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Streaky Bay, the glittering town along the Eyre Peninsula

Our next stop on the Dometic Follow the Sun Convoy for Charity is Streaky Bay, known for its glittering streaks in the water across the bay, which is how this gorgeous town got its name.

As the convoy arrived at the Streaky Bay Foreshore Caravan Park, they couldn’t believe the beautiful surroundings of this magnificent Holiday Park. Set on the waterfront, this beautiful property boasts not only amazing views and beach front cabins, but also first-class amenities. As the convoy started to set up they couldn’t help but be distracted by all the Pelicans roaming up and down the shoreline.  After setting up it was decided that a picnic on the beach was the perfect way to spend the first night.

As the sun started to rise over the water, Angie, Robby and the Napthali family packed their bags and set off to go swimming with some special friends. Swimming with Sea Lions and Dolphins is a must while in Streaky Bay. The Napthali children couldn’t hold back their excitement as they hopped onto the boat, and within minutes they were jumping for joy as they said hi to their first sea lion. Alan, their amazing host from Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience explained “it’s an in your face, wildlife experience, arguable you won’t get closer to true wild animals like this”.

Not everyone went swimming, some decided it was the perfect Saturday morning to put on their pink hats and head off for some town fundraising. Our hosts and the Dyson children walked through the cafe filled town and met some of the locals. It was fantastic hearing some of the stories and reasons as to why people were happy to donate money to such a wonderful foundation.

Back at the Caravan Park Bruce and Marg Gow took us on a tour of the Coromal Pioneer. Marg was very excited about all the space this caravan provided “when we stepped inside, we thought we don’t need a family van, but this is so well designed”. The upholstered dinette provides a comfortable zone for meals or watching TV in the comfort of air conditioning. Two convenient roof hatches provide optimum airflow, this is the perfect family van for your families next Australian adventure.

Time really does fly when you are in paradise, that’s right it was time for our Streaky Bay Happy Hour. Happy hour kicked off with all the locals coming out to support The National Breast Cancer Foundation and they were in for a very special surprise. Ron and Prousty performed and the crowd was full of glee singing along, then as we thought the happy hour couldn’t get any more exciting we had a celebrity guest come and perform, Adam Harvey. Adam was in town on tour and was gracious enough to come down and perform a few songs and get the crowd going well into the night.

Our last day was another beautiful one and it was time for our 5th Charity Challenge, where it was team Robby vs team Angie, and it was an old school one. It consisted of wheelbarrow races and sandcastle building. It came down to the last second, but team Robby won and boy Angie not happy.

It was now time to pack up the convoy and head towards The Gawler Ranges.

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Artfully exploring the wonders of Elliston

Our next stop on the Dometic Follow the Sun Convoy for Charity is Elliston, a beautiful town situated on the shores of spectacular Waterloo Bay. On our way to Elliston, we decide to take the scenic route, a recurring theme on this trip, we stopped off at Leo Cummings Monument. This Monument is in memory of Leo Cummings, a local who was lost at sea when his fishing trawler was wrecked in 1959. Set on a cliff top, it has uninterrupted views of Point Drummond and captivating views of the coast.

We stayed at the Waterloo Bay Tourist Park. This park has every type of accomodation you would want or need, from their Superior Seaview Spa Cabins, to basic un-powered grassy sites. The friendly staff at this holiday park will make you feel right at home, and they even have Pedal Karts for the kids.

Our first stop after settling in was the Woolshed Caves, stunning grotto like caves that have been sculpted by waves. This was the perfect time to take some amazing photos and get a real understanding of why people visit Elliston.

On our way back we drove along one of the scenic cliff-top drives, this had stunning views of Anxious Bay and is dotted with beautiful sculptures, these permanent artworks have been left over from Elliston’s famous, Sculpture on the cliffs festival. Elliston has two must-do cliff-top drives, the Little Bay Cliff-Top Loop, and Anxious Bay Cliff-Top Loop.

