After finishing the Yorke Peninsula I headed to Port Wakefied where I organised to get the canvas on my awning replaced which I booked in for a couple of weeks time and then headed up to Clare to spend a couple of days with travelling friends before heading down to Adelaide Airport to pick up my friend Claire from Perth who was going to travel with me for 3 weeks.
After an overnight at Port Wakefied we headed back around the coast and spent the weekend at a friend’s place in Cowell before having a few nights in Port Lincoln and a couple of nights at Tumby Bay.
At Cowell we were made honorary locals by joining The Flinders Bay Button Club. It’s a local club built around fundraising for local projects and has been going for in excess of 30 years. It was their Christmas function and it was a good day meeting locals. We also had a chauffeured drive around the area and I went beach fishing at Lucky Bay. Bit of a misnomer as I was anything but lucky in the fishing department. Was good fun nonetheless. At Port Lincoln we spent a day out at Lincoln National Park and did the Monument Hill climb which gave a wonderful panoramic view of the beautiful bays and beaches around the coast.
I was told of a great camp spot in Tumby Bay (not the RV Stop just out of town). This one was right on the beach and access to clean toilets and had a 3 sided shelter which came in handy with the unrelenting wind that still curses the coast.
The camp spot was secluded from nearby houses by a tree line that also acted as a bit of a wind break and also provided shade. 50 metres away was a lookout up a steel ladder giving 360 degree views along the coast, into town and the jetty as well as up the tidal canal where some lavish homes were with private landings and some high priced water craft.
On the Saturday morning we found a church fete which was quaint with live music and secondhand goods for sale . The locals made us feel very welcome. We found out the next day they raised over $2,000.
After leaving Tumby Bay we called in and saw friends at Cowell again before stopping a couple of nights at Whyalla again. Had some nice walks along beachfront and their impressive round jetty as well as a wander through town.