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

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, October 4, 2011


JOURNEY: Lincoln NP to Port Lincoln

WEATHER: Rainy, cool and overcast

We decided that with the forecast of rain for the next two days, we would hang out in Port Lincoln and free camp at Billy Light's Point- a designated motorhome park with a three day limit. Nice quiet spot about 9 kms from the town, it is a boat launching area with lovely views over the bay.

We did a quick inspection of the caravan park but thought why pay $23 per night for the same view when you can camp for free and avoid the crowds.

We had to do some banking and shopping, dodging showers and stopping at the bakery for a delicious beef and mushroom pie. We spent the rest of the day at the library because we had to scan some documents that were needed by our travel agent in Buenos Aires and because it was a comfortable place to be on a rainiy day. Kath did some blogging and Sheila dealt with the scanning and caught up with magazines!

The librarian recommended "The Pantry" for fish and chips, and despite the very long wait we were thrilled with flathead and chips for $6 each and drove through the rain to Billy Light's point where we gobbled our delicious take away meal with a beer.

This was definitley a TV night- cold and wet. Unfortunately some hooligans had fun doing wheelies in the deserted car park which made us a bit nervous but after 11pm all was quiet and we had a reasonably good sleep. Free camping often comes with some unfortunate interruptions or events and you tend to sleep with an ear to this! But with phone coverage and an easy way out we did feel safe here.

The following morning we walked the very scenic Parnkalla Trail, 14kms meandering along the coast around Port Lincoln. No, we only achieved 6kms of it! Lovely!

Port Lincoln with a population of 15,000 people is a relaxed town, considered to be the seafood capital of Australia and with a huge natural harbour it is home to the country's largest fishing fleet- blue-fin tuna, King George Whiting, king prawns and rock lobster are local catches. There are retail outlets where you can buy fresh fish in season and oysters from nearby Coffin Bay are available too. Kath had a good fill of oysters and, at $9 for 12 they were a bargain and we really relished the local prawns fresh and sweet! Yum!

The town shows signs of wealth achieved from tuna fishing!

We joined Azar for dinner at Del Giorno's on Wednesday night and we all had a good meal of local squid with salad. He is Kath's nephew on a busy work assignment here for a few weeks. It was fun to catch up.

Another night at our free camp but this time there were 2 other motorhomes on site and no yahoo behaviour.

Port Lincoln is a small town and is worth a visit. We enjoyed the foreshore and of course had to have a picture of the bronze statue of the famous 3 time winner of the Melbourne Cup- the horse Makybe Diva. Her owner, a tuna fisherman lives in town.

Being school holidays there were quite a few tourists coming and going and we noted that a lot of camper-trailers pulled by 4WD were stopping in town on their way to the national parks we guessed.

We set off later in the day to Coffin Bay National Park and despite the wet weather we had a pleasant stay in town.

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