Friday, May 11, 2012

Strathalbyn and Goolwa

Our plan was to use Strathalbyn as a base point to restock the pantry and to refresh the water and fuel supply. At the same time we were going to make a side trip to Goolwa to see Hindmarsh Island, The Coorong and the place where the Murray River waters exit Lake Alexandrina into the Southern Ocean. There is not always a flow of water through this point but following good flows from the Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers as well as the Murray River itself water levels are at points not seen for several years. Strathalbyn is a very picturesque town in the Fleurieu Penninsula Wine Region of South Australia.

Travelling to Strathalbyn we stayed a night at this free camp situated beside the Nurrung Ferry. There were twenty people staying this night, including one traveller from Germany and two from Austria.

Our caravan is behind this small shelter. All of the campers gathered in the shelter for 'Happy Hour', this resulted in a raucous babble of voices each passing on important travel details.

The Nurrung Ferry crosses the Narrows, a strip of water linking Lakes Alexandrina and Albert. All the Ferries that cross the Murray are free and run 24 hours a day.

Strathalbyn branch of the Bank of SA, an imposing building in the main street.

The Laucke Milling Co. This building is still used to produce the bread making flour that we buy in Hervey Bay.

From one of the highest points in town this magnificent church looks over Central Park, Strathalbyn.

One view of the extensive Central Park in Strathalbyn. As the name implies, the park that borders the Angas River is really the central point of the town.

This photograph is typical of the look of Strathalbyn's Central Business Area.

Lake Alexandrina and the opening to the Southern Ocean, the point where the excess water from the Darling, Murrumbidgee, Murray and many other Rivers flows. This photograph taken from Hindmarsh Island.

A view of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge from the Goolwa Wharf area.

Looking under the Hindmarsh Bridge to the western reach of Lake Alexandrina.

A view of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct from the top of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.

It was a Sunday when we visited Goolwa and there was an excellent market, it was very well attended by both patrons and stall holders.

On our return journey to Strathalbyn we took a detour to Milang, a small town on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. Another long jetty.

The foreshore park at Milang and the caravan park to the left. This would be a great area to camp in better weather and if you were into fishing.

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