Seaside Camping

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Christies Beach Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, April 30, 2009

We moved a short distance further south to Christie's Beach after our few days at Adelaide Shores Caravan Park which is close to the centre of Adelaide and the beach onto which every night we could hear the waves pounding and where we were able to walk along the boardwalk above the beach as it was bit cold below on the beach.  Christie's  Beach is situated at the head of the Fleurieu Peninsula and we stayed there for the next four nights. At this caravan park we were just as close to the beach and we continued to enjoy hearing the waves at night but thankfully by the third day the weather warmed and it was lovely to go for a long walk on the beautiful sandy beach. 

A few hours after we arrived at Christies Beach, Jean and Geoff arrived for a visit.  We met them in Carnarvon last year and have kept in contact ever since.   We went with them for a BBQ at their lovely home at Reynella and then on Saturday and Sunday they drove us all over the Fleurieu Peninsula.  The scenery was ever changing with rolling hills many green from the recent rains despite the long drought they have suffered.  Our first stop was at Myponga Market which is full  of such a variety of goods for sale all well set out in room after room.  After eventually getting through the market, we drove on to Cape Jervis which is not only a very unimpressive small town but the port to Kangaroo Island.  At least the ferry was in dock so we took photos and went up the hill to the outlook to see the surrounding scenery and the view across to Kangaroo Island. 

After a short drive further on we came to Victor Harbour which is an impressive country town where we had lunch in an al fresco restaurant enjoying the sunshine by a lovely green park.  We met up with Geoff and Jeans family and together we tried  to walk off our good meal by walking alongside the horse and carriage to Granite Island….a small island of impressive granite rocks just off the mainland. On returning to our caravan, Geoff and Jean arranged to pick us up again the next morning for a ride through the Adelaide Hills.

On Sunday morning they arrived at our caravan around 10 o'clock and we set out for the day.  First stop was at the Almond Train parked alongside the road at Willunga where we browsed through the many varieties of nuts and other goodies before making our selection and then drove through Noarlunga and McLaren Vale, renowned for its many boutique wineries. Just before lunchtime we entered Strathalbyn a lovely country town with beautiful parks and impressive buildings. Jean had packed a picnic basket so we sat on the grass in the park and enjoyed the food and drink she had prepared.  After  lunch we crossed the footbridge and walked down the main street browsing in all the Antique shops. Jean and I went to the craft fair while Mike and Geoff went off for a cup of coffee.  After the drive back to Christie's Beach, through some impressive countryside, we were soon back at our caravan where we all had coffee.  Jean and Geoff gave us suggestions of what to do and where to go during our drive through the Murray Valley to Berri on the Murray River, and onward over the border into Victoria to our next destination at Mildura. 
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