Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oct 2 2008 3:51pm
Carmila Beach, QLD
90km South of Sarina
On the Beach

So, since we haven't writen for quite some time now we thought we would try to sum up our trip since Coober Pedy.

We travelled South to the crossroad town of Port Augusta, a nice little town, and the beginning of the Nellabourne if you are going into Western Australia, which we did not do, but we did head West a little. There was a wonderful secluded site we found near Wyhalla. It was just me and Kylie and the cold wind, boy could it blow! We must have been wearing everything we owned that night. Yes, the weather in Southern Australia is cold in the winter.....who knew!

After a night, we back tracked through Port Augusta and slowly made our way down to Adelaide. We stopped at the small, very small town of Port Germaine, and walked to the end of the LOngest Pier in Australia, 1.5km, one way. We stayed at a road side stop a short ways away, most of the rest stops in South Australia were very average, not like the nice sites in the Northern Territory, these mostly had no washrooms, or water. First stop, the Claire Valley and our first taste of Australian wines.

At this point we would really have liked it if the weather was nicer, at least warmer, but alas it wasn't raining, too badly. They have a wonderful bike/walking trail, called the "Reisling Trail", because the Claire Valley is know for their Reislings, duh. There was one winery that was an active Jesuit Monastary called Sevenhill, it was beautiful! Huge cellars, vast grounds and a church all on the property. Very picturesque!Wineries here are nothing like home, most have 12 or more wines to sample and no cost at all! Everything from Whites, sparklings, fortifieds, reds etc etc. You could pretty much be drunk all the time, and not spend a dime! We had a great time, to say the least! Next stop, the Barrosa Valley!

Kylie had been looking forward to the Barrosa since we got here and I don't think either of us where disappointed! Again the samples were numerous and wonderful, what a great place to live in the Spring or Fall, we hear, too cold in the Winter and too damn hot in the summer (40+). We got some photo's of us at Wolfe Blass, neat!!

Once we reached Adelaide, we met up with some friends of ours, who live there, that we met in South East Asia, named Tracy and Ian, and their son Lucas. They are wonderful people and also love their wine and together we explored Adelaide and surrounds, what a city! Kylie and I fell in love, very picturesque and great with parks everywhere. We of course took in another winery region, called Mclaren Vale. Fantastic reds! We can't say how much we appreatiated staying at Ian and Tracy's. It was cold and wet and it was the first time we had stayed in a home since Brisbane. They took us to so many places! We got to go to a Pro league soccer game. Adelaide VS Perth, was saw a boys football game, and a little girls net ball game. All very different games to what we are used to. They took us up to their place on the Murray River and had a wine and cheese party. Went to the markets downtown!!! Awesome. We were spoiled...and that is an understatement! After spending a week, we hesitantly decided it was time to head East again towards Melbourne.

Talk to you soon!

K & K

More to come...we hope...
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