South Australia

Travel Theme : Time

This is a tricky one Ailsa, at least I thought so. But lots of your followers have come up with so many different interpretations of it. Go to “Where’s my backpack?” to see how inventive bloggers are…

I couldn’t come up with anything that would translate into photos. I thought about it as I dropped off to sleep, I ruminated about it as I prepared our meals, I even pondered it when shopping. It became an all-consuming mental search. I almost gave a mental shrug as Thursday dawned. “Oh well I will have to miss out this week”…

Then this morning going through my photos looking for a totally unrelated theme I suddenly came across the photos of an amazing heritage village we visited on our trip around Australia. I thought of all the museums we had visited. What were we doing? YES we were going back in time and reminiscing and reliving the time back then when life was without computers or TV’s and house-work was hard labour. Horse power really meant just that. I could remember, and had used, quite a number of the things that are now museum pieces.

So I would like to take you with me down memory lane and around an amazing old-time village called Old Tailem Town Do click on this link it will give you more information of a truly historic pioneer village that brings the past to life.

Steve and Pat are the original blokes that started this amazing collection back in 1982

Steve and Pat are the original blokes that started this amazing collection back in 1982

Mail Street

Main Street

Butchers shop

Butchers shop

Butchers shop information

Butchers shop information

Old butchers block

Old butchers block

Here's the old fashioned butcher. Sausages any one?

Here’s the old fashioned butcher. Sausages any one? I think I have seen this bloke some where else. 🙂

Old delivery van

Old delivery van

Fresh??? fruit and vegies

Fresh??? fruit and vegies

Waiting to be served at the grocery store, no help your self back then

Waiting to be served at the grocery store, no help your self back then

Grocery store shelves. Can you remember any of these grocery items?

Grocery store shelves. Can you remember any of these grocery items?

Garage, these customers have been waiting quite a while...

Garage, these customers have been waiting quite a while…

Real old timers, now in retirement...

Real old timers, now in retirement…

Bike shop

Bike shop

If the car didn't go you could always rely on the horse

If the car didn’t go you could always rely on the horse

An old farm house

An old farm house

Very basic pioneers dwelling, early 1900's

Very basic pioneers dwelling, early 1900’s

This bed does not look very comfortable

This bed does not look very comfortable, can you see the “guz-under”? Do you know what it is for???

Kitchen/dining from the 1940's

Kitchen/dining from the 1940’s

A kitchen/dining area of the 1950's

A kitchen/dining area of the 1950’s

1960's I think...

1960’s I think… (I have been told that this style of kitchen is more likely to be from the 1930’s. Can any one confirm this?)

This oven was considered state of the art back in 1930's

This oven was considered state of the art back in 1930’s

I can remember using these things to do the laundry when I first got married

I can remember using these things to do the laundry when I first got married

Any one recognize this pie cart?

Any one recognize this pie cart?

Those are just a few of the photos we took of this fascinating place. We stumbled up on it quite by accident and only meant to spend a couple of hours browsing around. We spent the day absolutely captivated and engrossed in the atmosphere of the old pioneering days. A real trip back in time…


The  future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, 

whatever he does, whoever he is.
C. S. Lewis

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

After 4 days the rain was clearing so we are on the move again. It was a refreshing stop in Mt Gambia and refueled our batteries…

So now it was heading for another of the great Australian icons, The Great Ocean Road.

On the way we stayed in Nelson and had a cruise down the Glenelg river. Again very high due to the floods in Victoria and a very chocolately colour.The cruise took us to the Princess Margaret Rose caves, Impressive look at the under world of this volcanic region.

Next stop Bridgewater beach and cape and went for a 2 hour walk up to 130 metres above sea level to look at a seal colony, it was a very windy day and sort of tested our heart rates. Then we went round to see the blowholes and petrified forest only to see a sign telling us that the walk to the seal colony from that side of the cape was not so steep…. Oh well we told our selves we needed the exercise…

That night we stayed at Portland and found the first Aldi store since we left Queensland, very good wine prices, some at $2-99 so of course we stocked up to keep us in “happy hour” supplies.

