Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sun 28 Oct - McLaren Vale SA

We were not too upset by leaving Port Augusta as it wasn't really much to it.

The local French bakery, claiming to be open 7 days including public holidays, was not open by 7.30am, so our anticipated fresh bread was not to be for breakfast.

We packed up, checked out and left for Hungry Jacks to get some breakfast as well as using their free wifi. Breakfast was greasy and crap and free wifi terminated after 30 minutes. So, we moved on to McDonalds to complete the blogging for the last 5 days.

Finally on our way south by 10am, we drove through a lot of very boring countryside. Mostly flat and scrubby. The most interesting thing we saw was a salt lake.

Of course, A1 passes through Snowtown, a place of some notoriety, and had to stop there for a photo opportunity as we did find that bank building where it all happened (bodies in the barrel case for those who don't know). Not much to the place... So we drove on.
Lunch at Port Wakefield, which had no port at all, a somewhat South Australian phenomena we have discovered, naming a place Port something where there is no port in sight. Seafood pack of average quality adjacent to the highway.
To get to McLaren Vale from the north, you have to drive through Adelaide slightly to the west of the city centre (A13). Not much to report apart from a lot of quite impressive building of flyovers in the north of the city, close to Port Adelaide.

McLaren Vale is beautiful.

The town centre is much nicer than Clare and feels more genuine, i.e. it is there for its citizen, not just a glammed up tourist and weekend destination.

We popped in at the Visitor Centre to get some maps and info about the area and the servicing lady was just delightful.

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is fantastic. Just a few minutes away from the town centre and to get to it, you drive through vineyards on both side and a creek on one side. We find a lovely spot next to the creek where we set up camp. 3 nights here...


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