We are paddling the “Holiday Coast”. Everywhere there are people fishing, people walking, people just relaxing in the sun. It’s strange we haven’t seen any kids on the beach and everyone looks 60 years or older, then we realise we are on the “Grey Nomad Trail”.
The Nomads criss-cross Australia following the sun in their 4WD vehicles towing huge caravans and congregating at any place that has good fishing and a half decent tavern. We feel a little out of place as we set up in Point Turton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia; our car is dirty from the desert trip, unlike all the shiny new ones in the park and our Ultimate Xplor desert camper is a third of the size of any others here.
The next day bring drizzling rain in the morning but all is saved when we are invited by Ken and Janet to join a Melbourne Cup lunch in their Corporate Box. Lots of food, lots of drinks and lots of fun makes for a memorable day.
The weather brightens and we get on the water again. The coastline although mainly low limestone cliffs is quite interesting with lots of shallow reefs to explore.
We dropped in at the local swimming hole. There’s a low rock walkway out to steps but it was submerged when we passed.
We paddled towards Point Souttar and Corny Point in near dead calm conditions.
We stopped for a chat to one of the local fisherman……
……and then spent some time exploring along the coast.
This coast is generally protected from the southern gales but we did find the wreck of the Yelta in shallow water east of Point Turton, where only the boiler is now visible. It was run aground in 1926 when the steam driven vessel started to take on water.
A great stretch of coastline on the “foot of Yorke Peninsula” and well worth the effort of exploring by kayak.
Robyn Gavin Ian