South from Adelaide to McLaren Vale and beyond
10.02.2015 35 °C
Adelaide south to Goolwa, Victor Harbour
And the Southern Ocean
Adelaide does get some very hot days from December to March, and the last few days have not gone unnoticed as it was 41 degrees last Saturday, forecast again for this Saturday but not quite 46 up at Woomera! Here on the coast at beautiful McLaren Vale, it’s a balmy 31 degrees with a sea breeze! Lovely ..
McLaren Lakeside vale caravan park is large and lovely but a very dry lake due to no rain down this way for many moths. Our drive south to Goolwa at the mouth of the River Murray and Lake Alexandrina – 3rd longest river system in the world took us by surprise. Many farms and large paddocks, but no grain crops nor sheep but huge vineyards everywhere. It seems the Barossa has sent its message south and so we’ll have to try a drop .. somewhere .. soon!
The great Southern Ocean lies off the coast here – and it’s very much a pioneering area with museums and old train carriages, ploughs, carts and very interesting old photographs. It’s also an old whaling place and remains today as one of the best places in S.A. to see both migrating and returning whales to Antarctica. That cold and frozen continent is a comfortable 6,036 km away, through the roaring sixties and a fair wind to steer by.
Victor Harbor is lucky to have two famous residents - The Southern Right Whale that travel in packs and visit our shores every winter, and the little penguin (Eudyptula minor) the worlds smallest penguin, and one of few penguin colony's to be so close to a city.
We didn’t see a single whale or a penguin … so must return one day .. goodie !
Goolwa – this is where the Murray River flows into Adelaide’s water source at Lake Alexandrina.
The barrages, which have been constructed in the vicinity of the River Murray mouth, are commonly known as the Goolwa Barrages, and consist of five separate structures with connecting roadways across Ewe Island and Tauwitchere Island.
The main purpose of the barrages at the Murray mouth is to maintain the freshness of the River Murray as far downstream as Wellington. This is an obligation under the Act; and to keep the water at a sufficiently high level to permit the watering by gravitation of the various reclamation areas between Mannum and Wellington. In addition to this, it will prevent the ingress of salt water from the sea during periods of low river, and will help maintain the freshness of the water in Lakes Alexandrina and Albert. Thus ensuring the productivity of the surrounding areas which would otherwise be injuriously affected by salt water after long periods of salinity in the lakes.
“The Hindmarsh Island bridge controversy was a 1990s Australian legal and political controversy that involved the clash of Indigenous Australian religious beliefs and property rights. A proposed bridge to Hindmarsh Island, near Goolwa, South Australia (intended to replace the existing cable ferry and service a proposed marina development) attracted opposition from many local residents, environmental groups and indigenous leaders. In 1994, a group of Ngarrindjeri women Elders claimed the site was sacred to them for reasons that could not be revealed. The case attracted much controversy because the issue intersected with broader concerns about Indigenous rights in the Australian community at the time, and coincided with the Mabo and Wik High Court cases regarding Native Title.” (courtesy of Wikipaedia)
Some of you will remember this …
Today is a balmy 34 degrees, with very windy conditions this arvo, so we’ll have to find a winery to hide in!
Tomorrow we’re heading south down The Coorong (you’ll have to google that one) and stopover at Kingston SE until the weekend when we could head east for Mt Gambier .
Have fun … and take care of each other xx