Fruit Tingle

Fruit Tingle

Hahndorf –Oakbank – Woodside – Gumeracha -Chain of Ponds – Adelaide – Glenelg (with Vince & Maree)

I cooked Bacon and eggs for breakfast before we headed off to explore the Adelaide Hills to the north of Hahndorf. We found Oakbank Race Course – an amazing complex – which claims to have Australia’s greatest picnic race meeting.  The hedges for steeplechase races are in place and the grass track is in magnificent order.

Melba’s Chocolate Shop was just down the road from Oakbank, at Woodside,and had an amazing array of chocolates and lollies – housed in an old co-op building – sweets are made on the premises. There are so many choices – I had to be really strong!! They had a display of old grocery items which were around when I was a child – even tin icecream containers, and butter boxes.

The toy factory with Big Rocking Horse was at Gumeracha – quite a spectacular structure which is unique in the world – made entirely of steel and stands 60 feet high. The Toy Factory is the largest wooden toy factory in Australia. I found a semi-trailer which is a CD holder, so beautifully crafted.

We headed to Chain of Ponds (a reservoir north of Adelaide), but it was difficult to photograph as there are no vantage points – we arrived at Inglewood Inn for morning tea – lovely building – National Trust listed and has an incredible view from the rear deck. Just down the road we came across a farm selling fresh raspberries – I’d never seen the actual bushes so it was interesting to see that. Of course, we had to buy some to sample – delicious!!

On our way to Glenelg Beach we drove through the suburbs of Adelaide and arrived at the gorgeous seaside suburb in time for lunch.  We walked along the Marina Pier and found a great tavern with an outside eating area – right on the beach – fantastic views of the ocean, the pier and the swimmers.  It was such a relaxing way to have a shared lunch and a couple of drinks (great Fruit Tingles!!) before walking on the beach back towards the pier and the shopping precinct. There are lots of boutique stores and the streets are very busy.  We head back to the car and to Hahndorf where we call in at Grumpy’s Brewhaus (I needed to photograph this for Grump next door!!), and of course, sample the beer. We decide to have pizza  from Grumpy’s, nibblies and drinks at the bus again tonight.

Oakbank Racecourse

Oakbank Racecourse

Oakbank Stands

Oakbank Stands

Oakbank Hedges

Oakbank Hedges

Melba's Factory

Melba’s Factory

Melba's

Melba’s

Melba's Sheep Nuts - Uniquely Australian!!

Melba’s Sheep Nuts – Uniquely Australian!!

Ice Cream Tins

Ice Cream Tins

The Big Rocking Horse

The Big Rocking Horse

Semi CD Holder

Semi CD Holder

Adelaide Hills Map

Adelaide Hills Map

Raspberry Bush

Raspberry Bush

Spire in Adelaide

Spire in Adelaide

Glenelg Clock Tower

Glenelg Clock Tower

Glenelg Marina Pier

Glenelg Marina Pier

Glenelg Streetscape

Glenelg Streetscape

St Andrew's by the Sea

St Andrew’s by the Sea

Glenelg Pier

Glenelg Pier

Maree and Vince at Glenelg Beach

Maree and Vince at Glenelg Beach

Paula at Glenelg Beach

Paula at Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Ferris Wheel

Glenelg Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Grumpy's Brewhaus Hahndorf

Grumpy’s Brewhaus Hahndorf

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