New Year's Eve
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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First stop along the way was at Cowell a coastal town on Franklin Harbour, at my speed, about 2 hours drive away.
After a drive up and down the main street I made my way to the caravan park on the northern aspect of town as it was advertised as having 'water views'.
Guess one can't complain about the 'water views', if you don't mind mud-flats and mangrove. It was virtually impossible to let the dogs run free here, especially Luana as she just loves water and her coming out smelling like a dead fish, is not exactly agreeable when living in a confined space
It's New Year's Eve and there was nothing happening in the park, so I settled in with my usual celebration dinner of 'prawns' and a good cold white, with the intention of watching the fireworks on TV. I was struggling to stay awake and only had 15 minutes to wait, when I thought if I just closed my eyes for a minute I would feel better...dumb thing to do I woke up hours later and naturally had missed the show, but the prawns and white saved the night... lol
The township of Cowell lies on Franklin Harbour, a naturally a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance through which the tide rushes in and out. This results in calm waters inside the harbour, with much of the bay being dominated by shallow tidal mud-flats and associated mangrove ecosystems. Due to the velocity of the tide through the harbour’s entrance, the waters of the bay are constantly filled with clay and silt particles that are kept in suspension by the moving water. There are very few sandy beaches lining the harbour due to this fact. The Franklin Harbour Conservation Park is established on the southern arm of the harbour and Entrance Island
Matthew Flinders was the first explorer to record a sighting of Franklin Harbour, mistaking the harbour for a lagoon or lake in 1802. By coincidence, Governor George Gawler named the harbour while visiting the town in 1840 in honour of Sir John Franklin (Governor of Tasmania and famous Arctic explorer), who had been a midshipman on the voyage in 1802 with Flinders. The harbour was eventually mapped in 1839 by Robert Cock who sailed into it while surveying the northerly section of Spencer Gulf.When settlers commenced farming the area in 1853, Franklin Harbour became a logical place to load ships for export of wheat and wool and a small settlement was soon established. In 1880 the Governor, Sir William Jervois, named the town of Cowell after Sir John Clayton Cowell who was, at the time, the Lieutenant-Governor of Windsor Castle.In 1965, a deposit of Jade was discovered in the nearby Minbrie Ranges. To date over 100 outcrops have been found within an area of 9 square kilometres and as such has been designated by the South Australian Department of Minerals and Energy Resources as the "Cowell Jade Province".