Adelaide is lucky to have some wonderful places within an hour drive. Venturing too far out is difficult with kids but McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Victor Harbour make for some good day trips.
As enticing as a glass of red by a fireplace is, I’m just not much of a wine drinker. I’ll imbibe in a glass every now and again in social circumstances but Pinot Grit, Chardonnays and Nebbiolos are another language to me. And no I can’t taste the oak int eh Chardonnay or the fruit of the trees from Bali.
But I’ll admit wine regions are stunning and spending a day eating and trying a glass is nice. Luckily McLaren Vale has kid friendly wineries so kids can be lured by the sand pits, toy boxs or animals. And it was only a 40 minute drive away. Bonus.
One thinf I didn’t do well was map out where all the kid friendly wineries are, and where lunch would be so we did have an episode of melting down kids. Kudos to Serafino who improvised by letting us eat outside on the grass and even laid out a table cloth and plates for our picnic so we could eat overlooking the lake with geese and ducks surrounding it. The food came out quickly and and was delicious. A little pricey but the food and service were great, My favourite dish was the cheesy mac and cauliflower dish.
When getting in and out of the car got a bit much, we dropped the kids off with dad at the McLaren Vale info centre playground out the back and continued with a few more wine tastings with a friend before returning home.
We visited this coastal spot on a hot day and was prefect for a splash in the water. We discovered that splashing under the jetty is even better as it’s shady!
The playground was nice, but I suspect my kids had a better time playing on the old train stationed at the playground.
We rode on the old horse and tram to Granite Island which was pretty exciting for the kids. We explored for a little bit and did more splashing in water and ice cream on the
island. We saw the new operator who does penguin night walks and tuna fish diving but we thought we would leave that for another day.
We would have liked to have stayed longer but we needed to give the kids a nap in the car so didn’t get to see the whale centre as we would have liked, but we couldn’t resist one more splash in the whale fountain as we headed back to the car.
We went to the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival in the middle of winter to see what all the fuss was about. We started off at the Willunga Markets and made our way to the festival.
The festival turned out to be a carnival with lots of rides and lots of ways to spend $$ in less than 3 seconds. Luckily there was also a petting farm and kids play and arts and crafts section run by Splodge.
After the festival, driving on our way home we saw an orchard of almond trees in full blossom which were magnificent.
The Adelaide Hills are vast and have a lot to offer. One trip we made was a combination of cherry picking in Montacute and then to Gummeracha where we climbed the Big Rocking Horse. It’s pretty big and Miss 3 had a great time climbing it. She still talks about a month late. The facility has a great animal park where you can see sheep, alpacas, , goats, chickens, wallabies and ducks. The animals are a bit brazen and like their food. This little park will set you back $1 or $3 if you want to buy food.
There is also a little climbing gym for little people next to the cockatoos so that worked out nicely, espically as it is under the shade.
Then there was the toy factory we briefly explored before realising they would soon terrorise the place and it was time to leave for lunch.
The drive out here was just beautiful but had some curly parts that the awake kid did not like too much.
Another day we went to Hanhdorf Farm Barn in the heart of winter. The staff gave the kids a chance to feed the baby animals milk from a bottle, or milk Daisy the cow. They have a playground with diggers although the cold prevented us from playing for too long. They also have a big muddy area with roaming animals and some pony or camel rides.