Lake Bumbunga in Lochiel, SA is a pink salt lake located 2 hours drive north of Adelaide or 40 mins west of Clare.
It is surreal and beautiful and a brilliant place to visit. It’s also isolated, Google Maps will navigate you to a private dirt road hundreds of metres from the lake itself, and the sharp, salt encrusted ground under the water can rip up little feet in an instant.
How to get there?
Navigate to “Jitter Bean Oasis” which is a cafe/convenience style road side stop located in Lochiel, SA. Park outside and cross the road for best access to the lake.
What facilities are there?
The only “facilities” near the lake is a green shed public toilet on the corner of Robert St & the Princes Highway. I don’t recommend this for a toilet stop but it has a tap inside which we used for washing the salt off our hands. I can’t confirm if this was rain, bore or drinking water and there was no signs or anyone around to ask. Let me know if you visit Lake Bumbunga and find a fresh water tap close by!
Here are some tips for making a visit to the “Pinkie Pond” as my 4 year old dubbed it so much smoother.
- Wear rubber sandals if you enter the water – $1.50 thongs from Kmart with a strap did the trick for my little one and saved the pain from the sharp, salt encrusted sea bed. I put my thongs on as well after a few nasty scratches myself.
- Wear sunscreen & hats
- Baby wipes – Trust me on this one. After stepping out of the pretty pink water you’ll begin to notice a layer of dried salt on absolutely everything. My black jeans looked like someone had thrown flour at me, little Lottie’s legs, hands and hair was caked in salt and nothing but the baby wipes we bought in Clare 40 minutes later after a crunchy and uncomfortable car ride would get it off.
- Carry fresh water – common advice for visitors to the Clare Valley as many properties run on rain water and the safe tap water has a strong taste. You can buy cases of water in supermarkets and food stores in the towns around this area. A case of fresh drinking water in the car and a few bottles of safe tap water for washing will make the journey back from the lake a lot more comfortable especially if little ones managed to get salt in their eyes!
What did we learn?
We did some research on the differences between fresh and salt water creatures before our trip and used our visit to Lake Bumbunga to reinforce the differences between the water in the sea, inland lakes, swimming pools and taps. Honestly, this was mostly for fun and photos rather than study!
Slightly sick of years of paying $45pp for High Tea each May (and alarmed at a guest list of 10+) I decided to host my own this Mother’s Day.
It was our first event in our new place and was a complete success! Any one just starting life with marriage, kids and setting up homes will understand that things have always been a little too small, not enough chairs, ran out of plates, only Peppa Pug cups left – but not this time. This time was our chance to host a really great afternoon for our families.
(Lottie “helped” with the jelly)
Hubby’s mother made tons of finger sandwiches and his little sister made a beautiful chocolate cake. Tea and conversation flowed and Grandmother-in-Law declared my scones ‘incredible’! I loved seeing so many people we love (12 of us all up) so happy and relaxed. It was a perfect day.
The most perfect part of my Mother’s Day was sharing it with my little Lottie. Her cuddles, her stories and the cupcake she iced and decorated for me were the greatest gifts I could ask for.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums/aunts/grandmothers/guardians who’s posts I read with interest, love and empathy.
Turning a house into a home is more than just filling it with furniture. Lottie’s room being cosy, functional and easy to tidy is a priority of mine. She loves every doll and toy and book and spends hours playing and putting them in particular cubbies and drawers that mummy isn’t allowed to mess up!
A basic white cot from Target Australia turned out to be a great investment as it became a sweet little toddler bed. A family heirloom dolls house filled with Sylvanian Families is probably my favourite thing in her room. Nana was ahead of the curve with the Indigo Jamm workbench she got last Christmas and cubbies full of Fisher Price, Mellisa and Doug, and Little Golden Books make up the little girl’s room I envisioned when I was pregnant (almost 3 years ago!).
Ever walked into a baby store only to be visually assaulted by Leander, Stokke, Boori and 4 digit price tags? Yeah, me too. They all have wonderful products and the Stokke pop up baby bath is seriously underrated as far as baby crap goes. But quality comes in all budgets and I would’ve expected Hell to freeze over before Kmart became THE decor destination of 2015.
They chain I grew to hate growing up poor and dressed head to toe in their cheapest attire must have hired a designer who knew what they were doing. I can’t leave Kmart without an armful cushion, throw rugs, baking supplies and home wares these days!
Seriously, how cute are these cushions!?! At $7 a pop, it’s a splash of colour that won’t break the budget and they’re popping up on every Australian mummy blog and Instagram.
The happy sun cushion has made my day and will hopefully tempt Lottie into a nap.