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Old 06-25-2011, 03:51 AM   #1
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A few days exploring the Limestone Coast (South Australia)

The plan for this trip was to head down to the “Limestone Coast” for a couple of days of scenic riding. With my partner in crime Paul living in Victor, we organised to meet at the turnoff to Wellington on Highway 1.
This called for a quick buzz up the South Eastern Freeway

Before stopping for fuel and some breakfast at Tailem Bend

The river is flowing nicely

Soon we met at the turn off

And then headed off to some dirt. First to get a bit of air out of those tyres

Before finding some nice tracks south

Then the nice tracks became a little bit sandy

Until the combination of weight and lack of skill found us zig zagging around followed by falling off

With steep dunes in the distance we chickened out and turned to look for another way on. But first a bit of a breather was called for at Malinong (nice little spot for a break)

After being tempted once more

We soon found some less sandy tracks and headed south once more

Mt Boothby Conservation Park provided some interesting tracks

And then on to Messent Conservation Park

And more tracks until we popped out at Salt Creek

The burgers weren’t bad (and popular by the looks of it )

Then it was on to check out Tea Tree Crossing

When the Coorong levels are low it’s possible to get across the water of the upper Coorong to the ocean beach on the other side. With water levels now so high through the entire system this wasn’t an option

We then picked up the old road that winds its way through the Coorong National Park. There’s just something about the temptation of a salt lake

And picking the right moment to decide when it’s time to turn around!

After weaving our way through the park we eventually got down onto the beach at the “Granites”. Aptly named as it consists of a few big granite rocks sticking out of the sand

I nice place to drop a line… or laze around it you’re a seal

From there the beach stretches in both directions for many kilometres. For us it was south again along the hard packed sand to Kingston

Then it was on towards Robe and a camp somewhere for the night. Pine forests always provide a good place for some stealth camping, so the search for a good spot began.

It wasn’t long before we found somewhere right out of the way to set up camp and unpack

Next morning still had us heading south but via some nice out of the way (very old) tracks

One in particular followed close to one of the many drainage streams that criss cross the whole area. Lots of nice future camp sites out here

Even the gates were unlocked

A few quaint little bridges

Until we came to Woakwine Cutting not far from Beachport

Back in the 1950’s a farmer decided to try and organise a channel from the swamp on one part of his property across a range to give him access to more water. After disagreements with the Drainage Board re the plan he decided to go it alone and the 8 Kilometre channel including the 1 kilometre long, 30mt deep cutting is the result. Only took him 3 years and 5000hrs on a Caterpillar D7!

Now on the way north we picked up some nice trails and headed towards Bool Lagoon

We wanted to ride around the lagoon and check it out but the idea of paying an entrance fee to ride in a few kms of National Park put us off on principle (don’t start me on SA National Parks and Wildlife.. )

With it getting a later in the day it was time to start searching around for a suitable campsite.

After checking out a few likely areas we found and old fence that was (sort of) laying down

That led cross country through some scrub land

To a nice sheltered camp

Where we soon had a fire going

Next morning we filled up at Padthaway

in the heart of grazing and grape growing country

then north on to Keith for a late breakfast

before attempting a shortcut

that once again ended in retreat

After back tracking it was soon on to the Wellington turn off, then a quick sprint home up the freeway.

A top few days with plenty to check out on a return trip sometime soon!

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Old 06-25-2011, 04:16 AM   #2
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Looks like a good time!

Wouldn't mind finding out where some of those tracks are....
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:01 AM   #3
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:11 AM   #4
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Top RR, looks like a great ride, just how do you find those tracks, this is just what I want to get up to...going to order a Garmin 60csx, hoping it helps me find my way around.

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Old 06-25-2011, 07:53 AM   #5
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i would also like to find those tracks as i have a couple of brothers in the south east and am heading that way soon.

great RR, looks like you found some great tracks. I could do with some sand practice,
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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Great RR bully, thanks

Is it very time consuming planning & logging in your routes to your gps before you leave or do you 'ad-lib' on the run ?

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Ditto those tracks.

Great report. I'm another that wouldn't mind finding out the details of your route. Nice stuff.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:35 AM   #8
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Nice one, I did a bit of riding around Messent NP and Salt Creek on my Suzuki RM80 as a little tacker, great fun.

I once drowned the little Suzi trying to cross Tea Tree to get to the dunes....had to push it all the way back to Salt Creek....not so much fun, the things you do when you are 12

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Old 06-26-2011, 05:41 AM   #9
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Another great RR. And I've downloaded your file from TAT. Ta.

Might be able to meld it with something I've been working on.

That last camping spot looks a gem.

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Old 06-29-2011, 05:15 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by senfiddy View Post
Another great RR. And I've downloaded your file from TAT. Ta.

Might be able to meld it with something I've been working on.

That last camping spot looks a gem.

No worries Graeme, hope the file is useful in your planning.

Flick me an email if you want any more info re that camp site

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #13
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Cheers for the RR

inspired me to head down there myself and do some exploring!
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Great RR.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:23 AM   #15
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Loved it. Must have around keith, Robe and penola soon. Thanks for the effort
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