February 2006 Hello everyone i speak to you of my journey to Australia. Australia is an island continent so great as to contain 25 times Italy, and from the other side of the earth compared to us and we want to 2 days to reach it, however, the journey, despite the fact that it is long, deserves to be done. We arrived in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, we are fortunate because we stay from uncles emigrated to Australia 50 years ago. After 2 days to dispose of the long journey, we have started to visit the city that is beautiful. Surrounded by gardens you arrive in the city center: Victoria Square and the near Town Hall are in victorian style and very beautiful. The center of the city and wet from the River Torrens that form a small lake, in Elder Park there is the Rotunda which is similar to a gazebo but very decorated and refined. In the garden there is the Festival Center and the Central Business District.
We admired the panorama of the city from 28TH floor of one of the few skyscrapers of the city. We have done shopping in most renowned street of Adelaide: Rundle Mall where there are shops, street artists and the well-known artifact of Marguerite Dericourt "The Four Piglets in Bronze". They deserve a visit the Museum of the Emigrant where explain how it was hard the life of the first Emigrants and the Museum of Art and Aboriginal culture. During the 30 days of stay we visited Mc Laren Vale place of wineries, a zoo where we gave to eat Kangaroos caressed the Koala, and seen Wombat, Echidne, Emus, Dingo etc. .. We arrived at Victor Harbor about 80 km south of Adelaide beautiful town and the sunset after a nice dinner of fish we have crossed the bridge that leads to Granite Island to see the Penguins who arrive in this small island to spend the night. Exciting adventure!!!!!! Another beautiful trip that we have done and Kangaroo Island: we start the morning from Adelaide by car up to Cape Jervis, where there is the ferry to the island of kangaroos, the third largest island in Australia. After an hour to Penneshaw where you can take the bus that brings us to see Seal Bay Conservation Park. A park ranger accompanies us, Jun along a path very panoramic, up to the beach where there is a colony of about 700 Sea Lions who are hosting us with their typical verses. I am very funny with their stilted movement, make us a beautiful ballet and chasing the waves. Other sleep. Returned to the bus, we travel toward the interior of the island to go to a wildlife reserve where we are preparing for lunch. After eating we do a walk and island that we sight several Koala on eucalyptus trees intent to eat, there are also Kangaroos and Wallaby that accept our breadsticks and crackers. We rely on a journey to reach Flinders Chase that is a eucalyptus forest and come out onto near Cape de Couedic to Remarkable Rocks, a group of rocks from incredible color red, sheer to the sea. The rocks are the result of erosion of the atmospheric agents in thousands of years, a beautiful place to remember. Not far from Remarkable Rocks Jun for a path, you will arrive to Admirals Arch, a place very photographed and spectacular. Let us return to Penneshaw where the ferry takes us back to the island continent. Another day another trip through the Adelaide Hills, the hills that surround Adelaide, you arrive at Mount Lofty high 727 meters from where we can admire the splendid panorama of the city until the sea. We descend to the Mount Lofty and arrive in a small town called Hahndorf, founded in 1839 by captain Hahndorf and in traditional style with germanic half-timbered houses and with many flowers in terraces and windows. We do a little shopping in shops very nice and the many finally. After shopping we will stop to eat in a typical restaurant in bavarian style, with sausages and sauerkraut and the unfailing bavarian beer. Another chapter worthy of note are the wineries: the South Australia produces around 50% of all wine produced in Australia.
In particular we visited the wineyards Clare Valley: Cellar Door, very beautiful and with the excellent wine. After so much traveling and always proper to do a little rest in beaches almost deserted, in particular Semaphore a short distance away from Adelaide. Another beautiful beach and town and Glenelg, where you can arrive directly from Adelaide with the picturesque old tram. It was very difficult to return to Italy after having seen the countless beauties of Australia!!!!!

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