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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » Semaphore April 16th 2014

Pete and I had a great flight home. We took our time to get off the plane. Stocked up on duty free. Then got through customs with no problems to be met by Amy and Joseph. It was such a surprise to see them both there. Joseph has certainly grown in the short time we were away. He has cut his first tooth, able to sit up on his own and is rolling over to his stomach. We ended the day with a coffee before heading home.... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 1st 2014

We flew into Adelaide from Brisbane and picked up our Holden hire car. Our home for 4 days was a small colonial style house. It was a short 20 minute walk into Adelaide centre through some nice parkland. There were many colourful birds flying about and several cricket games in progress. Our walk took us down to the Murray riverside and we sat outside and had some drinks overlooking the river and the Adelaide Oval stadium. In the evening we found a good Moroccan restaurant to round off the first day. The next day was spent touring the Adelaide hills. Our tour started at Mount Lofty with panoramic views of Adelaide. We then visited Hahndorf an old German settlement. Finally we enjoyed some beer at The Old Woolen Mill and some wine tasting at Lobethal from ... read more
Adelaide Hills vineyard
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide » Semaphore March 31st 2014

One last cuddles with Jo before we take off. Amy and Jo came down to semaphore for brunch.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 29th 2014

WOMADELAIDE 2014...Music is the Weapon of Choice. Her song was the Anthem of the Arab Spring..."Kelmti Horra"..."My word is Free"...ringing through the streets of Tunisia...her name Emel Mathlouthi. His journey was exploring and preserving the drum culture of his people...his music inspiring the disenfranchised indigenous peoples of West Papua...his band Airileke. His life was to continue the vision of his father Fela Kuti...their music Afrobeat...uniting the masses in protesting corruption and poverty in his beloved Nigeria...who opened the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa...the elder son...who else but Femi Kuti. Where would you hear such messages in music? Womadelaide 2014...that's where. And what do these artists...these songsters in culture have in common? Their music is embraced with power...with the maxim: "Music is our Weapon of Choice." ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island March 25th 2014

We started early in the morning and drove by bus to ferry. We had to leave bus and walk on ferry. The crossing took 50 minutes to Kangaroo Island. We left ferry and got on our bus again. First stop at Hansen Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. There is an alley. They marked some trees where koalas sat in. The koalas are free the people just look at them. We saw some more than marked koalas. We saw some kangaroos and birds too. Next stop was a photo stop up to Remarkable Rocks. Next stop Remarkable Rocks. There is a short track down to the rocks. They are very huge. We walked through the rocks. Somebody climbed on it. Next stop Admirals Arch. There is a track down to water, anyway nearly. On the way down you can ... read more
Kangaroo Island
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 24th 2014

It was our free day and so I walked alone yesterday's route. I walked through Botanic Garden. I wanted to visit amazonas house but it was still closed. I walked to town and made souvenier shopping. I took tram to beach, but after one metro station I had to leave the tram because you can just pay with coins and I hadn't enaugh coins in my pocket. In town there are free metro stations but out to beach you have to pay. So I left tram and changed my money. The ticket was valid for two hours journey took half an hour so I had one hour at beach. It was a nice beach with a big jetty for pedestrians. Back in town I walked to river, crossed river and just wandered arround. In the evening ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Clare March 4th 2014

It’s hard to believe but we have once again shacked up in a wine region – this time Jeff has found himself working for the winery Pike’s – and is smack bang in the middle of vintage as you read this. This has meant an unpredictable mix of day & night shifts, but now that all the grapes are ready they all pulling out all stops to get the fruit off asap. So unlike Margaret River, where the harvest could stop & start right through till about Easter, he reckons the season here will be well & truly over in the nick of time, & who knows he may even get the Easter weekend off, yay! Also wishing everyone a very happy 2014, & hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We had a quiet chrissy day ... read more
After scoffing a beaut lunch - Mr Mick, Kate, Tab Jeff @ Mr Mick's
A beer in Burra Boxing Day
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coonawarra February 27th 2014

Thursday 27h February 2014. Wine Tasting in South Australia, Naracoorte Caves, Grampians and Silverband Falls, Victoria, Australia After breakfast we set off again in our little car. Our next destination was Halls Gap in the Grampian Mountains in the state of Victoria. However, D wanted to visit the state of South Australia as it is the only state in this vast country that we have not been to. One of the things we had planned to do if we made it to Adelaide was to go and do some wine tasting so we decided to continue with this plan in one of the best wine tasting regions in the whole of Australia. This meant quite a detour from the most direct route to Halls Gap. While D drove towards the town of Mount Gambier, M looked ... read more
5. Original Cottage at the Hollick Estate
8. M with the Diprotodon Optatum Model
10. M with the Giant Leaf Eating Kangaroo Model,  Naracoorte Caves Complex

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Point Turton February 22nd 2014

Left Victor Harbor for a week in Adelaide, beautiful city, lovely buildings, good public transport and the people are very friendly and helpful.We stayed in Adelaide Caravan Park, 2klms from city centre. It was over 40C for the first two days but it's a dry heat so not too bad. Then we got torrential rain for 2 days and the River Torrens which was a small stream behind the park became a raging torrent. It was right behind our van but down a steep ravine so we had great views. Unfortunately quite a lot of the city was flooded as the rain was the heaviest in 40 years. The next fe days were very pleasant and we got to see the city. We got a bus just down the road and did the 5 minute trip ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia February 22nd 2014

Are you bored of your part time job and always hearing people complain about the same old British weather? So why don’t you just pack your bags and head down under in pursuit of your dream job in the sun? STA Travel UK have teamed up with the Government of South Australia and the South Australia Tourism Commission to bring young Brits the opportunity of a life time to head to Oz to take part in one of 8 prestigious mentorships, all travel/accommodation/working holiday visa paid for with the added bonus of an allowance. So do any of the following take your fancy? Assistant Shark Scientist – working on research, data collection and shark tagging. You will have the opportunity view/dive/photograph great white sharks and literally dive in to get close and personal with one of ... read more
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