help finding a camping spot near ADL in this heat??

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 15:08
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Hi All. I' hoping to head off for a few days over Aust Day . Ordinarily I would head to Burtlers Beach/Marion Bay on Yourke Peninsula, but we figured that in this heat it would be pretty dismal. Anyone have any suggestions that I might try.. I'm picturing shady waterside camping areas etc maybe no more three to fours hours drive?? Is this wishful thinking??? Have 2 4WDs heading out so no probs if it's out of the way.. If it's a secret spot them perhaps if you would be so kind as to share it on MBMR MSG I wont spread it 'round too much ;)

Any advice / suggestions would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 15:41

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 15:41
the cool change has arrived...around 1.30pm it was 43.2 at athelstone...now its 39.2 (3.08pm)
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:19

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:19
Whyalla has dropped from 43 to 31 in the last 30minutes
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:35

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:35
thats a big drop in such a short time....

its still 38 @ 4pm
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:39

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 16:39
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:03

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:03
thanks andrew...i was looking for that info earlier, but couldnt find it.

still 36 here. i note that bom only claim 40 for today.
it was 43 by my data logger.....uder the eaves on south side of house next to park...at athelstone
my sling (mercury in glass thermometers) show 36> (.5 degree scale) while data logger says 36.5
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:04

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:04
Only 1 real option in my books - Beachport in the S/E. Aust day is forcast to be HOT still (despite the change today). Beachport is surrounded by water and is it is rare for it not to be at least 5 degress cooler than Adelaide. Fishing, 4wding, diving, swimming, has it all. Will take about 4 hrs if I rememebr correctly

Big D
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 21:28

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 21:28
Deep creek Conservation Park? I seem to remember there are some campsites there and a short drive to blowhole creek for a swim
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Reply By: Barnesy - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:45

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:45
All of the spots above sound good. I once camped in a national park just south of Berri. Had the whole riverbank to myself. This region of the Murray around the floodplains has a lot of little camping areas like this. Lake Alexandrina is good, Milang has a nice caravan park on the lakeside.

Barnesy
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 09:00

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 09:00
Thanks for that.. will check into all of em.. Cheers all.
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Reply By: cuffs - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 12:41

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 12:41
Black Cockatoo Bush Camp
Albert Park, via Naracoorte
(30 minutes drive from Lucindale 20km from Narracoote)
Enquiries and bookings through your hosts: Ken & Elizabeth Yelland
T: (08) 8762 1612
M: 0428 621 612
I spent X-mas camped at Black Cockatoo Bush Camp at Naracoorte with my German Shepherd easily assessable for 2wd, caravans and campers, under the shade of old gum trees and facing a fenced off dam, plenty of Yabbies and well stocked with Silver Perch (pay for each kg). A bit spoiled with solar showers and push button toilets for a bush camp ($5 per night), the property owners have put a lot of effort in this set up, after years of travelling this country they know what hospitality is. There is plenty of shade and open space to camp away from others if there is a need to run a Genny for a couple of hrs to recharge a secondary battery.

I scoped out three trails for after lunch trips in the X-Trail without towing the off road box trailer and left it in All Wheel Drive on all tracks, which I traversed both ways to include land sights on a mud map. I was always ready to drop it into 4wd if needed, larger & heavier 4wds may require tyre pressure lowered and engage 4wd, driver experience will help.

1. 1hr trip - gravel roads & bush tracks including 1.5km of soft sand (I was told the local boys do this track in their utes to avoid the Police on a Saturday night) to the Naracoorte Township for supplies and caves in the National Park (or 20 km from the bush camp via bitumen)
2. 1.5hrs trip - gravel roads and bush tracks including 5kms of soft sand and yes a Kia 4wd, V6 and has low and high range got bogged to the axle on the first km of sand (inexperienced driver, no recovery gear).
3. 2.5hsr trip - gravel roads and bush tracks including 10km of soft sand and high grass. (2 & 3 can be combined for a great day trip).

I returned to Adelaide with 3kg of Yabbies which made a great Yabby Thermidor on rice for the family, looking forward to going back after the summer heat has past (three days above 45 in the shade and you start to run out of beer).
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Reply By: DP - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:58

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:58
Agree with Beachport or even Robe. Great spots with plenty of choice for 4wd'ing.
Another option - although currently ablaze - is Kangaroo Island. Always milder temps. Took family there just after New Years and average temps were 23 - 25 degrees while in the low 30's in Adelaide. Good campsites available at Rocky River and in particular West Bay.

Stay Cool!

Dan
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