|Surf's up at Parson's Beach, way west of Victor Harbour ... and even though the sky is starting to|
promise a storm, surfers are game to go out --
|The waves are not of the magnitude you get in Hawaii (duh!) but they're still surfable...|
|The beach is accessed from a parking lot set back into Newland Head Conservation Park,|
and the signs are up, bright yellow, obnoxiously loud and clear -- see it there, by the path? What's it say --?
|No swimming, it says -- high waves, dangerous currents! So...|
|Guess the No Swimming sign doesn't work so well!|
|Newland Head Conservation Park would be a great place to spend a day whale watching,|
if we could just judge the season. These are southern right whales --
|Newland Head looks like this, across its entire area: a haven for shore birds -- but we were|
starting to think seriously about lunch, so ... time to head for Victor Harbour!
|The weather certainly didn't improve as we headed east in search of civilization!|
We'll come back to Victor Harbour and Granite Island another time ... ride the horse-drawn tram across the causeway, which you see right above, hike the island, have lunch at the cafe there -- in decent weather! For the moment, we'll just return to 2011, when the whole place was reminiscent of the sub-antarctic, and looked like this:
|The petrel rookery, right beside the road -- Franklin Parade, which follows Encounter Bay right around,|
from Kent Reserve at the outfall of the Inman River...
|Petrels actually breed far away, and you find them all over the south Pacific outside of breeding season.|
|Above and behind Victor Harbour the hills stretch away toward beautiful Inman Valley. Meanwhile --|
|Just around the point from the residential area on Encounter Bay is Petrel Cove,|
which is amazing -- filled with "ship-killer" rocks on which the surf pounds. and --
|Killer rocks or no, surfers were out at Petrel Cove; which must take courage, because --|
|-- when you look down from the cliffs, you can see the danger.|
|It seems Petrel Cove is also a good spot for beach fishing.|
|A sailboat rides at anchor against the backdrop of Granite Island. After raiding the picnic basket\|
for lunch, we headed on east out of Victor Harbour --
|The Goolwa Channel separates Goolws and Hindmarsh Island. This tour boat was going out,|
despite the weather, which was looking increasingly doubtful.
|Goolwa Channel is spanned by the road bridge. The island has recently become a hot-spot|
for property developers. New homes on the "lagoons" there cost a small fortune.
|Little corellas graze along the shoreline, where pine cones are falling --|
|Sailboats anchored just offshore are battened down for the approaching weather, but -|
|This powerboat was roaring along, towing a water skier. Just time to get in one more run!|
|The sky lowers over Hindmarsh Island...|
|it's a world of water and sky, stark beauty ... and sailboats ... like much of South Australia's Lakes District.|
|Heading off Hindmarsh Island, rain starts to hit the windscreen.|
|The Goolwa bridge is misted with rain...|
|...pelicans turn their noses into the wind and hunker down.|
|Back in Goolwa, it's already bucketing down!|
This part of the trip was all about water: sea, surf, and rain ... and as we left Goolwa we were headed for Milang, on Lake Alexandrina, where we were booked overnight. So --
Next on this trip: Finniss, Milang, and Handorf.