We met up with my friend Janine and her husband Scott in Arno Bay (forgot to take a photo) on the way out from Port Lincoln and then we headed for our over night stay at Point Lowly just out of Whyalla. The weather was a little crazy that day. We had dust, rain and wind.
I am really amazed the whole caravan did not roll over and fall into the water and float out to sea. It did feel like we were on a boat sleeping in the van this night.
MAMBRAY CREEK – This gorgeous bush campsite is on the east coast of Spencer Gulf about 240 kilometres north of Adelaide and about 40 kilometres north of the city of Port Pirie. Unfortunately the creek is bone dry with the exception of a few seepages but the wild life is abundant. Goanna’s, Emus, Kangaroos, Kookaburras and flies. Lots of flies.
Baroota Ruins and Cemetery – this is what is left of an old homestead and shows how harsh this country can be. They tried to run too many sheep on this property and of course failed to sustain the sheep and make a go of it. There were a few owners but in the end no-one stayed.
GUS AND GARY THE GOANNAS. They were very friendly and greeted us straight away on our first day here at Mambray. Gus is a really good size while his cousin Gary is a little smaller.
Below is some footage of a freight train with the Flinders Ranges as a back drop
From Mambray Creek we made our way to Morgan. As you can see from the video below, this is wheat country.
MORGAN – Morgan is a town on the right bank of the Murray River, just downstream of where it turns from flowing roughly westwards to roughly southwards. It is about 161 kilometres north east of Adelaide, and about 315 kilometres upstream of the Murray Mouth. We were joined by Tony and Karen who drove up from Adelaide for the weekend.
A large wharf was built, and Morgan, being the railway terminus and became one of the busiest ports on the Murray. It handled nearly all the goods that were being imported and exported (particularly wool) to and from a vast region upstream from Morgan along the Murray and Darling rivers. At its peak, Morgan was the second busiest port in South Australia with six trains a day carrying freight from the Murray to the sea at Port Adelaide. As road transport improved through the early part of the 20th century, river transport declined. The railway to Morgan finally closed in 1969.
One more stop before we are home for Xmas. 🙂