Welcome to Day #3 peoples.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!