The South Australian reconnaissance was conducted in a flying visit to South Australia in December 2006.
Bob and Sue Warren, as the foundation members of the MacRod on the Murray Land Crew, drove me from Adelaide to Mannum on the Murray - a road trip of about one and a half hours. I was delighted to see that the river at this point is ideal for windsurfing. We then followed a very scenic road alongside the southern and eastern side of the river to Bowhill and Walker Flat. The excellent views of the high sandstone cliffs, paddle steamers and river reaches were inspiring.
Later I relived the paddlesteamer days of Captain Cadell and William Randell in the Goolwa Museum which has excellent displays, videos and brochures. From Goolwa it is only a short drive across the new bridge onto Hindmarsh Island and a view of the Murray Mouth. There is also a monument to Captain Sturt on the hill where he first saw the Murray Mouth.
I skirted around Lake Alexandrina to Wellington, took the ferry and camped on the banks of the river at Westbrook campsite near Tailem Bend. At night the lights of Murray Bridge were visible from this campsite, and possibly also from the Riverside pub, which provided me with an excellent bar meal. At all of these spots the river looked excellent for windsurfing - wide and picturesque. Lake Alexandrina on the other hand is huge and shallow - in windy weather it can become rough and treacherous.
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