Coonawarra Wine Region in Australia

Coonawarra is the most southerly of South Australia state’s wine regions. Its cool temperatures and unique “Terra Rosa” soils (mineral-rich red soil atop a layer of very hard limestone, called “Calcrete” through which roots cannot penetrate, down to a layer of porous limestone which provides drainage) produces a unique terroir where small, concentrated, stressed berries [Read more …]

Australia’s McLaren Vale Wine Region

Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region is known primarily for Shiraz and Cabernet wines. Since it has a Mediterranean climate, it also produces several Rhone, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese varietals, including Tempranillo, Grenache, Nebbiolo and Touriga Nacionale. Although our time was limited in the region, we were still able to visit five wineries—and they were winners. [Read more …]

Australia’s Adelaide Hills Wine Country

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Adelaide Hills Wine Country Australia’s Adelaide Hills is a warmer wine region that produces primarily Shiraz (53 percent, to be exact). But the region also produces Cabernet, Pinot Noir and a number of whites, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. The large region, which has always been home to a particularly large German population, has [Read more …]

Barossa Valley Wine Region

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South Australia Wine Regions We went to Adelaide Australia to see the city. But we also went there as a jumping off point for wine regions. After all, te Adelaide area is like Australia’s Northern California…home to many of the country’s best winegrowing regions and wineries. In exploring wine regions the world over, we can [Read more …]

Adelaide Australia Restaurants and Hotel

Adelaide Restaurants Adelaide Australia is more of a restaurant city than we found in Alice Springs. It has four primary restaurant districts, one on each side of the city, and supposedly, has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. We tried a few of them: Chianti, a very popular, [Read more …]

Adelaide Australia

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We took a plane from Alice Springs to Adelaide Australia for our next stop. Adelaide is a city of about 1.2 million people. Colonel William Light, a British Army engineer, recruited a number of settlers to his vision of a new, utopian city that he founded and designed just before he died. His vision, however, [Read more …]

Alice Springs Australia

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Alice Springs Australia, in the Northern Territory, was our next stop. Although it is the only metropolis in the region, is not much of an architectural showplace or a cultural hub. “Downtown” generally consists of large, typically one-to-three-story buildings (individual stores like Kmart and Target, shopping malls, government buildings, motels and office complexes) surrounded by [Read more …]

West MacDonnell’s National Park

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Another beautiful area in Australia’s Northern Territory is West MacDonnell’s National Park. Here, we were able to explore of some of the area’s most striking scenery with its steep mountains, deep gorges and hiking trails. Although the entire park can be explored on foot via the 223 kilometer-long, convict-built Larapinta Trail. one can access the [Read more …]

Australia’s Kings Canyon National Park

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From Ayer’s Rock, we drove about 3 hours through the desolate outback to Kings Canon National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. In a region characterized primarily by rolling hills of red (iron-oxide-based) sand and sandstone, low grasslands and bushes, Kings Canyon provides a dramatic break from the routine. The deep canyon, flanked by steep, shear, [Read more …]

Australia’s Outback

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Before we get into some of the interesting areas in Central Australia, we have to first talk about Australia’s outback. This is a vast land filled with a lot of nothing other than miles and miles of red sand, spiniflex grass and hardy scrub buses and small trees. And of course, it is hot—very hot—with [Read more …]