Week 10 | Tintinara to Adelaide

Day 64 – 66: Tintinara to Tailem Bend

Twenty eight kilometers along the Dukes Highway from Tintinara is Coonalpyn. Home of four silos painted by Guido Van Helten and themed Hope for the Future. The silos were painted in 2017 and feature children from the local school. The Coonalpyn community formed a group & created the Coonalpyn Arts Trail in an endeavour to beautify their Main Street. Six art projects were created reflecting the rich stories, history and fabric of the community.

We viewed the silos, the Mosaic Project, Eyes on the Road and the Tunnel Re-vision projects. I was particularly interested in the mosaic project after trying mosaics myself back at Mission Arts. The mosaic was completed by 27 volunteers over 3000 hours and took 12 months to complete. The Tunnel Re-vision was originally created over 20 years ago & was revitalised by the children of the local school with the restoration & reimagining of the murals. A further 12 murals were added. Coonalpyn was certainly a highlight of our trip.

After a morning tea stop at the Coonalpyn Silo Cafe we travel further on and find ourselves pulling off the highway as a massive site office is travelling along being pulled by two semi trailers.

The landscape is still very dry and barren and there are many large salt lakes and solar farms. We pass by a massive complex called The Bend, it’s a Motorsport park that was only opened in 2018.  The Tailem Bend Football Club is our home for the next 3 nights.  We pull up in a great spot between two trees with a small patch of grass.  Parking is all around the oval between the trees and mostly on the dirt surface.  As the afternoon rolls on, the oval begins to fill with 10 other caravans.  It’s low cost camping here at $10 per night for toilets and showers.  Brian the caretaker is a real character and calls by each afternoon to collect the fees.  The showers are currently being painted, but the volunteer painter hasn’t been back to finish the job so Brian opens the showers up for us anyway.  It’s so great to have a long hot shower after a few days free camping and conserving water.

We meet quite a few people here over the 3 days and to my surprise there are 2 women who are travelling in their vans with their dogs.  One of the ladies has travelled extensively throughout Australia, at times with her brother & partner in a separate van.  She has a large van and is well set up and we are impressed with how adventurous she is to be embarking on so many exciting journeys.

Spending 3 days here has allowed me to catch up on some work and to have some drone practice on the footy oval.  I’m really pleased with my DJ Spark it’s take a great aerial photo and the video footage is impressive.

Wildlife: Galahs, magpies, corellas, dead mallee fowl, sheep.

Day 67 – 70: Tailem Bend to Adelaide

Heading off along the Princess Highway today it’s a comfortable 18 degrees for our 121km journey to our relatives house at North Haven in Adelaide.  We call into Mount Barker along the way to have an early lunch and find a great spot to park the van and do a bit of shopping.  Andrew finds a new hat at BCF to replace the one that was stomped on when he did his footy dive chasing sheep in Ararat.

The next 12 days in Adelaide will be spent with family.  We’ve been to Adelaide twice before and have done most of the tourist attractions during those trips.  We have a large family that found us almost 20 years ago (that’s another story) so this trip is all about spending time with them.  We are enjoying a home stay at North Haven.

North Haven Marina
North Haven Marina

Who doesn’t love Maggie Beer?  Another bucket list item was to visit Maggie’s farm at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley.  We headed off early and arrived in time for morning tea.  There was a bus load of tourists there when we first arrived so we took the opportunity to take a walk around the farm and view the vineyard, the olive grove and the pheasants.  The farm is so picturesque.  The Farm Shop and The Farm Eatery overlook the dam where turtles are happily swimming in the shallows and the ducks are diving for food amongst the reeds.

Maggie Beers Farm
Maggie Beers Farm

Your coffee comes in a wooden crate followed by your cake of choice.  Andrew had the carrot cake and I chose peach & rosemary cake with real clotted cream.  We were in heaven.  Within the Farm Shop is Maggies kitchen where the series of The Cook and The Chef were filmed.  I couldn’t help myself and had to have a photo taken behind the kitchen bench pretending that I was cooking up a storm!  We can highly recommend a visit to Maggies Farm if you are ever visiting the Barossa Valley.

Wildlife:  Cows, alpacas, turtles, ducks, seagulls.

Week 10 total expenses:  $643.70 happy with that!

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That’s a wrap for Week 10 of the Lap of the Map.

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