28-29 September, 2014
With the wind on the increase, and forecast to get even higher throughout the day, we were on our way out of Victoria, and into South Australia. The plan was to meet Mum and Dad again on the river at Purnong, just out of Mannum, about an hour or so from Adelaide.
As expected, the wind continued to pick up. The gusts must have been up over 100km/h at some points, causing some huge dust clouds across the road. At this point we were a bit concerned about having to set up the camper in these conditions. Once the tent is erected it would have been stable enough for the conditions, however the process of setting it up would have been, at best, extremely difficult. In similar conditions I managed to rip the canvas at the Mont in 2013 and didn’t want to repeat my mistake!
Arriving at Purnong in the early afternoon, it quickly became clear that the wind wasn’t going to ease up. We wanted to stay as it was a nice spot, and Mum and Dad were already set up, but it just wasn’t going to happen. A quick look at the map, and a few phone calls later we had booked into a cabin at the Barossa Valley Tourist Park. Back in the car and an hour later we were in our cabin, cooking dinner and having a nice warm shower.
The next couple of days we had a bit of a look around the Barossa. Maybe this isn’t the best place to visit with kids, as we didn’t really get to visit many wineries and the whole place just didn’t do too much to excite us. Angaston was probably our favourite spot, Rach got some nice cheese whilst I had a nice local beer at the pub next door.
Yet again the kids made some friends at the caravan park and were reluctant again to leave. Given that the first stop in Adelaide was at a bike shop to pick up her new bike, she didn’t mind too much!
No more nights in the camper here, but it was still good to be visiting a new place!