Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Loxton -Day 3

Driving between Loxton Town Centre and the Caravan Park we passed an interesting median strip, we’ve stopped at the carved tree sculptures before but we decided to check out the Conservation and Heritage Park this time. Just about anywhere you go along the river there are reminders of the flood of 1956. I remember Dad collecting up hessian chook food bags to be sent to Mannum for sandbags that year. Loxton has an interesting way of illustrating the various flood levels. Paths wove between lovely garden beds and past the many cairns in the Heritage Park.

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When I lived in the area in the late 1960s there were thriving Drive-in Theatres at Waikerie, Barmera, Berri, Renmark and Loxton but in the 1980s most closed.  The Loxton, Riverline Drive-In opened on 26th December 1959, and closed on 29th March 1986. The area where cars parked is now bare ground but there are lovely gardens around the cottage which can be hired for functions.

Another place we thought was worth checking out was Thiele’s Sandbar because free camping is available there.

Back at camp everything was peaceful.

Loxton – Day 2

The weather forecast for the day was 39 deg C or about 100 deg. F so it wasn’t a day for great activity. After breakfast as we sat gazing across the peaceful river we heard a loud “CRACK” immediately followed by an almighty “CRASH”. Directly across the river an enormous dead Gum Tree disintegrated just like the towers that collapse when explosives are detonated at their base. It was a stark reminder of why you should never camp under a Gum Tree yet there we were in our chosen spot under a big Gum Tree. We didn’t shift camp but I was well aware of our situation and determined we wouldn’t ever set up camp under a Gum Tree again. Interesting things were happening around us and when I saw a horse float go past I decided it was time to check things out.

Near the Caravan Park we noticed a sign to Heaven Lookout and decided to check it out.

It was so hot by the afternoon I needed to take a siesta. Through the skylight the view of a dead branch suspended in a fork of the Gum Tree was quite disconcerting! Taking a little drive into Loxton seemed a cool option. I came to Loxton in about 1965 to cut apricots on a fruit block, we cut the fruit and placed it on wooden trays which were then treated with sulphur before being laid out on wire racks to dry in the sun. I remember going for a meal at the Loxton Pub and it looks just the way I remember it.

In the late afternoon the road behind us started to get more traffic. A short walk from our campsite is a safe place to get into the river and that’s where the cars were headed.

After such a hot, sunny day I was surprised that there was no colourful sunset, guess I need to check out what causes one.

After some frustrating issues with our Camper we were keen to go on a little jaunt to check out that everything was working properly so we headed for a few days in Loxton. From home we headed to Stirling and the South Eastern Freeway which took us to Murray Bridge and on to Karoonda where we had a short break.

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After our short stop it was time to repack the hairy, white passenger and continue on to Loxton where we were all welcome at the Riverside Caravan Park.

Our river-front site was in a group of 6 which were all apparently in use until that morning which was very lucky for us because we were able to get the only one in shade.  The Park is extensive but there were very few campers, no one was anywhere near us.

This was our first camping trip with our hairy, white passenger and we had no idea what the night would bring, we were soon to find out.

And so the day ended.