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Welcome to "Great Places To Visit."


We are currently touring this beautiful country of ours. I hope you enjoy the photo's and information on the many wonderful places we visit as I blog them to you.

©Cindy Schulz Photography

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great Places To Visit - Arkaroola - Mt Painter Wilderness Sanctuary - S.A. - Australia

Do yourself a big favour and visit this amazing part of South Australia. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary has a huge variety of accommodation options from 4 x 4 Caravan and camping, powered, un-powered, and camp sites to budget rooms to very comfortable motel rooms.

This amazing sanctuary has lots to offer from 4 x 4 Ridge Top Tours, to numerous mapped 4 x 4 self drive tours, numerous walking tracks of various lengths and walking abilities to astronomy,  scenic plane flights or you can just sit around and enjoy the peace and quiet. There's also a great restaurant that serves a good variety of delicious meals.

We decided to do the Ridge Top Tour. Naturally you have to book for anything you want to do as there are a large number of people staying here at one time and that changes daily.

Our driver/guide Steve is an experienced 4 x 4 driver and has an extensive knowledge of the area, it's history, it animals, plants and minerals. He's one of a group of experienced tour guides here. So if you're a native plant lover, a native animal lover or a budding geologist, perhaps even an enthusiastic landscape photographer, this is a tour you will enjoy. Oh yeah, and if you want a look first hand at what it's like to do some serious 4 x 4 steep, rocky driving, then do this tour and take a peek. Steve loaded us (8 adults) into the back of the Toyota and instructed everyone to put on their seat belts with a mischievous grin. Little did we know what was coming!
Fun, laughter, rock and rolling, stunning landscapes, hair raising descents, and panoramic ridge top lookouts, with a cup of tea and a lamington! Our 4 1/2hr, 50klm trip was the best thing I've EVER done.......seriously!

First we all carefully kept our seat on the bench we were individually buckled to. Then we came to the locked gateway, were Steve announced through his headset to us, that only the tours can come this way. That's why it's locked! Closing it again behind us we were off!  The road was very rocky, with some large boulders that Steve carefully navigated us either around or over.  All the while he was chatting away to us and pointing out areas of interest, flora or fauna and pulling up, where possible for us to take photos. It wasn't long before we reached our first climb.....rocky, bumpy, rocking from side to side......we soon gave up the personal space idea and happily jostled and rocked around together, in shrieks of laughter and good natured bantering. What the heck, the views were indescribable, spectacular, and then yellow tailed wallibies, kangaroos, emus with chicks, flowering plants in yellow, white, cream, red, all were brought to our attention and where possible our camera lens by the ever pointing, narrating, amicable driver...Steve.
His knowledge was incredible. He answered all questions with honesty and a good knowledge and obvious love of this area.

We eventually reached the top of a majestic rocky cliff where Steve announced we would be stopping for morning tea. We all hopped out camera's in hand with panoramic views to snap away at, while Steve produced some thermoses, tea, coffee, and milo and then the best yet.........chocolate lamingtons!!! We spent some time consuming these and the view, enjoying the sunshine. Then Steve rounded us up for the trip back....down steep inclines, up steep slopes, over rocky creek beds, and back through the locked gates.....all still in one piece......though perhaps a little "shaken but not stirred."

Visit: www.arkaroola.com.au or click on the link above to go to the web site also.

Arkaroola Village at Sunset






4 x 4 tour

Flinders Ranges - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary


Rocks ain't just rocks!
Fun and games. Yes please!
And to your left or was that to your right? 
  
Rock and roll!
Male emu and chicks. Dad does the babysitting in this family.
Walk anyone?
Can you spot the person amongst the giant boulders?
Beautiful gum blossom.
Flowering among the rocks.
Beautiful butterflies mating in the spiny wattle. Living dangerously!







Monday, September 11, 2017

Great Places To Visit - Peterborough S.A. - Steam Train Enthusiasts

This blog is for all you train enthusiasts out there. I'm thinking of joining you.

Peterborough in South Australia is a fantastic place for train lovers. They have small replicas at either entrances to town as well as a big train museum. Trains still run through the town also. Yes, here in Peterborough they are a steam train and diesel train loving bunch.    I thoroughly enjoyed the Steam Train Museum. They even got a "head of steam" up on the loco on display. Fake steam of course, but it looked good.

