06-25-2011, 03:51 AM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Adelaide South Australia
A few days exploring the Limestone Coast (South Australia)
The plan for this trip was to head down to the “Limestone Coast” for a couple of days of scenic riding. With my partner in crime Paul living in Victor, we organised to meet at the turnoff to Wellington on Highway 1.
This called for a quick buzz up the South Eastern Freeway
Before stopping for fuel and some breakfast at Tailem Bend
The river is flowing nicely
Soon we met at the turn off
And then headed off to some dirt. First to get a bit of air out of those tyres
Before finding some nice tracks south
Then the nice tracks became a little bit sandy
Until the combination of weight and lack of skill found us zig zagging around followed by falling off
With steep dunes in the distance we chickened out and turned to look for another way on. But first a bit of a breather was called for at Malinong (nice little spot for a break)
After being tempted once more
We soon found some less sandy tracks and headed south once more
Mt Boothby Conservation Park provided some interesting tracks
And then on to Messent Conservation Park
And more tracks until we popped out at Salt Creek
The burgers weren’t bad (and popular by the looks of it )
Then it was on to check out Tea Tree Crossing
When the Coorong levels are low it’s possible to get across the water of the upper Coorong to the ocean beach on the other side. With water levels now so high through the entire system this wasn’t an option
We then picked up the old road that winds its way through the Coorong National Park. There’s just something about the temptation of a salt lake
And picking the right moment to decide when it’s time to turn around!
After weaving our way through the park we eventually got down onto the beach at the “Granites”. Aptly named as it consists of a few big granite rocks sticking out of the sand
I nice place to drop a line… or laze around it you’re a seal
From there the beach stretches in both directions for many kilometres. For us it was south again along the hard packed sand to Kingston
Then it was on towards Robe and a camp somewhere for the night. Pine forests always provide a good place for some stealth camping, so the search for a good spot began.
It wasn’t long before we found somewhere right out of the way to set up camp and unpack
Next morning still had us heading south but via some nice out of the way (very old) tracks
One in particular followed close to one of the many drainage streams that criss cross the whole area. Lots of nice future camp sites out here
Even the gates were unlocked
A few quaint little bridges
Until we came to Woakwine Cutting not far from Beachport
Back in the 1950’s a farmer decided to try and organise a channel from the swamp on one part of his property across a range to give him access to more water. After disagreements with the Drainage Board re the plan he decided to go it alone and the 8 Kilometre channel including the 1 kilometre long, 30mt deep cutting is the result. Only took him 3 years and 5000hrs on a Caterpillar D7!
Now on the way north we picked up some nice trails and headed towards Bool Lagoon
We wanted to ride around the lagoon and check it out but the idea of paying an entrance fee to ride in a few kms of National Park put us off on principle (don’t start me on SA National Parks and Wildlife.. )
With it getting a later in the day it was time to start searching around for a suitable campsite.
After checking out a few likely areas we found and old fence that was (sort of) laying down
That led cross country through some scrub land
To a nice sheltered camp
Where we soon had a fire going
Next morning we filled up at Padthaway
in the heart of grazing and grape growing country
then north on to Keith for a late breakfast
before attempting a shortcut
that once again ended in retreat
After back tracking it was soon on to the Wellington turn off, then a quick sprint home up the freeway.
A top few days with plenty to check out on a return trip sometime soon!