We arrived in Port Wakefield and had lunch. Over lunch we decided that we would stay there for the night, so we went to the Caravan Park and booked a spot overnight. We were very glad that we made this decision because the spot that we got was right next to a tidal lagoon and because it was starting to heat up (maybe 34 degrees) we went swimming in the lagoon quite a lot that day.
The evening was beautiful, and Liz and Mike sat outside overlooking the water as the sun went down. It was really very nice indeed (for a place we weren't sure we'd stop at).
|Our Campsite at Port Wakefield|
|The Tidal lagoon - lots of crabs, but very refreshing.|
|Sunset from our caravan|
We woke up on New Years Eve, and drove to Port Pirie. The day was beginning to warm up. We'd been watching the weather, so we knew it would be above 40 degrees. We arrived at the caravan park just before lunch and headed straight for the indoor pool that they had. The pool wasn't anything fancy, but it was somewhere to have a swim.
|The Pool was hotter than the spa! but at least we could swim :)|
After shopping at Coles and Kmart, we got back to the Caravan, and it was 45 degrees outside (and 42 degrees inside the van). The day was so hot, that our air conditioner overheated and would no longer cool - bummer!
|Yes, the remote sensor was in the shade!!|
We finished our swims, and had some dinner (it was much too hot to cook, so we had a special new years eve treat at McDonalds) before we headed out to the 'Party in the Park'.
When we got to the park, there were free horse rides, free kids entertainment, and some lolly bags for the kids too, as well as face painting - all of which the kids enjoyed immensely while we waited for the sun to go down and the fireworks to start.
|Natalie was the only one game enough for a free horse ride|
|Natalie chose a Butterfly for her face painting|
|Both the boys got dragons painted on their arms|
The fireworks display was at 9:30pm, and was a modest display of fireworks. Everyone enjoyed it before heading back to the caravan to light sparklers and say goodbye to 2011.
|Waiting for the 9:30pm fireworks|
Thankfully, by the time we got back to the caravan (which was still 37 degrees) the air conditioner decided to work, so we blasted the air cond and the fans in order to get some sleep that night, however it didn't cool down below 27 in the van that night.
We woke up to an absolute scorcher of a day as the first day for 2012.
|Even though it is a 'Dry Heat', 47 degrees is disgusting no matter where you are!|
We swam in the river twice (morning and afternoon) and the pool twice (morning and afternoon) that day. The kids coped with the heat really well - in fact they even wanted to get out and play on the playgrounds at Port Broughton - and we had a small play on a shade covered playground at the foreshore before we left.
We will always remember Port Pirie as 'Hot', but it really is a nice spot, and we enjoyed the community feel of the new years eve celebration.