Thursday, June 7, 2012

Port Elliott & Pelicans

It was a longer drive from Robe to our last campsite in Port Elliot however, although longer it was well worth it. The weather had picked up and we had a pleasant dry and sunny day for the journey along the Princes Highway. A significant part of the trip took us through The Coorong, an area rich in natural beauty with more than 200 species of birds in its waterways. Most popular and evident were the pelicans!

Mid-way through our drive arrived at Meningie. On the shores of Lake Albert, Meningie was established in the 1800s as a staging post for the local cattle graziers. The Lake Albert foreshore made for a pleasant stroll before we continued our journey.

We arrived in Port Elliot late afternoon and we were delighted to find out that our final night camping was likely to be the best yet! We managed to secure a pitch with views of the main beach at Horseshoe Bay and within spitting distance of the pristine coastline. That evening, after we had eaten and enjoyed a couple of glasses of bubbly we simply sat beneath the stars listening to the waves crashing along the shore - perfect!

The next morning we packed up and made the short trip to the charming town of Victor Harbour. We had hoped to take the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island but due to some repair work the horses were not working but we could still walk  across the bridge connecting Victor Harbour and the Island which is what we did. Granite Island is home to fairy penguins although we didn't see any on the day of our visit, nonetheless, it was still good to stretch our legs in the warm and pleasant sunshine.

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