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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley » Nuriootpa October 30th 2011

The Barossa Valley is one of the premier wine regions of Australia, famous for growing Shiraz grapes. Wolf Blass is based here, as is Penfolds and Jacob Creek. It's a picturesque area, with many more wineries and vineyards in a stunning South Australia setting.... read more
Wolf Blass Winery
Barossa Valley 2
Barossa Valley 3

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley October 13th 2011

Today is the day we part company with Faye and Neil, very sad as we have had such a really great time together, lots of laughs and lots of drinking (both Coffee and Alcohol!). After packing up we left Mt Barker and travelled to Woodside, another pretty town in the hills. This was to be our final coffee before Faye and Neil headed across to Mannum and we continued North up the Barossa. Leaving Woodside we travelled via Lobethal to the Eden Valley. Along the way we went through Mt Torrens, Birdwood and Mt Pleasant before coming to Springton and the Herbig Tree. The earliest known european settler that settled in Springton Friedrich Herbig lived in a hollowed out red gum which still stands in the main street. Herbig was a German tailor and he arrived ... read more
Herbig's Tree
Herbig's trough and water well
Gum Tree "shoot" Eden Valley

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley » Nuriootpa September 6th 2011

My goodness, it was cold this morning, and the wind didn’t make things any better. Frank had to get up through the night to wind the awning in because it was so windy. One good thing about it was that I was able to justify why I found it necessary to pack my boots, and other winter type clothes. I even found myself looking for scarves in opportunity shops. We did a tour of the shops in Nurioopta and then went to Chateau Tanunda in Tanunda to try to relive a very pleasant wine experience from a recent dinner in an Ocean Grove restaurant. We tracked down the wine, but wasn’t as nice as we remembered. A phone call to the caravan supplies business in Adelaide confirmed that our fridge part had arrived, so we did ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley September 5th 2011

Day six. On the road again. After a slow start this morning, due to phone calls to Authorised Service Agents in Victoria, Adelaide, Whyalla, and Alice Springs trying to track down a replacement part for the fridge (yes, still the fridge) we left Mildura heading towards Adelaide. A pleasant drive, although I think I had my eyes closed for a fair bit of it. The sun is very bright. We stopped for lunch at a roadside rest stop and were absolutely appalled by the amount of rubbish left there. Admittedly, there were no rubbish bins, but really, if you can carry the rubbish there, surely you can take it away with you. Somebody had even dumped a bag full of make-up. (Nothing in my colours.) We prepared for the next stage of our trip by doing ... read more
Kookaburras

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley August 10th 2011

We were up bright and early and left Port Augusta behind us heading for Clare. We were glad to see the change in vegetation to the east of Port Augusta and it was lovely to see some green ! David was very impressed with the cropping area we came through, there were some great looking wheat crops as well as canola and lupins. Our first stop of the day was Clare which is a really pretty town, from Clare we headed toward Tanunda; where we wanted to stop at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, and planned to stop at a few wineries on the way. The first winery we stopped at was Greg Cooley Wines - although a very young winery this was our favourite of the day. Greg and Kelli gave us some suggestions on which ... read more
Farmland west of Clare, SA

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley » Nuriootpa March 30th 2011

2 April 2011 Hello All! A week ago, on what we thought would be our last evening in the Barossa, we sat on the lawns of a lovely little family-owned winery and listened to live, local, acoustic music while eating our picnic dinner. It was lovely! But... we are still here in the Barossa!! Do you remember mention of grape-picking in my last entry? Well, fools that we are, we did it!! We have just finished a week of hard physical work and are both a size 8 now! We saw an ad. for grape-pickers and phoned. The immediate response was, "You're hired". That was the easiest job interview I've ever had! After I expressed concern about whether we would manage with our "nurses' backs", he said he give anyone a go. Good, anyone was us! ... read more
Whistler Winery
Whaaaat??!!!
Hard at work!

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 27th 2011

Final day in Barossa Valley There were still a few wineries on our list we wanted to visit, so headed to Lou Miranda, Maggie Beer's Farm, Whistler and finally to Seppeltsfield. A friend from uni (who Lach used to play football with) was working in Seppeltsfield, and offered to give us a tour around the gravity fed tanks and the cellar which was an amazing experience to be able to actually see two different Wineries in the process of vintage! Seppeltsfield is not only historic in architechture with an infinite passion for streets lined with palm trees, I believe it is the oldest collection of port dating back in an unbroken line to 1878! The oldest collection IN THE WORLD! We entered 'The Room'- filled with port barrels - right back to the original vintage port. ... read more
Seppeltsfield
Seppeltsfield Rd
The ol' Seppeltsfield Truck

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 26th 2011

Barossa Valley Having based ourselves at one of Australia's largest wine producers for a few days, we decided we'd better comence some wine tastings and explore the beauty of the Barossa Valley. McGuigans, Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Saltram each provided moscato, shiraz and tawny ports which impressed our taste buds. We made a quick stop in Angaston to sample some of the local cheeses at Barossa Valley Cheese Company - finding the 'prince' goat cheese absolutely delishous! Angaston butcher made some very appetizing salami for happy hour later on, and we headed to Mengler Hill to check out the view over Tanunda, Angaston and Lyndoch. Afternoon tastings included Chateau Tanunda (which had a rather exclusive VIP tastings room), and Jacobs Creek was our final tasting for the day. Barossa Valley Farmers Market was on Saturday morning ... read more
Penfolds
Wolf Blass
Chateau Tanunda

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 24th 2011

Hahndorf to Lyndoch Lach visited Hahndor'f leathersmith this morning to get a tailor made leather pouch for his old bowie knife - many thanks to John and Sam who went out of their way to help, even giving a brief history of the blade. While in the store, lach overheard some tourists talking about the Big Rocking Horse nearby - so we decided to check it out over lunch. We put in just a little more diesel at Hahndorf Mobil (26.3L @151.9c/L). Gumeracha Toy factory was located right next to the 3 storey rocking horse, which had travel direction poles nearby (one national, one international) displaying the distances to other locations. Inside the toy factory was a very cute 4-wheel drive and caravan, as well as the type of truck Sheree thinks Col should look into ... read more
International Travel Post
National Travel Post
Our 4WD & caravan!

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 21st 2011

As we travel around we are becoming more and more aware of how ignorant we really are about the variety of magnificent scenery Australia has to offer. This was certainly proved on our quick trip from the ferry wharf at Port Melbourne to Inverloch, a small town on the South Gippsland coast. At one point the road passes along a ridge, with fantastic views of the rolling hills from each side, country scenery as good as you would find anywhere. Not far north however, is the “Latrine” Valley, including a long section of condemned freeway caused by floods and mine subsidence. We were here for the Inverloch Jazz Festival, spending 4 days in a house with our friends Grant and Jeanette Clayton. The jazz was good, the weather (generally) good and the company good fun. Highlights ... read more
Great Ocean Road
Port Fairy
The P76




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