Just another week in SA

I must have displeased the gods last week with my smug self righteousness about all the sleep I was getting. Because this week they tried to blow us off a cliff in the middle of the night. Apart from that, a pretty uneventful week of beaches, oysters, prosecco, crab fishing, sand dunes, 4WDing. Same old, same old. Oh and we got the kids as hooked on Survivor as we have always been. Score.

Quite the adventure

We pulled up at Greenly Beach (on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula) late in the day and couldn’t believe our luck at finding a free camping spot all to ourselves with such a spectacular view. We set up in the place high on the cliff that would maximise instagrammable footage for future showing offing, and settled in for sunset, prosecco and some ridiculously cheap oysters we had picked up in Coffin Bay. We watched Survivor under the stars and went to bed to the sounds of massive waves crashing far below.

View from the top of the cliff
View from the beach. That little speck at the top of the cliff is the Shack.
The empty seat is Mae who was taking the pic. Really must read the manual of fancy camera at some point and figure out how to get whole fam in the shot

We didn’t get to sleep. The wind picked up and we (hubby) tied down all bits of the Shack that were flapping madly. The wind picked up some more and the whole Shack was shuddering wildly. The wind picked up some more and at 12.45am we called it, got the kids into the car and packed up the Shack in the howling wind. It was quite eerie and surreal under the bright light of a full moon, on the side of a cliff.

We skedaddled the hell out of there. There was no internet but our trusty HEMA map directed us to a nearby rest area (far away from the cliff). By 1.30am we had set up the Shack again and the kids slept soundly. The hubby and I were covered in cliff dust from our packing up in the howling wind efforts and dozed restlessly hoping we were not in the side of the highway -serial killer part of South Australia.

Safe, sound and snug

We woke up in a truck stop and the grey nomads parked next to us were quite relieved to discover that all the noise they had heard at 1am was just a boofhead family. Apparently at 1am when we arrived they too had thought they may have ventured into serial killer territory. Relief all around.

Same old, same old


We have been in South Australia for three weeks and have only really managed to just skirt the edges so far. But the SA coast is continuing to deliver all sorts of picturesque, beach-y, wine-y, nature-y, seafood-y, 4WD-y goodness.

Now I don’t want any more hubris induced revenge to be cast upon us so I will refrain from too much smug description of our delightful week. The pics speak for themselves.

Coffin Bay – we spent a few days in a caravan park after the excitement of our cliff adventures
4WDing on Gunyah Beach – with some boogie boarding down the sand dunes
Visited some sea lions at Point Labatt
Taking it easy while the sun charges the Shack, and the hubby tries to catch some dinner
The tribe has spoke. Survivor – new evening ritual. All hooked…

Oh – and there has been just a bit of this

When in Coffin Bay…

And some of this…

When in Streaky Bay…

We are making the most of our last week of coastal goodness. Next week we head to Coober Pedy and into the red centre. We won’t see the ocean again for weeks, maybe months. Much seafood guzzling required tonight.

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I am (was?) a corporate lawyer who has packed it all in and hit the road. With my hubby, three young kids, Bonnie (our 4WD) and "The Shack" (our camper trailer), we are taking a year (or so) to forget about work and city life, enjoy our amazing country – beaches, mountains, outback, desert, food, wine and adventure – and figure out what we want to do next.

2 thoughts on “Just another week in SA

  1. Off the grid in South Australia – you’re really getting the experience of being a local.

    Keep up the blogging – I’m really enjoying it! Ivan


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