May 31, 2012
Grandma & Grandad: Go To Australia (and take us!!) (Finale!)
The trip back to Adelaide was like the trip there, despite the change in route on the way back, there was so much beautiful open land but it just seemed to go on and on, and so we were excited to see signs to say we were nearing Adelaide.
We had originally thought that we would maybe visit Adelaide Zoo, but the prices to get in were crazy expensive! A much more worthwhile place to visit that actually deserves the money more is Cleland Park. On arrival we were shocked as to how busy it was, now coming from quiet little Wellington, we hadn’t encountered so many people since our last holiday back in the UK!
The sun was blazing hot and we were sooo excited that we might be able to see a Koala for the first time ever!!
We had a fantastic walk round, the place was just amazing and there were the most stunning Rainbow Lorikeets fluttering and chirping in the trees.
A bit further round we entered a massive area that had Kangaroos and Wallaby freely hopping around. At first we weren’t really sure what to do – whether to watch from afar or approach…as we watched other people it seemed they were very used to humans being around and we were able to get up close and even do some stroking – very cool!
As we wandered around we saw heaps of different gorgeous fluffy animals, the best was the Bilby (sadly no photos as they live in the dark!), and the Wombat – never actually ever considered that it was the size it was – were we the only people in the world who presumed that it was a bat sized creature – not the size of a pig?!
We had such a lovely time, ending with seeing some truly adorable Koala, all cuddly and snugly living in their little environment, hugging branches whilst they slept – sooo cute. The visit was finished perfectly with a well deserved cuddle!!!
Afterwards we headed onwards to our accommodation for the evening. We had originally booked to stay two nights here but sadly with Qantas cancelling our return flight day we only had one short night. Devastated we were too as Glenelg was just stunning, so so stunning.
We had a fantastic meal at our accommodation. The Watermark Glenelg was serious business, with a massive buffet room, an al a carte area, a bar, a games area, a little casino and even a bottle store attached, it was the place to be for sure!
We spent as much time as we could out enjoying what it had to offer, Bethany was so upset when we arrived to find we were too late to enjoy the Ferris wheel, but as the sun went down her tears dried and she enjoyed sitting on the pier watching the sunset eating ice-cream.
It was truly stunning – the centre of Glenelg came alive at night, street performers, music, bars, cafes, and it even had its own little train link – so cute.
We stayed out as long as we could enjoying the night, walking along the pier as the sunset was a beautiful moment, even more beautiful was the lucky moment of the rare event of being able to see Jupiter and Saturn shining together brighly in the night sky.
We took a stroll on the beach in the dark and paddled in the water, it was so much fun and so warm and lovely.
We have vowed to go back to Glenelg again one day and really soak up all it has to offer. It was really really lovely.
Our trip back was uneventful (thank goodness) and we had the most amazing time. In only a few days we fit in so much, saw so many new things, got to see and learn about Grandad’s life in Australia, hold a Koala, see Kangaroos, watch the most amazing sunset and eat some yummy food. Our trip was really fantastic, thank you to all who made it so lovely and we look forward to visiting South Australia again one day!