Naracoorte

26 03 2013

I must confess to have never heard of Naracoorte until two families that are also travelling Australia mentioned it to me as a must do!  I’m pleased they did!  The main attraction to the town is the mega fauna fossils in the caves.  We first found a lovely place to stay – Cockatoo Lake (recommended to us by someone we met in the Grampians – it so pays to talk to everyone you meet!).  The town has a showground available for camping for $20 a night or a camp place and including our children would cost $36 a night so we went for the free camp recommendation to Cockatoo Lake.  It is not a lake you can currently swim in as they have had a very dry summer, but it is beautiful and the bird life there wonderful!

Every afternoon the wind picked up, the galah’s gathered and the sun set off a beautiful glow.  Thankfully the wind didn’t persist and the evenings where quite pleasant.  We only had one day where the winds picked up amazingly quickly with such force our washing up flew across the paddock and within a split second the rain came with it.  This happened over about a two hour period at least three times!

We noticed when we arrived in town that a local field day show was on the weekend we were to be around at Lucindale.  So Friday, as it was free day for the kids we headed out and had a great day – watched a few sheep dog trials, petted all the baby farm animals with the piglet continually not liking Dan and squealing every time he touched it but not to anyone else – it was quite amusing.  We also visited the reptile display and got to hold snakes, frogs and lizards.  It wasn’t all about animals of course we checked out solar systems, regulators, farming equipment, caravans, ambulance displays etc etc.  There was even a stunt motor bike rider who did his jumps and the like way up in the air off a huge ramp and spotted our Dan in the crowd to give a free magazine too.  We’ve cut out the picture of the rider and his signature for Dan’s journal and the rest of the mag has disappeared (not really suitable for 7 year old boys).

Our experience at Naracoorte caves was FANTASTIC!  We had a brilliant guide who was a local lady all her life and had so many interesting stories to tell.  She brought the story of the first people that discovered the fossils and caves to life and made the tour very enjoyable.  We even got an extra tour back at the information centre that just topped off the whole day beautifully.  It was a display of the bush and animals as they would have possibly been all those many years ago.

My parents have been with us here too and it has been wonderful for all to share these places and experiences with them.  The boys particularly like waking up and jumping out our trailer first thing and going to check on Nana’s and Papa’s caravan to see if they are awake for a morning chat.

Steve Mini doing his thing

Steve Mini doing his thing

That funny little piglet!

That funny little piglet!

50 cents a cup of feed to suddenly become everyones best friend (but still not the piggy!)

50 cents a cup of feed to suddenly become everyones best friend (but still not the piggy!)

Frogs!

Frogs!

Dan wants a python :-)

Dan wants a python 🙂

Even Nana had a go!

Even Nana had a go!

The big purchase from the day ... a motor bike swag.

The big purchase from the day … a motor bike swag.

The first evening at Cockatoo Lake

The first evening at Cockatoo Lake

Reflections ... birds ... lovely mornings

Reflections … birds … lovely mornings

Mum & Dad's caravan

Mum & Dad’s caravan

Gourmet breakfasts - pancakes, yogurt, poppy seeds, cacao, macadamias, maple syrup, coconut = YUM

Gourmet breakfasts – pancakes, yogurt, poppy seeds, cacao, macadamias, maple syrup, coconut = YUM

The giant wombat

The giant wombat

Dan & Lily helping out with the tour

Dan & Lily helping out with the tour

Victoria's Cave

Victoria’s Cave

Victoria's cave

Victoria’s cave

The fossils!

The fossils!

The tiger grrrrr

The tiger grrrrr

Galah's at Cockatoo lake

Galah’s at Cockatoo lake

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