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    WATTLE POINT WIND FARM

    by balhannah Written Jun 22, 2012

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    Located 3kms from Edithburgh, is the Wattle Point Wind Farm which has been operating since 2005. At that time it was Australias largest windfarm, I don't think it is any more.

    The location was chosen as it has one of mainland Australia's highest average wind speeds.
    The towers are 67 metres tall and the blades are 40 metres tall, giving the towers a total height to the tip of the blades of 110 metres.

    Located along Sheok Beach road where there is a free public viewing area.
    The road actually took us straight through the centre, so we had a good views of these giants on either side of the road. It is when we were so close, that you realize they are VERY BIG!

    From Edithburgh, take the Sheok Beach road to see the Windmills.

    Wattle Point wind farm Wattle Point wind farm Driving through the wind farm The old and the new!
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    PORT VINCENT

    by balhannah Updated Jun 22, 2012

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    Port Vincent is one of Yorke Peninsula’s most popular towns AND I could see why. Straight away I took a liking to this small seaside town.

    The water is nice and clear, there were yachts and many kayak's in the calm water. Dolphins come into the bay, and here I can catch some of my favorite fish, like Whiting, Garfish, Bream and Flathead. You can even dive for Scallops just off shore.
    Walking trails along the cliff tops give good views across the marina and St. Vincent's Gulf.

    There were some lovely houses, like the one in my last photo on Marina parade that was overlooking the bay, so nice with all the pretty wrought iron lace work on the fence and on the house. Then I found an old style Australian house, one you don't often see, with the very large high roof. What about Cottage with the Cottage garden, that was a favorite of mine too!
    Here, people take pride in their town and homes, and they have won the "Tidy towns" contest on occassion for this.

    I could come back here for sure, and soak up the quite atmosphere in Port Vincent, a town normally of approx 500 people, but swells in the holidays.

    For more information, visit the Information centre in the Port Vincent Institute. It is run by volunteers and is open 7 days a week from 10 - 2pm.
    Located on Yorke Peninsula, just 2 hours from Adelaide.

    Port Vincent Port Vincent Port Vincent Port Vincent
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    STANSBURY

    by balhannah Written Jun 22, 2012

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    Stansbury is a bigger town than Wool Bay. It's located on Oyster Bay, has a safe beach and calm waters, ideal for swimming and water skiing, with windsurfing and kite surfing further out along the spit. There is a swimming pontoon by the jetty.

    TIP.....IF you like crabbing, well the best months are the ones ending with "R".
    The visitor centre has a FREE fishing guide.

    A 5km coastal walking trail from the Foreshore Caravan Park to Pitts Cutting has views across St Vincent's Gulf, and during winter and spring, expect to see native plants in full bloom along the cliff top walk. You many even spot Dolphins in the Bay, especially if in the early morning or evening.

    I found the old memorial cemetry as we drove out of Stansbury. This was the site of the original Stansbury cemetery from 1873 - 1895. At least 50 people were moved and interred in the new cemetery, and all that remains is in my photo.

    Stansbury is located 24kms from Edithburg.

    Stansbury Stansbury old cemetery Stansbury Stansbury
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    WOOL BAY

    by balhannah Written Jun 22, 2012

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    Wool Bay is an attractive, small seaside town, situated between Stansbury and Coobowie.

    Want a quiet spot, Wool Bay may be it with a population of approx 100 people.

    In 1876, the town was known as "Pickering," then in 1940, its name was changed due to the fact that the jetty (built in 1882), was wide enough to roll a bale of wool down, hence the name "Wool Bay."
    Sandy beaches and moderate year-round weather, no fast-paced life here, just lie back, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

    On the cliffs at Wool Bay we found the uniquely designed restored lime kilns. These were built between 1900 & 1910, and were used to burn Lime which was to be used as building mortar. It was then sent to Adelaide. Evidently, the wind caused problems with the Kilns, and they were never a success, becoming redundant in 1950.

    Wool Bay is located 14kms from Edithburg

    Lime Kiln Wool Bay Jetty Wool Bay Beach
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    PORT GILES

    by balhannah Written Jun 22, 2012

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    Port Giles is the newest port on Yorke Peninsula. When you visit, you won't find any town here, but just a large jetty equipped for bulk handling of grain, operated by Flinders Ports, and a large grain storage facility operated by ABB Grain. This new Port caused the closer of many smaller ports in the area. Port Giles was built to load grain onto larger modern ships. Many of the other ports were not deep enough for larger ships, and could only be serviced by small ketches and coastal steamships. They only handled grain in bags, not in bulk.
    There is quite a good spot on the cliff where we could stand and see the Ship being loaded.

    Its located less than 10kms from Edithburgh, between Stansbury & Edithburgh.

    Port Giles Port Giles View to Port Giles
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    Abandened houses

    by aussirose Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    An Abandened house. Cute hey!

    SA is the home of lots of wheat.
    During wheat season you'll find the farmers very busy cropping at the most unusual times. In the night sometimes you see the lights of tractors hard at it.

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