telling the kids about the savanagh and the 100s of roos and emus I saw in the morning so I take them there first only to find 2 emus and no roos, they were unimpressed and think i'm full of it. Driving deeper and deeper into the bush just on the bush tracks we soon found ourselves on some pretty rough and unstable terrain requiring 4WD, One problem, I dont know how to activate it, so I do what any seasoned bushman would do and ask Tan to reach into the glovebox and read me the manual. With the turn of a knob we're off 4WDing tackling everything the bush could throw at us untill we get to an area with some really low trees, remembering Summers bike is still on the roof Tan has to walk alongside the car bending trees out of the way, the kids think it's pretty funny but the situation gets worse so I remove Sums bike and tell her to ride down the track in front of us, she loves it and Cooper nearly wets himself laughing as Sum bounces over the rocks in front of the car. Summer is dissappointed when we get to a clearing and has to get off her bike and asks can we do more 4WDing. I think I've found another pass time the family can all enjoy together.

That evening after tea we went for another bushwalk just on dark with Cohen and Jude taking it in turns of being the guide. They had all the guide talk , stick to the tracks, take it easy, careful slippery rocks and my favorite from Cohen, Shuuuush guys emu pooo!!!!!!!!!!! With no battery power it was another early night once back at camp.

The next morning it's an early packup and a quick trip back into Port Lincoln for the caravan service, whilst that is getting done Tan takes the kids to the pool while I write what youre reading.
We dont know how how far we'll be travelling today It will depend on what time we get the van back.


Lincoln National Park  8/10

Another National park which I loved with lots of emus and kangaroos
We did lots of rock art with my favorite being the mobile phone I made.
The bush walks were great with lots of rock hopping.
Dad took us 4WDing but I had to lead him out on my bike.
For DEB, the toilets were a dumper with a bee hive in it so we just used the one in the van.


Q: What type of tree stores the most food?

A: the PAN TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We saw some big fish called Tuna, oh and Coops fish was pretty big. It was the first fish that has actually been big enough for us to eat!!!!!

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Auntie Pat, Maree, John and gang on

What a fantastic idea! We all feel like we are there with you....wish we were, sooooo envious.
You might have a new career when you get home....your blogs are terrific.
Love the photos, reports, jokes....keep them coming.
Have fun, stay safe...... xxxxxx

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