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My WeekendNotes - 222
Have you seen the window display on The Strand at Port Elliot? It's been amusing me for years now. There's always... [more]
A brand new restaurant in an open-air pavilion on Sanur's main street opened recently. It's known as Naga Eight and it ... [more]
As many happy Aussies pack their bags and plan their travel itineraries once again, Bali is on the top of the list for s... [more]
A new era of sophistication is developing in Bali as iconic Beach Bars, such as Old Mans, make way for stylish clubs. Wh... [more]
In the absence of a yacht and Queenslander yachting friends, we recently booked a cruise on the Lady Brisbane. It was an... [more]
If you are a fan of train travel and enjoy a bit of comfort, this just might be your thing. Especially if, like me, you ... [more]
Planning a trip to Goolwa? There's activities aplenty. I've compiled a list of just twenty to get you started. 1. PS ... [more]
I've been drawn to the idea of exploring historic Port Adelaide for some time and so, in keeping with the current COVID-... [more]
Once upon a time the humble Goolwa Cockle, or Pipi, was used only as bait. Cocklers would gather at the water's edge alo... [more]
Moorish Café, in Darwin's CBD, has been one of my favourite lunch restaurants for almost twenty years. It has a casual a... [more]
A year ago I had the great pleasure of a private tour around Marchrismick, a hidden gem in the charming town of Milang. ... [more]
08/04/2023 - 09/04/2023
Hanuman, the monkey king, is a prominent character in the Hindu epic Ramayana. He possesses extraordinary powers and, in... [more]
The Playford, on North Terrace, has been my go-to favourite hotel in Adelaide for two decades, even before it was a Play... [more]
Lately, I've embarked on a summertime mission to enjoy drinks and bar snacks at surf clubs along South Australia's south... [more]
I'm a keen fan of Bar Snacks and a glass of something very cold on a warm summer day, particularly in a beach location. ... [more]
I imagined having lunch surrounded by flowers to be a peaceful and calming experience so when I heard about a lunch van ... [more]
Goolwa's Riverview Deli is a well-known destination for locals and tourists alike to savour coffee and partake in light ... [more]
A new and much-welcomed bistro has opened in Goolwa. It's located right next to stunning Goolwa Beach in the Surf Life S... [more]
Goolwa's spectacular fireworks display, from Hindmarsh Island Bridge, resumed in 2021 after a pandemic-prompted hiatus. ... [more]
An unassuming entranceway on Masters Street in Newstead leads to an unexpected pleasure for those who enter. The Matriar... [more]
It's three years since Goolwa's award-winning restaurant, Kuti Shack, opened on one of South Australia's extreme weather... [more]
Never Never Gin Distillery is located in picturesque McLaren Vale, next to Chalk Hill Winery with Cucina di Strada, also... [more]
One of the many ways to while away a few hours in blissful Bali is to visit a day spa. There are myriad to choose from, ... [more]
There's no shortage of walking trails on the Fleurieu Peninsula and I'm gradually ticking more off my long list. Having ... [more]
The ancient town of Faro, south of Lisbon, is commonly known as 'The gateway to the Algarve'. Hundreds of planes each da... [more]
I didn't inherit the 'beer drinking' gene but sensed there was no sense resisting this very popular drink during my time... [more]
The coastline around Marseille is characterised by small coves, known as calanques and caves with myriad stories to tell... [more]
One of Australia's favourite overseas travel destinations is Bali. This relatively small Indonesian island bases its eco... [more]
Travel is central to my life and I felt truly bereft when none of us could do it. I recently seized the opportunity to r... [more]
Like many other travel addicts and lovers of all things Indonesian, I can't wait to head back to Bali now that travel re... [more]
The Cittaslow Produce and Artisan Market is held twice each month at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Formerly known as a farm... [more]
Aldinga Conservation Park was proclaimed in January 2022 when state and local governments, working with the local commun... [more]
Cittàslow (pronounced chitta-slow) is a philosophy, or mindset, shared by those who value quality of life. It's not abou... [more]
We're always excited about a brand new place to eat in Goolwa. Our Cittaslow (slow town) status places great value on lo... [more]
