Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Adelaide Day #3 – Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, and Hahndorf

Decode AdventureTo quote my mother on this trip – “This is the only time we got on a bus in Adelaide.”

Welcome to Day #3 peoples.

Gray Line Pick Up =)
Gray Line Pick Up =)

The day’s tour started with a pick up from Gray Line, the company in charge of all these tours around Adelaide. To wake us all up, our bus driver told us to name three good things which happened to us that morning, we all settled on: 1) We woke up. 2) We met him. 3) We had a beer (Well, not really).

Pickup was fast, because we had to go to the Bus Interchange (which was really near where Central Market was) and switch buses to the correct tours. Mum and I just had to stay on the same bus because we were on the Grand Barossa Valley Tour featuring the Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Village. There were other tours under Gray Line which seemed rather interesting so you can go check it out in their website.

Our Menu Card for food later. Hee.
Our Menu Card for food later. Hee.

After all the names have been checked and everyone accounted for, we put on our seat belts (required by law or the passenger gets fined) and we headed off. First stop: Lyndoch Bakery & Inn through the Scenic Adelaide Hills drive.

The Christmas Tree in Victoria Square.
The Christmas Tree in Victoria Square.
One of the many Churches in the City of Churches.
One of the many Churches in the City of Churches.
Building the track (behind the trees) for the Australian Grand Prix.
Building the track (behind the trees) for the Australian Grand Prix.
Into Suburbia.
Into Suburbia.
Love their houses...
Love their houses…
And frontyards...
And frontyards…
Driveways you don't really see in Singapore...
Driveways you don’t really see in Singapore…
Going into the scenic drive for the Adelaide Hills.
Going into the scenic drive for the Adelaide Hills.
Entering the scenic drive... Gum Trees! We were trying to spot Koalas.
Entering the scenic drive… Gum Trees! We were trying to spot Koalas.
Moving up the hills.
Moving up the hills.
Rocky barricades.
Rocky barricades.
I love this picture - a picturesque view of the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir.
I love this picture – a picturesque view of the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir.
Tree Plantations.
Tree Plantations.
More reservoirs. A little dry because it was blinking hot.
More reservoirs. A little dry because it was blinking hot.
Entering Lyndoch Village.
Entering Lyndoch Village.
One of the vineyards before entering.
One of the vineyards before entering.

Just a bit of history here, Barossa Valley got its name from Colonel William Light, naming the place after the Battle of Barrosa in commemoration of the British victory over the French. The village of Lyndoch was also named after a comrade, Lord Lynedoch. However, both cases ended up with the names “Barossa” and “Lyndoch” due to clerical errors while they were surveying the land.

It was really quaint as we drove through the villages, some of them actually look straight out of a movie. Think of them like the residential areas of the country, accessible to the city through the expressway and all that. Cream Tea at Lyndoch was awesome – German Apple Pie, Apple Crumble, and Tea that did not leave a layer on your tongue.

Entrance to Lyndoch Bakery.
Entrance to Lyndoch Bakery.
Classic tavern setting
Classic tavern setting
Cream Tea!!!
Cream Tea!!!
Mum and I say hi.
Mum and I say hi.
With one of the landmarks in Lyndoch Village.
With one of the landmarks in Lyndoch Village.
According to Sarah, this means "Goodbye and have a good trip!" It's German, yes.
According to Sarah, this means “Goodbye and have a good trip!” It’s German, yes.

It was a scorching 40 odd degrees (celsius) though, so we headed off quickly.

Note: One thing I loved about this tour – everyone was SO PUNCTUAL and our driver (Martin) was early enough to start the bus so we could have a cool, air-conditioned bus to go into.

The next stop was Richmond Grove, one of the vineyards known for their Shiraz and Riesling. (We got to pass the vineyards of Jacob’s Creek on the way there!)

