Bec's trip to Adelaide
During my Christmas holidays I went to Adelaide in South Australia. My husband, Grant, and I left on Saturday the 19th of January for a long seven hour drive. We didn't leave until 9:30am so we had breakfast at the Pancake Parlour in Ballarat in order to tide us over for the long journey. We arrived at 6:00pm and as I had an event I wanted to attend, we went straight to team presentation at Victoria Square. Our main reason for going to Adelaide, especially at that particular time, was to see the Tour Down Under professional cycling event. Following the presentation Grant and I went to The Rockford to check in for the week.
Due to the long drive I was extremely tired and had an extensive sleep in until 1pm on Sunday. Eventually we went shopping at the Rundle Street Mall, and then back to hotel before heading to the People's Choice pre tour stage. I ate ice cream, watched the stage and had a drink at the Belgium Beer garden. On the Monday we attended the Adelaide museum 'Roman' exhibition. It was quite fasinating to see how things were made hundreds of years ago, as well as how those inventions relate to modern day equipment. As it was a hot day, we went back to the hotel for a swim.
Tuesday the 22nd Jan was warming up even further so we had a day in the car with the air conditioning on. As my husband works in the bicycle industry, we went to various bike shops and the Lego shop 'Laygo' so I could do some shopping! Later that night we had yum cha in Chinatown for dinner. Wednesday was the hottest of all the days that we were in Adelaide, however, we walked over ten kilometers during the day. We went to the Adelaide Zoo where I was able to stand less than a metre away from a giraffe, alligator and lions! I took lots of photos. Subsequently I was extremely tired from all the walking, so we had dinner at the hotel and an early night.
Handorf is a small town that was built and lived in by Germans who came to Australia not long after the war. The town still looks like a German town so we were keen to have a look. For a few hours we did sight seeing and shopping, as well as eating lunch at the German Arms hotel.
As I have family friends in Adelaide, I was eager to catch up with them. We organised to have dinner at their house and see their daughter and her two children. By Friday we realised that there was not much time left for us to do another 'tourist' attraction, so we headed off to the Barossa Valley. First we drove to Williamstown, then to many wineries. Saturday was going to be a very exciting stage of the Tour Down Under so we drove to Old Wilunga Hill for stage 5 of the tour. Simon Gerrans won the stage on Australia Day. We rushed back to the city after the race and went to Toy World in order to buy a Lego train. At 8:30 walked to meet some friends who were also in Adelaide for the Tour and had pizza and burgers for dinner.
Our last day was Sunday the 27th Jan, we packed up our things and checked out of the hotel and then walked to the mall to have brunch in Rundle street. Stage 6 of the Tour is also the final stage but sadly the results did not see an Australian win. Afterwards we walked back to the car at the hotel and started our drive home.
It was a great week away that I thoroughly enjoyed. My next job is to book again for next year!
Places I visited:
- Adelaide Zoo
- Adelaide Museum
- Barossa Valley
- Old Wilunga Hill