Thursday, June 7, 2012

Adelaide for an afternoon

Having broken the back of the journey to arrive at Port Elliot we had a leisurely morning in Victor Harbour before wending our way to the state capital, Adelaide.The drive took  us through the renowned wine region of the McLaren Vale where there were neat green vines but sadly there wasn't enough time in our schedule to stop for a wine tasting! Next time maybe!

On arrival in Adelaide it was time to return our trusty camper van - it may sound daft but we had become quite attached to our little home on wheels - it may have been our first experience of using a camper but hopefully it will not be our last!

Once we had dropped the van off and left our luggage at the B & B we would be using on our last night in South Australia we headed into the City. Our guidebook had a 3-hour walking tour which we hoped to follow and so, in the late afternoon sunshine we explored the wide boulevards and vibrant inner city districts, lush gardens and grand 19th century stone architecture.

As is often the case, we enjoyed the Botanic Garden - we especially appreciate the oasis these gardens offer in the midst of the City - in particular, whilst visiting Australia we have found the Botanicals impressive to say the least. It most likely has something to do with the vast array of native and exotic plants. A favourite of ours in the Botanic Garden in Adelaide was the restored Art Deco Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory which is the biggest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere.

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