So what is all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

21 January, 2012

Streaky Bay

The drive from Sceale Bay to Streaky Bay was only about 30Km's, but the road was dirt the whole way and only 10km's of it was graded and it was quite rough the rest of the way so much so that our eggs in the fridge fell off their shelf and smashed everywhere.
We booked into the Streaky Bay Caravan Park for one night.  The caravan park was chocka block full of people - the busiest park we've stayed in yet, but it was a beautiful park, right on the beach with good clean facilities and a good Kiosk.  We ended up staying at Streaky bay for 2 nights because we thought it was such a great place.
Once we'd setup the van, we explored the park, and then went to find the Great White Shark at the roadhouse/visitor information in town.

We found the 5 metre monster (caught by a 21 year old in 1996 on a 24Kg fishing line after a 5 hour struggle!) and of course, we had to stick our heads inside!!

At Streaky Bay, we stuck our heads inside a great white shark.

It was quite a hot day that day, so after looking at the shark, and looking around the town, we went back to the park to swim. There were thousands of tiny little jellyfish in the water that bumped against your legs when you waded through the shallow water, it felt very strange because you couldn't see them. The kids loved them, they spent a long time catching them and making a 'Jellyfish farm' in a hole they dug in the sand -but the tide kept going out and leaving the farm stranded!

The Streaky Bay Beach which the caravan park backs on to

Some of the Jelly fish collected by Natalie for the Jellyfish Farm

On Saturday, we did the loop drive to Cape Bauer. There was lots to see along the way, we stopped at Hally's beach as well as the whistling rocks and the blowholes before continuing the loop back to Streaky Bay.  The Blowholes weren't working (because the swell wasn't big enough - and it was low tide), but we got to hear some whistling rocks and see a different (tiny) blowhole working.

If you look carefully you can see a small blowhole working on the rock shelf

Mike and Natalie at Whistling Rocks
That afternoon, we went to the Jetty in town and went fishing.  Both Liz and Mike managed to catch some fish, but nothing worth keeping - but it was a bit of fun, and we also saw two dolphins near the jetty.

We finished off our day with a nice swim down at the beach - there were still some jellyfish, but not quite as many as the day before.

We've found that the water in South Australia is really really salty.  Whenever you go swimming, the towels, rash vests, and your hair is so encrusted with salt that you need a good freshwater shower after the swim!  This is fine except when we're free-camping and wanting to save water.

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