You'll have to forgive the weird reflection in some of the photos as my phone camera has a crack in the glass over one of the lenses.
The car loaded up and heading out.
Soon as I got there I headed straight for blowhole beach. There's some big cobblestones at the start of the track to make any low vehicles and 2WDs turn back. The track down started off fine but got hairy pretty quickly, and steep! There were some decent sized rocks, gullies/wash out etc. Wish I took some photos/video of the track but I was concentrating on driving too much and not breaking anything. I stopped halfway down to air-down a bit which made it less bouncy. 1st gear low range handled it with ease I have to say, very impressed. Had to use the brakes as well in some areas but never slipped or spun a wheel. Think some of the big land cruisers and utes at the bottom were surprised to see me there
Same thing going back up, 1st gear low and held it at 2k rpm the whole way she just rolled over everything and got back to the top without breaking a sweat. Very impressed with this car! This was the first time I've used the 4WD seriously.
The view at the bottom was pretty good although the fishing was a wash out (too rough and weedy)
Got to my camp site about 3PM and set up camp. It took me ages because I was experimenting with a tarp/shelter setup and trying to find the best way to rig it. This is was I came up with although it wasn't as good as I had hoped. Most of the space was too low/un-usable. I attached it to the car using suction-cup handles, the ones you would use to lift panes of glass since I don't have a roof rack.
The wild life at the Trig cam ground is very friendly, a little too friendly! This little bugger walked right up and started helping itself to my rubbish bag! I think people must feed them which I think is wrong.
Day 2 was a 11 or 12k bush walk/hike around the circuit trail, the longest walk in the park, You get to see most of the park and 2 beach coves on this hike. It got insanely rough and steep in some places so not for the faint of heart or in-experienced. I took plenty of food and water with me.
The effort was worth it though, the waterfall was beautiful and the views were stunning along various parts of the walk.
This where I sat and had lunch, a nice view
The sign boards said to allow 7 hours for this walk but I somehow completed it in just over 4 hours so I was back at camp with nothing to do by mid day
I un-tied the tarp from the car and went for a drive to the nearby Talisker park to explore the old silver/lead mine. It was pretty interesting with some old ruins and artifacts, amazing what they could achieve way out here in the 1870's with pick axes, steam and candle power. The main shaft and lower levels of this mine were more than 130m under ground!
A steep climb from the mine gave a nice lookout to Kangaroo Island.
I went back to camp after this and enjoyed the peace and the bird song for and hour or two before dusk while reading a book. Was visited by these two cute creatures.
By now it was Friday night and about 3 or 4 other vehicles/utes/land cruisers showed up in the space of half an hour, started playing music and making noise Why people go to a peaceful surround like that and start playing music from their bluetooth speakers is completely beyond me.
Anyway I was packed up and gone by 7AM the next morning before they were even out of bed.
My birthday present from family was a joy flight in a Boeing Stearman, a trainer bi-plane from WW2. It was an incredible experience, I love these old birds. I was able to control the plane for a while and did a few turns. Then the pilot asked if I was fine with some aerobatics and I stupidly said yes...
A loop, a barrel roll and a stall turn later and I had to ask to go back since I was so sick! Spent the rest of the day feeling like death.
The feeling of being upside down in the loop and the G's at the bottom, it was something else for sure. I dunno how people do that for a living.
Anyway I was extremely happy with the camping experience and got some ideas on what to improve for next time. Now I'm looking forward to the next trip and where to go to test out the 4WD some more. I think Robe might be the place to go.
That flight would have been no good to me either, I can get butterflies in my stomach just by going down a steep hill in a car, so an aircraft doing loops would probably have me filling the cockpit from both ends.
Looks like a top trip away. These little 4wds are really surprising. Ruby Scoo usually still surprises me when I ask more of her than I should.
I concur with the noise issue out bush, what’s the point of being out there with music blaring??
You’ll love Robe. Pack a shovel, recovery tracks and your compressor and you’ll be sweet
I’ve never seen one but one of my lecturers at uni (who I thought was undeserving of it as he totally missed the significance of the experience) saw one while rock climbing at a particular place he frequented.
Enjoy those moments when you can, can’t wait to see it myself, hopefully someone will be there to share the moment with too (without the doof doof music blaring!).