After 2 months on the road, we arrived in our first capital city, Adelaide. We stayed at the overpriced caravan park in a suburb called Semaphore in Port Adelaide, 10minutes up the road from Glenelg. It was $35 per night here yet it was cheaper than the Big 4 in Glenelg which was $50 a night. Our first day in the big smoke we had a nice walk around Glenelg and then enjoyed pizza and icecream down at the beach.
We wanted to stay close to the city so it would be easy to catch public transport into the city. After a 45 minute bus ride, we arrived in Adelaide city. We went shopping in the main Mall Rundle St where I made my first clothes purchase in 2 months. Around lunch time we walked passed the Red Cross and Michael decided he wanted to donate blood here, and now in every state of Australia. He Donated Plasma and then we both enjoyed the complimentary snacks and lunch.
After Michael saved lives (I couldn’t donate blood because I don’t weigh enough) we headed to the Central Adelaide markets. Like the Melbourne Queen Victoria Markets, this place was full of fresh local produce, from regions around Adelaide such as the Barossa, Adelaide hills and more.
Our next day we went on a bike ride along the west beach foreshore where Michael was amazed by a mini steam train. We followed the train tracks back to the caravan park along the foreshore.
That afternoon we were back on the bus into the city, first to stroll through the botanical gardens, pre drink at the happy hour at the pub then head across the bridge to the Friday night footy game Port Adelaide vs Carton. After a complete blow out of Port Adelaide defeating Carton by 90 points. The game itself was disappointing, but to be at Adelaide oval and amongst the atmosphere of the very passionate port supporters, it was a great night. Highlight for me was the butter chicken we had for dinner at the oval was 10/10.
The weekend had arrived and it was a weekend I have been waiting for, waking up early to spend the day in the Barossa Valley. Winding roads, beautiful scenery, farms, vineyards and orchards there was so much to admire on this drive.
We spent the morning visiting local farmer’s markets and a vintage fair.
After a pleasant morning, we then drove to Maggie Beer’s Pheasant farm. We indulged the fresh and local produce as we dined out to lunch here. Followed by a cooking demonstration in Maggie Beer’s kitchen where the popular show on ABC “The cook and the chef “is filmed. If you know Michael and his cooking show addiction, this was a dream come true after he has watched every episode and repeated episodes of this show. After the demonstration, we could sample the food that was cooked with Maggie’s products, Verjuice roasted pumpkin, caramelised onion in Verjuice and baked apples cooked in Verjuice with a Vino Cotto syrup.
Our bellies were well and truly full and after wandering around the pheasant farm looking at the different birds we were ready to leave and participate in wine tasting. We visited Saltram Wine Estate and Jacob’s Creek winery which I am not a fan of their wines but they had beautiful vineyards. Overly full on wine and food we left the Barossa down the winding roads through the Adelaide hills back home.
After a few days in Adelaide we had enough of the big city life and moved to stay in the picturesque McLaren Vale. Another wine region of South Australia we visited the local wineries Coriole Vineyards and Primo Estate, then we ended up at a Sunday session at Paxton Wines where we enjoyed the live music and chilled Sunday vibes. It was a perfect end to our time in South Australia’s Wine region.
After our busy, fun filled week in Adelaide we were both ready to get out of the city and back into the country air. We don’t know where we are heading yet so follow next week to find out where we end up.