Saturday, 16 June 2012

Adelaide 12/6/12 to 17/6/12

As our drive from Victor Harbor to Adelaide wasn't that long we decided to stop at McLaren Vale.  I was very anxious to visit one more winery - Wirra Wirra.   It was very impressive and staff very accommodating - they even allowed the boys to ring the bell they had in their bell tower. Boys pretty impressed with this, especially when the motion of the bell lifted them off the ground. Had to buy a bottle to says thanks.

Then into Adelaide to set up camp at the biggest caravan park we have seen. The park was the West Beach Big 4 and was like its own suburb. After set up went for a drive up to Port Adelaide. Not exactly what we expected - fairly run down and deserted, although it was Tuesday after the long weekend. Next day was spent doing domestics - service on car, some spares for van and a few other things. Vicki and the boys did go down to Glenelg along the foreshore - Vicki walking and boys scootering. That night we went around to Paul (Private) and Tanya White's for dinner and to watch State of Origin 2. Dinner was good, which was topped off with the standard SOO food, sticky date pudding and ice cream. Thanks Tanya. Unfortunately SOO was bad with blues getting up. Also, unfortunately, no photos to prove all this as we forgot to take the camera. 

Into city next day to look around. Visited the main cathedral in town - St Peters. Adelaide is the city of churches but one is enough. Also visited Adelaide Oval and got to walk out on the ground as no one was around to stop us. Cruised through Rundell Mall and then caught the tram to Adelaide Central Markets. 

Following day we went for a drive out to the town of Hahndorf. This is a village that was originally settled by German refugees in 1839. The main street contains a lot of the original buildings and is very quaint and very tourist orientated. Jacob finally got his cowboy hat that he has been wanting for ages. Very happy about this. Then off to Mt Lofty to see if we could get a view of the city and out to Kangaroo Island. No such luck as the weather was not on our side as there was thick cloud cover. We had packed our lunch and had visions of sitting at a picnic table on Mt Lofty eating lunch as we enjoyed the view. Instead we huddled around the side of the tourist info centre and scoffed our sandwiches quickly as it was freezing cold and we all wanted to get back inside.

Fence to keep the rabbits out at (Wirra Wirra Winery)

Just a quick drink than back in the car (Wirra Wirra)

Ringing of the Bell

Looking out from Wirra Wirra's jetty

Bottle is actually made of corks

Cool street Port Adelaide

Boys making lunch for everyone (aren't they wonderful)

Adelaide city by Lake Torrens

St Peters Anglican Church. You may know it better as "the catherdral end" during cricket commentary.

Adelaide Oval (currently undergoing extensive renovation)

Obviously loosening up before going out to the centre

Adelaide Markets

Jacob (with new hat) and friends

Tasting kangaroo dried sausage. Tasted a bit like chicken.

Sites of Hahndorf village

King Nathan and peasant Jacob

Up on Mt Lofty (Adelaide Hills) were it's a bit cold

On Brighton Beach jetty

Sunset over beach at West Beach Adelaide

Off to Glenelg Beach by scooter

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