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Mt Lofty Sunset

About 20 minutes drive from Hahndorf is the Mount Lofty lookout which provides a spectacular view of Adelaide and surrounds in the foreground with the Gulf of St Vincent as backdrop.

After our trip to Monarto we headed back to Hahndorf for afternoon tea and then onto Mount Lofty to see the sunset over Adelaide.

Thankfully the road to Mount Lofty ends with a car park quite near the lookout and whilst there were plenty of people walking and running up the mountain to the top we had done enough trekking for the day and made use of the car!

It was cool and cloudy but the clouds were high and it turned out to be a pretty good evening to watch the sun go down.

One of the beautiful views from the summit in the opposite direction to Adelaide is the view over the Piccadilly Valley.

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Flinders' Column stands atop Mount Lofty as a tribute to Matthew Flinders who, in 1802 gave this peak it's European name.

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The sunset did not disappoint.

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Monarto Zoo

Thursday saw us heading off to the Monarto Zoo. This is an open plain zoo about half an hour's drive from Hahndorf.

Shuttle buses run every twenty minutes around a well defined track through each of the large exhibits with stops along the way at a number of locations.

We hopped on the first bus available and had the opportunity for some close encounters.

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There are about 10km of walking tracks throughout the park so for those with the energy all the exhibits can also be visited on foot. After getting off the bus and having some lunch we set off on foot. The park was not busy and we encountered very few people as we wandered about. We spent quite a lot of time watching the giraffes

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We were amused at the interest a couple of giraffes showed when one of the buses drove through

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There was a presentation made by the keepers at the Giraffe's enclosure later in the afternoon which we observed from afar

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Here are some of the other wonderful creatures we found on our travels

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These two look like they were having a joke at our expense

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And this spunky creature was just a joy!

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If you ever have the chance to visit Monarto Zoo, don't pass up the opportunity!

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Hahndorf

Wednesday morning saw us heading out from Adelaide up to the Adelaide Hills and onto Hahndorf.

Hahndorf is a very picturesque historical town in the centre of the Adelaide Hills. The town was established by families of German origin and the Germanic influence is evident all along the main road shopping strip with the many caf├ęs, hotels and other businesses.

We are in Hahndorf for two nights and spent Wednesday afternoon wandering the along the main street checking out the shops, the coffee and writing a few postcards to our young friends back at home.

The autumn colours are certainly a highlight of this lovely town

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There were some members of our family who suggested we should look for some Bavarian costumes to bring home with us. I can't see myself wearing Lederhosen but perhaps this apron could grace a BBQ one day Josh!

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We found the Hahndorf Inn was an excellent place for dinner!

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Port Adelaide Dolphin

semi-overcast 22 °C

This morning we drove to Port Adelaide.

We confess to being a little underwhelmed by the location but we had a nice drive around the outer harbour area and then headed along the river to see if we could see any dolphins. According to the local tourism notes they swim up stream behind the ferries as they take people along the river.

We found a spot on the side of the river with a friendly seagull bobbing on the water and were about to leave with neither ferry or dolphin in site when up popped a fin! Was very nice.

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The ferry eventually arrived but he was a bit late to the party!

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After the ferry left our friend surfaced once more and them swam off

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Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Vic and I spent the morning enjoying a leisurely stroll around the beautiful botanical gardens in the middle of Adelaide. Here's a few photos from our walk.

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The Bats were certainly making plenty of noise.

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