Passing Jacob's Creek.
Passing Jacob’s Creek.
Coming into Richmond Grove.
Coming into Richmond Grove.
Annie, our guide, talking about how the grapes are pressed for the wine.
Annie, our guide, talking about how the grapes are pressed for the wine.
Into the cellar!!!
Into the cellar!!!
Talking about barrels and how they're made.
Talking about barrels and how they’re made.
Wine-making model.
Wine-making model.
One of their older cellar compartments they kept for historical purposes.
One of their older cellar compartments they kept for historical purposes.
Barrels they use to keep the wine.
Barrels they use to keep the wine.
Wine-tasting!
Wine-tasting!
Shop at the end of the tour.
Shop at the end of the tour.
The Richmond Chateau.
The Richmond Chateau.

Mum and I loved the Riesling, and how they were so concerned about getting us to drink loads and loads of water because wine dehydrates you. And I loved how, for a change, no one was pushing you to buy anything OMGOSH, it was actually quite liberating. HAH. (Shows how much I travel)

We went for lunch at Kaesler Wines later, a nice boutique vineyard next to a nursery. Therefore, I’d like to take this time to say please avert your eyes if you’re hungry because well, yes (This was best lunch ever).

Grand setting.
Grand setting.
My German Platter - Bockwurst, Weisswurst, Jarlsberg Cheese, Potatoes, Pickled Red Cabbage, Pickles, and Grain Mustard.
My German Platter – Bockwurst, Weisswurst, Jarlsberg Cheese, Potatoes, Pickled Red Cabbage, Pickles, and Grain Mustard.
My mother's grilled kangaroo. Tasted like a leaner version of beef.
My mother’s grilled kangaroo. Tasted like a leaner version of beef.
Sinfully sweet sticky date pudding.
Sinfully sweet sticky date pudding.

Most of the tour group actually went for wine-tasting again later, but mum and I had a different turn – we went to the nursery instead.

Kaesler Wines, where we had lunch and stuff.
Kaesler Wines, where we had lunch and stuff.
Like going into the secret garden.
Like going into the secret garden.
Where they had wine-tasting.
Where they had wine-tasting.
The vineyard doggie!!!
The vineyard doggie!!!
Mum going through the nursery store.
Mum going through the nursery store.
Did you spot what I spotted?
Did you spot what I spotted?
Quaint and pleasant =)
Quaint and pleasant =)

Then it was another long drive through the Adelaide Hills, covering Menglers’ Hill Lookout, the Onkaparingka Drive, and other villages. I tried to take photos of cows but Martin was too fast. HAHA. The range horses were beautiful though.

Menglers' Lookout.
Menglers’ Lookout.
With a glimpse of their Sculpture Park.
With a glimpse of their Sculpture Park.
Barossa Pioneer Memorial on Menglers' Lookout.
Barossa Pioneer Memorial on Menglers’ Lookout.

When we finally made it to Hahndorf, it was like stepping into a movie set in suburbia. It was a nice, quiet village where you can have a drink, sit down, and write/ draw/ whatever you want while time goes by. The shops there carried a lot of local produce and crafts, so it was something different from the metropolitan setting we can be so used to.

Entering Hahndorf...
Entering Hahndorf…
The oldest German Settlement in South Australia
The oldest German Settlement in South Australia
The first craft store we walked past.
The first craft store we walked past.
Yes, yes they did have chili chocolate frogs.
Yes, yes they did have chili chocolate frogs.
I love their shop buildings.
I love their shop buildings.
Crocodile Dundee. HAHA. At least, that was what the sign said.
Crocodile Dundee. HAHA. At least, that was what the sign said.
"Leather stores are always fun." - Xianghao said that after he saw this photo.
“Leather stores are always fun.” – Xianghao said that after he saw this photo.
Streets of Hahndorf.
Streets of Hahndorf.

So yes, that’s the Grand Barossa tour for you. Of course, the pictures and whatever I’ve written don’t do it justice so if you want to see it for yourself, you can check out Gray Line’s tours here.

Note to self: Victor Harbour, McLaren Ville, Glenelg, and Coorong next time!

And we leave you with a beautiful sunset, with a peek of the famous golden arches of the American embassy.
And we leave you with a beautiful sunset, with a peek of the famous golden arches of the American embassy.

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