|Detour via Burley Griffin Way|
|Recognition of Evonne Goolagong in Barellan|
Complacency flew out the window as this meant that I had to plot a new course to Adelaide. My GPS kept insisting we go via Narrandera so I had to resort to a paper map. As Mr Geniaus does not have too much faith in my spatial skills I had to deal with lots of questions as we travelled along our new route.
The good news is that I navigated us successfully to join The Sturt Highway west of Narrandera where we could once again let the GPS take over. A benefit of this detour was that, from Ardlethan on, we travelled on a road we hadn't used before and got to see some sights and towns that were new to us.
First up was Barellan, hometown of Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong. We then drove on through Griffith passing a couple of well-known Australian wineries, McWilliams and De Bortoli (Bilbul). We had a stop and walk around in Griffith; it appears to be a prosperous city (there were no empty shops on the long shopping strip) with some attractive parks and gardens. A drive down to Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River put us back onto The Sturt Highway, the road to Adelaide.
|Flood water by The Sturt Highway|
|Water across Road sign|
|Border Fruit Inspection|
My backache, sore neck and shoulder woke me before the alarm this morning. We were up and on the road before 8:00 am. Driving through the Riverina district with its many wineries and citrus orchards caused me to develop quite a thirst. Our late breakfast stop was at McDonalds Mildura, a thriving and attractive city in Victoria on the River Murray. We had many glimpses of this river on our trip along the highway and into South Australia; perusing the photos I took today shows me that I have a host of watery images.
As we approached the South Australian border there were signs warning about the fruit and vegetable inspection point 5km ahead. We quickly found and ate the two apples we had so that we did not have to dispose of them in the quarantine bin. Australia has quite strict strict quarantine laws even across state borders.
|Cliffs on the Murray River at Waikerie, South Australia|
|Ferry across The Murray at Waikerie|
From Waikerie the last couple of hours into Adelaide just seemed to fly as we passed yet more wineries including Wolf Blass and Penfolds. So anxious was I to get to Adelaide that I declined Mr Geniaus' suggestion of a detour through The Barossa Valley.
Our entry to Adelaide from the North brought us past some pretty rural areas before we hit new housing estates and light industry. Driving through the trendy area of North Adelaide and passing the Historic Children's Hospital building brought to a bridge across the River Torrens and our hotel right by The Convention Centre, venue for Congress.
|Rural scene on Adelaide's outskirts|
|Historic Children's Hospital Building|