A Guide To South Australia

Peterborough, Southern Flinders

Established: 1869

Wikipedia Extract

Peterborough is a town in the mid north of South Australia, in wheat country, just off the Barrier Highway. At the 2016 census, Peterborough had a population of 1,419. It was originally named Petersburg after the landowner, Peter Doecke, who sold land to create the town. It was one of 69 places in South Australia renamed in 1917 due to anti-German sentiments during World War I.

Diary Extract:

May 8th 2018

Went to Bundaleer Forest, which was really nice and picturesque.  They had artworks displayed, so I took lots of photos.  When we got back we packed up and headed to Peterborough.  Peterborough had a free RV campsite, so we set up there. 

I went out for a bike ride.  Didn’t see an awful lot except a stack of emus.  They panic easily and look stinky – so I was not that impressed.  Fish and chips shop closed today.  Sad news, perhaps tomorrow.

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A Guide To South Australia

Jamestown, Southern Flinders

Established: 1871

Wikipedia Extract

Jamestown is a town in the Mid North region of South Australia 207 kilometres (129 mi) north of Adelaide. It lies on the banks of the Belalie Creek and on the Crystal Brook-Broken Hill railway line between Gladstone and Peterborough, and ultimately on the main line linking Adelaide and Perth to Sydney. At the 2016 census, Jamestown had a population of 1,561, and is the thriving centre of a prosperous area. Jamestown is the council seat of its local municipality, Northern Areas Council. Jamestown is in the South Australian Legislative Assembly electoral district of Stuart and the federal Division of Grey.

Diary Extract:

May 7th 2018

We stayed in Jamestown as Peter had to do some rewiring on the van.  The solar wasn’t registering on the J Controller. 

Did some washing and finished my editing which I will send off this week.  Other than that I did a run, I was slow, and went for a walk.  If the weather is ok tomorrow we’ll go to Bundaleer Forest before heading off to Petersborough.

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A Guide To South Australia

Gladstone, Southern Flinders

Established: 1872

Wikipedia Extract

Gladstone (including the former town of Booyoolie) is a small rural town in the Mid North of South Australia in the approach to the lower Flinders Ranges. At the 2006 census, Gladstone had a population of 629.

The town services the surrounding district with two pubs, three churches, a bank, post office and several shops and small businesses providing basic goods and services. The closest hospital is 11 km away in a neighbouring rural town, but doctors take appointments in the town’s medical clinic. There is a kindergarten (approximately 12 enrollments), state primary school (63), Catholic primary school (60) and a secondary school (approximately 205 students, drawn from the wider district).

Gladstone has sporting/social clubs providing for Aussie Rules football, netball, cricket, tennis, golf, lawn bowls, swimming (at the local outdoor pool) and soccer (newly formed for school-aged children), all seasonal. Sporting competitions occur between clubs from the neighbouring towns within a radius of about 75 km.

Wheat and sheep are the main farming produce of the region, but Gladstone has the largest inland grain storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere, storing wheat, barley, durum wheat, peas, faba beans and fiesta beans.

The Anglican Diocese of Willochra is based in Gladstone, with the Registry (the Diocesan Office) housed in building in the main street. In addition the Bishop of Willochra lives in Bishop’s House which is on the Main North Road.

Gladstone was the home of Trend Drinks, a local soft drink manufacturer, from its founding in 1876 until it moved to Corowa, New South Wales in 2016.

Diary Extract:

May 6th 2018

Continued on today and headed towards Gladstone where I visited Gladstone Gaol.  Took some photos and then we made our way towards Jamestown.  Camp fees are $8/night and we picked up some food.

There is a pretty walk next to the RV park which is dedicated to RM Williams who was born here.

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A Guide To South Australia

Port Pirie, Southern Flinders

Established: 1845

Wikipedia Extract

Port Pirie is a city on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, 223 km (139 mi) north of the state capital, Adelaide. The city has an expansive history which dates back to 1845. Port Pirie was the first proclamied regional city in South Australia and is currently the second most important and busiest port in the state.

The city was founded in 1845 and at June 2018 had an estimated urban population of 14,188. Port Pirie is the eighth most populous city in South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Gawler, Mount Barker, Whyalla, Murray Bridge, and Port Lincoln.

The city’s economy is dominated by one of the world’s largest lead smelters, operated by Nyrstar. The smelter is currently undergoing a $650 million upgrade to replace some of the old existing plant and to reduce airborne lead emissions drastically. It also produces refined silver, zinc, copper and gold. Port Pirie is the largest city and the main retail centre of the Mid North region of South Australia.

Population – 2012 Census – 17364.