Next stop Port Fairy, a beautiful seaside village with charm and character. We got the bikes off and biked around the art trail and looked at the stone heritage listed houses and buildings. Weather was perfect for biking.

As we left we went to see the Hopkins river waterfall it was roaring and almost like a miniature Niagara falls. This is volcanic area and every where there is evidence of the past volcanic activity. Tower Hill is a large crater formed 12000 years ago. That seems a long time ago but to put it in context it is said that the aboriginals were here back then and have many dream time stories of the eruptions. It is now a national park and has been restored to the original vegetation after been stripped in the mid 1800s for farming. Native flora and fauna are now back in the area and we saw koalas and emus, in fact had a bit of a scary encounter with an emu as he got very close as I videoed him…

Then it was on to Warnambool where we planned to stay for the night. We have had no problems getting into camp grounds because even though it is middle of the school holidays many people have cancelled due to the floods every where, so we just look for some where to stay as we arrive in each area. Well suddenly the holiday high season caught up with us and we were told camp grounds would be approx $50 a night for a powered site. There is no freedom camps in this area, with fines if you try to stay any where but in a camp ground. So we just kept going and Warnambool missed the pleasure of our company….

We did find a place just outside Warnambool at $35 even that was hurtful to the budget.

Then it was on to the Great Ocean Road..

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Coorong , originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

As the weather had been hot in Adelaide, mid 30’s+, we decided to take the coast road, the Limestone coast, we had no idea what to expect but it is turning into a delightful drive.

First night we stayed at Meningie on Lake Albert, one of a series of lakes fed by the Murray just before it reaches the ocean. These lakes have been so low due to the drought one person in the van park, who comes regularly from Adelaide to spend time here, told us you could almost walk right across a few months ago. Now due to flooding in Queensland it is now full right to the banks and you could swim in it from the van park.

We had stopped for groceries in the village and parked next to us was a family of aboriginals. Jack got talking to the elder of the group and he told us he was a relation of David Unaipon, whose portrait is on the $50 note. He also told us of an aboriginal cultural centre to look for on our way out of town.

That evening we went to the Old Cheese Factory restaurant, which is right next to the van park. Their speciality is a sea food platter for 2 at $39 and featuring Coorong mullett, the delicacy of this area. It was delicious with a glass of wine…

It was a beautiful evening watching the sun go down over the lake.

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Old Tailem Town

Old Tailem Town, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Because the weather was so hot in Adelaide, mid 30’s+, we decided to go along the coast road heading south then east. What a great decision it was. We had never heard of the “Limestone Coast” so just stumbled into this magical area.

50kms from Murray Bridge we spotted a sign pointing to Old Tailem Town so decided to have a quick look. Well 4 hours later we drove away amazed at what we had seen. It was 91 buildings from the early 1900’s resurrected and a whole community created. It was fascinating, the cameras worked over time trying to capture the atmosphere and authenticity of this place. I filled the camera memory card and it was difficult to choose which ones to show in the blog.

As you can see from the blue sky the weather was hot and after 2 hours we went back to the small café to refresh with a drink before going round the second half. They did say it would take approx 1 1/2 hours…

I talked to Peter Squires who was the driving force behind the creation of the village. He was just on his way to do battle with the council. In 1982, the then council, had said he would not need building permits and could put any thing he wanted on his land. Now 29 years later the present council is saying they need permits, stupid bureaucrats,

It was now 3pm so decided to go another 52kms to Meningie and stay there for the night…

It is a great feeling of adventure when you have no idea what is around the next corner…

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Murray River

Murray River, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

The time had come to move on and “hit the road Jack”. We actually had a slight hiccup …Marion gave me excellent directions on how to find the correct route out of town, but somehow (don’t know how!!!…) we found ourselves on the wrong freeway, heading back west and to make matters worse there was a huge traffic jam with every thing at a standstill. We decided to turn the GPS on as we were totally confused and had no map with us and had no idea how to get out of Adelaide. Eventually the traffic started to move, 3 lanes had to filter into one passed a very bad accident. George the GPS took us off the freeway and back into Adelaide to find the correct way and he took us right back to Marion’s front door…

It seems as though Matilda didn’t want to leave Adelaide either, she had a good rest there…

