So what is all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

03 January, 2012

Adelaide - Take two

On the 28th of December, we left Wirrina Cove on the Fleurieu Peninsula and headed back to Adelaide where we would camp on Andrew Phillips' driveway again for another couple of days.  On the way back to Adelaide, we were fascinated by the M2 motorway which is a 2 lane motorway that they seem to 'reverse' the direction of when they need the traffic to flow North or South!  We were very thankful that it was open heading North because it made our trip back to Adelaide much quicker.

We setup in the driveway (thanks again Andrew) and then went for a play at an Adventure Playground just around the corner.  There was a really long slide (which was super hot because it was in the full sun on a 32 degree day) but the kids (and Mike) slid down it on a folded picnic mat and it was great fun.  Sam had a bit of trouble negotiating the exit off the slide on his first go, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

Natalie rocketing down the big slide
When we'd had enough of the playground, we drove to the top of mount lofty.  It is 711 metres above sea level, and so the drive up was quite a big hill, but once we got to the top, the views were amazing.  It was a very clear and perfectly cloud free day, so we got to have a good look at the entire area from the top.  It is well worth a visit for anyone going to Adelaide.
Adelaide City from Mount Lofty

The kids standing on Flinders Column at the top of Mount Lofty

We had decided that Thursday the 29th December would be our last full day in Adelaide, and we really wanted to go and see the Giant Panda's Wang Wang and Funi at the zoo. So we got going early and went to the zoo for the day.  We spent about 4 hours at the zoo having a great time and looking at all the animals.  The Panda's and the Meerkats were the favourites (with lots of close seconds!).  We had a great time at the zoo and enjoyed walking on a Flat zoo (as opposed to Sydney's Taronga which is very hilly).

What are you looking at?
While we were in the Zoo, there was a 'childrens zoo' section that had many animals which you could pat (if they came close enough), and there were 2 Quokkas in this section which were very comfortable with human contact.  The kids (even Josh) spent quite some time patting it's soft fur - they were very cute.

Patting a  Quokka at Adelaide Zoo

After we'd seen all that we wanted to see at the zoo, we drove out to the closest beach (West Beach) and had lunch next to the water before a very enjoyable swim to finish off our time in Adelaide before we headed North the next day.

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