Saturday, July 20, 2013

Australia is just so beautiful (2)

Towards Adelaide – A better town to stay in term of weather

After leaving Victoria state, we came to South Australia. The first town we stop by was Adelaide. That’s the first longest trip we drove, leaving Warnambool.

Along the journey, we stopped by Umpherston Sinkhole in Mount Gambier. The sinkhole was naturally formed due to the dissolution of limestone. It was first beautified by James Umpherston, that’s how its name came from. By the way, I personally don’t feel it’s very interesting, except the natural limestone that’s still suspending in the air, and some fact about how the geologists study them. Otherwise, its view was quite man-made, not too nature for me.

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Inside the sinkhole

After the sinkhole, we went to the Blue Lake, which was the main water supply to the Mt Gambier residents. Based on the fact sheet, the Blue Lake will change colour gradually from begin of year to year end, and it changes the most in November. When we were there, it was in blue, a very distinct blue. The lake was formed by volcanic activities.

I like this Blue Lake very much, especially the view. One thing I like Australia about is, at most of the scenic view attraction points, there were picnic tables and benches, very environment-friendly. People can just chill out beside the wonderful view, so did we.

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Just nice before sunset, we reached Coorong National Park, where we managed to capture very nice lake view with sunset. The peaceful flowing water of the lake, and the sunset just in front of our eyes. The colour contrast of the sky and the lake was just so fantasy. It was unimaginable without seeing it ourselves.

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Sunset at Coorong National Park

Before Adelaide, we stopped by one more point, The Twelve Apostle. When we were there, it was already night time, and the weather was so cold. Very fortunately, the moonlight was bright, and it brighten up the whole place. Although not as bright as day time, it’s good enough for us to take photos worth a great memory there. What’s more fun was we were standing still for 30 seconds, in such a very cold night, looking directly at the camera, smile stationary, and wait for the camera to flash! We rushed back to car, switched on the heater and turn to the max before we started moving again. We stayed in Adelaide for two nights.

The second day, we went to Mt Lofty. There, we had an unexpected adventure. All we expected was just to have some scenic view of Adelaide city. In fact, the view wasn’t that good, but still ok to pay a visit there. But, the unexpected was, we saw a sign showing that 4km ahead, there was a Gully Waterfall. We never knew how it looked like, big or small, we just walked.

The Gully Waterfall

It was a hiking! We walked from the mountain top to the mountain bottom. 8km of return trip, it was super tiring and exhaustive. Once we reached back to the top, we never cared of the price of the food, we just ordered. In fact, the Gully Waterfall was a bit disappointing, but the adventure was memorable.

After having a rehydrating break, we went on to Cleland Wildlife Park, to see our main target – Koala bear, so cute, yet so slow.

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The Koala Bear, Billy

Barossa – Wines

We left Adelaide and moved on to Barossa. We were there to tried the wines from Seppeltsfield, and took on the tour in the Seppeltsfield winery. The tour guide was a very good speaker, he explained very well the entire tour. The Solero system, the fermentation process to determine the taste of the wines, the Still system, and the Seppelt’s family history.

We tasted their 100-years wine, at $30 for a small piece of glass. Interesting…

The 100-years Seppeltsfield wine.

Coober Pedy – The town of mining

After Barossa, we went to Coober Pedy. Before reaching Coober Pedy, we detour to Alligator Gorge, which origin was a man called Ali who found and setup the Ali Lookout.

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Nothing much, but I just like the beauty of the nature.

Then, we went on and check in to the Coober Pedy underground living accommodation. The town had nothing much, and the main activities there was mining. It was rich of a material called “Opal”, which they mines and made into jewellery.

Uluru – One of the Largest Rock, a wonder of the world.

<To be continued>

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