A Guide To South Australia

Should we go on???

Hey All,

So, this was our journey around South Australia but we went further afield on that first tour but it’s up to you if you’d like to hear more.  Leave me a comment if you want the next leg of the tour which was into New South Wales, over the border into Victoria and then following the Murray River..

If it’s good to go we’ll pick up the journey in July.


© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Orroroo, Andamooka Ranges

Established: 1875

Wikipedia Extract

Orroroo is a town in the Yorke and Mid North region of South Australia. At the 2016 census, the locality of Orroroo had a population of 610 while its urban centre had a population of 537.  The Wilmington-Ucolta Road passes through here, intersecting with the RM Williams Way which leads to the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks. The Peterborough–Quorn railway line extended from Peterborough to Orroroo also in 1881 and Quorn in 1882, connecting with the new Central Australia Railway from Port Augusta. These railways have now been abandoned. Orroroo is situated near Goyder’s Line, a line drawn up in 1865 by Surveyor General Goyder which he believed indicated the edge of the area suitable for agriculture.

Diary Extract:

May 27th 2018

Roads atrocious going forward and prices skyrocketing so we have headed back to Port Augusta and rerouted to Broken Hill in New South Wales.

Passed through Port Augusta and filled up and then moved on to Orroroo for the night.  Had a few problems with our neighbour’s and had to move camp then took the dogs out and went for a run.

I got my next book up and got a mediocre review but what the hell, it was done.

Heading on to tomorrow to Broken Hill.

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A Guide To South Australia

Woomera, Andamooka Ranges

Established: 1947

Wikipedia Extract

The RAAF Woomera Range Complex (WRC) is a major Australian military and civil aerospace facility and operation located in South Australia, approximately 450 km (280 mi) north-west of Adelaide. The WRC is operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a division of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The complex has a land area of 122,188 km2 (47,177 sq mi) or roughly the size of Estonia or Pennsylvania. The airspace above the area is restricted and controlled by the RAAF for safety and security. The WRC is a highly specialised ADF test and evaluation capability operated by the RAAF for the purposes of testing defence materiel.

The complex has been variously known as the Anglo-Australian Long Range Weapons Establishment and then the Woomera Rocket Range; the RAAF Woomera Test Range and in 2013, the facility was reorganised and renamed to the RAAF Woomera Range Complex (WRC). The ground area of the WRC is defined by the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) and includes the Nurrungar Test Area (NTA); with a land area of 122,188 km2 (47,177 sq mi), the WPA is described by the RAAF as the largest land-based test range in the western world. The Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office (WPACO) coordinates daily operation of the complex which comprises a mix of South Australian crown land and is covered by pastoral leases and mining tenements granted by the Government of South Australia. The Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board monitors the operations of the WPA and the WPACO. The airspace above the WPA is called the Woomera Restricted Airspace (WRX) and is controlled by the RAAF for safety and security reasons during the conduct of some activities on the complex together with the support of Airservices Australia.

The complex also contains the RAAF Base Woomera, or the RAAF Woomera Airfield, the dual-runway military airfield located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north of the settlement of the Woomera Village. The airfield has been in military operation since a RAF Dakota landed at Woomera on 19 June 1947.

Diary Extract:

May 26th 2018

So we got up early and made the long haul to Pimba.  It rained consistently but it wasn’t too bad in reality.

When we arrived Peter and I went into Woomera, which I found fascinating though I think Peter was a bit disappointed that the town had shrunk so substantially.  We had the best meal so far at the visitor’s centre – a hamburger – and then we went back to pick up the dogs. 

Peter walked them while I ran the perimeter of the town (5.25km).

Last night severe thunderstorms, so not much sleep.

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A Guide To South Australia

Port Augusta, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1852

Wikipedia Extract

According to the 2016 Census, the population of the Port Augusta census area was 12,896 people, making it the third largest urban area after Whyalla and Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. 49.3% of the population were female, 83.7% are Australian born and 19.2% were Aboriginal.

The most popular industries for employment were Technicians and Trades Workers (16%), Community and Personal Service Workers (15.4%) and Clerical and Administrative Workers (13.8%), while the unemployment rate is approximately 7%. The median weekly household income is A$789 or more per week, compared with $924 in Adelaide. 17.4% of the population identify themselves as Catholic, while a higher 26.2% identify with no religion at all.

Diary Extract:

May 25th 2018

Spent the day in Port Augusta and Peter went out to stock up.  While he was gone I walked the dogs and did my submission and when he returned we redistributed the weight.  We are now carrying a lot more fuel – in preparation for the long haul.

I went for a bike ride in the afternoon and rode indirectly to Stirling North and then we took the dogs to the Watertank Lookout where an emu has taken up residence.

Moving on tomorrow to Woomera.

