STATES and TERRITORIES

Friday, 24 April 2015

42 Mile Crossing Campground in Coorong National Park

For the first time in this entire trip we got to the campground before sunset. Although we still ended up setting up the tents in the pitch black of the night. 42 Mile Crossing Campground in the Coorong National Park has a toilet with water, a picnic zone with shade and tables. However there is a total fire ban in this park, all year long. The only spot where you can set up the fire in this park, is on the beach line, but you have to walk over a kilometre to get there.

Soft sand dunes at 42 Mile Crossing Campground in Coorong National Park

Most of the camp sites were in an open area under the sky. We on the other side got a camp-ground in a little forest made of small trees and bushes, that slightly improved the night as there was less wind and the cold.

It looked like all the night we cooked the mushrooms we found earlier that day. There were a lot of them, and they were everywhere. Until very late Victoria was washing and cleaning them in the cold water. We didn't have enough dishes to cook the mushrooms in. The ones that we didn't have time to cook we ended up leaving with salt water in a big metal bucket that we brought in some town on our way here.

Our shady campsite at 42 Mile Crossing Campground
Our shady campsite at 42 Mile Crossing Campground

To deal with the freezing cold we made a cocktail out of Australian Rum "Red Kelpie" and Coke Cola. It was absolutely disgusting and unforgetable. To conclude this degustation - in Australia, it is better to drink the local portwine and wine, but for the rum - better to fly somewhere like Cuba to get that! Everything has it's place!

While we were busy conjuring with mushrooms, сhildren went to warm up  in the car with undiluted Coke and watched cartoons on all the available gadgets. They stay in the car overnight, as it was warmer and more comfortable there than in the tent. They were happy about this "adventure".

Our campsite at 42 Mile Crossing Campground
Our campsite at 42 Mile Crossing Campground

In the morning we discovered that during the night the children discharged the dying vehicle batteries again. We have to call to RAA again. Since the way even from the nearest village to our campground would take at least an hour, we had time to walk around and explore the area in daylight.

Kangaroos in Coorong National Park
Kangaroos in Coorong National Park

Victoria and the children went through the picturesque sand dunes to the ocean beach. Half an hour later, they did not get to the water, but decided to go back, naively thinking that the car was already repaired. But, as the mechanics still had not get to us at this time, they went for a walk again, chosen the other route - to salt lake.

Making their way through the low bushes, they were lucky to meet face to face with a little family of kangaroos. The animals were not surprised, they looked quite happy to pose for the camera, and then gracefully rode away.
It seems some wombats live here, Coorong National Park
It seems some wombats live here, Coorong National Park

The lake was almost completely parched, with cracked reddish soil at the bottom. There around the lake grew very spectacular low bushes all shades of red, pink and cherry-red. We can only imagine how colorful looks this area, when the lake is full of water - because the salt lakes themselves have a very intense pink color.

And then everething was according to the plan: RAA came and fixed the vehicle, and within a few hours we took a hot shower and drank coffee at home. The trip left a great impression. We have marked on our map many new places where we would like to come back and explore in more detail.

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