(Background to why I’m camped in a horse paddock)

Saturday after visiting Rhonda Lawry and family, I left Happy Valley to find Onkaparinga National Park – what a saga – not really listed with a specific address, but finally found it only to find all gates locked.  I pulled over and asked a man feeding a horse and he was kind enough to offer me his paddock across the road for the night.  Geoff Grummitt from Old Noarlunga is my saviour.  The world has some nice people in it.

Old Noarlunga (Geoff Grummitt’s Horse Paddock) – Christie’s Beach – Port Noarlunga – Moana Heights – Maslin Beach – Corelie Winery McLarenVale – Willunga – Myponga –  Yankalilla – Delamere – Cape Jervis – Delamere – Deep Creek Conservation Park (Stringybark Campground)

I went for a walk into the Onkaparinga National Park on the Church Track and saw a fox on the track watching the people up on the ridge at the old church – wish I’d have taken the shot earlier before I spooked him. The track is just tyre tracks really and goes down to the Onkaparinga River and over a causeway then follows the creek to the back of the town. Access over the river is a suspension bridge – not my favourite things but I walked it.

I explored Old Noarlunga – a quaint historic town – very hilly with an extensive park in midtown.  Up the hill towards the bus was a beautiful old church with a cemetery in the grounds – some graves of pioneers dating to the 1850’s.

Back to the bus and shower time – just as I finished Geoff came by so I gave him the thank you note and headed off to explore the coast – Christie’s Beach is a pristine beach with reefs just off shore – a very well landscaped foreshore at this beach.

I drove along the Esplanade to Port Noarlunga and passed a Jetty and Reef – the coastline cliffs are majestic – reds and creams and quite high and crumbly.  I wanted to head to Maslin Beach – the southern end of the beach is for unclad bathers (only one about today as it’s quite windy!!)

After Maslins I headed for McLaren Vale to meet with the Lawry family for a beautiful lunch at Coriole Winery – a gorgeous old cottage set in the vineyards amidst a real cottage garden – such a lovely setting and great company – I felt privileged to be part of the family group.

After bidding the family goodbye I headed for Cape Jervis via some spectacular scenery, passing through Willunga with its vineyards, Myponga with its magnificent reservoir (and a brewery which I’d have liked to try, but as I’m driving I decided not to). Yankalilla – the site of one of the worlds’ newest Marian Shrines – the Shrine of our Lady of Yankalilla (many world pilgrims flock to see the image of the Madonna and Child that has appeared on the rear wall of the Anglican Church and Delamere, the junction of two main highways. I passed the Starfish  Hill Wind Farm but as the traffic was backing up decided not to pull over.

My timing in arriving at Cape Jervis was great – the Ferry from Kangaroo Island was just arriving back when I got to the lookout – it really added to an already spectacular view of the Backstairs Passage.  The seaway, lighthouse and ocean with Kangaroo Island in the background – WOW. One tourist at the lookout couldn’t believe I was driving the bus.

I headed back to Delamere to the shop for information on Deep Creek Conservation Park and Stringybark Campground.  On arrival I was pleasantly surprised – what a beautiful campground – tall stringy bark trees everywhere – ferns and blackboys everywhere – paradise.  I set up camp quickly and headed off for a walk. Deep Creek CP protects 4452 hectares of natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Stringybark Forest walk is about 1 kilometre long through old growth forest – only 500 metres down the road from the campground – so peaceful and the air is fresh – birds singing and the trees rustling in the wind – my idea of heaven.  A hot shower on return to the campground rounds off a magica

Paddock Campite

Paddock Campite

Clifftop Church

Clifftop Church

Onkaparinga River

Onkaparinga River

Onkaparinga River

Onkaparinga River

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

Noarlunga House

Noarlunga House

Church and Cemetery

Church and Cemetery

Christies Beach

Christies Beach

Ocean Cliffs

Ocean Cliffs

Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga Jetty

Port Noarlunga Jetty

Seaside Cliffs

Seaside Cliffs

Port Noarlunga Lookout

Port Noarlunga Lookout

Vineyards Country

Vineyards Country

Coriole Winery

Coriole Winery

Coriole Gardens

Coriole Gardens

Coriole Garden

Coriole Garden

Lawry Kids at Coriole

Lawry Kids at Coriole

Main South Road

Main South Road

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis Ferry

Cape Jervis Ferry

Deep Creek Conservation Park - Stringybark Campground

Deep Creek Conservation Park – Stringybark Campground

Stringybark Walking Trail

Stringybark Walking Trail

Stringybark Bridge

Stringybark Bridge

Stringybark ferns

Stringybark ferns

Kangaroo visitor at campsite

Kangaroo visitor at campsite

Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree right at my campsite

Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree right at my campsite

Road in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Road in Deep Creek Conservation Park

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Old Noarlunga at night

Old Noarlunga at night