Today is the last day of our crossing and we only have about 160km to travel. After pancakes for breakfast we packed up and headed off just before 9am. Our drive is now taking us through farming and grazing country again with wide open plains on either side of us. Arriving at our first stop in Penong we would have liked to visit the Woolshed Museum but it is only open Thursday to Monday each week. I understand that attractions like this are run by volunteers, but it makes it hard to support the towns when places are not open.
Penong is known for its windmills. The town has 26 windmills on the eastern outskirts which provide water for the area and were sunk from 1868 to 1884. The idea was formed to use windmills as an attraction for the town and a museum has been established in parkland beside the caravan park. The first one is replica of a wooden windmill whilst others have been restored as they have now been replaced by solar pumps.
The jewel in the crown in “The Comet” which is a 35 feet span and one of the biggest windmills in Australia. Only 15 were ever made and only two were erected outside of Queensland. This was a coup for the “Windmill Warriors” and they set about transporting and restoring the windmill creating ‘Donate-a-Blade’ for their fundraising. Donations are requested at the site and can be placed inside a donation pillar created out of a windmill air chamber.
There is even a swing windmill so the whole family could help out.
Our last stop entering Ceduna was the quarantine stop and then it was in to the town centre to locate our caravan park on the foreshore. We arrived just before lunch and it’s lovely and sunny with views from our windows to the water. Glenn walked into town for a haircut and I got the washing on and called home. We only headed out in the early evening for locally caught King George Whiting and chips for dinner. Yum!!!