When we got back Fireman Rob and Di took us on a tour of the New Age Gecko. Ron had explained that “It’s only a sixteen foot caravan so it has a single axle and the first thing I noticed when we hooked it on to our Mazda BT50 was that it is an absolute dream to tow”, and “This was our first time in a New Age Caravans Gecko, and even though this particular model has been designed for a family, we couldn’t help but think of how much our kids and their families would love this caravan”.

Our second day we head over to Lake Newland, a natural saline lake and the most extensive wetland on the Eyre Peninsula. Not only were we lucky enough to learn all about the local wildlife that thrive in and around this lake, we also had an opportunity to 4WD across the sand dunes. Once we found a sand dune suitable, we set to to do our Charity Challenge for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this time we played capture the flag, although its still unclear as to which team actually won the challenge.

Back at the Caravan Park, the Napthali family gave Robby a tour of their caravan, The Avida Topaz. Paul couldn’t stop bragging about the amazing slide out, and Renee was overjoyed with how well this caravan suited her family, “we have been completely comfortable on this trip, we couldn’t have asked for anything better”. Renee is of course a Modern Foodie, so she was also really excited about the full size kitchen with the Dometic stove top, grill and oven.

It was time for our Elliston Happy Hour, and the Waterloo bay Tourist park was the perfect spot for it. We had an amazingly talented local artist, Joshy Willo, come and play guitar and sing, while locals came and sold everything from pickled shrimp to cakes and sweets. After giving away some amazing prizes for our Charity Raffle from PurpleLine and SupaFit, just to name a few, Prousty got up and entertained the crowd with some of his bush poetry.

The night ended watching an amazing sunset, and preparing for our next stop, Streaky Bay.

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We start our journey in Nagambie

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Well it’s that time of year again. It’s the Dometic Follow The Sun Convoy For Charity. Join us while we take the 8 Best of the Best caravans and RV’s and travel down the Eyre Peninsula for our 6th annual Summer Series, all while raising money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation 

Along for the ride we have Avida, Coromal, JB Caravans, Universal, New Age Caravans, Nova Caravans, Sunland and Windsor. We will be stopping in Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Elliston, Streaky Bay and ending our trip in The Gawler Ranges.

In every town we stop in we will be hosting a happy hour, this gives us a chance to meet the locals, listen to some great local acts, and show off the 8 best caravans. So, come down and have a drink with some of the cast and crew from What’s Up Down Under. 

This year we decided to mix it up and kick off the Summer Series in Nagambie, for the Annual Nagambie Lakes Concert, set in the beautiful Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park. The concert kicked off to a roaring start with some poetic comedy from Prousty. After Prousty was done and the crowd was able to contain their laughter, The Wendy Stapleton Trio stepped out on to the stage. Within minutes the Trio had people on their feet belting out classics, such as Take Me To The River and The Shoop Shoop Song (Its in His Kiss), nothing brings a crowd together like a little Betty Everett. Just when you think the night couldn’t get any better the SOS ABBA Tribute Band started performing. Between the retro costumes, classic hits and authentic accents you couldn’t help but feel you were back in the 70s, everyone (literally everyone) was on their feet dancing and singing along. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display, proving yet again that the Annual Nagambie Lakes Concert is an event not to be missed. 

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Port Lincoln, a jewel down the Eyre Peninsula

Our second stop on the Dometic Follow The Sun Convoy for Charity is Port Lincoln, the “Seafood Capital of Australia”. We stayed at the wonderful Port Lincoln Tourist Park, set on the waterfront with uninterrupted views of Boston Island.

Our first day was an early and scary one for Robby and some of the caravaners, one of the “must do” attractions in Port Lincoln is shark cage diving, through the advanced eco certified Calypso Star Charters. After a 3-hour boat ride out to sea, our brave caravaners and crew began to wet-suit up and within minutes of being dropped in a cage had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Great White Sharks were approaching within minutes. Robby described the experience as “absolutely incredible”.

