The Grampians National Park in South Australia, home to some of the best rock climbing and hiking. We loved this beautiful park, but with only a short time to explore we could only see a small part of it. We will definitely back!
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Seasonal Garden Cafe in Hahndorf South Australia was a special treat to visit. The inside is warm, cosy and welcoming, with beautiful staff who love a good chat. The creative talent behind this Cafe is Silvia Hart, who took the time to tell us about her business and the exciting work she is doing with organic food in the local community and around Australia. Silvia is passionate about minimising food wastage and sharing that message to others.
The Seasonal Garden Cafe is just that, a cafe that serves meals made up of local produce that is in season. Their food is sourced from local producers, farmers and growers markets. The Cafe's menu changes frequently, according to what is available and in season. By the end of the week they will have an open plate night where you pay $10 per meal and let the chef create you something special. It is a way for the Cafe to use foods which may have gone to waste. It's this type of thinking that makes a difference.
Check out the link below for The Seasonal Garden's Facebook, find out more and follow their journey.
As we were driving through the scenic hills of Adelaide we noticed a sign, 'Hahndorf, Historic Village'. We were instantly intrigued and excited to explore Australia's oldest living German settlement. After driving through very 'Australian' roads and landscapes we turned off the freeway into a very 'European' quaint village with old and beautiful trees lining the main street. We quickly found a park and literally jumped out of the van ready to explore the many different craft, fashion, souvenir and authentic German shops. Wineries and cheese shops offer tastings, which we loved. Getting to try German inspired products was such a highlight. We love trying foods from overseas and giving our taste buds a new experience. Another special moment was finding a unique organic cafe that used seasonal and local products supporting farmers in the region (This cafe will be a 'Rebel Road Test' featured on our site very soon!).
Throughout our whole six week van trip across Australia, from Sydney to Perth, we didn't find any other town or village quite like Hahndorf. It is definitely worth the time to stop and enjoy the sights and atmosphere of the place.
Fishery Bay in South Australia was a magical find, such a beautiful place to call home for the night. Framping (free camping) is such a great way to keep the cost down on your holiday. Most of the time we prefer Framping to staying in caravan parks as more often than not framping sites are less crowded, beautiful, quieter and closer to nature... Fishery bay is the perfect example of such a place. (To find more framping sites in Australia, click on the 'Framping' tab just after the last photo in this post)
We found a great spot, high on the peninsular overlooking the ocean to set up camp. After some surfers and their dog left, we had the place to ourselves. We cooked up some yummy mexican wraps and watched as dusk turned to night and a full moon came out to keep us company. We stayed up late just chatting and star gazing, you didn't even need a torch it was so bright.
In places like this, when your phone is out of range and with no tv, you are reminded of the simple pleasures in life. Of how a simple conversation can bring so much joy. It's moments like this that we feel the most connected and inspired, we are reminded of what's important and how thankful we are for our life and each other. Sometimes you need to get yourself out of range of technology to connect with each other again. We are more than guilty of getting hooked on tv shows, staying up till two in the morning to watch 'just one more'. Technology has taken over the way people connect and as much as it can be annoying to see 'SOS only' on your phone or not be able to watch your favourite tv shows, embrace getting into the outdoors with the ones you love and roll with some sweet conversationing.
On this particular cold and gloomy day we explored Coffin Bay National Park, in South Australia. The land is so rough and rugged, with cliffs that drop straight into the wild ocean and winds that threaten to knock you down flat. As tempting as a surf on the reef break below the cliffs looked, we were more than happy to get back to our warm and comfortable van. Just around from the cliffs was a large area of forest that had been affected by fire. We were not sure if it was from back burning or other causes but it's always sad to see the aftermath of a forest fire. Being in this environment reminds you how harsh mother nature can be and how vulnerable we all are to her.
Exploring Murphys Haystack, a 100,000 year old granite outcrop in South Australia.
The Great Australian Bight is a large open bay, a stretch of rugged, wild coast line that runs for 1160 kms from Cape Pasley, South Australia to Cape Carnot, Western Australia. It was one of the most amazing experiences, standing on top of these 60 meter high majestic cliffs with the powerful winds and strong surf, a moment we will never forget.