STATES and TERRITORIES

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Stenhouse Bay Campground: New Year Eve in Innes National Park

We take very seriously the Russian wonderful belief: "As the new year to meet - so spend it". This is the reason why we always choose very carefully the place for the New Year celebration. Last year, we found out that in Australia people book a New Year accommodation approximately six months before the holiday. It does not fit our concept of quite spontaneous traveling.

Stenhouse Bay jetty, Innes National Park
Stenhouse Bay jetty, Innes National Park

So this year, five days before the New Year, Alex looked up from his computer and asked, "How do you feel about New Year's Eve in Innes National Park?" Everyone looked at Sonia, who had fever for the past three days. "I do not care where to be sick," - she happily coughed. We agreed and pre-paid on-line the camp site at the Stenhouse Bay Campground.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

North Beach in Wallaroo: Christmas Eve in Knee-Deep Water

Our family has a really nice tradition: we try to spend our holidays somewhere outdoors, as far from home as possible. The Christmas Eve this year was no exception. A few weeks ago we decided to spend this evening at the North Beach in Wallaroo (west coast of York Peninsula).

North Beach, Wallaroo, South Australia
North Beach, Wallaroo, South Australia

Wallaroo is one of the historic towns of legendary Copper Coast of the York Peninsula. There are numerous historical sights, and museums related to the mining history of this region. But this time we did not plan to study the historical heritage, and just come to relax on the beach. We have been there once, and kept very sweet memories about visiting this place.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Marino Rocks: Natural Architecture for Local Sea Life

Marino Rocks is another wonderful place, where you can get close to the nature, without leaving the civilized city area. It is just an hour drive, steep decent with beautiful sea views, and we are already parking on the most crooked car park ever. It does not have any lines, that are parallel to the horizon. You can even get a bit of dizziness every now and then.

The crooked car park at Marino Rocks
The crooked car park at Marino Rocks

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sellicks Beach: Beautiful Scenery of Silver Sand

We do not like to stay home on the weekend, especially if the day is warm and windless.  So this Saturday we decided to make a short trip around Adelaide, no more than 60 kms away from home.

Alex has prepared a surprise for us  - a small Chinese temple complex on the beach, but when we got there, the site has been already closed off to the public. Of course, it was disappointing, but we now know the hours of work and next time we will go there at the right time and then will please you with interesting story and pictures.

Beautiful scenery of Sellicks Beach
Beautiful scenery of Sellicks Beach

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Toy Factory and the Big Rocking Horse

Have you ever heard about the real treasure for children and their parents hidden in the  Adelaide hills? Those who have visited this place at least once,  comes back again and again. Why is it so attractive?Those who drives a car along Gumeracha, certainly pays attention to a huge Rocking Horse at the edge of the road. By the way, this is the biggest rocking horse in the world!

The Toy Factory and the Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha, South Australia
The Toy Factory and the Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha, South Australia

Friday, 30 October 2015

Wolf Blass Cellar Door

South Australia is famous for its wines, and among the best manufacturers certainly have to be called Wolf Blass Winery. The history of this winery is a success story of its founder, Wolfgang Blass.
 After several years of learning the art of wine-making in different countries, he established his winery in the Barossa in 1966. Just in 8 years, one of his wines won the most prestigious and sought after wine award. Since then, the wines produced at the Wolf Blass Winery, regularly receive such awards.
Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet 2009. Wolf Blass winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet 2009. Wolf Blass winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Saturday, 3 October 2015

4WD adventure: Spear Creek Tourism Centre

Flinders Rangers is one of our most favourite regions in South Australia. We are attracted to the wild nature, almost untouched by the people, the opportunity to meet the animals in their native habitat, and beautiful scenery. Our 4WD vehicle allows us to reach the remote locations that are away from the bitumen roads.

