22/9/21 - 1/10/21
With our border permit in hand we crossed the South Australian Border……..Hello South Australia……Who would have ever thought that to travel this great vast land of ours we would need border permits to enter into states. As we have travelled from NT, which is classified as a 'Green' zone there was no one on the border checking our permits.
Arriving at Marla Roadhouse to fuel up, we had to abid to SA restrictions, so facemask had to be worn. Travelling down long open roads we stopped a night at Matherson Bore and enjoyed a wonderful campfire under a bright starry night and had the spot to ourselves.
Past Coober Pedy we had Ray and Pam catch up to us again and after pulling up and having a chat it was decided that we would spend our last night together at Spuds Roadhouse at Pimba. The following morning we said our goodbyes to Ray & Pam, who are heading to Perth to catch up with family. After driving 175km's through open vast countryside we arrived at Port Augusta and obtained water and fuel before driving alongside the southern Flinders Rangers and moving onto Lawrie Park.
The following day we drove through the stunning SA countryside with fields of wheat and canola, we both commented on the beauty of this countryside. By mid morning we stopped at Gladstone to investigate the Gladstone Gaol.
The jail is heritage listed and was built between 1879 - 1881, it was a jail used for both men and women. It was closed in 1975 as it had no sewage, all cells only had dunny cans. The jail has been open to visitors since 1978 and we loved exploring the cells, tower, kitchen, washing area and the yards.
Our camp for the night was at the Truro Pub, where Alan got the largest beef schnitzel that we had ever seen. Max the publican is 84 year old and doesn't want to give up his pub that he has had for nearly five decades and is still serving behind the bar.
Up early the next morning and we went off to the Barossa Farmers Market, where we bought lots of goodies and then went to Maggie Beers Farm Shop. We are now prepared with lots of lovely nibbles for the Grand Final.
We stayed three nights at Mannum, camping at the Bolto Campground and then caught up with Terry & Margaret and had dinner, drinks and stayed the night at their house.
On leaving Mannum we have enjoyed driving along and stopping at the wonderful lookouts, overlooking the mighty Murray River. After several trips across the Murray we found a great spot on the river at Walkers Flats. We have had two days of sunny weather before the rain had set in, but here we sit and ponder life, enjoying the birdlife, watching the houseboats travelling down the river, enjoying drinks by the fire and cooking up some great meals in the campoven.