Time for another travel blog peeps !! This time (actually again), it’s Adelaide. This time it’s with my absolute fav sister !!! Yes, she’s my only sister but that’s not the point, she’s still my fav.
I should take this opportunity to apologise and give an out to those who read my ‘McLeod’s Daughters Travel Blog’ last March. Yes, there will be some similarities, but hey, it’s all interesting if you’re a die-hard MD fan like me.
Last Wed morning saw us waking to the ghastly alarm sound at 3.50am…. yes, I said AM… why must they make all those cheap flights so early? Anyway, at the airport by 5am we were.. and onto our 6.10am flight with no hassles. First and only disappointment of the trip… I stopped at a coffee shop on the way out to the gate for my much craved Caramel Chai latte on Soy milk… only to get out to the gate, take my first sip.. and realise that I probably should have checked that the chick on the til who looked about 12 actually KNEW WHAT A CHAI LATTE WAS !! I do not like coffee… and that’s what this was .. a DIRTY CHAI…. Seriously… I know it seems like an insignificant thing, but It’s not… it’s just not. (Well, actually it is.. but you know… there’s always room for some dramatic text within a blog.. lol)
After arriving in freezing Adelaide and collecting our zippy hire car without incident, we headed off to our first destination, Influences Leadership College. Well, technically, it was our second stop after we went thru a Maccas drive-thru for some brekky. I was super excited to get my photo taken AT the bible college that I study through…. of course whilst wearing my ILC hoodie !!!
After having a squizzy around the college, which is really just the gigantic church that is Influences (previously Paradise), we headed off to Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills. A good friend of mine, as well the Pastors of our church, who are both from Adelaide, had said we HAD to go to Hahndorf. We didn’t get there when we were there last March, so I was pretty determined to get there this trip. The weather was pretty darn dismal, but it was still beautiful and rustic. Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia.
It really reminded me of Montville, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. Lots of cute boutiques, cafes and interesting shops. One of them being a distinctive German shop that sold a LOT, and I mean a WHOLE LOT of cuckoo clocks. There was a small museum in the town centre too that had loads of interesting info on the town over the years, listing many of the Lutheran families who established the area. While it was drizzling the whole time, it was still lovely to walk the streets and enjoy the warmth when going into each shop.
After having some super delicious lunch at a German cafe, we headed on to the Barrosa Valley where we were to spend our next two nights. We did come across a lovely Lavender farm along the way that was interesting to look at. After settling in at Lyndoch Hill, we headed out to do a bit of exploring. Lyndoch Hill is a simple Motel type accomodation, but is very popular for weddings and other events due to it’s stunning surrounds. They have more than 50 varieties of Roses, but we weren’t there at the best time of year to showcase them… there were only a few in bloom.
As we’d both had pressure from friends back home to wine test, even though neither of us actually drink, we thought we should probably at least taste some wine while in the Barrosa. So, we each had all of a half sip of a white Moscato and a Red Chiraz. No offence to the wine industry, but I’m afraid the taste test did nothing to lure us into a wine drinking habbit. :0) Another interesting point about Lyndoch Hill is that my sister and I were the youngest guests by about 30yrs. It seems there’s a big market with retirees wanting to go on wine tours. Another confirmation of this is that when we went over to the dining room for our included breaky, the cereal selections were ‘for the older generation’ (LOL), not a cocoa pop in sight, but plenty of porridge and muesli. Now, it just so happens that I eat muesli for breakfast these days (the healthy eating doesn’t stop on holidays peeps… just a few ‘treats’) My sister and I joked that at least we’ll be regular while traveling. ha ha.
As we had quite a bit of the afternoon available, we decided to take the 20min drive to Freeling, which is the town that was called ‘Gungellan’ on the show.
Of course, I’d seen these spots when here last March, but it was exciting for my sister to see the familiar sights from the show. The Gungellan Hotel, the truckstop. We also saw the town hall, the police station, post office and alleyways that were all used regularly throughout the 8 and a half years that the show ran. We decided it would be fun to have dinner at the Gungellan pub and interestingly, we spoke to a local while there and he told us how annoying it was to be a local during filming times as he’d come to the pub for a coldie after work on a Friday and not be able to buy one if filming was going on. He was pretty good about it though, quite friendly and willing to chat about it.
The bathtub and windmill from the show are on display in the park in the middle of town, but I have to say, it was darn cold to sit in the cast iron tub in the late afternoon when the temps were at about 9 degrees. As a result, some warming up at the fire inside the pub was in order. The meal we had was quite delicious, generously sized, and normal good pub meal price and hospitality.
