The Journey Begins
Wednesday: 6th June.
A short trip to revisit some familiar territory and connect with family has begun. The destination: Port Lincoln.
Since this is the first significant distance to be travelled with the caravan, it will be broken up into several stages.
Stage 1: Christies Beach to Yacka
After a slow start which meant that we were a few minutes late for checkout at Christies Beach and the boom gate would not operate when I punched in the code, the first real experience at driving through the suburbs was negotiated successfully. If I ignore the slight scrape from the sign in the caravan park when I took the corner a little too casually. A great lesson learned!
A big rig like the one in which we are travelling makes it necessary to make some changes or adaptations to the driving behaviour that have been entrenched over many years. For example….
- On busy multi-lane roads in built up areas driving in the left lane is not recommended. In just 1 reasonably short trip that recommendation was very helpful in keeping the movement through the suburbs to be smooth.
- Stopping distance has to be increased.
- Parking: Just where can you park something that takes up 3 normal car spaces?
First Stop Over: Yacka
This has been at the top of the places to stay since noticing the park on the banks of the Broughton River at the northern end of the town on one of the many journeys through the town in the last 2 years.
Yackamoorundie Park is a community operated park with camping facilities. To get access to the park for camping and using the facilities there are several places where the key to the gate can be collected. For a reasonable $15 per night for a powered site. There are 8 available.
Even before the caravan had been set up Joy discovered an echidna or spiny anteater who made a hurried retreat. Well relatively hurried for a slow moving creature like him, aided by being able to slide down the steep river bank. But not before a quick photo was taken.
Facilities at Yackamoorundie include a Shower/Toilet block, 8 powered sites, campfire areas, barbecues (electric and wood burning), sheltered eating area and several magnificently mosaic decorated picnic tables and seats. At the time we were there two more tables were being prepared. A revisit to the park at some time later will almost certainly be on the agenda.
The Natural Setting
As good as the features described above, they do not really compare with the natural surrounds.
Being on the banks of the Broughton River, there are plenty of trees and consequently birds to delight in the morning and evenings. part of the park has a gently sloping area with dense scrub to attract these birds. In just a short period several species were spotted and crossed of the checklist and some even managed to find themselves in front of my camera.
This park is well worth a visit, especially if you want to get away from the stresses of day to day living. Phone reception is poor, internet connection is almost non-existent for wireless reception and since Yacka is only a small community out of the reach of major TV transmitters there was no TV to distract from the peaceful surroundings.