This may be one of the most underrated, yet one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and it’s located a mere 70 kilometres from Adelaide in South Australia. Langhorne Creek is on the Fleurieu Peninsula and has a cooler climate than the McLaren Vale and Barossa wine regions due to the cooling breeze that comes from the nearby Lake Alexandrina, which helps to regulate summer heat and winter frosts.
The Hills Sculpture Trail in South Australia is an interesting treasure hunt as you wind your way through the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula. The sculptures were all created by master sculptors from Australia and around the world during sculpture symposiums held in 2012, 2014 and 2016 at The Cedars in Hahndorf, the home, studio and grounds of artist Hans Heysen.
The Bluff in Victor Harbor is a well-known landmark at the headland of Encounter Bay and was once the site of a whaling station. These days it’s still a favourite location to spot whales but thankfully now it’s just to enjoy seeing these giant creatures who come to these waters to rear their young during winter. To get the best vantage point, a walking trail to the summit will get your heart pumping but if you take a break here and there to stop and admire the view it’s worth the uphill effort. This point of land is named Rosetta Head or Kungkingguwar by the local Ramindjeri -Ngarrindjeri people.
We haven’t been given the green light yet to go caravan or camping in South Australia, and when we do it will at first, be only within the state. I know plenty of people are itching to head away somewhere…anywhere, for a change of scenery. And perhaps like me, you’re sick of hearing about ‘a new normal’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘social distancing’, ‘isolation’ and every other term we’ve heard too often over the past few months. That’s not to say we don’t still follow every bit of advice from the health professionals (they are doing a brilliant job in Australia) but a break from the doom and gloom is going to be very welcome.
Usually Anzac Day would be marked by attending a Dawn Service to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by men and women in our defence forces past and present and to show gratitude for the freedom we take for granted today. As with everything else we are unable to gather this year but with people still wishing to pay their respects, an idea has been raised for everyone to instead stand in their driveways or on balconies tomorrow the 25th of April at dawn.
It’s the Easter weekend and unlike any one we’ve ever experienced before. I hope everyone is having their fill of chocolate. I know that shouldn’t happen until Sunday, but tough times call for desperate measures! Just to tempt everyone a little more here’s an ideal spot to head to in South Australia (add it to the list) when you want a chocolate fix, Easter or not.
The Barossa Valley Chocolate Company is in the town of Tanunda, a little under 80 kilometres from Adelaide. The Barossa of course is known world wide for its wines, in particular its reds, but it also has many great dining experiences, distillers and brewers, friendly country boutiques and artisan food makers.