Ceduna, Streaky Bay
63 days away
275 km / 171 miles since last post
18,032 km / 11,205 miles total
It was good feeling leaving the campsite this morning, knowing that the full days of driving are now over and we should be back to our normal routine again. There was some interesting wildlife at the campsite though. We saw what we thought might be a Peregrine Falcon flying around our van (though we could be wrong, but it was certainly an interesting looking bird of prey). We also saw a small bat hanging on the wall by the showers. It wasn't a flying fox, which we have seen in Australia before, but we think perhaps a small fruit bat.
Our first stop today was at the quarantine checkpoint just before Ceduna. This was another checkpoint like the one we encountered when crossing into Western Australia; no fresh fruit, vegetables, honey or plants to be taken across the border. We were ok though as we made sure we'd eaten ours yesterday, so it was a quick check from the inspector and he was happy.
We took a quick stop at Ceduna, the town just past the checkpoint, to stock up with some more food. Then it was a drive on to Streaky Bay.
The caravan park in Streaky Bay was very nice. It's right on the edge of the water, so after we got settled on our pitch we took a dip. It was nice to cool off in the water as the weather here has been really warm. The news has been advising of a heat wave across South Australia at the moment, apparently causing all sorts of problems with public transport in the big towns. A woman we got chatting to at the campsite told us that yesterday the temperature in Adelaide was 42 degrees during the day (a lot hotter than normal), and it was still 33.6 degrees at night! Thankfully, being right on the bay we get a nice breeze which makes things a lot more pleasant.
We were feeling pretty tired by early evening so decided to take advantage of the onsite cafe and had burger and chips for dinner. It made a nice change not to have to cook for ourselves.