After a quick weekend pit-stop in Melbourne with my in-laws, we re-packed the car and headed west. Our first night in SA was spent at Mt Gambier (just over the border). After driving for around 7 hours, we arrived late in the afternoon so didn't get much time to explore. We still managed to visit a local attraction - an old sink hole which is now a beautiful garden with huge masses of hydrangeas. Possums come out at night and the locals take fruit and vegetables to feed them (by hand). Amelia wasn't too keen to get close to these furry locals, so we stayed up top and watched from a safe distance.
Next morning, we had a breakfast picnic at Blue Lake - a lake in the crater of a dormant volcano. The cobalt colour of the water is just magnificent and I can just imagine how spectacular this would look in the middle of a hot summers day.
Back on the road again and we headed into wine country. We drove by hundreds of kilometres of vineyards. I knew that wine was a big SA export but wow - the amount of vines that we could see, just from the roadside - was absolutely enormous!
After another 7 hour long day of driving, we finally reached Adelaide. Finally....
Over the course of the next few days, we visited the Barossa region and taste tested all sorts of beautiful wines, cheeses and local produce. We visited Maggie Beers farmhouse shop and saw the kitchen where they film her show. Sadly, the lady herself wasn't around, but we enjoyed visiting her beautiful part of the world.
We spent a whole day at Adelaide zoo and got to see FuNi and Wang Wang - Adelaides resident giant pandas. Oh my goodness, they're such amazing creatures. They were snoozing during our first walk-thru, but when we came back around to see them before exiting the zoo, they were sitting and eating bamboo. Just sitting on their bottoms, snacking on bamboo. They felt almost human the way they were sitting and eating.
We saw the sea lions have lunch, super cute golden tamarins, sleeping tapirs, otters, meer cats, lemurs and a gorgeous flamingo called Chilli, who's lived there since 1948!
We've been to a lot of zoo's in our time, but I must admit that though Adelaide zoo is small, it was probably my favourite. It has wonderful shady spots, plenty of seating all around the park and its interactive with many volunteers on hand to explain and share tid-bits of information.
Glenelg - I saw my first sunset over water. We live on the East Coast of Australia, so for us, the sun always sets over mountains. I must admit, it was a little disorienting.
Hahndorf - what a wonderful place! Hahndorf is a German inspired village only 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. We parked the car and spent the day wandering along the Main Street. So many little stores to visit and explore. We bought a few mementos from Hahndorf including the requisite fridge magnet. We had lunch at the Hahndorf inn and feasted on a giant platter of German delicacies. Yum!
The time we spent in Adelaide (and its surrounds) was over too quickly. We only got to see a few attractions of this region and next time, we'll definitely have to stay longer.