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Published: February 17th 2014
It’s a long and winding road from Victor Harbor to Adelaide but when you get to the top of that last hill gee whiz it is a very beautiful view particularly on a warm clear sunny day. The downhill run is very long which means travelling it slowly and in second or third gear, the van is endeavouring to push you down and the last thing you want is the breaks overheating. Take it carefully.
Again we stopped in a beachside caravan park these are particularly appealing because usually our work and travel involves being inland, sometimes very inland. It was a large and well kept park located about a 20 minute drive from Adelaide CBD. The city was abuzz as the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Writers festival were in full swing and Womad was to start in a couple of days.
I had a bit of a chuckle when we first drove into the city (particularly after the madness and mayhem that is Melbourne) it was like driving through a big country town, what a breeze. The next day however I am not sure what had changed but the traffic was driving me crazy. At one particularly
busy intersection the lights allowed only 6 turning vehicles to pass through before changing, it took us about 7 minutes to complete our turn. We had booked the car in for a service and what the Sat Nav said would take 17 minutes took 41, not happy Jan!
We spent a couple of days in the city walking around and enjoyed the whole ambience, the Rundle Street Mall had loads of buskers entertaining the crowd. Adelaide has a plethora of old buildings and monuments to explorers, politicians, etc. and the Adelaide Oval was under some major renovations.
It goes without saying that no visit to Adelaide is complete without a trip to the Barossa Valley and we were not about to buck the trend. We booked a guided tour with Prime Mini Tours who I would highly recommend on a small bus with 7 other passengers and had a great time. We opted for the guided tour as opposed to the self drive as we felt it would be appropriate to try the local fare.
We visited 4 wineries and spent more than enough time at each to enjoy a “few” samples. A two course
lunch was also included and I opted for a nice ‘roo steak it was just a tad overcooked, it must be eaten medium-rare. Other points of interest we stopped at along the way included “the biggest rocking horse in the world” at Gumeracha, the Barossa Sculpture Park with its incredible views and the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Dam. This is amazing, get a friend to walk to the other end of the wall approximately 150 metres away and you can hear them talking as though they were standing next to you. As I said Amazing!
Make sure you take a visit to Port Adelaide. It was very hot but strangely the place was almost deserted, this however was beneficial as the town has loads of beautiful old buildings and so photographing them is easy.
The long weekend was fast approaching and the Park we stayed at chose to raise their fees from $40 per night to $46 because of it so we decided to get moving again.
Next destination was unknown and we had a long long drive ahead of us, we were heading right up the middle of Australia so the joy of
being beachside was soon to be a distant memory. That is all good though and I am looking forward to capturing what the Aussie Outback has to offer and it has plenty.
Travel safe take care and Remember it’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice.
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