Sunday, April 22, 2018

Barossa Valley

An hour's drive outside of Adelaide is the Barossa Valley, Australia's counterpart to the Napa Valley for the production of fine wines. We did an excellent tasting tour of three wineries, and had a good lunch (with more wine) in the town of Tanunda.

Aerating the wine at Hemera Estate cellar door (tasting room)

Tscharske Estate cellar door

Joe Evans in Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars tasting room

Old Lutheran Church, Tanunda

Building and blue sky, Tanunda

Saltery Restaurant grape arbor, Tanunda

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Art Gallery of South Australia

This afternoon we spent a few hours at the Art Gallery of South Australia, a splendid museum in Adelaide. They're having a big Monet exhibit from the Orsay in Paris, but we've viewed those paintings several times, and we wanted to see contemporary Australian art. We were not disappointed; there were a number of interesting special exhibits and individual works. Here are a few that particularly lent themselves to photographic capture, presented without comment.

Adelaide Scenes

Wandering around Adelaide, South Australia, on our first full day in the city.

Street scenes

Central Market

Taste of Australia

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tasman Island Cruise

Today (April 20) was our last day in Tasmania. In the late afternoon and evening we flew from Hobart to Melbourne and then to Adelaide, where I'm writing this. But in the morning and early afternoon, we had a wonderful cruise out from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck. The weather was exceptional, and the scenery was great. Here are some images, in chronological order, from the cruise. Striated and columnar rocks of great age and size, billowy clouds over a deep blue sea, a plenitude of lounging and fishing seals, sea birds,... and some humor.

One of the guides orienting the passengers before the cruise.

A store across the street from the tour office: Everything you need.



Baby seal

These vertical columns are reminiscent of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, but much bigger.

Seal posing

Lots of seals lolling, before they roll off the rocks to go fishing

More remarkable rocks

Back at the tour office

Port Arthur Penal Colony

After a good dinner and sleep at Freycinet Lodge, we proceeded down the east coast of Tasmania to Port Arthur, notorious as a cruel work and punishment facility for convicts deported from England in the early 1800s. While the stories told by the guides are chilling, the site currently is well maintained (though the penal buildings are picturesquely decayed) and surprisingly well landscaped (for the pleasure of non-criminal visitors). And it's located on a scenic bay, where we began our tour.