Cecelia writes stories & tutors English. Her ONLINE POETRY COURSE is available on openlearning, and she has several books in print.
Cecelia's articles are illustrated with photos by Allan who enjoys photography.
Have you ever wanted to glimpse a view of the river the other side of Outer Harbour and been frustrated by all the industrial yards and private roads? There is a small wharf just off Veitch Road, which appears to be open to the public. I conclude it is open because there are safety signs warning about the edge, which is man-made and rusted at spots, and garbage bins provided by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
While this is not a fancy picnic area, it was of such interest that several cars besides our own were visiting the wharf to view the ships and look across the water. It is not specifically marked on the Port Adelaide Enfield Dolphin Watch Brochure, but the clear view of the river might make dolphin sightings a possibility.
View of Torrens Island Power Station - Photo by Allan
When you leave the Wharf and drive along Veitch Road, you can turn down Mersey Rd North and continue until you reach Mutton Cove Conservation park (see Dave Walsh's article www.weekendnotes.com/mutton-cove-shipwrecks/). Otherwise, exit via Victoria Road, past Le Fevre Community Stadium.
I'm a Navy vet and the Air warfare Destroyers are still alongside at ASC-South. The Ship with pennant number 39 is HMAS Hobart, the first AWD. Hobart is almost completed post-build trials and will soon(sometime in 2017) be sailed away by her crew to join the fleet.
Ship#2 (pennant#41) is HMAS Brisbane. She's undergoing post-build trials now so if you're lucky you'll see her coming or going from the wharf.
Ship#42 is NUSHIP Sydney, the third and final AWD. You can see her being built from the footpath along Mersey Road North.