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

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Thursday, October 13, 2011


JOURNEY: Tumby Bay to Lipson Cove

WEATHER: Sunny, clear day. Mid 20's

Sheila had been leafing through Camps5 and suggested we check out Lipson Cove as a camping spot; we were not expecting too much since the disappointment of Louth Bay.

The 10 kms access road was good and we were travelling up a crest and then turned to witness this bay and we were gobsmacked! What a beauty, with pure white beaches, a turquoise ocean and a fully shaped camp with separate sites and long toilets! We felt like the time we first saw Shelley Beach in WA as we came around the rise there was this astonishing piece of nature, made comfortable for campers. Same situation here at Lipson Cove!

We established ourselves on a flat even site, important because we don’t have chocks to level us and sloping is not good for sleeping! Best of all was the ocean views!

Is this for real?? Are we dreaming? And it is free, that is no charge, supplied and maintained by the Tumby Bay council.

We walked the beach, saw signs of a jetty and read the story of the cove, once a settlement, now just ruins; we explored the coastal track to another tiny cove with sandy white beach and dolphins surfing in the low waves and admired the slow Blue Tongue Lizards that were plentiful along the track. Sheila caught sight of a shark below the cliffs!

She also sighted a new bird the Singing Honeyeater which naturally produced a lovely song!

Watching the full moon rise over the ocean was a special treat and our photos really don’t do justice to the spectacle. Sunrise was generally pale but we rose to witness them as we are on 6am rising time ourselves now in preparation for jet lag prevention!

We got to know our closest neighbours Frank and Mel, from WA on extended long service leave and maybe the commencement of retirement and their two dogs; as fishermen with a pretty solid tinny they were in heaven and f course being able to have pets here was great for them.

Another neighbour, from a large cattle station near Leigh Creek, tried beach fishing, unsuccessfully, and admitted to being a 'man- made global warming sceptic’ and we didn’t go there, just listened to his views.  A wild storm ripped through the camp at 5am on Friday and Kath and Sheila rushed  to help them with their awning, flapping violently in the wind; why do people not put their awnings away overnight, especially on this coast where severe weather threatens!

Sheila gave a hand to Frank and Mel who had a lot of gear flying around in the mighty wind; everyone went back to sleep for a while as the storm brought the rain.

Talking of the weather, as well as the storm we had cloudy, rainy, windy, warm and cold conditions at different times but no matter, this was paradise.

Once upon a time people lived here and apparently copper was mined in 1849 and there was a port. Sadly a new port will be constructed on the nearby peninsula and there is some trepidation about the effect this will have on Lipson Cove. The Eyre Peninsula is home to iron ore and new mines are being talked about but does that mean we have to dig up the whole earth and leave behind big holes and polluted water in the artesian basin?

We will return!!
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