Our next big stop was Port Lincoln. We stayed here for two weeks and we did a lot of catching up on day to day things. Port Lincoln is a large town with everything you can think of which makes it great for stocking up on school supplies, fixing or upgrading the car/caravan or just simply chilling in a larger town. Which is what we did here.
We stayed at Port Lincoln Caravan Park North Shields. This caravan park is basic but lovely, there was a small playground for the kids and lots of grass for the vans. if you are looking for a caravan park with a nice view then I recommend choosing North Shields, our van backed onto the waters edge. There is also a jetty about 300 metres away to go for a walk along. The weather was a little hit and miss here in Port Lincoln. We were here at the end of February early March and there were some chilly days. So depending on when you pass through will depend on how cold it gets.
Here I have put together a list of places that we visited and I thought were brilliant with kids.
Now I know this seems like a pretty obvious choice but Port Lincoln Library is amazing. There is so much to do there. They have a separate marine life area with loads of different activities set up. We attended a kids LEGO club each Tuesday with another travelling family that we met at our caravan park. It was great fun! South Australia has a really good thing going with their libraries. You can borrow books from one library and return at ANY library within the state. This worked so well for us as we love borrowing books and it helps with the home schooling.
If you don’t already know, fishing along the coast of South Australia is pretty decent. We always caught whiting and fish tacos was our go-to easy dinner. We are not the best at fishing but here in Port Lincoln we always came home with a catch. The kids really got into this and enjoyed it heaps. This is where the library came in really handy because they had books on the specific fish we were catching. Great for schooling for the kids. Our favourite fishing spot was at the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum boat ramp. There is a jetty here and it is sheltered from the wind.
If you are interested in facts and history then here is a must stop. The kids will learn heaps and it has plenty of stuff to look at. Everything is laid out as if it were on the boat.
If anyone has been following our travels you will know by now we love a good skate-park. Our eldest has learnt some cool new tricks by visiting every skate-park in every town we have visited since leaving Perth. Port Lincoln has two, the best being……….. Cheap and easy to get to with the kids!
The weather wasn’t all that great in Port Lincoln and the beaches were very mediocre so a trip to the local swimming pools did us great. What is even better is that there is a big slide. Our kids had a ball and I enjoyed sitting back reading a book.
Winter Hill lookout is a short 4km drive out of town. The lookout overlooks town and is nearly a 360 view of water in front and beautiful green paddocks behind you. It really is worth the drive up there. If you have the time, pack a picnic and take a rug. There is a large rock where you can sit and eat your lunch while sitting back and enjoying the scenic views.
The walk along the foreshore was my personal favourite, we grabbed a coffee and went for a long walk along the foreshore. There are two playgrounds for the kids to stop and play and plenty of photo opportunities along the way including a statue of the winning horse ‘Makybe Diva’ the Melbourne cup horse racing champion. Plus heaps of grass to kick a ball and have a picnic.
This place is great for lots of reasons. There really is something for everyone. The kids loved seeing the animals and we all loved the putt putt golf. After we all enjoyed a cold drink at the vineyard. The wine is exceptionally good both red and white. This wonderful place was just down the road from our caravan park and is only is 15 kms out of town.
Our children are on/off walkers. So we often would go for a 5km walk and it will be a great walk and other days we would 100 metres and there would reluctant legs refusing to go any further. Thankfully on this trail we had avid walkers with no complaints which made the walk a very pleasant one. The trail is accessible from a number of points and at the end is a BBQ area and playground. It was relaxing to walk through and to make it easier he track is very well maintained.
After slowing down for three weeks here in Port Lincoln we decided that it was time to move on and we free camped all the way to Adelaide. Free camping is our love and we thoroughly enjoy it. Parking up at a location overlooking the beach or in the middle of the bush is what we love best. Often we find other travellers to enjoy a sunset drink with and the kids make some friends.
Read our next blog on the best of the Barossa Valley.
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