So what is there to do on a 44 degree celsius day in the middle of summer?
Well drive 11 hours in an air-conditioned car through the driest State on the driest continent on Earth of course!
With our penchant for out-ports we have discovered the dreamy town of Marion Bay (pop.200) once an outport as ‘free’ settler immigrants made their way in ships from England via South Africa to South Australia (heave away …haul away..)
Three hours drive west of Adelaide…what a gem of a place….driving through fields of barley (supplying Australian breweries ) salt lakes, conservation parks into the sleepy town of Marion Bay just 5kms from the world renown Innes National Park. There are also Marine Sanctuaries here and seal colonies. Whales and dolphins. Shipwrecks from the free settlers who almost made it, reefs for diving, an international surf carnival and in between lots of quiet with not many people around. Our kinda bliss.
Some Aboriginal History:
Narungga people have always lived on Yorke Peninsula – 40-70,000 years?
Their country extends as far north as Port Broughton and east to the Hummock Ranges. Their neighbours were the Kaurna of the Adelaide Plains and the Nukunu to the north, with whom the Narungga would meet for trade and ceremony. The Narungga nation was made up of four clans, the Kurnara in the north of the peninsula, Windera in the east, Wari in the west and Dilpa in the south.
The Narungga managed and preserved their lands. They used fire to clear old grasses and promote fresh plant growth. Fresh water rock holes were covered with slabs of stone or brushwood to keep the water clean and to prevent animals from drinking from them. Track ways were maintained through the thick mallee forests, linking places and people throughout the peninsula.
The peninsula is criss crossed with stories of the dreamtime with particular locations relating to the exploits of various beings. Budera, Ngarna the powerful club thrower, Curlew the Owl, Bulgawan the wicked old woman and Madjitju the bat man were some of the beings who lived on the peninsula during the dreamtime. On a trip to Marion Bay you might come across the small mud huts of the Illawari, the little people, and see the bones of Badara lying in the middle of a salt lake. At Point Yorke you might hear the evil spirit Wainjira breaking on the rocks.