South Australia – Road Trip 2

Days 9 & 10 – Friday, January 23 & Saturday, January 24

Another road trip from our Adelaide city base, another hire car. To Wallaroo, a couple of hours north west from Adelaide and on the top edge of the Yorke Peninsula, staring out into the turquoise water of the Spencer Gulf.

Why Wallaroo? To see Gill’s Aunt Margaret, last seen in the UK about 10 years ago; Gill’s cousin Sharon, last seen in the UK in 1964, aged 11 months and just before her parents set sail for Down Under; other cousins and partners and children of cousins who Gill had never met before.

We made a quick detour to the Barossa Valley en route to Wallaroo, loving Tanunda, the sleepy main town of the glorious grape-growing region, vine after vine tumbling down gently rolling hillscapes and responding to the perfect climatic conditions.

We sipped a couple of chilled, crisp whites at the Seppeltsfield Winery Cellar Door, accompanied by a glorious platter of local meats and cheeses and eaten under the watchful eye of a hungry kookaburra bird.

After endless miles of Roman-straight almost completely traffic-free roads (delayed only by a freight train with 106 carriages, roughly the length of Surrey), the rolling hills gave way to flat dusty plains and we arrived in Wallaroo to a warm welcome from Margaret.  Later, we were joined by several of the family for a fun night at the local Hotel/Pub for generous Aussie suppers and a couple of welcome cold ones.

Back at Margaret’s, Gill shared photos of the expanding UK branch of the family and pieced together the different strands of the Aussie clan on a makeshift family tree.

On Saturday, Margaret took us on a tour to nearby Port Hughes, where she and Bill had built their first home in Australia, as well as to beautiful beaches at Simms Cove and Moonta Bay. Then more family meetings in Kadina and Moonta in a whirlwind version of Who Do You Think You Are?

Huge thanks to Margaret for her amazing hospitality towards a couple of strange Poms, and for the rest of the family in making us so welcome. A great, if brief, road trip that hopefully means Gill and her Aussie rellies will be just that little bit closer, emotionally if not physically.


4 thoughts on “South Australia – Road Trip 2”

  1. Sounds great guys making Godalming-Walleroo twin towns.
    Excitement building for you to possibly see Murray in the semi’s. Hope he does better then the Spurs 🙂
    Slow news week here so won’t bore you.
    TTFN x

    1. Tough call, Choker. Would be great to see the young Aussie Kyrgios in the semi, locals would be going crazy. And Murray is such a taciturn Jock….

  2. Strewth maties – loving the epic comments and photos and you have your wish as Murray has just pasted the young Aussie and will see a couple of delirious Brit fans in the semi. No Fed or Nad so just a Joker to beat….assuming he wins with your support!
    Have fun in Melbourne.

    1. Cheers, Bruv. Great hotel in Melbourne – The Langham – think it would even meet your own high standards. Epic view of the river and sumptuous facilities. Aussie Open a real fun tournament….saw some good tennis from just general ground entry today (inc. free access to Margaret Court Stadium), but looking forward to the serious stuff in the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday & Friday. When are you increasing to 90& or 100%?

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