Some places we've been and some places we're going.

What do you do before someone heads home after a lovely holiday? We went for a meal at the Duke of Brunswick Hotel in the city, the staff are friendly and we can choose anything from the menu because it’s 100% GF! Having a train station only a few minutes walk from home meant we didn’t have to bother with car parking. For a capital city, Adelaide’s CBD is small and easy to get around. Colonel Light designed it on a grid pattern with a central square, each side is 1 mile long so it’s relatively simple to work out how far you have to walk from place to place.

The Adelaide Train Station is very close to the Festival Theatre.

Our first stop was Rundle Mall for some last minute souvenir purchases.

We went by tram from Rundle Mall to South Terrace.

The trams run down the centre of King William Street.

Beside the four terraces are parklands, it’s a very relaxing place to be.

The Duke of Brunswick is the next street over from South Terrace,

After our delicious meal we walked back to the Tram Stop but the tram was unable to continue along the track because of emergency services vehicles ahead so we decided to walk instead.

Victoria Square was alive with press, support crews and the few contestants who had reached the end of the 3020 kms World Solar Challenge car race from Darwin to Adelaide. The winning team was, “Agoria” from Belgium, they’ve been working towards a win for 16 years.

We enjoyed our walk back to the station and the relaxing ride to our house, I’m glad I’m not the one heading off on a 26 1/2 hour journey to reach home.

With only one more day to go before our visitor flies back home we decided to go to Wittunga Gardens, they’re only 5 mins from home and despite the weather forecast for rain it turned out a nice day. Before we went to Wittunga though we detoured to Coromandel Valley Bakery for some of their nice GF offerings.

Nothing like a Dinky-Di Pie.

The land for Wittunga Gardens was donated by a local family, the Ashbys, descendents still live in the area.

Where ever you walk in the gardens there are delightful views.

There are areas with gorgeous flowers including many varieties of Correa.

In the South African section there were some amazing Hakeas and Proteas.

Although there weren’t many cockatoos and Parrots about today we did see plenty of wildlife.

As we were leaving the Gardens we were treated to a lovely surprise..

 

From the name you might imagine we travelled a long way today, in reality it’s about 10 mins from home if the traffic lights are with us.

Warriparinga is a very interesting place and you can find infromation about it here.

We started our walk at the Tjilbruki Gateway.

From there we walked near the Kaurna Cultural Centre.

Closely connected to the Kaurna Centre is one of the last intact examples of an early European settlement surviving within metropolitan Adelaide.

Because there’s always water in the area it’s home to a variety of birds. Pest plants like Convolvulus or Morning Glory are thick along the creek.

It was enjoyable revisiting another lovely setting close to home.

Henley Beach is an area very familiar to me so it was nice to go there today to see if things have changed much over the years.

We started our walk close to “The Breakout” where the River Torrens enters the sea.

View from the parking area near “The Breakout”.

I went down onto the sand while those with tricky knees stayed on the hard surface.

Back at “The Breakout” some Pelicans were on display.

Driving back home there was an unnerving sight ahead of us.

Fire in the hills just above the city.

Luckily it turned out to be a “prescribed burn”, one carried out to clear highly flammable vegetation before Summer.

We didn’t need to drive at all to reach the Park, we’re close enough to walk the short distance from home to an entry point.

It was a lovely sunny day, I don’t know why more people weren’t in the Park. We only saw a few cyclists having fun on the various tracks …I’m not sure if the cyclists we saw trudging up the Ridge Track with their bikes beside them were still having fun.

Although it’s difficult to see in the photos the sea was two shades of blue and looked very calm. The Park is a lovely, peaceful place to walk and recharge your batteries.

 

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I booked a little cruise on the Oscar W, a steam driven, wood fired, authentic, working paddle steamer built at Echuca, Victoria in 1908. It now operates out of Goolwa wharf and I thought it would make a lovely outing on a Spring day. We didn’t exactly get lovely Spring weather but we did have a nice day out.

It was Market Day and the Carparks overflowing but we were lucky to find a park just beyond the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.

The building of HIndmarsh Island Bridge upset many of the local Aboriginal people. I think it is a stylish bridge.

We walked back to the wharf where the Osacr W was moored.

There was a fundraising raffle held while we were on board.

There was a lot of activity on the wharf, a big cake celebrating Oscar W’s 111th birthday was being cut up and slices distributed to allcomers.

After a nice hot drink we walked over to check out the Market.

After a delicious meal at the Saltwater Cafe we headed back home, it was a lovely day out.

 

 

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My day started with a lovely sunrise.

After packing up and taking photos we were ready to head for home.

Time for goodbyes.

Our stop at Renmark was a little longer this time.

After Renmark it was time for a little play at the Monash Adventure Playground. It’s very different from the original which was designed probably more for adults than kids, but insurance costs etc has made such an Adventure Park impossible these days. For those who never experienced the original this is a fun place to play for a while.

There was a mini-stop at Loxton so I could get some photos of the pole sculptures.

On to Karoonda for something to eat before we investigated the Pioneer Village.

And now we’re back home again.