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Limestone Coast Day 1-3 Dartmoor and Carpenters Rocks
By Sabine | Published April 17, 2016
We finally managed to hit the road after a few delays. No holidays for 16 months and no germs for years – trust me to come down with a rotten cold on my first day of leave. We were supposed to be back on Wednesday for an appointment but it got changed – unfortunately we did not pack enough medication to keep going to the Yorke Peninsula as originally planned. Day 1 was a long run to Dartmoor and again it did not disappoint. Had about 12 rigs for company and woke up to a beautiful cold and foggy morning. The diesel heater came in very handy! The fog disappeared to a beautiful day so we went walking around the town again. The place has a nice vibe and looks great thanks to volunteers who mow the grass all around the town. I took another photo off the army nurse to satisfy Bruno’s curiosity and save him the drive.
We have been in this part of the world a few times and were keen to see some of the smaller places. I found this community site on Wikicamps which is a great little phone app for finding up to date info on camp sites. For a donation of $5 per night we have water, flushing toilets, bins and the beach directly across the road. The site is a huge mown clearing and we had the place to ourselves until a wizz bang turned up after dark. The town is a no frills fishing village with a pub, general store and not much else- our sort of place! Went for a drive and found all the yuppies up the road at Pelican Point.
Black Fellow’s Cave
The next town is the rather inappropriately named Black Fellows Cave which seemed to be where the retirees live. We were wandering around the boat ramp with me taking photos as per usual, when two old blokes arrived and put their tinnie in the water. Out of the blue one of them offered to take us around the point to photograph the caves that are only really visible from a boat. So off we went, dogs and all, Unfortunately the light was not perfect so they are not poster material. Overall a great day and we decided to stay here for a second night.
Day 3 – Around Carpenters Rocks
Lazy day today, took advantage of the drizzly morning and fired up the bucket shower. Out for a drive in the afternoon, there is a lighthouse and national park camping about 4km up the road for $14 per night. Stunning location but the Southerly winds here come straight from Antarctica… The bay is home to quite a few fishing vessels, but getting in and out is treacherous as demonstrated by the wrecks around this coastline, one is visible on the bay. There is a set of markers to remember one of the wrecks, 89 people drowned and only 22 survived. One of the survivors also had his horse on board and it made it ashore and went on to race about three months later. ‘The Barber’ never won the race but a pretty good effort and he was known as the Champion Swimmer!
It was drizzling when we were at cape Banks Lighthouse, but the sun very briefly peeked through the clouds and created this beautiful rainbow just long enough for me to fire off a shot before it disappeared again.
There are walking trails on either side of the bay with stunning scenery. Carpenters Rocks are extremely dangerous to navigate and it is not hard to see why. Apparently there is a wreck only a few meters out right in front of the general store, I will have to come back with the snorkeling gear one day.
Overall this was a terrific stop, recommended for anyone who likes peace and quiet and nice scenery. Don’t come here for gourmet coffee or yuppie company because you will be disappointed! There is a pub which we did not sample and a general store with some basic supplies at a premium price. The only downside was the noise of some hoon cars and trailbikes in the distance, but they did not come near us or cause any hassles.
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