Last week I spent a few days away, by myself, at Marion Bay. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you would have already seen a few photos. I’ve been cautious sharing them, considering I was away by myself.
But now that I’m back home, let’s jump straight into it, shall we?
21 June 2021, Monday
The drive there. That’s the easiest way to describe Monday. I left home around 8:50 AM and headed to Gawler, and I picked up some groceries I had ordered through Woolworths direct to boot (they accept PayPal, and I had a balance I needed using). Then I headed up towards Balaklava. Mum and dad both suggested that route rather than Dublin to avoid the Princes Highway. I stopped at Port Wakefield for some food before stopping again at Clinton and again at Ardrossan. At Ardrossan, I went for a walk along the jetty to stretch my legs. Then I decided I wanted to head to Edithburgh and filled up petrol there before finally making my way to Marion Bay. After settling in, I went for a short walk along the beach to end my day of driving.
22 June 2021, Tuesday
Probably my biggest day out of all of them – especially in terms of movement and adventuring. With the threat of rain coming in the early afternoon, I rolled out of bed and made my way into Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. I had already planned what I wanted to do. I drove to the other side to start with the Browns Beach to Gym Beach Hike, where it started raining when I was about 2km out from finishing. So, then I plodded back along the road, stopping at all the beaches to have a look.
The rain had settled by the time I reached the Royston Head Hike. So, I launched into it, knowing more was to come – and it did, cold, hard and fast back to my car (it stopped after five minutes of me sitting in my car). I continued to stop at all the beaches and made my way to West Cape, where I did the very quick and windy West Cape Headland Hike, with the sun shining. Oh, and I was walking through a blister from my first hike. I stopped to look at the Ethel Wreck and then at the Cape Spencer Lighthouse before deciding enough was enough and that everything else could wait until Wednesday.
23 June 2021, Wednesday
I woke up feeling sore and a little tighter than normal due to how much I had walked on Tuesday. But that wasn’t going to stop me. So, once again, I rolled out of bed to sunshine. Initially, the weather was meant to be worse than Tuesday – raining and windy – but the wind was yet to pick up, and the rain, well, who knows where that went. First up, I made my way to the Stenhouse Bay Jetty and realised I don’t really like walking on jetties by myself. Afterwards, I did the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk and went to all but one lookout. While I was there, I drove down to have a little look at Little Emu Beach before heading off to do the Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike.
I ended up going along the Spur track first, which gave me some concern because I wasn’t on the trail Avenza Maps was showing, but I ended up in the Inneston Historic Township as intended. I wandered along the Inneston Historic Walk before making my way back along the correct trail for the Thomson-Pfitzner hike. Then I decided enough was enough as I was sore and tired, time to head back to Marion Bay, but I wanted to stop in at the visitor centre first; however, that was closed due to a meeting. When exiting the car park, I noticed a sign to go to another beach, and that’s where I went, all the way out to Jollys Beach, before actually heading back to the place where I was staying. I took it easy the rest of the day, writing blog posts, editing photos and just spending time on hobbies.
24 June 2021, Thursday
And so, my holiday has come to an end. I cleaned the villa Wednesday night but woke early to ensure it was as clean as I arrived. Leaving, I was concerned about the drive home due to the windy weather but decided to take the long way home by heading to Wallaroo. I stopped at Minlaton for breakfast. I had a coffee and apple plum crumble at Ye Olde Cafe and it was delicious. Then I headed up to Wallaroo, stopping briefly to stretch my legs. My next brief stop was in Dublin, before making my way home. It was a pretty boring day, just driving home as I had to work.
I didn’t take any photos during my drive home. But I did make a YouTube video to share what I got up to – it’s not the best, but I’m trying to create more content over there.
And that is the end of my first solo holiday. These images are a collection taken on my camera, my phone, and a film camera.
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