RAPID BAY- A WONDERFUL SURPRISE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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WEATHER: Very cool morning; sunny.
After a late morning we decided to check out Rapid Bay campground that had been given a 'tick' by CAMPS5. We made a quick visit to Cape Jervis where we caught a ferry to the fabulous Kangaroo Island some years ago.
Well Rapid Bay was a gorgeous surprise and we quickly parked our wheels very close to the shore on a grassy knoll- we were in heaven!!! A picturesque jetty, towering cliffs and an ocean view
For $6 pp a night this was a find. Full phone and internet coverage and the most TV channels we have ever had available. A clean and sheltered gas BBq and toilets.
Rapid Bay was where Colonel William Light, SA's founding father first came ashore and there is a replica of the rock he carved his initials into in 1836. The Rapid Bay township was set up for the limestone mining operation and the houses are very attractive- perhaps used now for holiday accommodation.
There are no shops but Kath remembered the General Store that was operating when she visited about 30 years ago and sold everything; today it is boarded up and deteriorating.
This Sunday afternoon the camp ground was sparsely inhabited, quiet and sunny. It was a glorious view across the ocean to the jetty and to our right the cliffs framed the beach. We chatted to a few campers and just stared at our vistas. The sunset was beautiful and turned the sand and cliffs to deep orange.
The caretaker came by at 7pm while Kath was helping some young German tourists with information about Kangaroo Island- Sheila was at the BBQ catching up with camp gossip from other campers.
Once again it was a cool night and some light rain fell early morning. Monday was very overcast and showers dampened our enthusiasm for exploring on foot.
We had planned to stay in our beach side paradise until late afternoon but with adverse weather conditions we decided to explore the western coast of the peninsula and set offf around 11am, on our way back to Adelaide.
We explored Second Valley, Normanville and the pretty holiday town of Carrickalinga; called into the bakery at Yankalilla and decided that this peninsula was a very attractive destination.