Australasia | Australia | Victoria | Melbourne – Adelaide and Melbourne
We arrived in Adelaide only a couple of days after crossing the border from Victoria to South Australia. Found a great caravan park to pitch our tent, and the weather was great. Later on our second day there, it began to rain, and got very windy. The tent, unfortunately, could not stand the strong gusts of wind, and in the middle of the night one of the poles broke! So we had to retreat to the car for the rest of the night. It is very funny now, but at the time I just wanted to cry! Never mind though – we got the poles fixed at a a camping shop.
Adelaide is a very pleasant city, much smaller than the other capitals we have visited, with a very relaxed feel. The city centre is completely surrounded by parklands, it never feels crowded, and is much cheaper for eating out than Sydney and Melbourne. It is also within an hour’s drive of some of the best wine growing areas in Australia, including the Barossa Valley.
We began trying to sell our car, Priscilla, by putting up notices in all the backpackers hostels in Adelaide, and an advert in the local paper. We decided to save money while we were waiting for her to sell by staying on another farm and working for our keep. The Adelaide hills are beautiful , and only half an hours drive from the city. We found a place through the group we had joined called WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms). The couple we stayed with also owned a wood-oven cafe, so we had great food while we were there. I planted lots of onions, and Dave built a shelter for a lemon tree. After a week we returned to Adelaide, but had no luck with selling the car, so we decided to return to Melbourne and try again there.
On the way back, we broke the journey overnight in Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park, an unspoilt mountain range covered by eucalypt forests. The hostel was superb, one of the best we have stayed in, and in the morning we went for a walk with some truly breathtaking views.
We were expecting another couple of weeks of trying to sell the car in Melbourne, but luckily we sold it on the first day! So now Priscilla has a new home and is back on her way up to Queensland. We however are heading back to Adelaide tomorrow (on the train) for a couple for nights before departing on an eight-day tour to the Red Centre, taking in Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon and lots more before reaching Alice Springs, which we are both looking forward to a lot.
But more about that next time….