Spear Creek Tourism & Training Centre calls for an adventure
Spear Creek Tourism & Training Centre calls for an adventure

Friday, 4 September 2015

Hangar 52: Classic Jets Fighter Museum

There are many metal hangars surrounding the Parafield Airport. Among them there are two hangars, very different from the others. Inside of them is located the Classic Jets Fighter Museum.

angar 52: Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield Airport, South Australi
Hangar 52: Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield Airport, South Australia
This museum definitely would be interesting for those who are fascinated by the military history, and aviation.In the first hangar has an impressive display of historical RAAF and RAN Jet Aircraft and Classic WWII Pacific Conflict Fighter Aircraft.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Treasure Island: Hahndorf Trading Company

Walking along the main street of hospitable tourist Hahndorf, you may not notice this small shop, hidden deep in the yard. It would be an unforgivable mistake.

The table lamp, which made from a retro blowtorch
The blowtorch table lamp and the unique timing gear clock. Creative art in the Hahndorf Trading Company
Shop of the Hahndorf Trading Company is a real treasure island, where you can find a lot of amazing and unexpected things came to us from yesterday. There are antique and vintage items, and just simple old cute trinkets decorated many years ago the dresser of someone's beloved grandmother. There are old magazines and books, clothes and utensils. There is an "alternative art" by local artist Steve Langdon. You can spend there hours staring at unusual items, trying to guess their origin and purpose.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Kid's Dream: Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery

Adelaide Hills are full of secrets. Thank God that there are some road signs that reveal these secrets. Thus, about the Melba’s Chocolates we first found out from a road sign standing on one of the turns. At that time, the factory was not found, although we really tried to find it. Obviously, those magical places could be found only by the persistent adventurers.
Chocolates & Confectionery Shop
Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery, Woodside, South Australia
The second time we have found it without a road sign, accidentally passing by, but, unfortunately, that day it was already closed. However we set this place in the GPS, and promised that we would be back. And we went back, just for the Birthday of the youngest daughter.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Spirit of Germany: The German Village Shop

If you want to feel the spirit of real Germany, welcome to Hahndorf! This is the oldest surviving German town in Australia, in which has been preserved the old architecture in the German fachwerk style, and live descendants of the first German settlers.

Hand carved Cuckoo Clocks from the Black Forest in Germany
Hand carved Cuckoo Clocks in the German Village Shop, Hahndorf, South Australia


Friday, 7 August 2015

The icon of Hahndorf: John Graham Leathersmith & Bush Gallery

We have discovered a very Australian place in the traditional German Hahndorf. It's John Graham Leathersmith & Bush Gallery. It is the oldest business in the Hahndorf Main Street, running from 1983.

Entrance display of John Graham Leathersmith & Bush Gallery


Over these years, this shop has become an icon of Hahndorf, entertaining visitors from all over the world. In the shop sold a variety of leather goods, such as oilskin coats & vests, wallets, purses, belts, hats, suede goods, whips and much more.  All goods are made from various animal leathers - from cow, to kangaroo and crocodile.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Goods for All Tastes: Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market is located in the centre of the city, or as someone would say 'in the heart of Adelaide'. Every day the Market is visited by hundreds of people. Some tourists join specially organised excursions, and the others go there on their own to experience this local attraction of Adelaide CBD.

Happy customers at fresh fruit and vegetables food market

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Bendigo Art Gallery

Another discovery of this day was the Bendigo Art Gallery. We took advantage of its hospitality in that rainy cold day and had a nice time exploring the exhibits presented in the gallery.

Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo


We began our acquaintance with the beautiful city of Bendigo from the unique museum of Chinese culture ”Golden Dragon Museum", Yi Yuan Gardens and Kuan Yin Temple.

There is a serious reason to hold a Museum of Chinese culture in Bendigo. This town historically had been a home to the largest population of Chinese people all over the Victoria state.

