I don't know why, but it surprised us that building houseboats on pontoons was like building a house, perhaps with slightly different materials.
We stayed the night on the Murray River at a little camping area $10 with toilets. You put your money in the machine like getting a ticket to park in town, and sit the ticket on the dashboard. What a simple straightforward system.
We used the ferry to take a walk around Mannum. In the Information Centre and at various other places around town, the 1956 flood high tide mark was displayed. Above it is a kayak and we were informed that this was their emergency escape plan, should such a flood happen again. The river is now controlled with weirs and lochs but flooding is still possible in extreme weather events.
After breakfast, we lined up and waited to drive on to the ferry/barge for our river crossing into the Barossa Valley.
Our camp for the night was in Mt Pleasant, but our journey there wasn't straightforward.
The first stop is one for children. The worlds largest rocking horse and a petting zoo, along with cafe and souvenir shop are all on site. For $2 its possible to climb up to the top of the rocking horse.
On display are photos of the rocking horse being built in the farm paddock.
Wooden and other toys are available from the toy factory as well.
The National Motor Museum of Australia was our next port of call. The museum has been set up as a learning facility and fits into the educational cirriculum so our visit coincided with a class of children. They were on a mission with various things to find and identify.
Some of the exhibits stand out as different, in particular the bush mechanic display showing outside the box thinking to get around breakdowns, when other parts aren't available - including wood carved ones. There is a "drive in movie" simulation.
A tribute to the outback postie was quite interesting, with all the challenges that the rural mail man used to face to get his job done.
Birdwood is quite a small town and we found it quite a surprise to find a museum of this caliber here. We loved the interactive displays.
We continued our road trip to Mount Pleasant where the award winning butcher was our focus.
Our camp for the night was at the Mount Pleasant showgrounds and not a drop of wine had been tasted.
Two Kiwi's who have retired early to travel the world. Share our journey with us.