We had to be down to the bus at 8:15 to begin our half-day tour. Adelaide is a beautiful city that is the capital and largest city of the state of South Australia. It was founded in 1836 by Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia. He planned the layout of the streets from scratch and incorporated a large amount of green space and parks with in the city so it doesn’t seem like a place where 1.2 million people live. It was a longer trip from the port than we had anticipated, close to 45 minutes. We drove around to see the highlights including the building from which the city grid begins.
Many of the buildings were a combination of brick and blue stone, such a beautiful combination.
We also stopped to see the statue of William Light.
The largest square is in the center of town and is called Victoria Square. We drove past the beautiful botanic gardens and adjacent park where there were trees with roots like I have never seen.
We then went to Tandanya, which is a local Aboriginal gallery with paintings and other artwork of various tribes. The sidewalk as you approach even had the traditional icons of Aboriginal art such as the serpent, turtle, and all of the dots.
Considering all of the lectures we’ve been to and our attempts at this style of artwork it made the stop very interesting and gave us some ideas to try in the future. I think Mom and I have both decided that we’re going to get some watercolors and maybe even acrylic paint when we got home to try our hand at some more “art”.
After this stop it was on to Penfolds winery up in the hills. On our trip us we saw many of the beautiful homes with the “Australian Lace” ironwork, much of it was painted white and other light colors. There were also fences made out of this thatched material.
The winery is quite small compared to many of those in Napa, but they have many wonderful wines, which we tasted. Being in Southern Australia the reds were a Shiraz or Shiraz blend. We loved their dessert offerings, especially this sweet Viongier that you can only buy there at the cellar. It seems as though time just flies on these excursions, and before we knew it we had to leave.