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A Guide To South Australia

Bascombe Rocks, Eyre Pennisula

Exploroz Extract

A pleasant 20km drive through undulating farmland along the sealed Buckleboo Road brings visitors to Bascombe Rocks, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding native bushland. Around the base of the rocks look out for the innovative water catchments that were hand-built by the early pioneers: after it rains the rock holes fill with water and teem with hundreds of lively tadpoles. A picnic shelter provides a good spot for lunch or a relaxing drink.

Diary Extract:

May 24th 2018

Got up early, did my run then we drove back to Whyalla.  We are stocking up now in preparation of heading inland, so there will be major expenditure in the next few days.

I came up with a great horror drabble, maybe 2, which I need to work on, as well as finishing and uploading my next book before we roll out. 

Not much in the way of excitement today, but that happens.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Kimba, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1915

Wikipedia Extract

Kimba is a rural service town on the Eyre Highway at the top of Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. At the 2016 census, Kimba had a population of 629 and it has an annual rainfall of 348 millimetres (13.7 in). There is an 8-metre (26 ft) tall statue of a galah beside the highway, marking halfway between the east and west coasts of Australia. The Gawler Ranges are north of the highway near the town.

Kimba is located in the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Giles and the local government area of the District Council of Kimba.

The word “kimba” is derived from the local Aboriginal word for “bushfire”, and the District Council of Kimba’s emblem reflects this in the form of a burning bush. The town was built on Barngarla lands.

Diary Extract:

May 22nd 2018

It was a case of the best laid plans going astray today.  We had intended to do a significant distance and travel to Kyncutta but there was nothing there so we ended up going all the way to Kimba – we reckon it was about 260km.

This put a significant dent in our fuel but we will probably stay a few days.  I didn’t get a bike ride in but we went for a walk to see the sculptures, which ended up being about 8km.  So we’re all real tired now.

I’ll do a run tomorrow on the same track and see if I can get round to the rest of the attractions.

May 23rd 2018

Stayed in Kimba today, as we were all tired.  I went for a run and then we took the dogs for a walk to see the attractions.  Pippa was sick on the walk, but when we got back she seemed alright.  In the afternoon we went into town to get Peter a drink and I got a brownie and in the afternoon I took the dogs for another walk and got some good pictures of birds.

I think we’re going for a day trip tomorrow.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Tumby Bay, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1900

Wikipedia Extract

Tumby Bay is a coastal town situated on the Spencer Gulf, on the eastern coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Port Lincoln. The town of Tumby Bay is the major population centre of the District Council of Tumby Bay, and the centre of an agricultural district farming cereal crops and sheep, as well as having established fishing and tourism industries.

Population: 2610.

Diary Extract:

May 21st 2018

Drove to Tumby Bay and though the town is pristine and well maintained and has attractions such as the street art and the silo art, it was a bit boring.  The main difference in this town is the composition of the residents.  A largely retired population means there is money in the area and therefore facilities. Croquet, Bowling, Senior Citizen Club, Petrol, Hotels, Takeaway, Foodland, Banks, Post Office.

This town is thriving because it is not only attracting tourists but retaining its residents.

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A Guide To South Australia

Arno Bay, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1882

Wikipedia Extract

Arno Bay (formerly Bligh) is a small fishing and tourist town on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, located on the Lincoln Highway about halfway between Whyalla and Port Lincoln. First proclaimed under the name Bligh in 1883, the current name dates back to 1940. It is a recreational town with a number of marine and nature based attractions, including fishing, surfing and swimming.

Diary Extract:

May 18th 2018

Left Cowell after doing laundry and going for a run.  We did go for a walk and visit the sites but there was nothing to stay for.

We travelled to Arno Bay and with rain heading in we paid $20 for three nights.  Though it’s not the greatest site we have found it best to set up and stay in when the weather is bad.

May 19th 2018

Spent the day in Arno Bay.  Took the dogs to the Mangrove Walk and went for a bike ride.

There isn’t much in Arno Bay but it was nice to clean up the caravan and sit around a bit.

Went for a walk in the afternoon and saw some pelicans and then we had takeaway and use our $10 off voucher.  It was nice.

May 20th 2018

It was one of those days today – I woke up teary and unmotivated but we took the dogs out and then I came back and did my run.  It went ok so I felt a bit better.

Peter went for a drink in the pub and when he returned he mentioned they did meals, so we splurged and had Southern Fried Chicken, which made a nice change.  Knowing my blood sugars would go high we took the dogs out.

We went on the Mangrove trail which was really nice and saw some fish.  We are heading to Tumby Bay tomorrow and then probably inland.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Cowell, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1880

Wikipedia Extract

Cowell is a coastal town on Franklin Harbor on the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia on the Lincoln Highway 111 km south of the major town of Whyalla. It is 493 km by road from Adelaide.

