We finally got away on Tuesday – a day late – but settled into the journey and realised that we are now on the road for a long time. We decided to head for Stawell, a favourite spot for us. It didn’t disappoint and we were flooded with memories of taking our very young children there for the first time inthe mid 70s.
The next day we arrived at Black Cockatoo Bush Camp, near Narracorte, which is the reason we took this route to go North, but, because we were the only people there, it would have been too costly for the owners to start up a generator to supply power (which we needed because of the cold temperatures). It looked like a great place to camp, with fire places at most sites, but there was a freezing cold howling gale. We decided to go on to Padthaway. A lovely drive to a tiny town with a good feel. The caravan park is very small, quiet and well run, with lots of birds and native plants. We booked in for two nights, set up and went to Henry’s vineyard for a couple of tastings and a delicious panini for lunch.
Today we tried to find a Deli in ‘town’, but there’s a General Store and that’s about it. There is a good feel to the place though and it is very peaceful.
We went to Padthaway Estate Vinery, built in 1882 with a magnificent stately home on the property, where they now provide Bed and Breakfast and cellar door sales. We bought a half a dozen bottles of Rose for $10 a bottle, with an extra bottle thrown in free.
We leave tomorrow for Tanunda.