For our South Australian holiday I chose Glenelg accommodation as our base for the first three days of travel. Of all the places in the whole world that we could have chosen to go to….we chose to fly to South Australia for a pleasant Spring time holiday. Unfortunately, they had just had massive rain causing a state wide black out and major flooding in the areas we were to visit. We arrived two days after a huge destructive weather event and headed directly to our booked accommodation in Glenelg knowing we probably had a couple of hours of sun before the heavy rain and wind was predicted to start again.
I chose Glenelg after much research on Adelaide city hotels…..and hubby and I living near the beach and love the beach…..decided on Glenelg at The Oaks Pier Resort Apartments.
The apartment was a one bedroom and we were thankful that we chose overlooking the park rather than the beach as it was so windy and the wind was coming right off the water. Glenelg is only around 15 minutes drive from the airport and there is a free tram that you can catch directly into the city.
The shops at Glenelg – it is a long strip shopping centre. You will never go hungry and there are so many cafes, restaurants. And lots of lovely dress and gift shops. Loved Glenelg…..except for the weather. It was sooooooooooo freezing cold (for us Queenslanders), light to torrential rain and at times gale force winds. The locals all told us the weather was most unusual for this time of the year – early October.
We did I think drink more wine and sit with biscuits and cheese – as we watched the rain fall.
And my waist line tells me that this was indeed a food and wine indulgent holiday.
Just to one side of the apartments is a huge indoor entertainment centre that looked fantastic for kids.
Just near the long pier there is a fabulous outdoor interactive playground –
that well as grandparents who regularly look after our little ones, we rated it very highly.
Hubby had bought is found down fishing rod, but when we walked to the end of the pier we just wanted to turn back immediately with the freezing cold wind biting into us. Very hard after used to living with so much warmth even in winter months, of the Sunshine Coast Queensland. So retired or family fantastic spot – preferably if the weather is good. Having said that, we did end up doing most of what we wanted to do….but after the initial sunny warmish few hours when we first arrived, it was often an going battle with the elements during most days.
However, we did have breaks in the weather and we walked over the bridge to the marina where there are a range of restaurants. I was surprised to find though how many restaurants were closed on a Sunday. One of the staff said ‘well this is Adelaide – sleepy town”. All the restaurants looked great with fabulous ocean and sunset views.
We settled on a favourite and ordered shared platter. We find we often will choose a shared platter – they are often the chef’s choices and always delicious and a good variety and value for money.
The apartment was really comfortable. The only let down was one that so many resorts just don’t do well, and that is heat and indoor (or outdoor) pool to a warm temperature. The heated pool was too chilly to go into. A big disappointment.
Glenelg as a Base for first three nights
We booked 3 nights at Glenelg (and also our last night) and used it as a base for the first 3 days of exploring. On the Monday even with very heavy rainfall predicted, we picked up a hire car and drove to Hahndorf.
It was grey, raining on and off from light to very heavy and of course windy.
We stopped at a café selling cheese and had coffee and cake there until the rain eased. We predicted very heavy rain, there were very few people in the shops or the area.
We then went in and out of shops between the rain.
It was nice but really it was so cold and wet, that we didn’t enjoy it or explore as much as we would have if it had been fine.
We found a lovely café with an open fire and settled there with homemade soup and bread
until the rain eased. The owner asked us to let all our friends know to come. In chatting lots of the businesses were really hurting financially from the lengthy rain and floods.
Yes it is worth going to Hahndorf – a lovely village feel – if the sun is out. And unfortunately there was very little spring flowers due to the weather.
Carrick Hill Historic House
We then drove to Carrick Hill Historic House. WOW.
Fantastic Historic House
If you love to go in historic homes, then this one was a highly recommend! With huge gardens with lots of roses and flowers in bloom, the inside was fully furnished with lots of information around.
There was at the time also an art display.
Loved this magnificent house and it’s history.
If you are hungry there is also a lovely café there that provides lunch and coffee and cake.
Fortunately, the skies had cleared and we were able to enjoy the sunshine with a
leisurely walk around the gardens.
Adelaide Central Market
We caught the tram into Adelaide and wandered around the large market out of the cold wind. One of the stallholders where I purchased a coffee – asked if I would like to be dated. Ha ha…he then offered me a Turkish date. Lots of fun characters in the market. We then wandered the shops before heading to Avery House.
Ayers House Museum
Whilst all the furniture had been taken out of the house, they
had on display all the cosumtes worn in the Australian Movie, The Dressmaker.
We then in-between rain, wandered the lovely botanic gardens across the road, before heading back to the warmth of our apartment.
We packed that night and headed the next day to the Barossa Valley to sample wine and visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Enterprise.