It had been over a week since we last did laundry, so it was time to return to civilization. We drove to Hamilton. With the bad weather here, it seems like I wear my blue sweater and long pants every day, so a laundromat was more than welcome. We did some shopping at Coles and quickly stopped at Kmart for some small items. We had an electrical check-up done on our second battery and solar panel by a “car sparky.” Everything is working fine, but it’s not strong enough to withstand the extremely hot climate in Perth. So, in the long run, we’ll either need to buy a new fridge (we currently have a cooler that consumes electricity day and night), invest in more robust solar panels (which is expensive), or get a battery charger to charge our second battery at a powered campsite manually. As long as we keep driving enough, everything is fine, but there will come a time when we want to camp for longer periods and need a plan B. Our cooler can only cool down 30 degrees below the outside temperature. That means if we experience hotter temperatures, Ely’s insulin won’t be adequately cooled. We’re fine until Adelaide, but it’s something to think about.
We continued driving to Mount Gambier, a lovely town and stayed overnight at a free campsite. It was a beautiful and spacious area with no one around us. Once again, you guessed it, it was raining. The next morning, we had to dry our tent again. Our mattress was a bit wet this time, so we put it in the car to dry. It was a bit uncomfortable, but it was important to get it dry.
We drove to another campground where we could shower for five dollars per person. We visited the famous Blue Lake and The Umpherston Sinkhole. Here, we had the chance to see a possum up close. Beautiful places, but you could see everything quickly. Today seemed like a good day to cover more kilometers. We made stops along the way in Beachport, Robe, and Kingston SE.
We continued driving through the Coorong National Park towards Adelaide. It quickly became evening, so we stopped in Meningie at Lake Albert. It was a paid campground for ten dollars per person. We parked by the lake and saw a lot of pelicans there. It was a beautiful and peaceful place. We chatted with a local who gave us plenty of tips for our trip to Perth. I don’t want to repeat myself, but we had wind and rain again during the night! Honestly, it’s starting to affect my mood a bit. Wiping down the tent every morning, everything gets soaked. Not so enjoyable, but Ely keeps telling me to hold on a little longer because good weather is coming. Apart from that, it’s still heavenly here 😉
Our last stop before Adelaide was Victor Harbor. We arrived shortly after noon and finally had some sun but with a lot of wind. It was good to get some fresh air. We briefly stopped by the information center, where we received much information but nothing exciting. It was mainly about drinking, eating, and spending money. Near Victor Harbor is Granite Island, known for the granite that used to be mined here. You could either walk to the island via a bridge or take the old mode of transportation. They use horse-drawn carriages. We explored the island on foot. You could spot whales here (but not at this time of the year), penguins (only on a paid tour), and seals (if you were lucky). We had less luck, but it didn’t bother us much.
Afterward, we briefly explored the local town center, but it wasn’t awe-inspiring. We still had 150 kilometers to go to reach Adelaide. Ely did most of the driving on this trip, which allowed him to practice his driving skills. He’s doing well! In Adelaide, we stopped by to see Anneleen, a friend of Ely’s whom he knows from diabetes camps. She lives here with her fiancé. Adelaide is said to be a pleasant city that feels more like a big village. We’re looking forward to it!
X Inez & Ely
- blue lake
- granite island
- lake albert
- mount gambier
- south australia
- umpherston sinkhole
- victor harbor