Beaches, Wine Barrels and My Own Wheels

Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
Trip End Jan 16, 2010

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

After spending 3 1/2 days in a tin can I am happy to walk along the beaches of South Australia. I stay in Glenelg Beach for five days, walking every night up and down the strand. I was amazed at the lack of people on the beach in the middle of summer. It was absolutely divine. I pick up my rental car at the airport and head northeast of the city, into the Barossa Valley. This is an area renowned for its wine production and fertile valleys for oats and barley. I have a fantastic time roaming around and tasting various wines, stopping at the famous Jacob's Creek winery where I meet a lovely English couple who are enjoying the tasting and buy several bottles. Being so inexpensive, I buy a couple of bottles myself, a fantastic rose and a delightful sauv blanc. Funny that now Sauvignon Blanc is so in they gave it a nickname. I just knew I liked it a few years ago because Chardonnay was too oaky for me. After taking time for lunch and a walk around the grounds to get my driving head back, I visit Collingsrove Estate which is a historic home amongst the incredible eucalyptus groves. This area is also becoming a very successful olive growing region, producing both the olives and the precious gold oil. After spending a few quiet nights in Tanunda and Hahndorf,one of the Adelaide Hills most famous towns, it is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Next I head south to the open lands bordering the incredible Limestone Coast, where the land is white and the sky is decidedly blue. I hug the coast through the stunning Coorong National Park, over 123,000 acres set aside in 1966 to conserve the distinctive landscape, coastal dune system, lagoons, wetlands and coastal vegetation and the great variety of birds, animals and fish that live in or visit the area. It is absolutely fantastic, and very much wild. The ever present Australian flies, which are amazingly adept at finding moisture in your eyeballs, lips, ears and nostrils, are also here at Coorong. But it's worth fighting the flies to get a view of the stunning landscape.

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