We had a toasty nights sleep in our Motel room before waking up super excited to head to ‘Drovers Run’ for our lunch and Meet & Greet with two of the stars from the show, Simone Jade McKinnon who played Stevie, and Aaron Jeffrey who played Alex. It’s funny how they make out in the show that Drovers Run is hours and hours from Adelaide, when actually it’s only just over one hour away. Also, in the show, they kinda depict it as being quite out of the way, far from a main highway. If you’re a die hard fan like me, you’ll know that in the final two episodes of MD, they couldn’t get Road trains to take their cattle to the sale yards, so had to drove them to the main highway where a trucking company was able to meet them and take the cattle from there. This drove took them 2 days, but it’s pretty funny that the main highway is actually about 500m from the gates of ‘Drovers Run’. :0)
After Channel 9 finished up MD, they sold the property to a gentleman who did it up and turned it into an exclusive B & B called Kingsford Homestead. While very little of the exterior and surrounding buildings have changed, the interior of the house (according to google images) is quite different. Very swanky and modernised of course… to be able to charge the exorbitant prices that they now charge. If anyone is feeling ridiculously rich, you can have the entire house to yourself for the tidy sum of $6,000 per night. Tempting, but I think we’ll just stick with our $148 per night room at Lyndoch Hill.
So, back to our exciting visit… we turned off the highway, headed the 500m in, but only got about 350m in and had to come to a stop at the end of a line of cars waiting to go into the same event we were. I very, very naively guesstimated that there’d maybe be 40-50 people having been sold tickets to this lunch, as it was advertised an an ‘Intimate lunch with the stars’. We were quite surprised to find out that there were going to be 130 people attending. So, while we were not disappointed with our visit and certainly don’t regret doing it, we did spend 2 of our 4hrs there lining up to have a picture taken with Simone & Aaron for all of 20secs. It was still lovely being there though. It’s such a lovely setting !! Hearing stories direct from Aaron & Simone in person was really interesting.
It was pretty darn cold that day in SA, but we braved the freezing windy conditions and headed off on a tour around the house after lunch and our pictures etc. The only building from the show that is no longer there is the shearers quarters, so it really does look pretty much the same, but tidied up a little. The tennis court has also been removed and a pool put in it’s place, but that is in an area close to the house that we couldn’t access anyway, so it doesn’t really make too much difference.
That bottom right image is the ‘carport’ that went up to ‘the yards’ in the show, however, during the show, there was a timber ramp that lead up to it. I don’t really know why the new owner took it away. Also, it had started raining, which is what you can see in that pic.. pesky raindrops on my camera lens… whoopsie. 3pm came around way too quickly and it was time to say goodbye to Drovers Run and head on back to Lyndoch Hill.
We had decided to have dinner in the Lyndoch township. We went into the ‘quickie mart’ (my sister called it that which I thought was hillarious) to buy some yummy travel supplies and asked the attendant there about a good place to eat dinner. He told us anywhere in town was really good and that we should expect to pay maybe $130-$150 for the two of us. We were like “WHAT THE FROGLEGS”. After paying for a $20 pub meal the night before at Gungellan, we were pretty much looking to spend the same. He told us the Lyndoch pub was also in this high price range he’d spoken of. Well, we chose to not believe him, and take our luck at the pub. It was a good choice as our meals were, you guessed it, $20… and they were huge !!
After another comfy nights sleep at Lyndoch Hill, we woke up to another dreary, cold South Australian day. Everything was still beautiful though, so we didn’t mind too much. We took a few pics around the Lyndoch Hill property before leaving and making our way back to Adelaide. The steps that my sister is standing at the top of is where the brides arrive I’d say, and then the venue is that building I’m standing in front of… the one that looks like something out of Sweet Home Alabama. Very Plantation like. :0)
We headed to Adelaide via Mt Lofty which had a great view of Adelaide City when we were there last March, but this time, it was nothing but fog. Disappointing, but oh well, what can ya do.
Our ultimate destination for the day before our 7.45pm flight was the city centre, but after making our way to Glenelg Beach and having a good walk around there for a few hours, we decided that the city wouldn’t offer much more, so we bypassed it and went straight to the airport. We did have a lovely lunch though right by the Glenelg Marina and then a yummy afternoon tea at Gloria Jeans (Yes, experiencing the real Adelaide culture there). We had been told that the Glenelg beach was stunning, but I don’t know if it was the dreary weather, but it certainly wasn’t stunning. The absolutely bitingly freezing cold blustery conditions may have ruined it for us too. It was still a fantastic day though, with some great shopping purchases made.
We returned our trusty hire car, a tad dirty, but heck, what can they expect with the combo of many dirt roads and wet weather. We ended up being at the airport 3 and half hours before our flight, but it really wasn’t that bad. We had books, music and a few shops to look at, so we were all set. A rather uneventful flight took us home to Brisbane where we were picked up by my niece & her boyfriend. I think my head managed to hit the pillow by midnight on Friday night.
All in all….. a super awesome 3 days away with my Sis !!!!! There were lots & lots of laughs had and lots of great memories made over the 3 days, which won’t be quickly forgotten.
& No, I cannot finish off a blog without a bible verse (or 13), but I think this one is really suitable for our trip. This verse, found in 1 Corinthians 13, is very often used at weddings, but in correct biblical reference, it actually is referring to brotherly love… or in this case, I’m applying it to sisterly love.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Blessings Peeps xox