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Friday, 1 Aug 2014

GSA Road Show snugs down on big gale day at Wellington SA Caravan Park

Wellington ferry ride for GSA rig
Wellington ferry ride for
GSA rig

GSA's Alan Pam and Chloe rode out a 7 deg gale snugged down in the lee of Wellington Caravan Parks sheltering fence as a series of severe weather events marched east through South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Chloe was happy because pets are welcome on site. Alan was happy because he had all reefs in early in a sheltered anchorage and his crew were comfortable despite the storm weather.

Wellington Caravan Park  can be easily accessed using the unique GoSee Multi-search at the top of this page.

Wellington Caravan Park has a camp kitchen, kiosk, bait, ice and LPG amenities and laundry with rainwater on tap. Wellington is one of the oldest towns on the River Murray (1838) the site of the first river crossing ferry. South Australia's oldest working hotel is opposite the caravan park. It is famous for its steaks.

Wellington, 1h 15mins S.E. of Adelaide, is the eastern gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula, which borders the Murraylands, Mallee and Coorong regions, where the river Murray flows into Lake Alexandrina. It is a small privately owned and operated park with un-regimented shady lawned sites and a friendly atmosphere.

Wellington Caravan Park is a good base for day trips to the Coorong, Mallee, Fleurieu, Murraylands areas, including the wine growing region of Langhorne Creek, Monarto Zoological Park, Puzzle Park, Old Tailem Town, the Murray Mouth, Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina. Wellington is a popular location for fishing, bird watching water sports. In Murraylands many visitors come for a taste of river life.

"The  old courthouse building at the ferry has recently been purchased  from the National Trust and has undergone major renovations to now include cafe, museum and B&B it  looks great", Alan said today.

North to south, Swan Reach to Wellington, the River Murray nears the end of its long journey. Around 8,000 years ago, indigenous peoples camped on the river's banks and navigated its waters. Traces of their campfires can be found at Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park and Aboriginal custodian guides lead tours of this fascinating archaeological site.

GSA campsite Wellington SA.
GSA campsite Wellington SA.

This broad belt of country reaches from the eastern rim of the Mount Lofty Ranges through mallee country and farmlands to the border town of Pinnaroo.

For bird watching, it's hard to beat the Murray River backwaters: hire a kayak or book an eco-cruise. Learn about the river's history at the Mannum Dock Museum. The venerable PS Marion home ports in Mannum - and she's open for inspection. Many charter houseboats also tie up here.

The river has an impressive fleet, from nothing fancy to a floating palace.

Richard Davis, OAM President of the Caravan Parks Association of South Australia says South Australia has some of the most affordable and enjoyable caravan parks in Australia. The accommodation choice in SA member parks is varied, offering basic camping facilities through to luxurious en-suite cabins some with spa baths. There is a choice on offer to suit all budgets, he said.

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory

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