Port Lincoln – The last leg

Leaving Coffin bay for Port Lincoln wa a pretty casual affair as we had only about 50kms to travel. So with a bit of time up our sleeves we walked up to the local store next to the caravan park and had some breakfast. Pretty good fair and not expensive. We ambled off around 10ish and were set up in Port Lincoln before lunch at the Port Lincoln Tourist Park. This is well placed and right on the water with terraced sites. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We are here for a week but I think it will be pretty lazy one with little really planned. Tuesday we are swimming with the sea lions with Adventure Bay Tours. We are also waiting for Chris, Sam and Oliie to arrive. We went into Port Lincoln after lunch for a bit of a look and some stores, and of course a bit of fishing. The luck hasn’t been all that good with the fishing since Venus Bay so we live in hope.

Statue of Makybe Diva

Port Lincoln looking south from Old Mill Lookout
Old Mill Lookout

So it was just relaxing until Tuesday when we had to be at Adventure Bay Tours by 7.45 for our Sea lion experience. The crew from Adventure Bay tours were fantastic and after an 1 ½ hr boat trip they put us amongst the sea lions. There weren’t that many but as with most things wild there are no guarantees Being so early in the season they are also a little wary and flighty so it took a while for them to come around. The trip out an back was a little rough and a few of our fellow travelers suffered on the trip, but spirits remained high. I must say I felt great getting back into the water. It been a while since we have done much snorkeling etc and I miss it. Sure it was cold but wet suits are always a help. The cold headache took a while to bring under control though. Back on dry land the rest of the day was pretty quiet. Tomorrow we are heading up into the Lincoln National Park for a spot of 4×4 action.

We packed a lunch and the whole team into the 2 4WD and headed off. For a couple of our clan this is there first experience at 4×4 driving.
The “crew” on the Wanna sand dunes

Wanna Sand dunes

adding to the pile

Cape Donington Lighthouse

Looking east from Cape Donington lighthouse

 We turned of at Mary Ellis beach and headed up the Seaford – Wanna track. This had a few different technical drives including rocky outcrops, steep tracks, jump ups and sand dunes. We are not hard core off roaders but it was great fun and we came across many fantastic sites and scenery. From Wanna we headed across the national park to Stamford Hill for lunch. Lunch over we retraced some of our tracks and headed NW up to Cape Donington Lighthouse. Di was a little disappointed because it wasn’t really your traditional lighthouse as it was made from sandstone and not painted white and blue!!! Another great day with lots of tied but happy people.

Thursday was our last full day before heading home and was pretty quiet, with coffee and cake, a bit of fishing and not much else. Port Lincoln has a strong maritime history but is also famous for producing a champion weightlifter and Melbourne Cup winner (Makybe Diva) who is been acknowledged with a life size statue on the water front. Tomorrow we head for home after another great (if not short) trip. We have had a great time as usual, with great travelling companions and few new ones. 

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