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Adelaide Day Trip with Maree

We left Hahndorf after breakfast in the bus, and caught the bus into Adelaide with the express purpose of seeing as many Churches as possible within the city precinct.  It took about an hour through little hills villages – quite a pretty drive – to get to the City Centre and Rundell Mall where the Information Centre is located. Rundell Mall is a hive of activity as it is the Adelaide Fringe Festival and there are many entertainers and buskers adding to the atmosphere. After arming ourselves with maps and some good oil about where the best coffee was, we headed off.

First stop was the beautiful Adelaide Arcade and coffee to plan our day.  The arcade has a balcony floor and is quite stunning.  Lots of boutique type shops – a hat shop which is quaint – has bobby hats, soldiers caps, bowlers and top hats as well as other specialty hats lining the back wall.  The usual souvenir shops abound as well. There is a shop called the “Button Bar” which is wall to wall buttons – quite incredible!!  The watch makers shop had a buzzer which you had to use to access the shop (must be some expensive merchandise there).

Parliament House and the Post Office buildings are spectacular – I was fascinated again at the architecture – very well preserved thankfully and the wonderful stonework in these two magnificent buildings.

Our first Church was the St Francis Xavier Cathedral Church – Adelaide’s Catholic Cathedral.  Work began on the church in 1851 and was designed so that it could be built in stages, because catholics of South Australia at the time were not wealthy.

Some features of this cathedral are the large Murphy bell of 1867 which hangs in the tower with 12 other bells.  One of the characteristics of the interior of the cathedral is the use of the number 7 – a symbol of natural and religious perfection.  There are 7 arches, 7 pairs of windows on each side and seven external doors.  The church was quite busy with parishioners as well.

The next find was the Pilgrim Uniting Church whose history goes back to early European settlement.  It is a “Revival Gothic” architectural style and has the most magnificent stained glass – some from the original church, some re-sited from the Pirie Street Methodist and some from a demolished church in the north of England – all are spectacular.

The remarkable organ was transferred from Pirie Street and has been rebuilt and enlarged – touted as one of the finest instruments in the state, it is outstanding – with the Choir Gallery and Organ Console placed in the South Porch. The organ was built in 1855 and was the largest in the colony. The church office is at the rear and it caters for anyone who wanders in off the street and has music in the lane on Mondays.

We caught the tram up to the Railway Station and Casino for lunch – the lighting features are spectacular – particularly the bubble chandelier over the bar.  No luck on the pokies with my $5 so off we trundled to find St Peter’s Cathedral.  We had quite a trek in the heat – over the Torrens River, on  Adelaide Bridge, with its Bandstand and fountain – lots of work going on to prepare for fringe activity.  We walked past the Adelaide Oval but it is being renovated so we couldn’t enter – that’s another trip. I did get a workman to photograph the Don Bradman Statue as I wasn’t allowed on the worksite.

The Lady Chapel Organ

The Lady Chapel Organ

St Peter’s stands majestically overlooking parkland dedicated to the fallen soldiers.  Once inside I was overawed by the majesty of this amazing building. The stained glass panels all have names and a story – too many to document but know they’re spectacular – I hope the photos do them justice. The Magdalene Window was my favourite (if one had to choose) because it celebrates the role of women in the Scriptures and the Church. One of the windows is dedicated to Australia’s first air disaster in which Charles Hawker MA died when the plane crashed into the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne in 1938.

The Lady Chapel is behind the High Altar and is open for private prayer and Communion every day – a quaint little chapel with a Copper Statue of Our Lady – most unusual and an organ which was donated in 1969.  The rear of the Altar is unlike anything I’ve ever seen – very unusual.

On the pews are Coats of Arms and engraved into the seats are memorials to previous ministers and bishops. Building began in 1869 and the cathedral was consecrated on 1 January 1878.  It too was built in stages.

On our way back to Rundell Mall we explored the Memorial Cross and Eternal Flame in the park opposite – then slowly made our way back into the city to catch the bus home.  We had take-away from Hahndorf Inn for dinner after a few beers in town to celebrate Maree & Vince’s last night.

