Sunday 13 June
We love to receive emails from you however I do have a request. If you are forwarding emails such as jokes etc could you take us off your mailing list for such emails. This morning I tried to download emails whilst on limited reception and had great difficulty because of forwarded emails preventing us receiving personal emails. Thanks and remember we really do like to hear from you.
Left Stanage Bay on Friday. We had a great time there but next time we go (and there will be a next time) we will have a boat. Didn’t catch any fish but brought some fillets off a professional fisherman.
Whilst at Stanage we had no Internet however one evening at about 6 PM I heard Vicki’s mobile indicate that it had just received an SMS. Turned on the Internet and we had reception. Managed to download emails, updated the blog and started to send emails when coverage ceased after about half an hour. This was the only time it happened. Freak atmospherics perhaps.
On the way out of Stanage we saw a Jabiru or Black Necked Stork. We had never seen one before and our bird book lists them as uncommon nomads. Rather like us hey!
Our next port of call was a free camping area at Camilla Beach which was about 280 kilometres from Stanage. We had been warned that this was a popular camping area for those on the road and because it was a long weekend it was liable to be pretty crowded. On the way to Camilla Beach we detoured to check out a free camping site at St Lawrence. This turned out to be a good camping area at what looked to be the local showground. They even had a non generator area! However after taking advantage of the chance to fill our water tanks up we resumed the trek to Camilla Beach.
Camilla Beach is about six kilometres from the highway. Just as we left the bitumen and started on the sand track to the camping sites a large van was leaving, we pulled over to let him pass and he told us that the place was full and he couldn’t find anywhere to stay.
This turned out to be rubbish, he was probably more used to caravan parks. There were heaps of camp spots, for large vans and those without 4WD’s or experience in soft sand the options however were rather limited. This camp site turned out to be a series of camping area’s about 3 kilometres long right along Camilla Beach until the track ended at a creek. The further you went along the track the narrower the track and the softer the sand became.
We found ourselves a camp that was only ten metres from the beach but offered protection from the SE wind that is blowing at present. You can see in the centre of the photo is a campervan with a tent beside it. They got themselves bogged late at night and stayed there until we pushed them out in the morning. The whole centre of this site is soft sand and in the short time we have been here a further three campervans have simply driven straight into the soft sand and bogged. Luckily there are plenty of people to push them out as not one of them knew anything about driving in sand. Instead of stopping immediately they detected wheel spin they all turned their steering wheels hard over to try and drive out, with the predictable result of becoming bogged. No wonder tourists still die in the outback.
Once again we have had no luck fishing. This is a good spot for catching whiting however at the moment a SE is blowing bringing in cold water and stirring up the water with the result whiting are not biting. I heard on the news this morning that Hobart is in for snow and high winds on Thursday so by comparison the weather here isn’t all that bad. Walking along the beach yesterday I was in my normal no sleeve shirt but everyone else had jackets on. Very strange.
It is very informative talking to fellow travellers at these free camp spots as some of them have been travelling for a considerable number of years and can give you a lot of information about other camp spots.
Not enough connectivity in camp to publish this update so will drive out to the highway.