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DAY TRIP TO MILLICENT,WIND FARMS, CAVES, WOOLSHED

May 18, 2014

3.5.14
Well thankfully this morning looks as though to-day will be a better day to retrace our steps 50ks back to Millicent & a couple of other spots. Firstly rang to wish our grandson happy 13th birthday but never got to speak to him so finally spoke to him that afternoon when he was with Mitchell.
It was such as change to see so much greenery after 2 days of rain.

This area is really all about forestry plantations.There are literally thousands of hectares in varying stages of growth to being logged.

Our first turn off the highway was to travel the Wind-farm tourist drive, whose turbines dominate the Woakwine Range skyline. This currently comprises the largest wind-farm development in the Southern Hemisphere. There are 135 turbines are in the Canunda and Lake Bonney developments.

It was not possible to get an overall view of the 135 turbines.

There are many dairy farms along this drive, with large herds of cattle. Impossible to gauge how many as too far from the road.

This lady was in no hurry to run away from us.
This drive took us into Millicent, first settled in 1870 and once the pine plantations were developed (Radiata pine) the town soon grew rapidly. Kimberley-Clarke are the largest employees.

There is also a monument to the Ash Wednesday fire victims from 1983.

Standing beside gives one an idea of the actual size of these blades.
On the return trip to Mt Gambier, with weather deteriorating once again, we hoped to make a few more stops, the first being at the Tantanoola Caves. This is only a small cave but well worth the stop as it has an interesting story as to how it was found. Like many caves, someone/something fell down a hole into the cave and in this instance it happened to be a ferret- a young lad was going rabbiting & this is what happened to his pet ferret!. (According to the Parks guide). The lad went home & got his big brother & they got in and rescued the pet. The family then took tours there by sliding down a tarpaulin. Years after that Parks & Wild life bought the property. Workplace, health & safety soon decided that there had to be a door entry for safety.

The hole is directly above the man made door.

There is a tiny pool of water in the middle but only about 6” deep.

If you use your imagination with the photo on the left and look at the white in the centre- can you see a man?

As the walk around the rim was not too high or long and weather was holding we wandered up there. The view showed just how much ground is covered in plantations.

Those 3 photos are each 3 photos stitched.

Next we went into Tantantoola to investigate the “tiger”! The photo is not the best as behind glass.

Now, it is not a tiger which was thought to have escaped from a circus in the early 1880s. The animal was never found due to the dense timber. In the early 1890s sheep began to disappear in the Tantantoola district so naturally the tiger was blamed. Exaggerated stories were told with sightings from Robe to Bendigo. In August 1895 Mr Tom Donovan shot the “Tantanoola Tiger” 20ks sth of the town. It was taken to a Taxidermist in Mt Gambier, who identified it as an Assyrian or Northern Russia wolf. It was believed that it came to Australia via one of three ships wrecked off the coast.
Sheep continued to disappear! A local rabbit shooter was eventually arrested in 1911 & at his trial he admitted to stealing over 4,000 sheep over 20 years. Thus ends the TANTANTOOLA TIGER tale.

Our next stop was the Glencoe Woolshed.
Glencoe was first settled in 1844 by 2 brothers Robert & Edward Leake who came from Tasmania bringing Saxon Merino sheep. Their holdings were 90,000acres.

Some old household items- a meat safe, washing wringers & machine and who remembers using Mrs Pots irons? We used to heat them on the wood stove- one on getting hot & one being used.

Some items the dairy farmer used to use- we also had them on our dairy farm at “Richill” near Bundaberg.

We got through the day with no rain, but it started just as we got back to Mt Gambier. As we were totally out of fruit & veges , had to make that stop before back to the Show grounds caravan park.
We were both rather weary as it had been a long day. Must be getting “older”.
Some autumn colors.

This tree caught our eyes as we drove past.

4.5.14 Monday
I spent the morning catching up on photos and some cooking . Bruce took the Nissan into town to get an oil change this afternoon & as he got back the rain started again. Fortunately the heater in the van made things much more comfortable. I had washed because thought we might get a full day of sun, then the rain came, the heater was put in ensuite and it served as a very good drying room.
5.5.14
This morning we had another long trip- 28ks down to Port MacDonnell, Southern Australia’s Rock Lobster capital. We booked into the caravan park there for the night as wanted to see the Fairy penguins at dusk. The rain was holding off but it was very overcast & windy most of the day. We decided to go driving while we could.
The coastline here is very rugged & there have been many ship wrecks in days gone by.

See if you can count the ship wrecks down the coast?
We did this drive up the coast just to check out where we had to go to view the fairy penguins at dusk. Some of this coastline is as rugged & beautiful as other coast around Australia.

The closed off road in the last photo is the walk up to the penguin viewing platform.

You need some imagination to “see” the named formations here.

The frog is easy enough to spot, as is the Rhino-I guess!

You can see who feels the cold. So far Bruce has not put long pants on, except for fleece pant at evening! What is the saying? No brain, no pain. Someone commented a while ago that he must be from Qld as they are the only ones who wear shorts down here in winter. The wind was blowing off ice I am sure.
Had a long conversation with a lady in a motorhome from Brisbane.
Continued the drive along the coast as far as we could go. The lighthouse is on private property so not possible to view.

This is frog rock- hundreds of birds here.

The next stop was to Adam Lindsay Gordon’s home at Dingley Dell. He really put a lot into his short life which ended in suicide with his rifle.

The lady who took us through the old home was very interesting to listen to as she told us about his life.

These flowers were so beautiful but I forgot to ask what they are called.

This is one of the many ships that were wrecked. The name ADMELLA comes from ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE & LAUNCESON.

Some folk have weird imagination- this is in the gardens.
we continued the drive down to Ewens ponds which are a series of some crystal clear pools which are very popular for snorkelling.

This fence was interesting to say the least & someone has put a lot of work into it & it looks as though they are still adding. Could not get all in one photo.

There are many sinkholes around this area, some fenced off because of the danger with many of them caves used for diving. I would like to know what made all these holes which we saw on the pond walk- they are very deep and all different sizes.

Have not walked over a turnstile for many years.

Bruce trying to be funny!
The next cave was one used for caveing- or whatever that sport is called!

There are many dairy farms with beautiful fat cattle- and there are many head in the herds we have seen.

Back into town & the van park for the night.

Because of the weather Mt Shank did not get a visit from us so we went back into Mt Gambier to Repco for new tail light bulbs then headed north to Penola & hopefully out of the weather.

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