PORT LINCOLN TRIP – 20TH – 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019
On Friday 20th September a group of eight Herb Members, including one from Melbourne and another from Queensland flew to Port Lincoln.
We were met by Christine and Fred Houweling, and Heather Curtis. They drove us around for 3 days never tiring with their enthusiasm and organizing our itinerary making sure we filled every minute.
First stop was Axel Stenross Maritime Museum where we were shown a video on aspects of the fishing industry and Port Lincoln. We were given time to explore this extensive museum packed full of fishing memorabilia.
Lunch was at Christine’s home with an array of sandwiches and fruit, after which we toured her garden with an interesting collection of herbs and plants many growing in wicking beds.
Next stop the MVF Tacoma on Lincoln Cove Marina. Here we learnt it was the first purpose built tuna boat and were shown the original way tuna was caught and had a tuna tasting.
Our evening dinner was at Heather’s home, it had a wonderful view overlooking Boston Bay and was cooked by her.
Next morning it was a visit to permaculture garden of Christine Lucas with many waist high stone wick beds with a detailed description of their making. We toured her extensive garden.
Then to Coffin Bay for a picnic lunch at a very scenic spot, contending with the chilly wind and bull ants.
Next visit in the area was to Helen Boyer’s Quirky Garden built on limestone.
This garden was surprise and fun at every turn and we all enjoyed the homemade afternoon tea and hearing the background to their home.
Sunday morning, we headed to Porter Bay to meet Lesley Easson who took us along some of Parnkalla Walking Trail. She was a wealth of knowledge on “Useful Plants” and we learnt so much about plants used by Barngarla Aboriginal people.
Picnic lunch was at Heather’s place then a scenic drive to Lincoln National Park before heading to the airport.
Many thanks to Christine, Fred and Heather for a memorable packed trip.