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Published: March 31st 2008
Today we headed to the Barossa for a Heysen trail walk near Tanunda.
How to get there ...
From Adelaide travel north to Gawler, and once in Gawler turn right up the Barossa way. Follow this road through Sandy Creek, Lyndoch and on to Tanunda. Maggie Beer's farm shop is 4 km North of Tanunda (see Pheasant farm route map). The walk is south of Tanunda on Rifle Range Road (See 'From Maggies to walk start' map). The third map is of the 11 km walk (Our walk) along the Heysen trail entering into Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park.
What happened ...
We started off at Maggie Beer's farm shop at Tanunda. It was part of my birthday celebrations that instead of going out for a restaurant meal on the day, and that we would go to Maggie Beer's and purchase a gourmet picnic lunch for our walk on Sunday. We spent some time in the shop trying all of the produce, sipping coffee and ended up purchasing a couple of frozen pheasants as well as our picnic lunch. There were quite a few pheasants and other fowl such as peacocks on display as well as
The Pheasant farm was first on the list to visit
a stunning lake.
With gourmet goodies in hand we headed out to Rifle Range Road and continued to the lookout where we had our lunch. We then followed the Heysen trial up the hill and into the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. The park is full of quite interesting granite boulders (including Horse Head Rock and capped rock), lovely views and kangaroos. The Bush was obviously very dry with many trees having dead leaves after our 40° plus a heat wave. We were quite relieved when a few showers passed over us realising that this water was quenching a parched land.
As you may know I am a bit of a "foodie", as Mum often says, but I find fine food addictive, such as roast pheasant, duck and rack of lamb. I never thought I would see a pheasant in my entire life, but I kept on dreaming that I would and that I might be able to get a few for Dad to roast.
Well, today was my lucky day. I found it - Maggie Beer's Pheasant Farm. My favourite was the Golden Reeves pheasant. In the shop I got to sample quite a few different fine foods along the way. I disliked the Duck liver pâté, but I couldn't believe the amazing flavour of the blood plum fruit paste.
And now for the actual walk. We drove up Rifle Range Road and had our lunch first. It was so windy that we ate in the car. Dad loves his car and normally he would not allow any eating in the car, but we did today.
We then walked up the hill ever so slowly. This was a part that we would normally drive up but this time we walked. This meant we could have a good look at the view over Tanunda. Once in the park we had fun with the boulders - as you can see if you watch the video. We stopped and turned around on this walk as it was threatening rain - I actually felt a few drops and this meant we walked faster on the way back.
On the way home we tried some cheese twists that I had baked that morning (with my own bare hands).
And now for a joke:
Mary had a little lamb.
The Doctor fainted.
Mary had a little lamb
It had a touch of colic
She fed it brandy twice a day
And now it's alcoholic.
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