One of the perks of being back where I grew up, and having been gone so long is that I get to see everything through a fresh perspective (for example, the city has some lovely old historic old building that I'd never seen growing up here, colonial houses I'd never taken note of, and endless park lands and beaches that I took for granted), and of course I get to hang out with my brother once in awhile.
So a little while back I got them to take me out for a walk down memory lane and do a few touristy things that we would often do on special occasions growing up. So a trip to Adelaide wouldn't be complete without a trip up to Mt Lofty lookout, and my hasn't that changed; I remember back in the day it was just a wee little look out, and now it's grown up into a huge bonanza, it's a major cycle route, walking trail and tourist hang out, shock horror – the views are still stunning as I can see down to where I live, the city and all the beaches and peninsula.
Next stop was Cleland National Park (which I always thought it was called Cleveland – and still think that it should be, not too late to change it), have many photos of us being young and feeding the kangaroos, or my brother being chased by Emu's hence we all voted not to go visit them this time. We did, though, pat the Koala *awwww*, although poor willow wasn't feeling that well so was in a bit of a grump so not too much of a cuddle, so very cute though, and we hung out with the Wallabies and Kangaroos, also so very cute to be able to go up so close and feed and pet them.
I so love this place, and then getting up close to a sleeping lazy Wombat, before seeing the highlight which was the Echidna, yes who would guess the little fella could be so entertaining, he would walk around, stand up, stretch before doing a back flop – which answered our question as to how he got so many leaves stuck to his spikes, anyway it was just too funny. On top of all of this the native birds are endless and the whole place is just a treat to go and see so I highly recommend it to anyone visiting or passing through Adelaide.
My brother and I at Cleland today many years later
Then our final stop was Hahndorf, an old German settlement – which has also boomed, which is great – so many of the old buildings have been done up and the whole place is full of old world charm, cute little shops, homemade ice–cream parlors and of course as many photo opportunities as there are ways to spend money. We did a lot of both. I highly recommend visiting Rockbare cellar on the main drag, stop in and have lunch at the Seasonal Garden cafe (the veggie burger was almost as delicious as the homemade brownie) and also loved and stocked up on some lovely Alpaca wool in the Alpaca wool shop (this is a new thing in Australia, everyone has an alpaca – well almost J). Anyway a tonne of stuff to see and do and all no more than an hour out of town…Yes, just a few of the perks of being back.