GAS, OIL AND A MAGNIFICENT CAMP
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Whyalla, to Port Bonython, Point Lowly
WEATHER: Hot and sunny
We stopped at Whyalla for lunch and on recommendation headed for the free camp at Point Lowly. It was an easy 22km road on bitumin after the turn off all the way and as always we were not sure what to expect.
Port Bonython is a deep water port at the head of the Spencer Gulf and home to the petro-chemical Santos plant; a 659 km pipe stretches from Moomba in the Coopers Basin to the plant supplying gas and oil to manufacture any products including LPG gas that are mainly exported
The plant is fenced off and with its flame belching chimneys and stainless steel structure, it seems a bit ""star wars". The 2.4 km jetty is an impressive sight.
But that is not the reason for our visit; we are here to camp beside the scenic gulf with views of the Flinders Ranges along the opposite coast line near Port Pirie and we figure that we are just about opposite to Port Germaine.
There were a number of caravans and motorhomes already established and we parked and admired the location and the facilities. Daily maintained flushing toilets and cold water showers were a treat on such a hot day. Full internet, phone and TV access! And best of all it was free camping.
there was an interesting trail around the coastal walk with interpretive signs that gave a lot of history and local information.
We enjoyed exploring the area but spent a lot of time just watching the views, sun rises, sunsetsand the activities ofthe fishermen- it is obviously a popular fishing spot and some quite big boats set off.