We had a few weeks to explore in Adelaide, giving us time to sell our trusty companion Val the van and get our remaining time down under planned out. We sold Val to three young French boys, who seemed more than happy to squeeze into the double bed like sardines. That will certainly make for some interesting adventures for them. It was a bitter-sweet goodbye but we needed the money to fund the rest of our trip. Cash in hand, we started looking at our options for the rest of our travels and booked some tours.
We found Adelaide pretty pleasant to walk around. With a much slower pace than Sydney or Melbourne, it is pretty relaxed and has some lovely architecture. We particularly enjoyed the library and national museum, as well as the museum of immigration. This highlighted the diversity of Australia and some of the struggles faced by people emigrating to Australia through out the ages. The central market was also a great experience, filled with all sorts of foods, drinks and hipsters.
The National Wine Centre of Australia was certainly worth a visit, the exhibitions were fine but the main reason we went was for the tastings. It was a little expensive as it was pay per taste, but the selection was huge and from a wide range of vineyards across Australia.
We took a road trip to the Barossa valley, one of Australia’s best wine regions and home to Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek. The Penfolds cellar door was exquisite, certainly one of our best vineyard experiences. Wolf Blass was impressive but somewhat lacking in personality. Some of the smaller vineyards were better for a more boutique cellar door experience.
After a few weeks of getting our affairs in order we were ready to escape the South Australian winter in favour of Darwin’s tropical heat.