Rundell Mall Fountain

Rundell Mall Fountain

Pigs on Rundell

Pigs on Rundell

Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide Arcade

Parliment

Parliment

Post Office

Post Office

Button Bar in Adelaide mall

Button Bar in Adelaide mall

Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop

Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop

St Francis Xavier Stained Glass

St Francis Xavier Stained Glass

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Pilgrim Stained Glass

Pilgrim Stained Glass

Pilgrim Aisle, Organ and Choir seating

Pilgrim Aisle, Organ and Choir seating

Fringe on Torrens

Fringe on Torrens

Fireman Gardner Memorial Drinking Fountain

Fireman Gardner Memorial Drinking Fountain

Maree and Paula on Torrens

Maree and Paula on Torrens

Torrens River

Torrens River

Adelaide Bridge Plaque

Adelaide Bridge Plaque

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

Don Bradman Statue

Don Bradman Statue

St Peter's Cathedral

St Peter’s Cathedral

St Peter's Stained Glass

St Peter’s Stained Glass

St Peter's Rose Window

St Peter’s Rose Window

St Peter's High Altar Carvings

St Peter’s High Altar Carvings

St Peter's Nurses Dedication

St Peter’s Nurses Dedication

Lady Chapel Wall Hanging

Lady Chapel Wall Hanging

Memorial Cross Gardens

Memorial Cross Gardens

Memorial Cross

Memorial Cross

Ataturk's Tribute

Ataturk’s Tribute

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

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Queen Mary's Profile

Queen Mary’s Profile

 

Bluestone Rail Bridge

Bluestone Rail Bridge

Gisborne – Macedon – Mt Macedon – Hanging Rock – Woodend – Malmsbury – Taradale – Elphinstone

I left Gisbourne & headed for Macedon Regional Park via Macedon Village – I took Black Forest Drive as I don’t want to be on many major highways, I prefer to see the countryside around me without holding up all of the traffic.  In Macedon they have an Honour Avenue – a tree lined street to honour our fallen military – well done.

From Macedon I meandered (very slowly due to the steep inclines!!) through the Macedon Ranges to Mt Macedon where there is an iconic Memorial Cross on the top of the mountain.  I felt so moved by this tribute to our fallen – The cross is 989 metres above sea level and has been replaced as the original (which  provided employment during the depression), was damaged during the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 – it was rebuilt in 1994.

There is a memorial to the “Kurana” tragedy as well,  near the site where a DC3 “Kurana” went down on 8 November 1948 – The plane had seen service through the war – but was on a routine flight Melbourne to Sydney when she went off course & crashed close to this site. There are close to 30 kilometres of walking trails in the park.

From Mt Macedon I headed for Hanging Rock – I’ve always wanted to see this edifice – it is as magnificent in real life as in the movies and in brochures.  It is a very steep climb for an unfit tourist, but very much worth the effort.  Spectacular views abound – My lunch spot near the Summit was incredible. The discovery centre was informative with hands on interpretative displays. I’m still none the wiser as to what really happened to the schoolgirls!!

After I left Hanging Rock I headed for Woodend – a quaint village with an Avenue of Honour which stretched for kilometres out of town. I love the little boutique shops, full of special treats, which these villages have.  A quieter pace to life seems to pervade this town. Wow the vista all around me as I drive is a feast for my eyes.  The gorgeous bluestone buildings & structures amaze me.

I was talking to the ranger and his wife at Hanging Rock, who told me about some attractions and must-see villages in the district. He advised me to go to Malmsley and Taradale on my way to Elphinstone Rest Area.  Malmsley for its old buildings and Taradale for an amazing bluestone  rail bridge which is very high and spans about 80 metres (maybe more) To think it was probably built with a pick & shovel.

Path to Major Mitchell Lookout Mt Macedon

Path to Major Mitchell Lookout Mt Macedon

Major Mitchell Lookout Sign

Major Mitchell Lookout Sign

Memorial Cross Gardens

Memorial Cross Gardens

Honour Avenue Macedon

Honour Avenue Macedon

Macedon Honour Avenue

Macedon Honour Avenue

To the Glory of God Plaque

To the Glory of God Plaque

Memorial Cross through the bush

Memorial Cross through the bush

Memorial to the Kurana Tragedy

Memorial to the Kurana Tragedy

Historic Survey Cairn Mt Macedon

Historic Survey Cairn Mt Macedon

Survey Cairn

Survey Cairn

Hanging Rock Summit walk

Hanging Rock Summit walk

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock

Paula near Summit of Hanging Rock

Paula near Summit of Hanging Rock

Very Steep Path

Very Steep Path

The Hanging Rock sign

The Hanging Rock sign

Rock Formations

Rock Formations

Queen Mary'sProfile Sign

Queen Mary’sProfile Sign