The family and I recently spent a week in Adelaide.
We drove across. One lesson quickly learnt was that having three different sources of sound with added singing to boot (no not me) was never going to work. Once we stopped in Horsham to purchase headphones for the kids serenity was reclaimed. To be honest, the 8 hour trip seems a lot shorter than it used to be, which was surprising because of the kids. Maybe I have more patience these day? Not sure.
We stayed in Seaford which was a really good location. It allowed us to go swimming in the morning and at night at Moana Beach, as well as easily get out and about.
Staying so close – only a fifteen minute drive – we visited McLaren Vale a few times.
One time we ate at Gracebridles. We were sold on the idea of chocolate thinking of our visits to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Margaret River Chocolate Co, however it was a lot more quaint with no tastings 🙁
In regards to wineries, we visited:
- Woodstock: They had a playground with plenty of shade. They also had a space to feed the kangaroos, although they were far too hot to come out from resting under the trees.
- Gemtree: An organic winery, they sold catered for kids with packs and a playground. Only issue was that they lacked cover on a hot day.
- Chapel Hill: This was a return from ten years ago. Although the ‘sparkling white’ we remember obviously was not from there.
These choices were in part based on location, as well as the recommendations of the Kids in Adelaide site.
One day we drove down to Victor Harbour. We had planned to do this on a really hot days, thinking that it would be cooler, but decided against it. Ironically, it was almost cool enough with the breeze to want a jacket. We visited the Whale Centre, which was a great place to go with kids. Not only did it provide a background to whaling in Victor Harbour, but it also gave an insight into the various environmental impacts.
We also visited Adelaide on the train. I was interested in the extension. It was very long, very long. We went to Jamie’s Italian restaurant for lunch. The food, service and price were really good, especially when children ate free.
All in all it was a good trip.