Back on land, I approached Macca just as he was finishing setting up the Windsor Silhouette, he began to explain to me why this fully off-road camper is one of the best. The Silhouette includes a new patented wind up system and a one-piece roof construction capable of lifting a boat. Its durability is only one of the reasons it is one of the 8 Best of the Best.

While Macca and Robby were busy, Angie decided to go and do some town fundraising for The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Angie picked up her pink bucket and hat, walked around the town and met some locals, to not only raise some money, but awareness for such a worthy cause.

Before we knew it, it was Happy Hour time, Port Lincoln style. Port Lincoln knows exactly how to put on a show. We had some wonderful dancers from MTC Dance School put on a show, we also had some local children set up an old-fashioned lemonade and cupcake stand. As the crowd toured the Caravans they enjoyed a BBQ and relaxed to some music by our very own Ron Sinclair.

While unwinding from Happy Hour, Dave and Therese Proust gave Macca and Angie a tour of the Universal Hollywood. This luxurious caravan boasts two slide outs, two 95L water tanks, air conditioning, a pillow top mattress and double-glazed windows. There really is a reason this glamorous caravan is called Hollywood.

On our last day in Port Lincoln Robby and Angie went stand up paddle boarding, well attempted to go stand up paddle boarding. After splashing around in the bay, it was time to head off to our next stop, Coffin Bay.

Our journey down the Eyre Peninsula wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the South Australia Tourism Commission. For South Australian travel and holiday ideas click here!

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The Pristine Town of Coffin Bay

Our Dometic Follow the Sun Convoy for Charity has taken us to the beautiful idyllic town of Coffin Bay. We stayed at the Coffin Bay Caravan Park. This is the perfect spot if you want the best of both worlds, with National and Conservation Parks on one side, and views of pristine coastline on the other side.

Some of the locals in Coffin Bay consist of Emus and Western Grey Kangaroos, as we entered the caravan park we were immediately greeted by both. Being a National Park the wildlife in Coffin Bay is reason enough to visit. Its Towns like Coffin Bay that make South Australia such a special place to take the family.

Coffin Bay is famous for their oysters, so naturally our first stop was Pure Coffin Bay Oysters. Chris and Linda Hank have been farming oysters for 21 years, and run informative farm and shed tours. Chris took some of our crew and caravaners out on a farm tour to show them first-hand how to grow oysters, the way nature intended. Pure Coffin Bay Oysters aren’t fed, they just graze off all the nutrient packed waters that flow into the Bay, this is what makes Coffin Bay oysters so famous.

The other half of our crew wanted to have an easy day, so they decided to go drop a line with Gt Fishing Charters, as expected they caught loads of Nannygai fish for dinner.

While everyone was busy unwinding from their day at sea and preparing dinner, the Dyson children, from Caravanning With Kids, gave me a tour of the JB Caravans Scorpion. The JB Scorpion is built with ATX suspension, underbody armour and off-road tyres, this caravan will get you where you need to be safely and in style, although Ashlee’s favourite thing about the Scorpion is “that there is lots of room to play with my sister”.

Our Coffin Bay Happy Hour started off with Prousty warming up the crowd with some of his famous bush poetry, while some locals came and sold cakes and oysters for everyone to enjoy. After raffling off prizes and raising some money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation, local musical duo Liquid Lunch played well into the night. Liquid Lunch had everyone in the mood to sing, eventually Angie Hilton, Ron Sinclair and Ashlee Dyson were all performing.

As we packed up to leave Coffin Bay, we decided to take one more trip around the block to take some pictures of Emus, who knows when we will see them in the wild like this again. Its just as much a scenic route out of town as it was in. Next stop Elliston!

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If you would like any more information about our 8 best of the best caravans, visit their websites. AvidaCoromalJB CaravansNew Age CaravansNova CaravansSunland, Universal, and Windsor

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