Continued from : Adelaide – PART 1
A day in Adelaide Hills – Hahndorf
Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, dated back to 1839. It is I suppose, one of the places where the Germans would label as “Historische Stadtchen”. Bigger than the previous 3 Scottish villages, Hahndorf is a historic village unique with lots of German influence everywhere, complete with German flags, cuckoo clocks, beer steins and cowbells, and of course, German bratwurst.
Strolling along the main street lined with historic little stone buildings, little sidewalk cafes, galleries and knick knacks stores with all the red maple leaves all around…. There is romance in the air in Hahndorf indeed… 😉
This charming seaside town is just 10km from the city centre, it is where South Australia begins, the original site of SA’s mainland settlement in 1836, where the first Englishmen arrived in a ship called HMS Buffalo, the replica of which is still there on the shore, only it is now a restaurant.
The tram from the city takes you directly onto Jetty Road and Moseley Square, where the start of a range of walking trails begins. There’s the Heritage Trail, Proclamation Trail, Early Glenelg route, Glenelg Village route and the Mansions route, etc,… But let’s forget all the trails and just walk and enjoy the scenic seaside and the jetty area. Hehe. 😉
Well we also took a bus from Glenelg to Henley Beach and then onwards to Grange Jetty. Not too advisable if you don’t have too much time to spare. Bus journey takes about 30-40 minutes and not too frequent, so a lot of time is spent waiting or walking to & from the bus stop.
The seaside cafe overloooking the Grange Jetty where we met 2 gigantic dogs and had the biggest cup of cold strawberry milkshake on a hot sunny day. Ahhhhhh…..!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Watching seagulls and pelicans waiting patiently for their fish.
Sunset in Glenelg. Almost missed it due to the Henley and Grange trip. Well luckily we still managed to catch a glimpse of it before it disappears down the horizon. It certainly felt good walking barefooted on the beach at dusk and feeling the coolness on your toes as they weaved in and out of the cool and fine white sand. 🙂
Cycling the River Torrens Linear Park Trail
What a beautiful autumn morning to cycle alongside the scenic River Torrens. Cool weather, quiet & peaceful area, scenic route; feasting your eyes upon the colors green, red, yellow and blue in various vibrant shades all along the 9.6 km route.
Picturesque rolling hills overlooking colourful patchwork of vineyards. Claimed to be one of the world’s greatest wine regions, where some of the best premium wines in the world are produced.
Barossa has its own unique collection of small towns and villages, it would be a good idea if you don’t have time limitations, to drive around the close to 2000 square kilometres region made up of beautiful countryside and visit all the small villages or taste some of the homemade wines, mead and port from the smaller winemakers; or better still, arrange a homestay at one of the cute country cottages with a friendly host who can dish up some wholesome home-cooked meals made from fresh local produce. Mmmm….. 🙂
However if you have time or/and cost constraint and but still wanted a taste of the Barossa then following a day tour or a half day tour would be the next best thing. If possible, include a lunch at one of the boutique wineries too.
Some of the wineries we visited : Chateau Yaldara (MacGuigan Wines), Grant Burge (boutique wineries) and Chateau Dorrien (family owned – port, honey mead).
Victor Harbour & McLaren Vale
Strathalbyn antique street, Goolwa, Port Elliot, Murray River Mouth and the beginning of the Coorong National Park.
Victor Harbour and the Causeway /Tramway to Granite Island. What is in Granite Island? Well we didn’t have much time to explore the whole island, so we only saw the penguins. It was certainly a cute bunch of fairy penguins, all of which were injured at some point and being rescued into this rehabilitation centre.
Fairy penguins at the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre, with little Jane (the loner/ antisocial penguin) in the distance, having some “me” time. 😉
For more on Adelaide, see : Adelaide – PART 1