Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Day 12: Southeast SA

Bloody cold again this morning! 3 degrees at 8am according to the car thermometer. We head off before we freeze. The area near the border is mostly pine plantations- reminds me of home a bit! We head down to Port MacDonald to check out the sinkhole dive sites at Pickaninny and Ewen's Ponds. They look fantastic- but unfortunately the local dive shop operator is out of town, so no diving AGAIN. Am definitely going to have to come back this way in summer I think.

We take a quick detour to climb up to the rim of the crater at Mt Schank, a recent (around 5000 year old) volcanic cone. Pine forests and volcanoes... is this Australia or NZ? The crater itself is reminiscent of a bigger version of the cones dotted around Auckland and provides a fantastic view of the otherwise flat landscape. 

Mt Gambier with its gorgeous crater lake is the next stop, we stop in town to buy a new inverter to run the laptop (the old one decided to fry a couple of days back), then head up to the Coonawarra to sample the local vino. The Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. One of the people at a cellar door describes us as the "funniest couple she's me in ages"... not sure if I should be insulted or flattered! 

We pitch the tent for the night at Narracorte, so we can check out the caves first thing tomorrow.

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