Vineyards, vineyards, vineyards
We arrived in Adelaide early on Good Friday. Once we'd collected the car we headed to Mount Lofty, which had some spectacular view across the town and out to sea. We then spent some time walking around the Botanical gardens , which looked very Autumnal, with green, red, brown and orange coloured leaves everywhere.
We then drove up to the quaint German town of Hahndorf, which was busy with tourists. We browsed the tourist shops and sampled some fudge in the fudge shop, and then bought some fudge and ate that too.
Everything in Australia seems to be shut on Good Friday, due to the bizarre regulations, which means you must have a meal with your drink, however we found a great Szechuan restaurant in the city where we spent the evening with a bottle of wine (which was the real reason we came to Adelaide).
The following day was spent driving around the Barosa valley visiting the vineyards (Wine!). We stopped at a few - Kellermeister, Rockford, Langmeil, Kaesler, Peter Lehmans and Charles Melton. I think James' probably had more fun, given I was designated driver, but we'd purchased a few rather nice bottles which we were to start on later in the evening - once the car was parked up for the night.
The wine in this picture is purely for aesthetic purposes - it was James' and sadly I was only allowed a sip.
On the Sunday we got up super early, as the clocks had gone back, and drove down to Port Noarlunga to walk along the beach - it was pretty chilly (coats were on) and we spent most the time watching some crazy couple who'd actually gone in for a swim. Next we wandered up to Christies beach to have some brunch before heading to the McClaren Vale, yet another wine area around Adelaide.
In the McClaren Vale we managed to squeeze in one more winery (Chapel Hill). This actually turned out to be one of the best ones (perhaps because it was my turn to do the tasting) and I think I'd sampled about 12 wines by the time we left. Next stop after our flight back to Sydney was to Dan Murphy's (the liquor store) to buy some bottles of the Chapel Hill wine!
Here's some shots of our landing in Sydney. It is by far one of the most beautiful cities to fly into.