Diary Extract:

May 5th 2018

Abysymal night, the wind howled and it bucketed down.  Got real bad ingestion and not much sleep.  We packed up early and headed towards Port Pirie.  There was a free camp in Napperby where we set up.  Only ones there, Peter chopped up some wood as they had firepits and I went for a bike ride.

Had a great time, got some excellent pictures of the Southern Flinders Rangers and some llamas.  After I got back I took the dogs for a walk at the reservoir across the road.  We headed out on a track which I realized didn’t turn back so we turned around.  Smart hey?

On the way back I got some fantastic photos of kookaburras – a mating pair.

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A Guide To South Australia

Napperby, Southern Flinders

Established: 1877

Wikipedia Extract

Napperby is a locality in the Mid North of South Australia in the approach to the lower Flinders Ranges and is near Mount Remarkable National Park and the town of Crystal Brook.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Napperby had a population of 665 of which 284 lived in its town centre.

Napperby is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Frome and the local government area of the Port Pirie Regional Council.

Diary Extract:

May 4th 2018

Abysymal night, the wind howled and it bucketed down.  Got real bad ingestion and not much sleep.  We packed up early and headed towards Port Pirie.  There was a free camp in Napperby where we set up.  Only ones there, Peter chopped up some wood as they had firepits and I went for a bike ride.

Had a great time, got some excellent pictures of the Southern Flinders Rangers and some llamas.  After I got back I took the dogs for a walk at the reservoir across the road.  We headed out on a track which I realized didn’t turn back so we turned around.  Smart hey?

On the way back I got some fantastic photos of kookaburras – a mating pair.

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A Guide To South Australia

Moonta, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1863

Wikipedia Extract

Moonta is a town on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia, 165 km (103 mi) north-northwest of the state capital of Adelaide. It is one of three towns known as the Copper Coast or “Little Cornwall” for their shared copper mining history.

Population 2016 Census – 2344.

Diary Extract:

May 3rd 2018

Woke up having a hypo, its raining and the battery was flat.  The positive, I had filled up the flash before bed so I used a cappacino sachet and went back to bed.  When I woke Peter was getting the generator going and I was getting wet through the vent on the van, so I got up.

We were going to stay at The Gap, but the road was bad so we stopped in Moonta for the night at a free stop.  Went out and took photos of Moonta.  Its very picturesque.

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A Guide To South Australia

Port Victoria, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1940

Wikipedia Extract

Port Victoria (formerly Wauraltee) is a town on the west coast of Yorke Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. At the 2006 census, Port Victoria had a population of 345.

Like many other coastal towns on the peninsula, it has a jetty and used to be a thriving port for the export of grain to England. Its anchorage is sheltered from westerly weather by nearby Wardang Island. The windjammers carrying the bagged grain called at Falmouth, England or Queenstown, Ireland for orders of where the grain was to be taken. Many of the smaller ports were visited only by coastal ketches and schooners. Port Victoria also had an anchorage offshore for the larger windjammers. These were loaded from the ketches which were in turn loaded at the jetty. The peak of the windjammer trade, the Great Grain Race, was in the 1930s; the last working sailing ships visited in 1949. As a result, Port Victoria is known as the last of the windjammer ports. This era is illustrated in the Port Victoria Maritime Museum.

It was formerly known as Wauraltee and was renamed as Port Victoria in 1940.

Today, Port Victoria is predominantly a fishing town. Activity peaks during the holiday season.

Diary Extract:

May 2nd 2018

In Port Victoria today and its like a ghost town.  A lot of houses for sale including the kiosk and corner store.

Think this is a town in the throngs of dying but supposedly there are a lot of visitors over summer as there is good fishing but on the evidence we saw, that wasn’t the case.

This was also our first taweaway.  A bag of hot chips and a magnum.  Yum.

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A Guide To South Australia

Wauraltee Beach, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1999

Wikipedia Extract

Wauraltee is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on the Yorke Peninsula about 102 kilometres (63 mi) west of the state capital of Adelaide and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south-west of the municipal seat of Maitland.

Wauraltee’s boundaries were created on 27 May 1999 and given the “local established name” which is derived from a local aboriginal word.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Wauraltee had a population of 56 people.

Wauraltee is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Narungga and the local government area of the Yorke Peninsula Council.

Diary Extract:

April 30 2018

Moved from Warooka this morning.  This was a great campsite which only requested a donation.  Got to have a shower, refilled with water, dump site, rubbish bins and onsite toilets.  Can’t praise it enough.

We then went to Minlaton where I bought a few non essentials and then straight to Wauraltee Beach.  Camp fees of $10/night apply and we paid for two nights.  Tomorrow I’ll go for a ride.

May 1st 2018

Spent the day at Wauraltee Beach today.  It was pretty quiet and I went for a bike ride.  I rode back to the crossroads to have a look at the memorial to Wauraltee.  It was a pretty large township built next to a salt lake.  We’re going to move to Port Victoria tomorrow.