Eventually we were into Adelaide Hills and slowly, very slowly, climbed up and over. I wanted to have a look at the Murray River so we stopped at Murray Bridge township. It was 2-30pm and just in time to catch the paddle boat cruise down the mighty Murray. We got slightly lost finding our way to the jetty and had to pull up and ask a local, yes we are running true to form…. but the captain knew we were coming so waited for us, only one other family on board…

The Murray has risen 6 feet in the past 4 months and more is expected from the floods in Queensland. It is now at its normal level and if it hadn’t been so low due to drought conditions it would be a flood as bad as the 1956 flood. We saw a video of that and it really was a disaster.

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Hahndorf home of Hans Heysen

Hahndorf , originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

One last highlight before we left Adelaide was a trip into the Adelaide hills to visit Harndorf. Fabio took us in his car and we spent a very pleasant day wandering around this historic german village. It was settled by the Lutherans fleeing Germany in the 1800’s and it has retained its German atmosphere and is a very popular place for a day trip from Adelaide. With interesting galleries, boutiques, antique shops, op shops,cafes and pubs.Being 2nd January it was a public holiday and was crowded with families and tourists enjoying the atmosphere. We had a good roast lunch at the Old Mill pub and it only cost us $7-90 each and was delicious.

The final highlight of the day was a visit to “The Cedars” the home of Hans Heysen. A short way out from the village, the home has been kept as a monument to his work and left as it was when he lived in it. We had an even greater privilege in store as Sheila Heysen, the second wife of David Heysen, son of Hans, was visiting the home and she took us on a tour of the house, telling us many stories and anecdotes of when the family lived here, and explaining the stories behind many of the beautiful paintings hanging in every room. Then we went over to the studio that Hans had purpose-built for him to work in. Around the property of 40 acres there was still many of the magnificent gums that Hans used in his paintings and a novel way of displaying them was to erect a copy of the painting showing the gums in front of the trees that had been used in the painting.It was late afternoon as we walked around and the light on the gums was magical.

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Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Rundle Mall, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

This is the heart of Adelaide’s CBD. A green, leafy, inviting place to wander along listening to the buskers or sit and people watch, one of our favourite past times, and Adelaide is a rich mixture of nationalities. We found out that the reason migrants come here is that they are encouraged to choose South Australia as they are given 5 extra points and need fewer points to settle here rather than go to the eastern states.

It is rich in dress and different cultures. The historic architecture is well-preserved and the houses in suburbia are solid stone or brick cottage style in their own sections.

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Adelaide botanic gardens

Adelaide botanic gardens, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

These botanic gardens are so interesting and the rainforest in the bicentennial dome was my favourite part of the gardens. Every 15 minutes there would be a light misty rain fall and as it finished the sun reflecting through the top created this magical effect.

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Boxing Day 2010

Adelaide couch surfing, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Boxing day was a get together of a league of nations. This is one of the great things about couch surfing, you meet so many interesting people. Marion is a very welcoming hostess and never turns requests for a couch down. So on Boxing day we had Taave, from Estonia arrive after HITCH HIKING across the Nullabor, ( he slept in his tent that he is carrying with him) Sebastian from Belgium and his girlfriend from France came to stay a few days before going out back to work on a large sheep station. They really do not know what to expect but it will be a great adventure they are looking forward to. Then Fabio, Marion Jack and me and of course Marion’s delightful little Jack Russell called Weasel that we fell in love with. Will get a better photo of him as he shook his head just as I took the photo.

So it has been a great Christmas and now the weather is starting to heat up with 46 deg day today, 30th December, and the same predicted for tomorrow the last day of the year, phew, I think we can finally put the winter clothes away…

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Adelaide couch surfing

Adelaide couch surfing, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

10 years ago before Marion bought this house it was a plumbers supply shop. Now the shop area has been stripped of all the fittings and one end of the large area changed into a work area and the other end is a buddhist shrine.

The living area behind the shop is large and comfortable, so Marion has plenty of places for couch surfers to stay. Jack is sleeping on a very comfortable mattress on the floor in Buddhas room. I am sleeping in Matilda.

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