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Road Trip to Coober Pedy – Lake Hart

Stopped on the way to Coober Pedy to have a look at Lake Hart – (maplink).

In 1918, Lake Hart was important due to the salt deposit when surveyors investigated the area. They estimated the yield as being three million tons, and defined the lake’s area as 61 square miles.

While we were there we saw a massive goods train go past with “double stacked” containers.


Woomera

400km road trip from Moonta Bay to Woomera (trip maplink) for a 3 day visit (should have been shorter – just sayin’).

On the way we passed the newly constructed Hornsdale Tesla Lithium Battery site (World’s largest) at Jamestown (maplink), near Port Augusta. The tower at the centre is so bright you can see it from about 100kms away.

Woomera is a pretty quiet town with an emu strolling down the main street being the most excitement we had. The happy hour at the Woomera Traveller’s Village and Caravan Park (maplink) was a great way to meet with other traveller’s. Went for an hour and spent 4.

Toured through the Woomera Museum which was actually really good with lots of history from the 1950s to 1970s where rocket development and testing was carried out by the Australian, English and US air forces.

Len Beadell the bush surveyor

Whilst at the Woomera Space Museum we learnt about a famous surveyor by the name of Len Beadell who developed a lot of the roads in the area, in particular the “Gunbarrel Highway” which was built to allow the rocket recovery teams to go out into the desert to locate the remains of rockets after they were fired. This stretched for over 1,350 km from Woomera to central Western Australia.


Moonta Bay – Yorke Peninsula

After the Bailey BASE week-end we moved onto Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula (maplink) with our Bailey friends Neil and Sharon. We spent 3 nights at this lovely place right on the water witnessing amazing sunsets every night.

Moonta is famous for the mining of copper in the 1860s. The old sandstone buildings in the district are absolutely beautiful. Find out more here.

The beach was only a few steps from the caravan and is a really quiet and majestic place to visit.

We also paid some visits to a couple of the local historical towns with the most beautiful buildings.


National Motor Museum – Birdwood

We spent the morning at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood (maplink). Free entry (donation at the door). Established in 1964 it is Australia’s largest motor museum, with close to 400 vehicles on display.

Took several hours strolling through Australia’s motoring heritage. This is totally worth a visit.

More details may be found on the museum’s website and in Wikipedia or on Tripadvisor.


Château Tanunda Winery

We visited Château Tanunda winery and were given a comprehensive tour of the winery and its history. An amazing place with so much history. It was built in the 1880s and had some of the earliest plantings on vines in the Barossa Valley, dating back to the 1840s.

Learn more at www.chateautanunda.com and from Wikipedia. View on a Maplink.




Bailey BASE gathering at Tanunda

17th to 21st May 2018. We own a Bailey Rangefinder Comet caravan and on 18th May to 21st May 2018 we attended our first Bailey Australian Owners Caravan gathering in Tanunda, Clare Valley in South Australia (maplink).

We headed off from home on the 16th May 2018, staying in Border Town on the way (trip maplink).

Bailey Australia run this annual event and provide the caravan sites, food, drink and a couple of tours  to local places of interest thrown in as well.

Bailey caravans originated in the UK 47 years ago and have also been manufactured in Australia for a short number of years now.

There were about 70 Australian made & English made caravans attending the week-end. We met lots of other Bailey owners, drank a bit and celebrated in style at the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday night – James Bond was the dress theme.