Drive in the Country – 11th December 2018

Our plan today was to head down the south east coast from Adelaide to check out the countryside. A few rellies and friends provided some ideas on what to see and do, so took off about 10.00am to check it out.

Here is a map of our approximate route which took us about six hours. We headed to McLaren Vale Winery to go and see this building called the Cube which people had been mentioning. We are afraid that there is no way to describe what was inside the building.

The owner of the winery decided on the idea and one can only but say he just on the little unusual side. He wanted to heighten your senses in preparation of your wine tasting experience……????

You needed to smell what was in the jars and be able to identify the aromas. Why the walls required being covered by fruit and flowers was not that obvious as they themselves didn’t smell. There were a number of rooms that were meant to stimulate your sight which only caused confusion and dizziness.

One thing we were told before we entered was that the men’s toilet was the most photographed room in the building and both sexes were encouraged to go in and view it.

OK, this guy is certifiably loopy!!! Reckon you’d be terrified to use these urinals in case they bit your willy off.

On the top floor there was the wine tasting which provided a wonderful view of the McLaren Valley. It is only a small wine growing area but most picturesque.

We purchased a couple of their bottles of wine to share with family and friends on our travels.

We then headed off down to the coast to see where the mighty Murray River flows out into the southern ocean. It is Australia’s longest river, at 2,508 kilometres (1,558 mi) in length. The Murray rises in the Australian Alps, draining the western side of Australia’s highest mountains, and then meanders across Australia’s inland plains, forming the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria as it flows to the northwest into South Australia. It turns south at Morgan for its final 315 kilometres (196 mi), reaching the ocean at Lake Alexandrina.

Despite discharging considerable volumes of water at times, particularly before the advent of largescale river regulation, the mouth has always been comparatively small and shallow and has 24 hour dredging operation to keep it open otherwise it silts in.

The health of the Murray River has declined significantly since White fellas arrival, particularly due to river regulation, and much of its aquatic life including native fish are now declining, rare or endangered. Recent extreme droughts (2000–07) have put significant stress on river red gum forests, with mounting concern over their long-term survival. The Murray has also flooded on occasion, the most significant of which was the flood of 1956, which inundated many towns on the lower Murray and which lasted for up to six months.

It was then onto Viktor Harbour which is a favourite haunt of the Adelaide people trying to escape from the oppressive heat of the summer to the cooler coastal regions. Adelaide is the driest of the Australian capital cities and the past two decades have been far warmer than usual, with the past 8 years seeing an excess of 40+ degrees every summer.

It’s a lovely spot and very built up along this area of the coast. We went out along the pier in a horse drawn rail coach to Granite Island which we walked around. On the southern side of the island which directly faces the southern ocean, you could see the effects of the harsh wind on the vegetation and the very smooth rocks created by the pounding waves.

By now it was getting later in the day and if we wanted to be home in time for Leone’s lamb roast we had to get a move on but not before getting a picture of a typical Australian country pub.

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