The beauty of an adventure like this is changing direction whenever the need or desire arises. The freedom that comes with this is totally indescribable, let me tell you!!! The last week has seen us changing direction more than a couple of times, mainly due to weather, and having the freedom and ability to do so is awesome!
In my last blog post, I mentioned that we’d spent 6 wonderful days at Black Point. Well, after posting that, we actually decided to stay on a bit longer. In all, we were there 12 days, and really enjoyed the chilled out and relaxing environment. Whilst there we took the time to plan our next few stops – we had a rough plan that would see us head to the Eyre Peninsula, down an outback 4WD road called Googs Track, across to Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre, then up the Oodnadatta Track to Ayers Rock/Kings Canyon yada yada yada…. all the way through to the first week of July (two months). We knew that things could potentially change along the way, an extra night here or there, so we built in a few spare days aswell.
Perhaps two days after completing our plan, we met a lovely old chap who advised us that we were crazy to miss the very bottom end of the Yorke Peninsula. Apparently the fishing was crazy, and the views were breathtaking. We took on his advice, and built a little detour into our plan to visit Innes National Park. He was right. The views were breathtaking. The campground we chose was pretty cool and off a great beach. There were huge sand dunes surrounding the site aswell, which provided hours of fun the kiddies! It was also our very first opportunity on the trip to cook ourselves a great stew on the campfire! 🙂 We spent the first day exploring and tried a bit of fishing, but ended up with just a stingray 😣 It was pretty windy and choppy too, which made beach fishing both unpleasant and dangerous.
The second night in, the winds had really picked up. The camper trailer seemed to be handling it fine, but it felt like it was really taking a battering! The wind was just relentless, and I was lying awake constantly checking outside to make sure we didn’t lose the annex. At 1am, I checked the Bureau of Meteorology website to see how much longer we had to endure these ridiculous winds, and found that 10mins earlier a Severe Weather Warning had been issued for a number of areas in South Australia, including ours. It told of potentially damaging winds, up to 90km/hr, that were likely to arrive just before sunrise. That certainly didn’t provide the comfort that I was looking for, instead it told me things were possibly getting worse, not better. After a quick chat with Chrissy, we both agreed that it was better to be safe than sorry, and made the call to do a quick pack up. The boys awoke a little dazed and confused, but pitched in and helped, with many questions about where we’d go and how we’d sleep. As we had no idea ourselves, we could only offer minimal information, but assured them we’d we fine. By 3am, we were packed and driving out of the National Park. We drove for an hour, stopped at a small town and slept roadside in the car til sunrise, then continued on.
After that experience, and in light of the cooler months arriving, with more wind and more rain, we decided that perhaps our initial plan to spend a month along the Eyre Peninsula wasn’t such a great idea. We agreed that changing direction was the go, so instead of west, we decided on north…. Straight to the sun!
That day, we drove into Port Augusta and booked a 2-day stopover to get prepared for the Red Centre. We were looking at a lot more outback roads, and not a lot in the way of shopping, so we stocked up on food, water and fuel. We also took the opportunity to ‘lighten the load’. At this point, we marked 1 month on the road, and found that, although we thought we’d packed light, in reality we were carrying heaps of excess stuff! We ended up sending four large boxes worth of clothes, shoes, sporting goods, and our inflatable boat (not much need for it where we were going!) back home to Mum (thanks Mum 😊)
Once all prepared, we were ready to hit the Stuart Highway…. destination Darwin!
First stop was Coober Pedy. Check out my next blog post for our thoughts on this very ‘interesting’ (to say the least!) place!