It’s great to be able to write that we’re back on the road!

Leaving a little later than expected due some really hot weather and Grant finalising the work on his new brackets, it put us behind schedule as we had a deadline to get to Port Lincoln (not that Grant knew that at the time).  As a result, we agreed that we would miss out on stopping at the Clare Valley.  That wasn’t so bad as we just packed some more wine out of our cellar to compensate for what we were going to miss out on. 🙂

Arriving in Port Lincoln, just imagine Grant’s surprise when expecting to be staying in a caravan park for his 50th birthday, we instead “roughed it” at a luxury eco lodge for the first three nights of our adventure.
Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are set amongst regenerating native forest on a 200 hectare property outside of Port Lincoln which had stunning 360° views, and was so secluded, that it felt just like us and the wildlife.  Grant’s birthday was a fairly relaxed affair, visiting Delacolline Winery for lunch (can recommend the platters) and wine tasting (great sparkling red), and dinner at Sarin’s Restaurant at the Port Lincoln hotel.

The following day we paid a visit to the Marina – you would have thought we’d eaten enough the previous day, however we had lunch at the Marina and enjoyed some more seafood followed by a much needed long walk.  They’re definitely spoilt for seafood choice over here!

Our last night at the lodge included witnessing a fantastic sunset followed by a personalised astronomy tour – the amount of stars visible when there are no city lights was amazing, and we learnt heaps from Phil of Wilderness Wanders .  By the end of our stay at Port Lincoln, we had eaten our fair share of seafood and tasted some pretty good wines.   We would like to say a big thank you to Jill and Michael, our hosts at Tanonga, who made our stay very memorable.

Leaving Port Lincoln we moved on to Coffin Bay.  Most people would know Coffin Bay being famous for oysters, and we can confirm that they’re very good.  Grant makes mean oysters Kilpatrick, and we had plenty.   Coffin Bay is a pretty seaside town with a gorgeous outlook to the bay which was enough to invite us to stay for a couple of nights and just take things easy.

After leaving Coffin Bay, we called in to Elliston for a coffee stop before continuing on to Streaky Bay for the night.  The park was very busy and filled with many grey nomads – I think we were a couple of the youngest ones there!   We couldn’t resist getting some more seafood to take with us on the trip further west – you’re probably thinking we should be catching our own, but we had a “date” in Kalgoorlie that saw us needing to push on.

Our next post will see us head across the Nullarbor where we have the opportunity to play the longest golf course in the world, the Nullarbor Links.  And just as we left the reccy trip, the rain gods are back in action as you’ll see when we head west!
Stay safe and live life to the max!
Grant & Linda.

 

Kms Travelled Total  1,291     

 

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