We drove from Adelaide to our caravan Park on Friday the 23rd December and arrived quite late in the afternoon. We setup the site and had some dinner and that's all we had time for that day.
On Christmas Eve, we had a brief look around the Wirrina Cove Marina and the kids had a good climb all over the rocks that made the breakwall. Liz's foot was now healing well enough to try walking without crutches and so Liz strolled along the breakwall (not climbing on the rocks just yet).
|Climbing on the breakwall at the Marina|
|The Horse Drawn tram that goes from Victor Harbor to Granite Island|
|Liz, Josh, Natalie and Sam inside the Tram|
|The Bridge connecting Granite Island with Victor Harbor|
A late night was had by Mike and Liz as Mike Assembled a new bike for Natalie and Liz wrapped all the other presents. We knew that this year would be 'smaller' than some years, but we were surprised at how many presents were under our 'tree' in the caravan! So thanks to Grandma's and Granddad's, Nanna's and Pa's, Aunty's, Uncles, and friends - we really appreciate your thoughts and presents.
Christmas Day 2011
The Mason's were up quite Early on Christmas day this year! At about 6:30am, the kids all enjoyed looking through their stockings and seeing what Santa had brought them while they slept, then it was time for the rest of the presents, followed by Bacon and Eggs for breakfast before heading off to church. We had looked for a Church to go to in Yankalilla and decided on the Anglican church. The service was a 9:30am service, and so along with about 40 others, we attended a very formal prayer book service (with a sung Eucharist - which was a first for us). The kids did very well sitting in the pews and colouring or playing with their cars they had just got for Christmas. The service was finished by 10:30am.
|Early Christmas morning. Our 'tree' is in the background with a pile of presents under it.|
Due to the fact that Cooking a turkey in the caravan (with no oven, and on an unpowered site) would be somewhat difficult, we had booked ourselves into a special christmas Buffet lunch at the Wirrina cove Resort, so we went to lunch from 12pm-3pm which was a very nice buffet with lots of tasty food - even a kids corner with fish, chicken and chips. Santa even came, with presents for the kids. It was a great way to have Christmas lunch this year.
|Santa at the Christmas Lunch at Wirrina Cove Resort|
|Sitting down at our christmas Lunch|
The rest of Christmas day was spent playing with the new toys and gifts, riding bikes in the caravan park, playing street cricket and lazing around the van, it was a nice way to end Christmas day for 2011.
On Boxing day, we went to see Cape Jervis - which has the ferry that takes people over to Kangaroo Island. We drove down to Cape Jervis, stopping along the way at a few places to have a look. One of the stops we made was the starfish hill Wind Farm. We stopped at the bottom of a windmill to have a close look. We have seen LOTS of wind farms on our travels so far, and so it was good to see a windmill up close and hear the blades whipping around. We also stopped in at Rapid bay - where there was a very full campground, as well as a big jetty with lots of scuba divers. At Cape Jervis we watched the car ferry leaving the terminal while we had lunch. After stopping for a swim at Second Valley beach, the rest of the afternoon was spent playing around the caravan park.
|Rapid Bay Jetty|
|Rapid Bay Beach|
|Second Valley beach|
For our last full day on the Fleurieu peninsula, we took another trip over to the other side of the Peninsula because we wanted to go to Goolwa - the closest town to the mouth of the Murray River. We drove back through Victor Harbor and went to look at Port Elliot on the way through to Goolwa. When we got to Goolwa, the Steam train (the oldest public transport railway in Australia) pulled into the station. So Liz and the kids jumped on the steam train and had a ride back to Port Elliot while Mike drove the car back to pick them up. We had heard that the fish and chips at Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot were great, so we stopped for a special lunch of fish and chips on the beach (and they were terrific).
|At the top of Horseshoe Bay|
|Horseshoe Bay, SA|
|On Board the 'Duke of Edinborough' Steam Train|
|The Steam train heading back to Port Elliot|
We certainly did pack a lot into our time staying on Fleurieu, but it didn't feel rushed and we had a great Christmas time together.