weekend of Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th of March 2005
switching venues and dates to try to find the right combination for the first
Adelaide get-together, we finally stuck with the 42 Mile Crossing Campground in
the Coroong National Park.
and Mike & Sheryl were always certainties for this trip, and together with Cindy
& myself we enjoyed a top weekend.
Victorian invasion arrived Friday afternoon and set up camp on a scarce piece of
green grass. This was not a “Pretty Camp-site”, but picked to show off a part of
our State that one might normally not visit.
I arrived early on Saturday morning after finishing work late the previous
settling in and introducing ourselves to Robert, Mike & Sheryl, we went about
nosing in to each other’s campers. We have camped near an Ultimate before, but
have never checked out the features. We are well and truly hooked know and
understand why they are well regarded.
decided to go for a beach drive to explore the Coorong region. Mike & Sheryl
have completed a 4wd-training course, but this was there first time on beach
sand. Robert decided to leave his Fairlane behind
and settled in the back seat of Mike’s Range Rover.
Cindy & I
have driven this stretch of beach about 4 times in the last 12 months and know
it is fairly safe if driven sensibly. It is always a breath-taking drive along
this beach with the added tension of making sure we drove the correct line.
Sheryl’s facial expressions and the occasional squeal
on the 2-way gave the impression that she was having an interesting tour. Robert
was in his glory using his new handheld 1watt UHF radio. “Rubber ducky, 10 four
good buddy, roger, roger over and out, hello, anyone out there?, were all part
of Robert’s entertaining learning process of using his new toy.
behind the soft sandy dunes to check out a campsite area and beckoned Mike on
the radio to come through. “ I can’t he replied, we are stuck.” Sheryl once
again had that funny expression on her face. After a bit of coaching,
straightening the wheels and applying a few more revs, Mike was happily on his
checked out another camping ground at Tea Tree Crossing which was isolated (4wd
access only), very green and plenty of vegetation.
Crossing is a track across the coorong which can only be driven on normally in
late summer when the water dries out. We drove across and continued to the small
location of Salt Creek. Here we bought ice creams, re-inflated our tyres and Rob
and I replenished our ice supplies.
back to camp via the bitumen as we had some roast meats to cook for the evening
night we settled under the Ultimate's shelter. Lamb, chicken, roasted veggies &
gravies made for a superb combined evening roast. We presented the Victorian
guests each with a West End Limited Edition, Port Power AFL Premiership can of
beer, so as to remember their South Oz weekend. Mike used his Cobby Cooker and
it was good to see one cooking. With plenty of wine, bubblies & port, the
conversations lingered through the night.
waking up early Sunday morning (6’ish), Mike & I had coffee and talked under the
shelter shed away from the others. We hope we didn’t disturb any-ones sleep-in
We decided to head down to the beach for a bit of surf fishing, with the only
catch being heaps of giant seaweed fish
There were plenty of overnight fisherman catching the same.
back to camp, Cindy instinctively knew that there would be no fish for brekkie,
so the bacon and eggs were ready.
sun morning going on a short walk. We explored an historical Chinese water well
which was constructed in 1850. The walking trail showed various stages of how
the well’s curved limestone bricks and lid were obtained.
Mid-afternoon, Cindy and I packed up and departed back to Adelaide. Robert, Mike
& Sheryl were staying on for an extra night. Mike & Sheryl were enjoying an
extended trip, traveling back to Geelong via Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and
Thanks to Rick for the report
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