Port Parham:

Here we are at Port Parham – 70km North of Adelaide. We wrote about this spot last time we were in Adelaide, (remember Mr Condom). This time there were only 5 other campers. We parked the van near the toilets and hooked up to water.

Near the toilets and hooked up to water. What else do you need?

Near the toilets and hooked up to water. What else do you need?

This was a treat as it’s been a while since we’ve had the luxury of water on tap, apart from one night at the caravan park at Alice Springs.

It didn’t take long to meet up with the other campers, all Queenslanders from Mackay and The Gold Coast. Why are we all down here when the best winter weather is at home? The only answer I can give is, the crowds are up there.

Parham is a fishing village and the locals have a neat way of getting their boats across the sand to the low water mark. The tide goes out about 1km and apart from tiny Pipi shells and an abundance of sea grass not much else is here. But they say the fishing is great.

Because the water goes out so far they use these homemade towing vehicle's to take out their boats and bring them home.

Because the water goes out so far they use these homemade towing vehicle’s, called  Giraffes or Jinkas, to take out their boats and bring them home.

 

So after fishing they run their boats on to the trailer climb over to the vehicle and tow the boat to their garages.

So after fishing they run their boats on to the trailer climb over to the vehicle and tow the boat to their garages.

Chris has yet to “Throw in a line” but we have watched others pull in 35cm whiting at high tide.

The first couple of days were lovely. The sun had warmth if you could get out of the breeze but then it started to rain and got down to just plain cold. We drop down to 3 deg at night and the highest temp we have had through the day is 15 deg. But inside the van is cosy and warm. Turn on the gas stove for a few minutes and it warms the whole place up.

We are sitting here because Chris’s computer won’t start up. This happened after our 11km drive into the breakaways outside of Coober Pedy on the dirt track and he believes it might have affected his computer. So we’ve had to get close to Adelaide so we could take in in for repair. It’s now at the same place I had mine a couple of months ago. It’s still under warranty and hopefully the hard drive hasn’t gone. The techs thinks it is the mother board so we are keeping our fingers crossed it is. Of course Chris is totally lost without his computer. Here we are with time on our hands and Chris can’t do any of the programs because his computer isn’t here. Not a happy camper. So long walks, well rugged up, are the order of the day.

We did have a day in Adelaide when we dropped off the computer and even though it was a Monday driving around the city was a pleasant experience. With the autumn colours of red and orange on all the trees and the abundance of parks it is a very pretty city.

One of the tasks we had to do was visit a locksmith and get another set of keys cut for the van. We were directed to a locksmith in the city of Burnside. Man could that bloke talk. A 10 minute job turned into an hour, after which we went across the road a nice but expensive shopping centre – Burnside Village. The link will take you to the list of shops it has. No Big W, Target or Kmart here. Even the toilet’s were glamorous. So the only things we bought were a few items from Coles (even rich people have to eat).

So we are here for at least a week waiting on the computer. Have got most of the red dirt out of the van and car. We’ll need to flush out the water tanks from the salty, hard and dusty water from the centre, and I have to catch up on the end of year book work, (can’t believe this year is going so fast). Then the plan is to head over to the Eyre Peninsular and then across the Nullarbor to Perth.  But as you know with us we are never quite sure where will end up.

Parham with the tide nearly in.

Parham with the tide nearly in.