OVER THE BORDER TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DAY 52

Today we left Hopetoun with the South Australian border in our sights!

It’s not our first visit to this state either so we are back to add some more lines to our map! Adelaide and Yorke Peninsula are on our list, maybe another trip to Flinders Ranges and we might hit up some dirt in the north of the state!! We are excited to see what else South Australia has to show us!

We crossed over at Bordertown and pulled up at a beautiful free camp in Tintinara for the night. This is a great camp with plenty of space and a beautiful manmade lake which Tyler couldn’t resist a swim!

DAY 53

As we are back in South Australia to explore some places we haven’t been to yet, we set off further west to a small town called Greenock which is in the Barossa Valley.

This is a great (donation) camp alongside the cricket oval. There is plenty of space here, although, the camping area is on a pretty decent slope so you really have to pick your site well and the ramps come in very handy!! We snagged a spot down closer to the road where it was a little more even.

DAY 54

The BAROSSA VALLEY is such a beautiful area to explore. We had a great time wandering around enjoying and sampling the local produce!

✅ Seppeltsfield Wines ✅ Barossa Valley Brewing ✅ Barossa Valley Chocolate Company ✅ Barossa Valley Cheese Company – all great places to visit!

DAY 55

We had the car booked in for some work in Adelaide and got a call to say they could do it earlier in the week.  So, after much debate about where we should base ourselves, we left Greenock and headed to Adelaide Showgrounds.  There isn’t much cheap camping anywhere in the vicinity of the city and we were going to stay at Mt Pleasant however it would mean a fair bit of travel back and forth to explore Adelaide, so the middle of the city it was!

The car was booked in Tuesday and Wednesday and they were kind enough to provide us with a car to get around so we weren’t stuck at the van for the days we didn’t have the cruiser.

The Showground was a bit of a shock to the system paying $65 a night after having so much cheap camping up until now.  However, sometimes you just have to pay the price for the convenience of a location.  The showground is a great base to explore Adelaide and is a very well maintained facility.

DAY 56 – 58

This is our first visit to Adelaide so we had quite a bit of exploring to do.  We hit the Visitor Information Centre and stocked up on brochures with things to see and do!

We wandered along Rundle Street Mall and did a spot of shopping and enjoyed the laid-back feel of the city!

We were told we could walk through Adelaide Oval but upon arrival, we were advised that due to covid, this was no longer possible.  So, we disappointingly looked at the outside and walked back to the city!

We went for a drive to Port Victoria where we visited the National Train Museum.  This was a great morning with so many displays to wander through and many trains to get up close to.  Admission also includes a ride on the little train – never too old for a train ride 😉

After the train museum, we headed towards the coast to find a nice spot to have a picnic lunch.  We then continued down the coast stopping off to check out some beaches and the coastline along the way.

DAY 59

Today we ventured a short 25 minutes from the city into the Adelaide Hills to visit HAHNDORF – Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement! You won’t be disappointed with a day wandering around the main street with butchers, cellar doors, clothing boutiques, galleries, chocolate/sweet shops, pubs, cafes …the list goes on! We recommend a lunch stop at The German Arms Hotel …great food!!

A visit to BEERENBERG Strawberry Farm is a must as well! We popped over to the patch and picked our weight in strawberries and then wandered through the produce shop and left with a box full of delicious jams and sauces too!

DAY 60

We left the Adelaide today and popped back to the Barossa so we could visit the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.

There are so many cars and bikes on display and lots of history to uncover! We even found Roothy’s “Milo” that he has donated to the museum!

Tyler Boy lost his mind when the first thing we saw was a 2008 Bugatti Veyron …apparently the coolest car EVER!!!!! (0-100 in 2.5 secs and a top speed of 407km/h 😱.)

There is an interactive gaming section that shows the evolution of motoring games where you get to have fun playing old-school games and see how far technology has come!

Great place to spend a couple of hours! Highly recommend whether cars are your thing or not, there’s something for everyone!

We stayed in Mount Pleasant for the night at the Showground. We camped in the unpowered section with plenty of space for $20 a night – there are powered sites available too.

THE MAP BELOW SHOWS WHERE WE WERE!

To be continued…