We delayed our arrival at Port Augusta by 24 hours on Wednesday to make an unplanned overnight stop at Kimba. Located 185km west of Port Augusta, the locals see Kimba to be half way between Australia’s east coast and west coast and the gateway to the Gawler Ranges. It is not a large town but it is RV friendly and offers a great overnight stop for the price of a donation. We were parked up at the Kimba Recreation Reserve (542 in the Camp 7 book for those following) on good firm ground, no dust, fresh water, showers, toilets and plenty of room for big rigs. There were also three or four wizz-bang vans at the Reserve but the backpackers were very quiet and we were able to get a great nights rest.
We arrived at Port Augusta on Thursday afternoon at around 1pm. After topping up with diesel we made our way to our home for the next two of nights at the local Big 4 motor camp. The camp is located at the junction of the Eyre Highway going west and the Stuart Highway going north. It very much a transit ground for people arriving off the Nullabor or from their journey down the middle and visa versa. It is comfortable but nothing flash, is close to town and all the local amenities. With temperatures around 30C to 33C over the past two days, the on site pool was an added bonus.
We used Friday to get ourselves ready for our next leg of our journey to Broken Hill. We spent the day cleaning both vehicles inside and out, stocking up on groceries, filling LPG and water tanks and ensuring we are well stored for 5 o’clockers for the next two weeks. We are not quite sure when we will get to Broken Hill as we have identified a couple of stops we would like to make on the way. Maybe either Monday or Tuesday.
Before departing Port Augusta this morning we spent a couple of hours at the the Augusta Markets. This is a biannual event which aims to increase vibrancy in the main shopping precinct of Port Augusta. There were over 100 stallholders taking part and at least 2000 people were expected. We thought it was one of the best markets we had attended in Australia. With a dedicated food court area, a dedicated kids’ zone and entertainment throughout the morning, the Market appeared to be a great success.
There is a wee bit of excitement onboard at the moment. ‘Apparently’ Broken Hill is famous for its black opals – not sure how we will get on digging our own!!