Discovery Parks - Port Augusta
Cost per Night: $43.20 (1 night)
Saturday 4 July 2020
This was our third and at this time, our longest trip, to this date, in our motorhome.
We left home around 8.00am on our way to our overnight stay at Discovery Parks – Port Augusta. We filled up with diesel at Barmera and then drove on to Morgan where we stopped to have some morning tea. We then continued driving through Burra and on to Crystal Brook for our lunch break.
Having eaten our lunch, we drove on and finally arrived in Port Augusta around 4.00pm. We then setup the motorhome for our overnight stay.
For tea we had Chinese takeaway from one of the Chinese restaurants in Port Augusta.
Top Parks - Port Lincoln Tourist Park
Cost per Night: $29.28 (7 nights)
Sunday 5 July 2020
We had a bacon and egg roll for breakfast before we packed up for our drive on to Port Lincoln.
We left the Port Augusta caravan park shortly before 10.00am. We had our lunch break in Whyalla. Even though we still had over half a tank of diesel we decided to fill our diesel tank.
On the way to Port Lincoln we has a refreshment stop in Cowell.
We eventually arrived at the Port Lincoln Tourist Park around 4.45pm. We had pre-booked specific drive through concrete slab sites close to the amenities block. However, on our arrival, we were allocated concrete slab sites that were as far away as possible from the sites we had booked.
Whilst we explained that we had mobility disabilities, the on-duty park manager did absolutely nothing to assist us. Needless to say, we were extremely annoyed and somewhat angry with the treatment we received. We suspect that earlier arrivals were allocated the sites that we had nominated as we were given mixed messaging as to whether specific sites could be booked or not.
Ignoring the disappointment, we were impressed with the views from within the caravan park of the bay which were breathtaking.
For dinner this evening we had a sausage sizzle.
(On our return home we made a formal complaint through the G”Day Rewards Members website which we allowed to be forwarded to the Caravan Park owners. We received a voucher for a 3 night stay with an acknowledgment that their staff would be counselled to ensure that they accommodate the needs of visitors that advise they have disabilities.)
Monday 6 July 2020
For me (Gary), most of the day was spent working. This was the first time in the motorhome that I worked. I was more than happy with my setup. I used my Microsoft Surface Pro 6 connected to the Sphere Wifi unit.
The rest of our group visited the shops in Port Lincoln.
When I finished work we went into town and bought takeaway seafood for dinner from King Neptune’s Seafood & Pasta on Light Street. The fish and chips were delicious.
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Today we went for a drive to around Port Lincoln visiting various tourist sites.
We drove in and around the marina and were impressed by the number of boats in the marina and the housing around the shores of the marina.
We also visited the Winter Hill lookout before we returned to the Port Lincoln Tourist Park.
Wednesday 8 July 2020
Today we went for a drive to Coffin Bay. Coffin Bay is 46 kilometres from Port Lincoln.
We were fascinated watching the oyster boats launch and re-hitch at the boat ramp.
With advice from a local we found West Coast Oysters and bought 4 dozen fresh oysters for $10 a dozen.
For dinner we went to the Ming Inn Chinese Restaurant. The food was delicious and well priced.
Thursday 9 July 2020
Today we went for a drive in the other direction all the way up to Port Neill. Port Neill is 90 kilometres from Port Lincoln.
Before we visited Port Neil we drove through Tumby Bay and viewed the Silo Art. We also checked out the local op shop for any bargains. Unfortunately, none of us found a bargain!
On the way back to Port Lincoln, having left Port Neill we visited Louth Bay and North Shields.
For tea we again bought takeaway seafood from King Neptune’s Seaford and Pasta.
Friday 10 July 2020
Today was very much a chill out day in the caravan park.
We visited all the op shops in Port Lincoln looking for bargains, but found none.
Saturday 11 July 2020
Today’s we drove to Cummins. The drive to Cummins was 65 kilometres.
On the drive back to Port Lincoln we went via Tumby Bay, which added a further 20 kilometres to our return drive.
Discovery Parks - Whyalla Foreshore
Cost per Night: $28.80 (2 nights)
Sunday 12 July 2020
We left the Port Lincoln Tourist Park around 9.30am for our 270 kilometre drive to Whyalla.
After an uneventful drive, we arrived in Whyalla around 1.00pm. We were able to get on to our site early which was appreciated.
Our sites were on the foreshore and when the tide was in, was less than 20 metres from our sites. The outlook was beautiful.
Monday 13 July 2020
Once again, Monday is my work day. Having a foreshore site provided me with a beautiful ocean view whilst I worked.
Everyone else in our group sat outside enjoying the winter sunshine. I was able to finish my work earlier than usual and we were all able to go out and so some site seeing around Whyalla.
Around 4.30 a fog started to descend and within 15 minutes visibility was reduced to 20-30 metres.
We eventually went to Oriental Inn Chinese Restaurant for dinner. Once again the food was delicious and well priced.
Tuesday 14 July 2020
We awoke to find the caravan park shrouded in fog. As we had a long day’s drive ahead of us we were packed up and on the road by 9.00am.
We stopped to fill up with diesel at Port Augusta and to buy some brunch.
We left Port Augusta around 12.00pm and drove on to Crystal Brook where we had a convenience break stop. We then continued driving though Burra and on to Morgan. We stopped at the bakery hoping to buy a cake and were disappointed to find the bakery closed.
Another quick convenience break was had and we were then back on the road for the final stage of our drive home.
We arrived back home around 4.00pm.
Fuel Costs - 202.90L, Total Paid: $236.28
Barmera – 51.96L at $1.159/L, total paid: $60.22.
Whyalla – 63.25L at $1.169/L, total paid: $73.94.
Port Lincoln – 41.95L at $1.149/L, total paid: $48.20.
Port Augusta – 45.74L at $1.179, total paid $53.92.