Hahndorf

Hahndorf

HahndorfFour excited faces looked out at the beautiful town of Hahndorf as they drove down the main street to find a carpark. They watched the small stone buildings go past, looking out for the infamous knife shop, pretzel shop and cheese shop. Finally finding a carpark on the side of the cobblestone main street, the four hopped out to begin the exploration of the German town.

Hahndorf is a quaint little German town approximately half an hour out of Adelaide’s CBD.

The German history of Hahndorf can be traced all the way back to 1838 when a man named George Fife Angus, who was a director of a South Australian company, traveled to London to assist in promoting colonisation. Whilst on this trip, George met a Pastor who was attempting to help German Lutherans, who were being persecuted by the King of Prussia, to immigrate to safer places. George’s heart broke for these people, and so he convinced this Pastor that South Australia was a great place for these German Lutherans to move to. He then provided the immigrants with a large sum of money to assist in their move. Once in South Australia, the German Lutherans negotiated some land for farming, and built the town of Hahndorf.

Hahndorf is made up of beautiful original stone houses, a couple of churches, a large variety of shops, delightful cafes, and some animal and strawberry farms. It has a homely feel to it which makes you feel instantly welcome and comfortable. You could easily spend a few days in Hahndorf, visiting the various cafes, farms, and shops, whilst staying in a beautiful German inn, manor, or cottage.

As you walk along the main street of Hahndorf you are quickly met with delectable scents of the many different cafes and eateries, along with the sweet aroma of the soap shop, and candle store.

We made our first stop of the day at a specialty coffee cafe known as Caffeined Coffee Company. This coffee shop roasts their own beans, and poured us a delightful coffee, which would certainly pass as a high quality coffee, even by Melbourne standards.

Our next stop was the Pretzel shop; ‘The German Cake Shop’, where we purchased a couple of huge, sugary, sweet, fluffy Pretzel Donut, which we shared between two.

As we continued along the main street we popped in to smell the soaps at the Hahndorf Soap Factory, and had a look at the large array of cuckoo clocks at ‘Hahndorf Clocks and Collectibles’, before we taking a stroll through the Fairy Garden.


One of our top highlights was the Cutler’s Cottage, owned by a lovely, friendly woman and her son, where they hand make impressive knives of all shapes and sizes. We spent a large amount of time in this store looking at all the kinds of knives, from cheese knives to carving knives. The shop owner gave us some great insight into the town, its history, and even some suggestions on what else to do whilst in Adelaide.

To finish off our short trip in Hahndorf we had a cheese tasting at Udder Delights, followed by a scrumptious, mouth-watering cheese platter full of local cheeses and freshly baked Turkish bread.

Our tummies were quickly filling up with these delicious treats, however we had to make space for German sausages before we left. We tried 3 different hearty German sausages from The German Pantry, each with their own unique flavours.

Still with so many more shops and cafes and farms to visit, we were sad to leave Hahndorf after just one morning spent there. We will certainly be back to explore more of Hahndorf, and perhaps stay overnight to have an authentic German experience.

Moonta Bay

Moonta Bay

My favourite place so far.
On the York Peninsula and only a couple of hours away from Adelaide, Moonta Bay has a fabulous beach for families with the tide going out at least 150 metres from the shore on low tide, leaving ankle deep water or none, right out to the shark proof swimming area. Comes in nicely for a very enjoyable high tide swimming area with all the local children making the most of it!

Adding to that is the fabulous caravan park on the shore with fabulous beach view beheld by almost every site.

Copper mines of Moonta.

One of the few mining ventures of the York Peninsula, copper was mined from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s with various methods, each showing the resilience and brilliance of mind of the pioneers.
Few buildings remain, but it is possible to get the gist of each era by the signs that flank the well defined tourist route through the old township of “Moonta Mines”.
The magnificent school building once housed over 800 children!
The modern town of Moonta is the continuation towards the sea of the old township.
Today it is mostly a retirees town, with few professional fishermen, but many, many amateur fishermen, mostly of the grey nomad tourist class!
And they just LOVE the place!!

Origins

The first miners were from Wales, hence the sign on the close up of the school.
The railway still runs a tourist train for about 5 kts with a running commentary of the history of the ming operation etc.  Many people still live in houses like this Minor’s house. They have very low doorways and roofs. In all, a very interesting place to visit.

Love M

From Woomera to Coober Pedy

From Woomera to Coober Pedy

Today saw us only needing to travel 400 kms to our next stop so allowed us to enjoy a later start to the day.
Whilst I stayed back with our two youngest, my husband took our older children for a bike ride to the rocket museum in Woomera, we followed that up with breakfast relaxing on the back of the van.

It’s a nice drive from Woomera to Coober Pedy, the road is very well maintained with lots of rest stops along the way.
Take the time to check out island Lagoon just out of Woomera.

Then only 40kms further down the road is Lake Hart a large Salt lake with a great information board on the explorers Burke and Wills and Stuart, the highways namesake.
If you can get past the very friendly flies, it is well worth it.

Jayco That’s Freedom

Jayco, That’s Freedom

The one thing we have learnt over the last few years of traveling is the freedom you have when you are on the road with a caravan behind you.
With the help of Camps 8, we are able to map out our days and travel around this amazing country.
If we decide we like somewhere we are able to stop for a few days, if we have enough we can move along to the next place.
Australia really is a beautiful place.

Final day.

Travelling on the Final day.

The thing about travelling with children is they often wake you up early and our last day was no exception.
Our children all woke up before the alarm clock which allowed us to get on the road as the sun was rising.

Our aim was to get to Bordertown, 800 kms away. Imagine our surprise with how well the children travelled and we made it home instead, 1200 kms away.
The wind once again was very strong and the rain showers started. Whilst not very good driving conditions the view for all of us travelling was nice and we saw over half a dozen rainbows throughout the day.

The drive from Glendambo to home is a very interesting one as you see so many different terrains in the one trip.

The highlight for the children was when we stopped at Bumbunga Lake. It is a salt lake located just out of Lochiel South Australia.

The lake has a stunning pink colour from the natural salinity of the water.

But for me the highlight of the day came much later in the day, after 6000kms when we drove in our driveway.

The Explorers Way

The Explorers Way

I have been amazed by the quality of the Stuart highway on our trip North and today as we headed up the explorers way it was no exception.
We left Coober Pedy this morning and continued on our journey to Alice Springs.
The children were very excited to take their picture crossing into Northern Territory and even more when they realised the sign said South Australia on the other side.


Our children have travelled extremely well so we stopped just 200 kms short of Alice Springs so they could spend a little more time on the ‘Explorers Way’. Checking out Emus, Galahs and even catching a glimpse of a Camel.

A long but rewarding day.

A Long but rewarding day.

The thing about travelling with children is you never know how they are going to travel. Some days you feel like you stop every 30 minutes , other times you get a good run.
Thankfully today was the latter. We are know almost 1200 kms from home with almost 800 kms achieved today.

Whilst we were hoping to be set up by sunset, with a sleeping baby in the car and the knowledge of a caravan Park with its own pizzeria we pressed on and were rewarded by our effort

The Pizzas from the Woomera Travellers Village and Caravan Park not only tastes brilliant but were delivered to the door of the caravan which made our 2 big kids night.
The service here has been really friendly from the minute we drove in the gate.
 Looking forward to exploring woomera tomorrow before we head off again.