Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, July 23, 2011

JOURNEY: Adelaide, Tailem Bend, Ngarkat NP(between Pinnaroo & Bordertown), Bordertown, Dimboola

WEATHER: Overcast, 12 degrees at 11am. Drizzling on and off.

Back on the road again!

With time ( 3+ weeks) to fill in between dental appointments in Adelaide, we decided to travel to visit the Thompson family, who have become good friends since we met this time last year in Karijini National Park; they are living in Mount Beauty while John works on the snow fields at Falls Creek.

We took the M1 to Tailem Bend, the Mallee Hwy until the turn off just before Pinnaroo and then onto the road to Ngarkat National Park, our designated overnight camp site.

Pertendi Hut was a small but magic little camp ground and we met Dawn and Peter there; they shared their large camp fire with us until rain forced everyone inside.

We had time to explore the heathland and mallee woodlands for a bit but rain the next morning prevented further exploration and we set off south for the Victorian border.

On advice from an information centre attendant, we planned to check out the Kiata camp ground until we advanced a short distance along a slippery entrance road and realised we would soon be in real trouble; Sheila managed a slow reverse drive back to bitumen!!! Good advice from a local!

We had intended camping in the Little Desert NP at Horseshoe Bend and it was a lovely spot but totally deserted- not a single camper; we hummed and haahed about staying alone, but eventually, reluctantly, following our self imposed rule of not camping alone, headed off to the town of Dimboola, 6kms away. Dimboola was made famous in Australia when the dramatic play "Dimboola" became a hit. Apparently it is regularly performed in the town.

The caravan park was pretty basic and minimally occupied but we paid our $22, which was pricey for the  amenities on offer; we did have a pleasant hot shower. The caravan park was on the Trimmer River and we happily listened to the raucous cockatoos flying around until sunset.
It rained on and off during the night and it was cool!

So far, we are somewhat disappointed with our camping opportunities and hope we don't have to end up in too many caravan parks. Vanning in winter is certainly different and challenging; you don't meet many campers, mainly because there aren't any/many and they lock up inside to avoid the cold and rain. Also an issue-  less than 10 hours of daylight.
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