I'd heard mention of a cellar door, on nearby Hindmarsh Island, that offers a range of Australian boutique wines. It's o... [more]
Many happy South Australians recently received Great State vouchers. 160,000 vouchers were issued, in March, and can be ... [more]
If you are a lover of gardens, an admirer of upcycling projects or enjoy a tad of whimsy, I know the perfect place for y... [more]
A houseboat holiday is the perfect opportunity to unwind and connect with nature without surrendering personal comforts.... [more]
The Vogalonga started, in Italy, over 40 years ago when a bunch of passionate Venetians got together to creatively prote... [more]
I'm a fan of slow travel and I have just stumbled on a very different slow travel vehicle. I'm not entirely sure how I f... [more]
There's lots to see and do near Surfers Paradise and various ways to get around and do it all. E-bike hire is popular an... [more]
Away from the revelry and mayhem of Goolwa's town centre, there is a serene spot to take a short walk or sit and contemp... [more]
Just a few weeks ago, I enjoyed a marvellous lunch at Oasis Gardens Restaurant, just out of Langhorne Creek. The food wa... [more]
Factory 9 is a quirky space, with an ever-expanding repertoire of tempting goods produced by local artists, artisans and... [more]
I recently found a delightful new walking trail near the charming town of Yankalilla. It starts from Garnet Kelly Reserv... [more]
Somewhere between the Angas and Bremer Rivers, less than ten minutes drive from the township of Langhorne Creek, lies on... [more]
There's a funky food scene happening on Chevron Island adding to the deliciousness of the Gold Coast. The main street of... [more]
After much deliberation, some controversy and a cost of over 43 million dollars, the brand new, concrete and steel cause... [more]
Factory 9 in Hill Street, in Port Elliot's industrial estate, continues to surprise us with its funky shops and cafes. T... [more]
01/01/2022 - 31/01/2022
Throughout the year, locals and visitors head to Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot to enjoy a walk, a swim or just the beauti... [more]
New Year's Eve 2020 was a quiet affair in Goolwa due to COVID-carefulness. After much planning and consultation with hea... [more]
I wasn't familiar with Mount Billy, in the Hindmarsh Valley, until recently when I fancied a new walk. The Fleurieu is f... [more]
Mums Beard is a new addition to cafe choices in Victor Harbor. It's located the historic Freemason's 'Lodge of Peace' wh... [more]
On leaving chilly Goolwa for a warmer winter in the Sunshine State, I was aware of a new and exciting restaurant opening... [more]
In recent years, the number of people affected by coeliac disease, wheat allergy or gluten or wheat sensitivity has rise... [more]
Located at the Adelaide end of Victor Harbor Road, with sweeping views towards Onkaparinga Gorge, is a splendid cellar d... [more]
The Riesling Trail stretches 33km between Auburn and Clare. It's another former railway line sadly closed. I lament the ... [more]
In a previous life, I spent many a night sleeping in a swag under starry skies in remote parts of Australia. I loved it ... [more]
The Oval Hotel, adjacent to Adelaide Oval, opened in September 2020. The building hugs the infrastructure of the oval... [more]
My very first visit to Pearl was blessed by sunshine, blue skies and a shimmering sea. The location of this very special... [more]
Coffee lovers rejoice; there's a new space to get a brew on The Strand in Port Elliot. Yeo Haus Coffee Hole is ad... [more]
Nestled in the sandhills between Port Elliot and Hayborough is a recently refurbished building that hosts the Chiton Roc... [more]
I have felt seriously daunted during 2020 by travel restrictions. As the year draws to a close, however, I have to admit... [more]
Perched on a hill overlooking the picturesque countryside of Hindmarsh Valley is a brand new restaurant worth driving ou... [more]
Having started its life as Chateau Tanunda, in 1914, the historic building on the corner of Renmark Avenue and Twenty Th... [more]
Local music enthusiast Greg Button and his business partner, polished muso Dave Lloyd, have recently set up Goolwa's exe... [more]
Just 20kms, by road, from Renmark is a must-visit treasure on your next trip to the Riverland. You can drive to Wilkaden... [more]
The current global crisis has been difficult for most of us in various ways, not least for those who have suffered from ... [more]
Having already completed the 14km (return trip) walk from Milang to the former Nurragi train station, I recently seized ... [more]
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