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Sunday, 31 May 2009


31st March – Sunday

Another cool morning with clear, sunny skies. Left Mt Gambier, heading for Meningie, and drove through pine plantations for over an hour. Forestry is obviously the main industry for this region. Easy towing today with very little traffic and very flat roads, although they were rather bumpy at times. The flocks of crimson rosellas we saw yesterday were replaced by yellow tailed black cockatoos.

We had a stop at Kingston – how could we not stop? – had a look at their lighthouse, found a supermarket (needed some provisions) and then discovered another “Big” on the road out of town. In the last couple of days we have seen the Big Koala and the Big Woolbales – today it was the Big Lobster! He is for sale if anyone is interested.

After leaving Kingston, we followed the Cooyong for about 100 kms – a pretty boring drive for most of the way as all we could see were the melaleucas on either side of the road. It wasn’t until we were almost to the northern end of the Cooyong that we actually saw the water and sand dunes.

Meningie is a nice little town (population 940) on the shores of Lake Albert. The caravan park is beach front and for an extra $2 we could have had a site that fronted the beach. As there are only about six caravans in the park, we decided to have a site on the opposite side of the road and still get the same view. The sunset was unbelievable! So are the mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, the beach is a mixture of sand and mud, but it was still nice to have a walk and look at the pelicans. We also discovered the local bowls club where six locals were having a friendly game. I don’t think Sheila and Patsy would have approved of their footwear – Blunstone boots are a definite no-no at Beltana!!!

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