Franklin Harbor is a natural harbour 49 km² in area with a channel to the sea just 100 metres wide.

The town of Cowell is the major population centre of the District Council of Franklin Harbour, and the centre of an agricultural district, farming wheat and sheep. The district covers an area of 3,283 square kilometres with a district population in 2011 of 1070. Fishing, and more recently, oyster farming has also been an important industry.

Diary Extract:

May 17th 2018

Well it was an exciting this morning – they were practicing their artillery firing this morning and we got some shots of the smoke and dust and I’ll put them up on Friday for the Which way Challenge.

Went through Whyalla, bought food, alcohol and those things to do in the toilet – then did the 100km trip to Cowell.

Cowell’s a bit industrial – oyster farming – but its probably an overnight stop only – we might visit the laundromat.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Whyalla, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1920

Wikipedia Extract

Whyalla /wˈælə/ was founded as “Hummocks Hill”, and was known by that name until 1916. It is the fourth most populous city in the Australian state of South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Gawler. As at June 2018, Whyalla had an urban population of 21,742, having declined at an average annual rate of -0.75% year-on-year over the preceding five years. It is a seaport located on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula and is known as the “Steel City” due to its integrated steelworks and shipbuilding heritage. The port of Whyalla has been exporting iron ore since 1903.

Diary Extract:

May 14th 2018

Big day today – we travelled into Whyalla so I could do the medical for my license.  I had problems getting an appointment but finally got one.  Ran around getting photocopies and then went to the surgery.  The doctor was reluctant at first but then he realized that he knew my doctor and after calling him, it was all done.

Came back and went for a run then Peter decided to move the van.  He seems happy now.

May 15th 2018

It was a quiet day today.  I don’t have any internet so I had to move everything to the nearest intersection to get reception.  I sorted out some photos and we took the dogs for a walk.  In the afternoon I went for a bike ride.  I’m going to try and work on some posts today.

May 16th 2018

Got lucky today and took some great photos of a crow eating a bird.  Other than that life was boring.  I did get my typing up to date but the day was really a non-event.

Moving on tomorrow.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Fitzgerald Bay, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1802

Wikipedia Extract

Fitzgerald Bay is a large bay located between Point Lowly and Backy Point in South Australia’s upper Spencer Gulf region. The bay’s shoreline consists mostly of pebble beaches and sparse grey mangroves. In the 2000s the bay was used for the farming of yellowtail kingfish until their closure circa 2011 in response to high levels of fish mortality. Understanding of the environmental impacts of yellowtail kingfish farming is limited. As of 2020, fish farming has not returned to Fitzgerald Bay, but aquaculture zones remain in place.

Diary Extract:

May 13th 2018

So we went down to Stony Point today to use the Dump Pit and fill up with water, then we moved to Fitzgerald Bay.  This location is more bush and set back from the beach – so a lot less windy.  I think its very scenic but Peter’s not really that impressed.

We had a real quiet day but I think we need it.  I did a quick 5km run and I’m kind of mystified where I’ll go for a bike ride tomorrow but all good. 

Got the blog up to date and now I’m going to do some writing.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

A Guide To South Australia

Shingle Beach, Eyre Pennisula

Geocaching Extract

A Geological Phenomenon

These stranded shingle beach deposits of moderately sorted, rounded an sub-angular pebbles and cobbles which form flat topped ridges XXX meters above present mean sea level, rarely more than 10m – 15m wide, have been traced over some 50km from near the head of Spencer Gulf southwards along its western shore to Stony Point, and can be clearly seen north of Fitzgerald Bay. They provide a distinctive geological feature which is believed to date back to the Pleistocene period. It appears, that the combination of a heigher sea level, strong easterly winds, and high energy wave dissipation along the shoreline were responsible for the deposits which are the only ones in South Australia.

Beach ridges occur worldwide and are accumulation of sediments deposited on wave dominant, low gradient coasts. These geomorphological features occur in different forms, such as barrier islands enclosing a lagoon, or ridges attached to a mainland cliff. Deposits can range from sand, gravel, shells, pebble and shingle.

Diary Extract:

May 11th 2018

Left Port Augusta this morning and travelled to Stony Point with the intention of staying there but it was packed so we stopped and took some photos of the lighthouse.  On the way to Story Point we had noticed a sign saying Fitzgerald Bay and on investigating we noticed there was free camping on the beach.  So we detoured that way and came to Shingle Beach.

This beach is amazing and made entirely of stones.  The kind they sell in Adelaide for exorbitant sums.  We’re still having issues with the water tanks and we may have to double back tomorrow for water.

May 12th 2018

Spent another day at Shingle Beach, walked the dogs and went for a ride but didn’t do much else.

Peter tried his hand at fishing with no success.  He isn’t sleeping well so he wants to move on tomorrow to a less windy location.

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