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Thursday, January 19, 2012

POTTERING AROUND PORT AUGUSTA

 After our train trip we returned to our motel in Pt Augusta. The next morning the six of us went exploring our surroundings. Pt Augusta is quite an important town. It is situated at the tip of Spencer Gulf. It is a sea port and the crossroads of Australia. The north/south and east/west railways and  highways all intersect here. The town was founded in 1852 and named after Lady Augusta Sophia Young the wife of the governor of South Australia, Sir Henry Edward FOX Young. (Did you see that name? Same as our grandson.)

 Off we went to the Water Tower Lookout and climbed up many steps to the top. We look over part of Port Augusta and Spencer Gulf.

 We jumped in the car and off to Matthew Flinders Lookout (He was the first sailor to navigate all the way around Australia) We could see the Red Cliffs, no points for guessing why they are called that.

Then it was time to be at the little dock ready for our booked cruise up to the tip of Spencer Gulf. While waiting I got a kick out of the signs. The distant one says "Swimming Prohibited" and the other you can read. So can't the swimmers read or are the locals disobedient? 

I also checked out the wild flowers nearby....I just can't get enough of them.

The luxury cruise boat arrives. Hee hee

We took a closer look at the Red Cliffs. The colour was stunning even on a very dull day. Can you imagine how it looks with a big blue sky at the back?

All along the banks there was red soil, mangrove bushes and lots of birds. Red Oz would like this.

 The gulf got very narrow with Eyre Peninsula on one side and

 Yorke Peninsula on the other

On the way back we were accompanied by frolicking dolphins who like surfing along side the boat catching the wash.


36 comments:

Lizzie's Insomnia said...

Diane, have read back through every post of yours and my you pack a lot into your life, so energetic and positive, a role model for us all.

This area is of particular interest to me as am planning on driving across to SA in July and stay for a month exploring an area I have never yet seen. Your information is detailed and informative.

Elizabeth

Christine said...

Thankyou for this posting. The red cliffs are fantastic aren't they? I think they are part of the same formation that is part of those along the Murray River near Murray Bridge and Mannum. There is a lot of beauty here.

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Beautifull post again, I love all those signs and those red cliffs amazing.
you do have some great adventures

Joan Elizabeth said...

He He and I thought Fox was a fancy modern name.

callie brady said...

Fox is a lucky boy in having such a wonderful family, but he will also be very proud of his name. I just love reading about all your wonderful adventures and knowing you two are out there having fun. Enjoy! Beautiful photos!

eileeninmd said...

Diane, what a neat tour. The Red cliffs are gorgeous. I have heard that the dolphins like to play in the wakes behind the boats. You got a great shot of this dolphin. They are so cute. I do enjoy going along on yoru trips. Wonderful photos.

Kath Lockett said...

It's a long slog to get to Port August (or Porta Agutta to locals or folk who used to live there) but it's well worth the trip. Your photos highlight the oranges of the soil very well!

Colin (HB) said...

Diane!!!!
You are really stretching your imagination with the Fox part????
It is remarkable how red the place is, almost moonlike???. Well that is my opinion and I am sticking to it! Ha Ha!
Dolphins are one thing in that Gulf area, pity you were not able to photograph a Great White Shark, and I am not referring to Greg Norman! I guess if you did jump off the "luxury" little boat, someone would have got a shot of a terrible incident.
A most informative report, as now expected! Well done again for your overseas viewers. At this rate they will be getting history and geography lessons FREE!!!!
Cheers
Colin (HB)

Betty [email protected] Cut and Dry said...

those red cliffs are incredibly beautiful!

gorgeous shots! so glad to see the last photo of the dolphin.

what an adventure! thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictorial tour.

hope you have a great day!

biebkriebels said...

What a great red cliffs, and to see a dolphin so close is amazing, he looks so cute. Had to laugh about the signs, sometimes they are very confusing indeed.

Dianne said...