So if your planning on going to South Australia for a holiday, put Peterborough on your list, especially if you have train loving children, or a husband who is keen. 

The local caravan park is comfortable and clean if you have a van or some such item. If not, they do have cabins as well.

There is also a variety of other accommodation available depending on your budget.  The main street is very interesting if you like old architecture as I do. The historic old pubs (I counted 3 but there could be more) also offer meals. We ate at the Peterborough Hotel (the one with the motorbike on the roof). The caravan park people own this pub and lease out the dining area. The meals were nice, and budget priced. You can also get take a way food there.

Nice old historic town, we stayed with our caravan for 2 nights and enjoyed it.




























Saturday, September 2, 2017

Great Places To Visit - Swan Hill, Mildura.

Pioneer Settlement Swan Hill


Murray River from the Caravan Park at Swan Hill

Swan Hill on the Murray River is a nice little pioneer town. We stayed 2 nights here on the Murray River in the Caravan Park in town. Nice walk to the shops and back or a short drive if you're not up to walking. Good amenities in the park as it's all been re-done about 5 years ago.  Enjoyed out stay here. For tourists there is the Pioneer Settlement to wander through and see a bi-gone era and the history of the town. Very interesting.

Moved onto Mildura for our next stop. Staying in town, at the Top Tourist Park - All Seasons.  Small park right near a shopping centre, Coles, Woolworths, Target etc. Easy walk to Coles, almost next door.  Being on the Calder Hwy it is a little noisy, but didn't bother us.  This park is small which we like.  The amenities are old, but kept clean and tidy and everything works as it should.  We are staying about 5 days. Lots to see in the local area, with it being the food hub. Also wineries in the area.  Mungo National Park is about 110Klm away. 

We are enjoying a few quiet days on The Murray,  walking in the parks, watching the people, the pelicans and the paddle steamers! For those who would like a ride on the paddle steamers they do a 2hr run along the river.

Paddle Steamer at Mildura
Wharf at Mildura

Park near the wharf Mildura


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Great Places To Visit - Cohuna Victoria, Australia

Cohuna : A great country Victorian town with an interesting and pretty weir right in the heart of town.  It's spring time and it's lovely to walk along the paths and admire the gum trees and the wattles in flower. There are an assortment of Cafes and eateries in this historic old town as well as banks etc.

If you own a caravan or RV then you can camp free for 3 nights in a nice grassy area, which is beautiful, or you can book into the caravan park a short distance away. The tourist information is in the heart of town also with parking available for caravans etc.  Nice spot, worth a stop and look at least.












Just a bit further "up the road" is Lake Boga. Very pretty. We stopped here to have a "cuppa" from our Thermos and enjoyed the view.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Great Places To Visit - Fremantle WA - Australia

Spending a few weeks in beautiful historic Fremantle WA.  Lovely spot.  Lots of history. Very friendly people. Free buses (called Cats) which travel in 2 different loops (blue cat and red cat) in the area. Great to hop on and off to check out different locations/tourist spots,etc.  We are staying at a B and B, separate self contained unit only 10minutes walk from the Fremantle markets.  Great locations. Nice unit. There is a Fremantle cat bus stop out front! So convenient. Jump on and off to the beach or the markets, or the malls, the post office, the railway station etc, etc. It literally takes you anywhere of interest in it's long loop but it's only 15 minutes to do a full circuit.

Enjoying the beautiful weather Freo has turned on for us. Highly recommend a visit to this fascinating part of Australia. The beaches here are fantastic!!!! Plenty of restaurants to pick from and all we have tried so far have been good.

Benny's Bar and Cafe had to be good....our son's name is Ben! LOL And it was good food and good coffee. As I was there for brunch it was a bit early in the day for me to try out the bar.

On the weekend we went for a short drive on the coast to Mandurah. Great spot! Lots to see and do.  Highly recommend a visit here. It's only about 45minutes drive from Fremantle.



This is the kitchen/dining area of our cute little B and  B unit.


Bathers Beach Huts

Benny's Bar & Cafe



Warf




Free "Cat" bus stop No 2

Sunset on the marina

Morning tea at Mandurah

Bathers Beach Fremantle at Sunset

Bathers Beach at Sunset