Blogs from Mount Lofty, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide Hills » Mount Lofty September 24th 2018

Reflecting on where you were a couple of weeks ago is good for the soul as you travel ....I look back at the photos and my notes and experience the hospitality, friendships ,food , city scapes and landscapes all over again! Tucked away in narrow country lanes lined with tall firs and eucalyptus trees we approached my “home from home” in the the Adelaide Hills through banks of camellias. Sue and Bryan , my hosts were Home exchange partners and they made me very welcome including Me in their daily life. So it was off to Adelaide city as it was Market day ...what a fabulous market from fruit and veg, flowers and coffee to cannoli and cheeses.... everything you could ask for and always so colourful. Adelaide felt like a small enough city centre to ... read more
University buildings

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide Hills » Mount Lofty September 9th 2010

Early morning outside our room at Mount Lofty House. Complimentary bottle of red was consumed in front of a fireplace, in a room of beautiful furniture including leather chesterfields and armchairs. Dinner in the restaurant was superb. For breakfast we were joined by birds fossiking amongst the bushes outside our window. Great atmosphere in a lovely old building.... read more
Mt Lofty House
Mt Lofty House

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide Hills » Mount Lofty February 8th 2009

This morning at 8am (17/1) after parking cars at each trail head Ruth and I began the Montacute Heights to Chain of Ponds leg of the Heysen Trail. This would ultimately be the toughest leg I have attempted by far and would take the longest amount of time to complete. We began the walk at Montacute Heights following the Narrow Range Rd, here we had a close up look at the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, there seem to be a number of pairs up here and we were able to get close enough to see the yellow patterns on their bellies, we also heard our first grunting Koala though we couldn’t see him in the trees. We then made our descent down a steep hill dropping two hundred metres down to Sixth Creek Road, the slope ... read more
Ruth looks happy
Views from Montacute Heights
Walking down the first hill

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide Hills » Mount Lofty September 27th 2007

8.30 the night before I leave, and I still have not packed. Much more important things to do, like drink mexican beer with my friends. Talk to you all when I am in Delhi. woo hoo... read more

Lady C has not only departed but has arrived- at this stage in Anchorage. Travel, arrival & hotel all A.O.K. The only glitch was in the departure schedule. I had planned to dump herself at the airport drop off zone, depart without any parking fees, and return via Kelsey Cottage for a celebratory meal. Her outdoors put a veto on this and we had the meal on the way down whilst she was still with. Dampened the celebration somewhat but at that stage she was still the one who had to be obeyed. Some of you have visited Kelsey - for those who have not - Come stay with us and we will take you. - Take & if you twist our arms pay for. Regards to all and as things move and info is available ... read more

Trial entry from home, leaving tomorrow friends, wheeeeee! Alaska bound.... read more

Finally the rain came and the week after we headed to the hills to see the colours of Autumn. You really can't go past Mt Lofty Botanical gardens - it has a large number of northern hemisphere trees that put on a stunning display - and it aslo includes part of the Heysen trail. You can revisit our last blog about the gardens Apple picking and Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens We saw numerous glimpses of southern brown bandicoots - see pictures scurrying around the place. Rat-like but with short tails. We visited Fern gully - although it took quite a bit of effort to get there - and found it as delightful as ever. This "Dan says..." is a video as he has gone to bed and if I don't get these blogs done now - ... read more
Peter and Dan
Tree marks
Rose garden

Today we visited Mount Lofty. A hill/mountain from which you can see views of the whole of Adelaide. It was another beautiful day and so clear we could see for miles. We took photos and picked out all the places we had been to and then looked around their gift shop. Laura has a very impressive collection of souvenirs now some of you will be pleased to hear! After Mount Lofty we made our way to Hahndorf, an historic German settlement town. It was so pretty with lovely trees and little shops and restaurants. We had a walk around and had the best lunch in the German Inn. It was very authentic and cosy and the food was great. I really enjoyed the feeling I was back in Europe- it was a little strange to find ... read more
Lovely Laura!
Adelaide city

Hello Adelaide, i'm back! So this time i had some time to see Adelaide and it turns out to be pretty good. Visited Glenelg whilst i was here and the Adelaide Hills. Not masses to write about, but some good photos on the way. Bye for now.... read more
Drinking fountains for all!
Glenelg Townhall
View from Glenelg Pier

Introduction Last Sunday was Dan's turn to pick the walk and he asked if we might try apple picking - something he had noted that you can do in autumn from James Muecke's book Adelaide for Kids (p152). As the book recommended, we looked at the "What's on" section of the Sunday Mail to find out that apples were indeed ripe for the picking at Summertown from 11 to 4 pm. To finish off the afternoon we also visited the nearby Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. How to get there To get to Summertown for apple picking, take Greenhill Road (passing through the Summit road intersection) and into the Adelaide hills. When you enter Summertown, look for a large "Pick your own apples" placed on the corner of Holliday street on the left hand side of Greenhill ... read more
Apple picking at Summertown
Dan in the orchard

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