A great weekend away again, exploring South Australia.
We left Adelaide on Friday evening quite late as we had dinner first and still had to pack the car etc. This time we managed to get out of the city without any drama’s and soon we were on our way to the Yorke Peninsula. Just before midnight we arrived and soon our tent was pitched on a lovely camp site called Cable Bay near the ocean.
The next morning we had a late breakfast and drove to the information centre for some advice on kayak trips and the up-to-date weather forecast. It’s a good thing we did as there was a 4m swell coming in from the ocean and a strong wind that was expected to grow to gale force winds later that day. We decided to give the kayaking a miss this time and opted for some hikes.
We watched some people and dolphins enjoy the waves that looked quite big even from a distance! Had lunch overlooking the ocean and then started our hike to Gym beach. This was a sheltered hike as it is more inland. We saw a Mallee Fowl on the hike! Awesome, they turned out to be common in this park as I saw another one later that day on my run.
When we got back from my run we found the tent in a rather sad state. As we were already down to 3 poles since last year, the tent wasn’t very stable any more anyway. And these winds had broken another pole and left another one quite badly damaged. So with only one pole left, we moved the tent to another spot so we could put the car in front of it to protect it from the wind and tie the guy ropes to the car as well. We used rocks to stabilise the tent as pegs weren’t really an option in this wind and the rock hard soil… And then to top things off, it started to rain when we were just finishing our dinner!
Needless to say we didn’t sleep much that night with dust being blown in from all sides and the tent more often flattened than standing up… Time for a new tent…
We went for a short walk the next day (sunny again but still windy) and then headed home to prepare for a load of concrete to be dumped on our garden as we are building a shed!
Innes NP is very pretty and we saw lots of emu’s, 2 mallee fowl, some kangaroos and blue tongue lizards, but unfortunately no snakes yet. The wild flowers are out here too and make things look really stunning! Hopefully next time we get to explore around some of the islands too with our kayaks…