We quickly recovered from the long drive and OF took us to look at the local historic train station, which I found interesting. Different track gauges, the width between tracks, has been a constant problem in Australia with some states using narrow gauge, some standard gauge and some broad gauge. Strathalbyn was connected to Adelaide by broad gauge I think, but then the the mainline into Adelaide was changed to standard gauge to allow interstate freight and passenger trains use the track without having to change trains. Consequently the broad gauge line through Strath could no longer reach Adelaide and became a historic line for tourists and enthusiasts.
Of course I don't mention real names in blog posts so I have given the pseudonym OF, Our Friend, to protect his privacy. (edited).
While it was early for dinner, we three had a nice dinner at the Victoria Hotel, sitting outside where the air was rapidly cooling after a rather warm day. Gary came back to our motel and we chatted and he
overstayed his was welcome. We made plans for the next day.
Here are some photos taken during our trip and after we arrived. I meant to take a photo of a sign on a bakery window, along the lines of 'Skinny people are easy to kidnap. Stay safe by eating cake.'
We made a toilet stop at this rather nice lake. It has a nice sandy beach. If you enter the water you must wear secure footwear to protect your feet from shellfish.