Saturday, 29 March 2008

Nelson (the place)

While I was in the SW, I made a fleeting visit to Nelson, which is only a few kilometres from the South Australian border. The tiny town lies at the mouth of the Glenelg River. With a resident population of fewer than 250, on this fine Sunday afternoon, the place was packed. There must have been … dozens … of people picnicking on the river bank, sunbathing on the beach or fishing.

Because my stay was so brief, I only had enough time to check out the estuary from the car park.

I spotted black swans, crested terns, pied oystercatchers, silver gulls, chestnut teal, a Caspian tern, something with dark legs and an unfeasibly long bill, which I took to be a black-tailed godwit, and a couple of little sandpipery birds that I have no idea about. A lone male musk duck was also hanging around, with his tail spread and his dewlap a-quiver.

Nelson is now on my list of places to revisit.

The gang on the island in the middle of the estuary

Saltmarsh on the Glenelg estuary

Ocean beach



Sounds like the kind of place I would like to visit if there is at least one restaurant that serves a decent meal & good, cold beer.

Snail said...

There's a pub, so there's plenty of good, cold beer. I'm sure you could get a big feed there but I don't know about the quality. Pub fare can be variable. I will have to check it out!