Adelaide and Port Parham

We headed straight to Adelaide when we left Roxby Downs, with only two overnight stops. We had to get the campervan quoted for a repair, so we were on a tight timeframe to get there before the place closed for Christmas.

It was hard finding somewhere to park near Rundle Mall for a Landcruiser towing a 22’ campervan. Eventually, we found somewhere that wasn’t too far to walk. We ate dinner in the van, then walked over to the Mall.

We went to David Jones and Myers to see Santa. Peter was too tall to ride the miniature train at Myers. Susan, Lucy, and Edmund went around and around giggling all the while. When we went in to see Santa the kids got nervous and couldn’t think of anything to ask for Christmas, except books and lollies. At the David Jones’ Santa Cave we stood in line for an hour before we could see Santa again. We all liked the electronic rocking horse and the merry-go-round that they had set up, and the moving story-windows.

 

St Kilda Playground

We drove out to St Kilda to camp that night on the outskirts of Adelaide. The parking area was on the foreshore, and we were advised to park near the shop to avoid the hoons in cars overnight doing burnouts. In the morning, we watched boats launching to go fishing, and walked across to the adventure playground. The playground had looked good coming in, but when we got to the equipment, we realized it was even better than we’d thought. There were two really long flying foxes that we loved, and the whole playground had ocean views.

We moved from St Kilda after two nights of playing at the playground to Port Parham. Port Parham is considered to be rural, but it is only 45 minutes to Adelaide’s CBD. It is supposed to be one of the main crabbing beaches in South Australia, but we didn’t try our hand at it. There was running water, so we stayed for a few nights on the foreshore of Port Parham to catch up on showers and washing. We went for walks along the beach and through the small township. It was busy with holidaymakers, but the weather was fine. We enjoyed having rubbish bins and water-on-tap.

We had bought a small Christmas Tree, tinsel, and some figurines when we were at Myers. That was set up on our bench in the van. When Santa came, he left lots of audiobooks from Audible on the kids’ iPods.  Peter was really pleased, but Susan was devestated that there was nothing tangible to unwrap.  She was choked with tears from her disappointment, and Santa made a mental note that there should always be something to unwrap in future regardless of how much money had been spent.

The next stop was going to be the Yorke Peninsula. We didn’t know much about what was available, but planned to be on the foreshore to celebrate New Years’.

Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road. Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

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Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road.
Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

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