Category: Tagalong23

Leasingham (Clare Valley) SA

What we did on the way…

We made a couple of stops along the 227kms (route map) from Renmark to Leasingham. The 1st was to check out the amazing silo art in the town of Eudunda, then around the corner to grab a coffee in the Eudunda Bakery, with it’s quirky & very cheeky art.

From the Silo Artist, Sam Brooks…
My silo tells a story about two children, sharing stories about their past and their culture. These two children use these local books as a way to teach each other about their history, culture and connections to the area.


The Clare Valley Caravan & Cabin Park is actually in the small town of Leasingham, about 15kms from the township of Clare. The current owners, Michael & Hayley, have only been in the park for about 18 months and have began a massive upgrade to the sites and facilities.

One of our Tagalong group was a bit skeptical about our choice of accommodation BUT was amazed how much the park had improved in the 12 months since they stayed here. There is a fair bit of work to do and the continuing support from the caravaning community will certainly help them get to their goals quicker 😊.

Some day tripping

Marindale Hall Historic Homestead

Martindale Hall was built in 1879 – 1880 for Edmund Bowman Jr. at a cost of £30,000. It has some 32 rooms and boasts a large cellar of some 7 rooms. Edmund surrounded the home with a polo ground, a racecourse, a boating lake, and a cricket pitch where the English 11 played at least once.

Martindale Hall remains as a testament to the successful establishment and ongoing management of the intergenerational pastoral empires created by the Bowman and Mortlock families. Find out more on their website.

Farrell Flats Silo Art

More silo art was found in the small town of Farrell Flats (23kms from Leasingham maplink).

Farrell Flat is a small town of approximately 300 in population located 20 kilometres east of Clare and 22 kilometres southwest of Burra. The former Roseworthy-Peterborough railway line passed through the town in late 1800s and early-mid 1900s.

Claymore’s Wine Tasting & Lunch

The Tagalong23 management team had pre-booked the Claymore Winery to a wine tasting facilitated by their GM, Carissa Major, and wine maker, Jonathan, followed by a light luncheon of local produce.

The session was fabulous with all of our group having a great time. The great thing about it’s location was that it was right behind our caravan park, so no driving required!

Summing Up…

  • Accommodation at Clare Valley Caravan Park (visit their website)
    • Cost per night$40 (at 4 Sep 2023)
    • Stayed for3 nights
    • CP Locationnot bad, but a fair distance from attractions
    • Did we have a good site? Yes
    • Facilities a bit scarce – minimal number of loos
    • Amenitiescamp kitchen was tiny
    • Our rating/score6/10
  • Location:
    • Was it a nice place to visit? Yes but you have to drive far and wide to take in the sites
    • Much to see & do? no
    • Our rating/score5/10the weather didn’t help either with rain & hail and freezing cold nights
    • Would we return? No – would stay in the township of Clare as it has far more to offer

Renmark SA

Our accommodation

The Tagalong23 group was booked into the Riverbend Caravan Park in Renmark (maplink), South Australia, for the beginning of our trip. This park was totally inundated in the destructive 2022 floods and they have done a fantastic job rehabilitating the whole of the park. Our site was right on the magnificent Murray River.

“Welcome to Tagalong23” Happy Hour

All of the group gathered for our 1st Happy Hour around the communal campfire, where the organising team handed our their welcome packs, which included tourist info for the entire trip plus some goodies as well as a souvenir tea towel.

It was a great gathering, meeting up with old friends from previous tagalongs as well as greeting some new members to the group.

The “Chook Man”

There’s a local celebrity in Renmark who cruises up and down the Murray River in his ramshackle house boat (if that’s what you’d call it). We were fortunate enough to find him moored up in his regular location at the Renmark Wharf. His “house boat” is constructed from (basically) junk that he has found along the river. He even has some chooks on board.

On one of our days in Renmark he sailed down the river, past the caravan park, to a spot near the bridge. He then basically crashed parked it into the riverbank bringing heaps of tree branches crashing down all over his boat – very weird and strange.

Jenga Happy Hour

On our 2nd last night our happy hour consisted of gathering around the caravan park’s communal fire pit for several rounds of Jenga.

About Jenga – Jenga is a game of physical and mental skill. Built on the simple premise of stacking blocks, Jenga engages players of all ages, across all cultures. Jenga’s success rests on its solid play value. Players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.

It was a great time either participating in the game or just watching the tension on the participant’s faces as they attempted to not make the Jenga stack fall down. You can find out more about Jenga from the official Jenga website.

23rd Street Distillery Tour

The historic Twenty Third Street distillery, built in 1914, has been resurrected with twenty-first century technology. Century old copper stills are reignited with a spirit of anarchic invention. It is one of the “must visit” places in Renmark!

We booked a tour of the distillery for our group. The 1st thing required was for us to leave our mobile phones, hand bangs, car keys and even “hearing aids” behind before participating in an extremely well presented tour of the distillery by their head wine maker. It was totally worth the cost as we learnt so much about the distilling process, but no photos can be shown here (as they would not allow it 😒).

After the tour we were provided with a lecture & tasting session about 3 of their favourite Gins (which was a bit underwhelming to be honest).

Summing Up…

  • Accommodation at Riverbend Caravan Park (visit their website)
    • Cost per night$43 (at 1 Sep 2023)
    • Stayed for – 5 nights
    • CP Location – Great spot on the Murray, a couple of kms out of town
    • Did we have a good site? Right on the river
    • Facilities Great camp kitchen, plenty of room for our large group
    • AmenitiesToilets were a bit dated but always clean
    • Our rating/score8/10
  • Location:
    • Was it a nice place to visit? Yes
    • Much to see & do? Heaps to do. This was our 2nd visit to Renmark
    • Our rating/score8/10
    • Would we return? Yes

Welcome to Tagalong23

Welcome to the Touring Wombats website and travel blog for our 2023 Caravan Tagalong. This website serves two purposes…

  1. The Tagalong23 Member’s website, including:
  2. The Touring Wombats Travel blog for his trip, which is basically split into 2 categories:
    • Tagalong23 with 17 (mostly) Bailey caravans traveling through South Australia over 4 weeks
    • Post-Tagalong23 where four of our group head west from Streaky Bay, Eyre Peninsula SA
    • Check out the Blog Index page for a searchable list of all posts