9. Lower Murray
After a couple of weeks in Adelaide, it was time to turn back and head
east again. In a way it felt a bit of a shame, because by then I was
getting used to the place and enjoying my time there.
My first stop on the way out was at Murray Bridge, as I'd just rushed
along the bypass on the way in. The bridges show that there
would be times when a lot of water flows - some hint to the very long
river system that feeds it.
|Murray River, Murray Bridge|
After Murray Bridge, I turned off onto the Princes Highway to take me
down to the coast. The initial section of this was quite flat and
barren farmland. For a bit I was thinking that I may have made a
mistake in choosing the coastal route to make a more interesting
drive. However, after a little while, some variety started opening up
in the scenery.
|Princes Highway, near Ashville|
Along that section of coast there is a 100km long lagoon inside the
sand dunes. It is called the Coorong, and is a unique area. There
are a few tracks off the road to see sections of it, and they reveal a
desolate, but grand experience.
Eventually the Coorong ends, and you can reach the beach coast around
Kingston S.E. It is a long and wind-swept beach with nothing friendly
about the waves and many, many lines of breakers. I felt that I was
the only person on 100km of Beach. Just me, the wind, and the waves.
|Beach, near Kingston S.E.|