Our first stop on the Yorke Peninsula was to head down the very bottom to Innes National Park. We stayed at Stenhouse Bay Campground. Upon arrival, it was simply stunning, the blue of the water contrasted by the white grounds. There was no one else around on arrival, and we got to setting up our campsite.
Boy was the ground hard, it turned out it was an old Gypsum mine site, turned back into a conservation area for native flora and fauna. We had to rely on our impact drill driver from our toolset to get our coach bolt pegs into the ground.
If you’ve watched our other videos you will know we like to head into the Info centre on arriving in a new location. There was a great one onsite at Innes, open every day.
There wasn’t really much to the information centre, except they did have the worlds best park ranger onsite that day! Not only did she help us understand what the marks around Innes National Park were, she went out back and showed us some more emu pooh shapes from different seasons, shared with us a scats and tracks book to help our discovery and even took us out to the park to find the bush tucker that the emus were all eating to cause the funny marks.
With that info, plus a list of things to do around the park, we headed off on a tour of Innes and the greater Innes National Park.
We checked out the ghost town of Innes, looked at the lake below, toured around the shorelines spotting and learning of shipwrecks and all in all had a great day out driving.
There is so much to see along the coastline, and a heap of shipwrecks along the shipwreck trail. The boys learnt a lot, maybe mostly to never board a ship! The next day the weather was nice and calm after a bit of wind, so it was time to head down for a bit of a fish on the Stenhouse Bay Jetty. If you watched our previous episode in Adelaide, we bought up fishing gear and were hanging out to test them out.
The boys had a great time learning to use their rods and new lures from BCF. We now have all of the basics we need, and the boys are really working on their skills for catching squid. We got one that day and it was enough for a few calamari rings with dinner that night.
We use Wikicamps to choose where we go whilst on the go, you may have seen our video on how to use Wikicamps to plan your own adventure. We’ve stayed at some pretty nice places over the peak periods, so we wanted to balance the budget. We found what looked to be a great RV camp in Moonta and headed right for it.
It was a hot day when we arrived, and we were keen to cool down. We headed for the waterfront.
It really was a great spot, but with blue swimmer crabs spotted in the local area, we were keen to get back the next day for some crabbing and fishing.
That was by far our most successful outing yet, two squid and two crabs. We had a cook up that night and it was all fantastic.
They literally fought over every last piece of those crabs!
The boys had really been trying hard, but the two little ones were yet to catch anything other than a few crabs which they were clearly excited about. Steph had a bit of a plan to reward them for their efforts fishing over our last few locations, it was a great surprise for all of us.
We had a fun day out, but there was a heap of baby snapper which we couldn’t keep. It was entertaining, but the boys got bored. We did snag a couple of big King George Whiting too which made for a great meal the next day. With our new found crabbing skills, the boys were keen to give crabbing a go.
That one got away, but we ended up with 28 crabs to go with our 2 whiting. It was a lot of fun and the boys loved catching fish, even though we had to let most of them go. Harry was fascinated by the whole experience, but all of us enjoyed the fun and the feed at the end.
Thanks to Port Hughes Fishing Charters for having us along for the half day charter. It was great. We were literally fished out, but that’s not all there is to do in Moonta, they actually have a long copper mining history, here on what is known as the copper coast.
Moonta has done a fantastic job of both preserving their mining history and making it accessible to tourists. We were able to walk up to machines, check out how they work and even try to use some of them!
Moonta had to much to offer, not only from a beach lifestyle point of view, they even have their own water park down by the water! The fishing and the mining history. They are an RV friendly town and we really enjoyed our stay checking everything out from our first ever free camp.
Yorke Peninsula, and I think we can finally call it Yorkes now, was absolutely brilliant, and we’re looking forward to exploring more of the South Australian Coastline with Eyre peninsula up ahead, but that’s after we take advantage of some cooler weather to do something pretty special. Check it out next week!
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