Adelaide Road Trip

Padthaway Vineyard

On a recent trip to Adelaide for work we ended up having to go south from the city to the Penola area for a job. I just cruised my way back and checked out the sights while I was there. Padthaway is a  major wine producing area with Vines Vines and more Vines for as far as the eyes can see. There are kilometres and kilometres of grape vines lining the Riddoch Highway. Some of the more well known names in the area that I saw are Seppelt, Lindemans, Hardys and Wynns.

Plantation Pine
Plantations of pine trees are huge in this area as well. Everything along this stretch of highway is done in masssive proportions. Forestry SA has huge tracts of land that are just planted out with pine trees. The good thing is that they also have areas planted with natives as well.

Plantation Pine

I was intrigued with the patterns created by the long rows of trees you see as you drive along the highway.

Naracoorte Caves

Naracoorte has some limestone caves you can trek through a few kilometres out of town. I didnt really have much time to stop and look so I grabbed a few photos of the sculptures that protect the entrance instead.

Murrays Bridge
Murray Bridge – The first bridge to be built across the mighty Murray River.

Underneath the Murray Bridge

Under the Murray Bridge

German Arms Hotel, Hahndorf

The tiny hamlet of Hahndorf is as big in character as the German hospitality you receive all through the town. I stopped at the German Arms hotel (above) for lunch and experienced the best German food and beer I have ever had. I ended getting the German Experience meal, which allows you to sample a whole swag of different foods on the one plate. The meals are massive and you wont leave unsatisfied. The rest of the town is full of trinket shops and cafes and german stores. Hahndorf is a definite visit for your next trip to Adelaide.

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Comments

  1. I like these shots, the first one is a nice crop.

  2. Those pine trees remind me of home!

    I live next to a Forestry Commission forest here in Northern Ireland and just love walking through the tightly packed areas of tall trees!

    Must get some pics up on my blog. Great shots!

  3. Always a fan of aussie landscape. Beautiful road trip!

  4. Hahndorf is typical of the majority of towns in the Adelaide Hills/Barossa Valley

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