With our first house sit in Adelaide complete we had 10 ten days to ourselves before starting our second sit in this beautiful city. We rented a car and mapped out a rough route for our short adventure and off we went.

Our Trusty Steed
This little Hyundai was great on gas and took us around our 1500km journey with no excitement. A wonderful car for only $182AUS for the 10 day rental.
Gardeners Extraordinaire
Our first stop was in the Barossa Valley to visit with some great friends at their small vineyard. What a fantastic experience exploring this region with “locals” and being able to spend some time getting our hands dirty working in their garden. Thank you again Peter & Leanne.
Huntsman Spider
As the weather is warming up here more and more of Australias wonderful creatures start to emerge. Although rather disturbing when you first see them, this Huntsman Spider is one of the good guys.

The Barossa Valley is a great region to spend some time. The layout of small towns and the mixture of smaller boutique wineries with the giant mega companies provides an interesting glimpse of this industry. We visited several cellar doors and were constantly impressed with the passion and intensity of the people presenting their product.

Local Artwork
Even the local artwork tips its hat to the wine grown in this region. These gentleman enjoyed their vino no matter what the weather.
Solar Power
The commitment to alternative power is as strong here as it appears to be in the rest of the country. These massive moveable solar panel arrays at the Jacobs Creek Winery were evidence of that.
Coonalpyn Elevator Artwork
As we continued our trip we unexpectedly came upon some impressive artwork in Coonalpyn. This is one of several towns in South Australia who have chosen to draw tourists to them by providing murals on the towns elevators. The quality of the artwork was impressive.
Umpherston Sinkhole Gardens
As we arrived in Mount Gambier for our planned sinkhole dive, see blog here, we discovered a number of sinkholes in the area. The Umpherston Sinkhole Garden provides a unique environment to relax.
Centenary Tower
The high point in Mount Gambier is Centenary Tower. The walk up is rather steep but the view is worth it. The top photo in the blog is looking out from the tower. You also get a chance to see the results of ancient volcanic activity from here.
The Blue Lake
Mount Gambier Blue Lake is an impressive sight. It serves double duty as a tourist attraction and the water supply to South Australias second largest city.

After Mount Gambier we started heading back north toward Adelaide. But before finishing we had a couple of more stops. Stay tuned for the tail end of our latest road trip.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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