Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tumby Bay SA

Axel Stenross Boat Ramp Port Lincoln @ night
I am sitting here looking over the pristine waters of Port Lincoln reflecting on the past few days.  We spent a lovely few days in Cowell, visited Turners Oyster Farm and on Wednesday night the Franklin Harbour Hotel had a pig on a spit night.  For $10 you were served freshly cooked pork, roast vegetables and salad smothered in lovely thick tasty gravy with a bread roll on the side. 
The Main Street of Cowell
 The local craft shop also sold fresh homemade cakes and we availed ourselves of a couple.  On Thursday evening we had fresh oysters and King George whiting on the menu for dinner.  The oysters we purchased fresh from the oyster farm and the whiting we received in Port Broughton.
How is this for a Ride on Lawnmower?
  We drove over to Cleve for a day visit, quite a nice small town which also had a lovely RV park at the showgrounds, $10 for a powered site and $5 for unpowered per night within walking distance of the CBD. 
The view from the Highway lookout
We took the tourist road back through rolling green hills and stopped at the highway lookout for a view of the whole valley.  
Jetty at Tumby Bay
 We left Cowell on Friday and spent 2 nights in Tumby Bay, again at a lovely RV park near the golf course, fees were $5 unpowered for the night with the purchase of a permit at the local Cafe.   There was plenty of room for us on nice firm ground with plenty of room to turn around, ideal for big rigs. 
Parked at Tumby Bay RV Park
Another Motor Home (The Silver Ghost) joined us, with Bill and Shirley on board; their converted bus was immaculately painted and maintained.  The second night our group extended to three motor homes with a small Winnebago bedded down for the night. 
Seabreeze Hotel Tumby Bay
We had a nice meal of a $12 rump steak at the Sea Breeze Hotel on Friday night and Saturday we enjoyed fish and chips at the Ritz Cafe situated right on the water.  Tumby Bay has a history that dates back to 1802 when Mathew Flinders passed through on one of his journeys.  The jetty was built in 1874 as one of his first monumental features of the town.  In 1953 The Soldiers Memorial hall was built as well as the first motel.   
Art Gallery Tumby Bay
 We also drove through picturesque countryside to the small town of Cummins for a day trip.  We arrived at Port Lincoln  this afternoon and we are parked at the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum on the boat ramp, right on the edge of the water.  We have booked a tour for tomorrow, but it will only go ahead if there are two more people wanting to go.  We have had a little bit of interest in the Motor Home as we have the “for sale” sign up but nothing serious as of yet.  We have decided to sell the old girl as we have nowhere to store her when we get home.  It will be sad to see her go but we have to move on to our next phrase of life, hopefully we will still do some travelling.


Jason said...

This is so nice. Thanks for posting.

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Damian Modra said...

I am currently creating a new website for Tumby Bay.
I saw your rig at the Motorhome park the other week and then came across your blog by accident.
May we use the photo you have taken of your van at the park on our website?
Would you please be able to email me an original size copy.


Damian Modra