When we were kids, whenever my sisters and I were bundled into the car, invariably one of us would ask "Dad...where are we going"? The usual response from Dad was "There and back to see how far it is". Within these pages Sharon and I have tried to capture our experiences and impressions of the places and people we've come across whilst trying to find out for ourselves "..how far it is".
Cape Jervis , Robe and Nelson October 2012
Like Willy Nelson we're "On the road again..."
Cape Jervis via Bordertown, Wellington, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor. 8th Oct 2012
Monday morning and it's time to set off on another caravanning holiday with Di and Dave. We said goodbye to Laura, as she left for work, and shortly after we hit the Highway, bound for Cape Jervis, South Australia.
It was a pretty quick trip across the border and down the Fleurieu Peninsular to the Sheep Station at Jervis Bay. The most interesting part of the drive over was the short ferry ride across the Murray River to Wellington. The ferry operates 24 hours per day, every day of the year, and is free of charge. Something a bit different to break up the driving.
From Wellington, it was on to Strathalbyn and out to the coast at Middleton, followed by a welcome pit-stop and a break for a very nice coffee at Victor Harbor.
Cape Jervis is only 50 minutes or so further on from Victor Habor and is a very picturesque drive through some green rolling hills, not unlike the area around Leongatha, Gippsland. After climbing yet another hill and rounding a long right hand bend, you're met with an unobstructed view from a high elevation of the tiny village of Cape Jervis, the Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the Southern Ocean. It was a good test of the brakes on the way back down to something closer to sea level with the well signposted entrance to the Sheep Station at the foot of the hill.
View looking South towards he Backstairs Passage
Di and Dave had arrived two nights earlier and were sitting outside their van looking pretty settled and relaxed, talking with some fellow travellers, when we rolled in.
It didn't take us long to set things up, have a quick and easy meal, then settle down for the night.