Three go the the Adelaide Hills
May 21, 2010, 4:08 am
Filed under: Just for fun, Travel, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

Saturday’s Romancing the Novel Seminar was amazing! We really worked our guest authors, Anna Campbell and Yvonne Lindsay and we worked them hard:-)) So Sunday called for a little down time. I stayed in the city overnight after our gorgeous Greek banquet (thank you Eros Ouzeri!) and the three of us headed out, with croaky voices, for a trip around the Adelaide Hills.  Here’s a view of the hills from my room…

Adelaide is built on a plain bordered on one side by the sea, the hills on the other. I love the hills, it’s one of my favourite places in the world and where I live is surrounded by cherry and apple orchards, even a vineyard or two, and all set amongst natural bushland, so it’s always changing with the seasons, and rich with bird and wild life.

As you can see, mother nature turned on another truly glorious late autumn day – just perfect for a spot of sightseeing!

I’m not sure if you can make it out, but there’s one hill there that’s slightly higher than the others and is also sporting three towers – that’s Mt Lofty, the Adelaide Hills highest peak (or bump, maybe:-)) That’s the first place we headed.

On top of Mt Lofty you’ll also find this wonderful edifice – it’s a tower dedicated to Matthew Flinders, who spotted Mt Lofty from Kangaroo Island, way down south, on his way around Australia. It’s quite a grand tower, don’t you think? I’m quite sure Matthew Flinders would be chuffed. That’s a fire tower behind, by the way. With views of the surrounding hills for miles and miles, we really rely on those towers for finding the first traces of smoke on hot summer days.

Here’s Yvonne and Anna at Mt Lofty. Of course, because I’m from Adelaide, I didn’t think to take any pictures of the actual view (doh) but I do know Yvonne has some over on her blog – so go take a look!

We wandered around the historic old town of Hahndorf and visited a gift shop and three, and a cheese shop, Udder Delights to die for, and then we went for a walk through the gorgeous Mt Lofty Gardens. The colour is fading now, as we head towards winter, but there were still some lovely scenes. Here’s just a couple… can you see why I love it here?

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