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A Guide To South Australia

Warooka, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1879

Wikipedia Extract

Warooka is a town on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, known as the ‘Gateway to the bottom end’.

At the 2016 census, Warooka had a population of 348.

Diary Extract:

April 29 2018

It was really cold this morning but I went for a run – up and down hill – it was hard.  We headed back to Corny Point as we are getting low on petrol.

After a few issues we got to Warooka but after stopping to find the next location the car wouldn’t start.  Someone stopped to help and jump started us but we still needed water.  Headed to the Warooka Oval and found out its also a great camp site.  They only require a donation, has a dump point, water and toilets.

Decided to stop for the day and address the growing list of issues.

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A Guide To South Australia

Corny Point, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1881

Wikipedia Extract

Corny Point is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located about 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) to the east of the north-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula. It was named after the nearby headland, Corny Point.  The first pastoral lease was taken up in 1846 by James Coutts.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Corny Point had 105 people living within its boundaries.

Corny Point is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Narungga and the local government area of the Yorke Peninsula Council.

Diary Extract:

April 27 2018

Stopped in Yorketown for some supplies today, tried to locate Burner’s Beach campsite , but couldn’t find it.  After awhile we gave up and detoured to Corny Point to see the lighthouse.  The road was atrocious but we finally found the Gravel Beach campsite.

Peter nearly got bogged but managed to get out, nearly took out the caravan though.  When we finally got set up we went down to the beach.  It’s really nice, took some snaps.

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A Guide To South Australia

Honiton, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1999

Wikipedia Extract

Honiton is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on the south coast of Yorke Peninsula immediately adjoining Investigator Strait about 89 kilometres (55 miles) west of the state capital of Adelaide and about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) west of the Edithburgh town centre.

Its boundaries were created in May 1999. The name derives from the former government town of Honiton which was proclaimed on 27 April 1876, which ceased on 26 September 1982 and whose site is within the locality’s extent. The former government town’s name itself is reported as being derived from Honiton, a town located in Devonshire, England.

Honiton’s coastal boundary with Investigator Strait includes coastal features such as Troubridge Hill and Troubridge Point.The area was known as Troubridge in 1871 when the land was first released for farming before the town of Honiton was surveyed in August 1874.

The former government town was located in section 376 in the Hundred of Melville which was sub-divided by the surveyor, James W. Jones in 1874. A school was opened in 1874 under the name “Diamond Lake” which was the informal name used for part of the locality. The school was renamed as “Honiton” in 1891 and was closed in 1942.The locality contains two sites listed on the South A ustralian Heritage Register – the Lake Fowler Salt Works on Lake Fowler Road and a length of dry stone walling that is located to one side of New Honiton Road, Goldsmith Beach Road and two other roads.

As of 2014, the majority land use within the locality is “primary production.”

The 2011 census reported that Honiton shared a population of 159 people with the locality of Port Moorowie and part of the locality of Edithburgh.

Honiton is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Narungga and the local government area of the Yorke Peninsula Council. The current federal representative is Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey.

Honiton was the place of residence for former Sports Editor of the Sunraysia Daily and current The Advertiser journalist, David Goldsmith.

Diary Extract:

April 26 2018

Spent the day in Honiton in Troubridge in Edithburgh.  Went for a ride and took photos of the lighthouse.  Missy is still suffering from arthritis but it seems a bit better after she slept on the bed.

Made an improptu stirfry out of left overs – chicken breast, capsicum, noodles, noodle sachets and bbq sauce.  It was really nice.

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A Guide To South Australia

Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula

Established: 1876

Wikipedia Extract

Minlaton is a town in central Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. At the 2016 census, Minlaton had a population of 800. It is known as the “Barley capital of the world”, due to the rich Barley production in the region.

Minlaton was the hometown of Harry Butler, a World War I flying ace. His Bristol M1C monoplane has been restored and is preserved in pride of place in a building the centre of the town. When he flew an air mail run from Adelaide across Gulf St Vincent to Minlaton in 1919, it was the first over-water flight in the Southern Hemisphere.

Minlaton is in the District Council of Yorke Peninsula, the federal Division of Grey and the state electoral district of Narungga.

Thirteen miles to the west is Brown Point, commonly known as “The Bluff” or “Bluff Beach”, where the boat winching system is a tourist attraction.

Diary Extract:

April 25 2018

Anzac Day – didn’t make it to the service as we slept in.  Missy had problems when she woke up, arthritis, from sleeping on the floor.  I went for a run, it went ok.

Pete’s off fishing while I’m writing.

Travelled in the afternoon and got lost.  Ardrossan-Minlaton-Yorketown-Edithburgh

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