I had to laugh at Kath's comments about the pronounciation. When my girls were small we travelled between Pt Lincoln amd Pt Augusta many times and they would always say "we're nearly to Porta-Gutta" - it was only as they were a bit older I heard them referring to Porta-Gutta and realised that they thought it was the actual name!!
Love your pics of the red cliffs Diane.

whiteangel said...

Lovely, Diane.

wilbo43 said...

To Kath and Dianne: We were booking into our motel at Port Augusta and someone in our group mentioned the name 'Porta Gatta', we were quickly put in our place by the receptionost, who, in an indignant voice said 'It's called Port Augusta.'

Riet said...

What a beautiful tour and I love those red cliffs

Sandra said...

woo hoo nothing better than flowers and frolicking dolphins.

Gattina said...

I know the white cliffs of England but have never seen such red cliffs ! Rocks yes, but not cliffs ! Now I am in love with red cliffs !

Dina said...

Beautiful scenes.

I think the signs are hilarious.

Jo said...

I love travelling around Oz with you! Your photos are amazing: so original (the signs) and you capture the wildflowers beautifully. I love the red cliffs too. Greetings, Jo (PS I've linked your blog to mine in tomorrow/Friday's post)

Denise said...

Thanks for another great bit of arm-chair traveling Diane. Enjoyed this post very much.

Andrew said...

Much larger town than I thought.

Filip Demuinck said...

The magroves and the cliffs are great but the dolphin that follows your boat, what more can you wish. It is always great to follow your articles.

Greetings,
Filip

Sheila said...

You must have enjoyed seeing those playful dolphins. Have a good weekend!

Marja said...

oh dolphins What a great shot. I love these animals so much. Close to where I live are the Hector dolphins, these are the smallest dolphins in the world. The red colour of the cliffs is magnificent

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, I can't get over those red cliffs/red soil... So interesting.

Nice little boat ride (on that luxury cruise boat---ha)... I love seeing the Dolphins.

Pt. Augusta looks like a neat city --and a busy city/port...

Thanks for taking us with you on your tour.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

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Secondly I do love coming here and seeing such wonderful photos of places I would love to visit

BlueShell said...

Oh, my... Awesome!
BShell

Joyful said...

I haven't been to your neck of the woods yet but I have been to Australia several times. It is a beautiful country.

I really love your top photo and the house I see on stilts in the foreground. It reminds me of my first trip to Oz in the area of Cairns, FNQ. Quinessential Australia.

Ann said...

came Via Jo in Kenya. She spoke so nicely of you, and I encore that. You were the few early blogger friends I made, and we are still blogging.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The red cliffs look so dramatic! I love how dolphins are so trusting and playful.

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What Karen Sees said...

The red cliffs are beautiful and remind me of home and southern Utah. Don't see many dolphins in Utah, but we are seeing them in NZ. I've had a good time this morning catching up on all your adventures. You see so many interesting sights. Some day I'd like to just follow you around on all your trips!!

Desiree said...

I have missed quite a few posts and will need to return to catch up with them all. Those red cliffs and the red sands make such a dramatic impact. Altogether another wonderful trip, Diane.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Loved this leg of your journey! Beautiful cliffs (yeah I guessed ;>)...and the 'luxury' boat (which looks like a lot of fun) and great catch on the funny contrast of the signs.

Titania said...

Very nice to follow in your footsteps; Beautiful pictures and I also enjoy the captions. T♥

Red Nomad OZ said...

Red OZ DOES love it!!! I've been to Pt Augusta - but haven't ever done the cruise! Now I see I'll have to ... FAAAAAABULOUS!!!

George said...

The red cliffs are amazing and beautiful. I think they look magnificent even on an overcast day. You got a great picture of the dolphin.

Margaret said...

(I came over from Jo's blog.)
Your post is so interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for this spectacular scenery when my husband and I go around Australia by cruise ship in March and April.
Margaret

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