Our favourite places, Australia.

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PHOTOS OF MORE OF OUR FAVOURITE PLACES!



During the 1970's, 80's and 90's Peg and I enjoyed travelling in the Flinders Ranges,
and the vast areas of Central Australia, however due to health issues we can no longer continue doing this.
We have, however, been able to find many places closer to home that we can enjoy.
We would like to share some of these experiences you.

It does not matter where you are in Australia, you can always find something beautiful to explore.
These photos were taken at various locations.






ADELAIDE HILLS

The Adelaide Hills are of special interest to myself, Peg and our families.
Peg's ancestors settled in the hills soon after their arrival in South Australia
(The Banks Family arrived in 1839 aboard the sailing vessel "Summersetshire", and settled in Cudlee Creek in the 1850's),
and I have many childhood memories of the times I spent in Cudlee Creek, finally settling there in 1960.
Peg, myself and our four sons moved to Lobethal in 1983.



Photos of Adelaide Hills

Lobethal scene

Lobethal scene - Looking towards Charleston
Adelaide Hills -2016

Mt

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Hills - June - 2015

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Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Hills - June - 2015

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Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Hills - June - 2015





Near Lobethal, SA - June 2015


Peg Chartres
Near Lobethal, SA - June 2015


Near Lenswood, SA - June 2015


You do not have to travel to find beautiful places!


Our Home, Lobethal, SA - 2015



Spider in our Garden, Lobethal, SA - 2015




Sunset at Lobethal, SA
2015

Since we moved to Lobethal in 1983 we have been presenting a Christmas Lights Display on our property.
These are photos of our 2018 display.


Nativity
Our nativity Display.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2018)

Australiana Display
Our Australiana Display.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2018)

General view of our house

General view of our house
(Photo Bill Chartres 2018)

The Adelaide Hills which are east of Adelaide can be reached in about 30 minutes from the CBD, and were the traditional lands of the Peramangk and Kaurna people.
The early hills settlers established market gardens growing fruit and vegetables to supply the new township of Adelaide, while many wealthy Adelaide settlers established summer residences in the hills to escape the summer heat on the plains. In the late 1830’s early 1840’s immigrants from Prussia established settlements at Hahndorf, Lobethal and other locations in the Adelaide Hills. Today the area is best known for its apple and pear production as well as its cool-climate wines. The main centre in the hills is the City of Mount Barker, which is one of the fastest growing towns in South Australia.




KAROONDA SILOS

Although Peg & I can longer travel and explore the vast areas of Australia, we enjoy day trips to visit local attractions. One such trip was to see the recently completed Solo Art at Karoonda in the Mallee, about one and a half hours drive from Lobethal.
This is a special display as, in addition to the painted Art Work, there is an evening projected ligh display on the silos.
Unfortunately we could not stay for the light show, but believe that it would be worthwhile to see.



Photos of Karoonda Silos



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Silo Art has become a popular tourist attraction in many country towns throughout Australia.
The Karoonda Silos feature Marino Sheep, a Kelpie dog, a historic steam train and a picturesque bush setting by artist Heesco Khosnaran.
The display also features a light display each evening.






MANNUM FALLS

Another day trip that we enjoy is to the Mannum Falls.
Like so many of the areas that we have visited this area changes with the season. During summer it can be quite dry but in Spring and Winter it can put on spectacular displays, especially after heavy rains.



Photos of Mannum Falls



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The Mannum Falls are located in Reedy Creek, about 7km out of Mannum SA, a small town on the River Murray about 90k from Adelaide. They consist of large granite out crops, with walking trails to give many scenic views of the surrounds.

There are two car parks providing access to the falls.
The first car park (closest to Mannum) has public toilets plus a picnic area, and it is about a 1km walk to the falls.
The second car park provides a short walk to the top of the falls with views of the falls and creek, however it does get quite slippery when wet.

Reedy Creek is usually only a series of water holes but after heavy rain falls it is fed by numerous small creeks to provide spectacular views over the falls which are about 300 metres long.






ADELAIDE'S RIVERBANK

Photos of the River Torrens at night, December 2014


The Digger on the Donkey,
[Australian Defence Forces Health Services Memorial]
North Adelaide, SA
Dec 2014

Riverbank Footbridge - Torrens Lake, Adelaide, SA
Dec 2014

Riverbank Footbridge & Adelaide Oval stands
Torrens Lake, Adelaide, SA
Dec 2014

Torrens Lake, Adelaide, SA
Dec 2014

Rotunda, Elder Park, Adelaide, SA
Dec. 2014

Jolley's Boathouse Restaurant,
Torrens Lake, Adelaide, SA - Dec 2014

Torrens Lake, the section of the River Torrens from the lake Weir to Frome Street bridge, and it is an ideal destination for a range of water activities. Rowing, dragon boating and canoe/ kayaking are all popular, as is model powerboat racing.
Torrens Lake is managed by the City of Adelaide.
Adelaide’s Riverbank has an impressive night time lights display.



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