We’ve been in Australia for a week now…
Sydney – Had coffee with a couple I hadn’t see in about 40 years – “Facebook finds” who happened to be visiting here from Venezuela. Then went to the Royal Easter Show which is a combo agricultural fair, midway, rodeo, trade show and entertainment event just like the PNE or CNE in Canada. More sheep and more wine sampling, but otherwise identical.
Adelaide – Pleasant city. Stayed in Hostel 109, which was very good. Rented a car.
Port Augusta – Drove a couple of hours to stock up on groceries, since the excellent market and most, if not all, stores in Adelaide had closed at 5 pm on Sunday. (Fortunately we had enough wine, bread, cheese and fruit to tide us over.) Port Augusta is well known as a provisioning point, but traditionally for travelers who have just traveled eastward for 1000s of kilometres without services on the Nullabar desert. At least we visited the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens to get in the mood.
Hawker – I really like the Aussie “caravan parks.” Always a cabin with cooking facilities, air conditioning, car parked right outside, with red soil and eucalyptus trees galore.
Flinders Ranges National Park – We have almost gotten over the urge to screech to a halt for every kangaroo that we see. Emus still trigger a foot on the brake, though.