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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide March 9th 2019

Day 1 (2/3/2019) Departed home at 7:30AM. Found traffic quite busy for that early on a Saturday. Not happy to be leaving a day later than expected, but when you only get the caravan back at 4:05PM the previous day, there is not much you can do about it. At least all the main things were taken care of (we hope!) & we have a hassle free trip. After being badly buffeted by fierce side winds from the North, we stopped at Ballarat at 10:20AM for a cuppa & a brief rest. I had forgotten how the bum cheeks nod off driving & a leg stretch always stops any cramping up. Back on the road at 10:50AM, the drive was largely uneventful with little traffic except for one moron who decided he wanted to overtake me ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide December 20th 2018

Monday 17th Dec. While the on-train sleeping experience was good with a comfortable but narrow bed, and a gentle rocking motion, I did not sleep well. Too much food probably but I did manage about 5 hours. On waking the scenery had not changed... Empty, open and endlessly flat. We made a couple of brief off train excursions, just to stretch and look about, but there was little to see... that's the whole point! Our second stop was at the appropriately named "Cook". Why appropriate? Because the temperature there was 44 degrees C. It was a dry heat so not that difficult but the wind was blowing so it felt like standing in front of a fan over with the door open and the fan still running. Wow that was hot! The second evening was again ... read more
Indian Pacific loco
Half way
At cook it was 44 degrees C.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide October 2nd 2018

After loading up the bike I stopped at the Roadhouse just outside of town to fill up with gas they didn’t have premium so I had to put 1/2 a tank of regular in my tank. After a quick egg sandwich I was off and running. The Trip down Adelaide would be around 300 miles (how many Kilometers?) Answer at the end of the blog. The first hour or so was bleak nothingness - flat as far as the eye can see and the temp quickly built up to a simmering 95 degrees F. However it was the first 10 miles of the trips start which caught my attention. There were 30 Roo roadkill’s over the first 10 Miles out of Woomera. That’s a total 52,780 feet with an expired Roo every 1,760 ft. What I ... read more
Salt flats
Salt Flats pic 2
Downtown Adelaide

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide August 23rd 2018

Adelaide has always been a city we both enjoy going to and over the years have been there several times. There are still areas we want to explore, especially those areas where Judy's relatives settled when they came from England, as well as just catching up with her relatives and revisiting her birth state. This trip we had the extra incentive of visiting Judy's son, Ryan and his partner Sabrina. Ryan moved to Adelaide from Perth in May this year after accepting a position there. Monday 20th August 2018 Even though we thought we had prepared for everything getting away took longer than expected. Rags intended to leave by 9am, Judy by 10am and we got away at 11am. From then on everything went well, we reached our intended stop of Karalee Rocks by 5pm. This ... read more
Karalee Rocks
Fraser Range
Penong


Our preparations are well underway for our Thursday night getaway leaving Adelaide on our Emirates flight at 9:50 pm. Bella is booked in to Beau's Pet Hotel for the next 5 weeks for an experience she wont be forgetting in a hurry.... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide July 5th 2018

After breakfast, we set off towards Adelaide. We were looking forward to picking up Alyssa at the airport and catching up with Linda and James. We stopped at a few places along the way to adore this beautiful country. Once in Adelaide, we endured peak hour traffic to the airport. Still, no where as busy as Sydney. We finally caught up with Alyssa and set off to see Linda and James (and Bella!).... read more
Yunta
Hallett Hill
Hallett Hill

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide June 13th 2018

A swift and uneventful trip to return the camper van to the depot and a pleasant taxi ride to our new house sit 30 km south of Adelaide's city centre. How lovely it was to be met by our hosts. The couple invited us into their lovely bungalow, introduced us to their dapper black cat Nyles, and graciously gave us their car to use while on our 5 week stay. This would be the longest we would be in one place on our trip so far, and we were ready for some serious downtime. Adelaide was breezy and cool as winter approached. The night before our hosts left, they treated us to Chinese takeaway and shared a bottle of McLaren Vale Shiraz, only a 15 minute drive away. My favourite room in the house was the ... read more
Gum Trees
A trip to the local beach
Botanical Museum

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide May 19th 2018

It was a grey, rainy day when we headed into the Grampians. We took a detour into the park, which Denise and Christopher recommended: just like they said, we saw a lot of emus (which I hadn’t seen yet) and hundreds of kangaroos! After seeing multiple impressive waterfalls, we went to a lookout. The road was foggy since it was in the clouds, so we didn't expect to see much. Lucky for us, the clouds started to rise by the time we got there and we got to see a gorgeous view. It was a beautiful place to drive through. When we got back, our tank was almost empty so we stopped at the gas station across from our campsite. They only had one pump with our fuel type, turns out it was empty… by the ... read more
Staring contest
If you look closely, you'll see emus!
MacKenzie Falls - Grampians

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 13th 2018

Our last day in Australia. After a morning doing chores, we set off on for a busy afternoon, combining sightseeing with trying to photobomb all the old man’s pictures. Adelaide is heaving. Apparently this has something to do with the crows versus the magpies. I have no idea what this means, but I’m guessing it has nothing to do with ornithology. We work our way towards the city centre, starting where Australians worship; St Peter’s Cathedral and the Adelaide Oval. Then the state library, which had some interesting exhibits on war and democracy and the Migration Museum. We stop for lunch at the food court in Rundle Mall. It’s bizarre that given dozens of options, so many people opt for KFC. We round things off in Victoria Square, venue of the Taste Australia festival. It sounds ... read more
Thirsty parrots
Adelaide Oval
Adelaide War Memorial

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide April 12th 2018

We round off our Australian trip with a couple of days in Adelaide. It’s only an hour’s drive from Nuriootpa so we arrive with plenty of time for sightseeing. Awkward moment in the car park when I get into the wrong car, exacerbated by the fact I then start rearranging things in said car. We start with the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It’s more informally planted than the other antipodean gardens we have seen. My favourite part is the succulent garden, full of giant cacti. Here I encounter a group of school children competing to see who can get the most cactus spikes in their hands. I wonder if that features in the risk assessment? Next door is the National Wine Centre. This combines a wine museum with a vending machine style tasting room. It’s a tad ... read more
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Botanic Gardens




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