Day 1 – Edithburgh (and maybe Yorketown) – Bakery AND SPT alert!
Wattle Point Wind Farm, the
From the access stairway to Swimmers Beach – hard to believe it was once covered in stones – look for the telltale schools of salmon masquerading as giant clumps of seaweed. Looks good enough for a swim, doesn't it? That's what I thought until the day we spotted a shark cruising quite close to shore heading towards the salmon … And the day Pilchard and I weathered a storm that nearly blew the car off the cliff? Well, let's just say flat tyres come at the most inopportune moments!
Once you tire of the views, the beaches, the clear blue sea and sky, retreat to the Ballywire Farm Licensed Café – the menu specialises in home grown ingredients.
And after lunch? WELL … dare I suggest the Port Moorowie clifftop walk? It's a 3km (one way) corker, stretching from west of the town at Point Gilbert, along the clifftop and through to McEacherns beach. Whoops, yes, more magnificent coastal scenery, another mostly deserted beach! Just return the way you came if you can't cope …
Day 3 – Minlaton & the Other Side (Bakery Alert)
At its narrowest point, the SYP is a mere 33km across, so while a trip to the other side necessarily leaves the coast, the absence of magnificent coastal scenery/deserted beach combo is momentary.
Unless, of course, you break your journey at Minlaton, home to the 'Red Devil' (watch for a future post), museum, a fine bakery and the excellent 'Harvest Corner' Visitor Information Centre, with the Brentwood cemetery just down the road.
Port Rickaby for a fix. And while you're there, enhance those views from the top of the sand dune – if my 81 year old mother-in-law can climb it, then so can you!!
Day 4 – Innes National Park (Scenic Public Toilet alert)
Sound familiar? Regular readers will recall the amazing wonders of this OZ Top Spot – but click HERE for a refresher just in case ...
Day 5 – Corny Point and Western Beaches (Scenic Public Toilet alert)
Besides, you don't see emus on the beach and galahs nesting in the cliffs too many other places, do you?!
Scenic Public Toilet alert)
Sadly, the Stansbury Seaside Markets are – well, naturally – right on the beach. So even though you're shopping, you just can't escape the magnificent coastal scenery/deserted beach combo. Sorry.
Day 7 – Troubridge Island
Readers may also recall the fabulous Troubridge Island, 6km offshore from Edithburgh, from a previous post! There's a minimum 2 night stay so sneak in another day, especially if you have unfulfilled fantasies involving lighthouses AND being serenaded by thousands of penguins ...
As you head back to the real world after this little taste of paradise, treat yourself to another of life's great pleasures and drop in to the Ardrossan Bakery. You won't regret it!!
*Don't be disappointed if this no longer happens – 'Shack Attack' means it's a few years since we've stayed at the Coobowie Caravan Park.