Chinese fu dog sculptures at the museum entrance
Golden Dragon Museum entrance with Chinese fu dog sculptures

Friday, 24 April 2015

42 Mile Crossing Campground in Coorong National Park

For the first time in this entire trip we got to the campground before sunset. Although we still ended up setting up the tents in the pitch black of the night. 42 Mile Crossing Campground in the Coorong National Park has a toilet with water, a picnic zone with shade and tables. However there is a total fire ban in this park, all year long. The only spot where you can set up the fire in this park, is on the beach line, but you have to walk over a kilometre to get there.

Soft sand dunes at 42 Mile Crossing Campground in Coorong National Park

Most of the camp sites were in an open area under the sky. We on the other side got a camp-ground in a little forest made of small trees and bushes, that slightly improved the night as there was less wind and the cold.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Lake Monibeong Campground in Discovery Bay Coastal Park

The campground on the Lake Monibeong was empty, and we moved forwards looking for our previously reserved on-line campsite, at the very back of the campground. To our surprise, one of all spots, our campsite was taken by a group of campers. But, we are pretty sure the campers who took our spot were probably just as surprised as we were, as the bright lights of our car were piercing the dark of the night, and when the sound of our motor was roaring around their tents. But we had to turn around somehow, to get a new camping spot!

We did not get upset that the campers took our spot and set up our tents on a campsite near them. This time we decided not to waste the battery of our car, and set up the lights of our torches. We even decided not to charge our phones until the morning.

Lake Monibeong at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park
Lake Monibeong at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Road to Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Road to Discovery Bay Coastal Park runs along the border of the Grampians National Park. The road had warning signs along the way, saying that this part of Grampians is a total fire ban zone. Yet, at one of the closest farms we saw burning uprooted stumps. It was quite a majestic show!

Burning uprooted stumps near the Grampians National Park
Burning uprooted stumps near Grampians National Park

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mount Arapiles: Unity With Nature

From a distance Mount Arapiles resembles a giant medieval castle ruins, towering in the middle of fields. There are two roads at the entrance to the park. One goes around the mountain and another one goes to it's top. We decided to drive around to see the mountain from all sides, because from the top we could see surrounding fields only.

Mount Arapiles State Park, Victoria
Mount Arapiles State Park, Victoria

Natimuk: the Art Town in Victoria

You never know where you can see art. While driving past a small town Natimuk in Victoria, we stopped to look at an exhibition that was possibly left there after some art festival.

Natimuk, Victoria
The park along the river in Natimuk, Vic

Monday, 20 April 2015

Horsham Caravan Park: Shelter for Tired Travelers

Horsham Riverside Caravan Park offered us a small, but very comfortable cabin. After a freezing night in the tent, the cabin seemed perfect. There was a standard collection of utilities, such as toilet, hot water, heater, electric stove, TV, etc.

Wimmera River, Horsham Riverside Caravan Park
Wimmera River, Horsham Riverside Caravan Park

Grampians National Park: Arising from the Ashes

Sadly, our adventure with the battery did not leave us with much time left, so we had to move on forward in our trip very quickly without many stops. We quickly made it to Horsham Riverside Caravan park. On our way there we noticed very unique sculptures in one of the near-by towns and beautiful vertical mountains in the middle of plains, but we did not have time to stop and look. Once we arrived to the caravan park, we paid for our cabin, took the keys, quickly unloaded our car and left to get to the Grampians National Park.

Grampians National Park, Victoria
Grampians National Park, Victoria

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Wirreanda Campground: Freezing Birthday night in Naracoorte Caves National Park

In the caves of the National Park Naracoorte we already have been several times. This time we did not plan to go underground, and just wanted to see how thousands of bats fly out of the cave to hunt at sunset. Unfortunately, because of  the delay in the way we could not see this spectacular action, as we arrived at the park around 8 pm, in two hours after the sunset.

How to set the tent up in dark.
How to set the tent up in the dark. Wirreanda campground, Naracoorte National Park, South Australia