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Our Downunder trip began in lovely Adelaide, where we were introduced to the cosmopolitan nature of Australian cities and the unique landscapes of this vast land. Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, a region of historic towns, dramatic coastline and vast swathes of outback.

We drove the 1000 km route of the Princess Highway from Adelaide to Melbourne following the coastal road, with several scenic stops along the way.

Cosmopolitan Adelaide is bordered by the Mt. Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St. Vincent. The compact city center with its lovely Georgian architecture is laid out in an orderly grid, surrounded by parkland.


The historic Adelaide Zoo houses 300 native and exotic species with a focus on the Gondwana supercontinent.

The North Terrace is the hub of cultural sites including the University of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and South Australian Museum.

Near Lyndoch is the Whispering Wall, a concrete dam with amazing acoustics. Someone speaking normally at one end can be heard clearly at the other end, 150 meters away.

Glenelg is a seaside suburb  with a white sand beach, reached by vintage tram from Adelaide.

Hahndorf, the oldest German settlement in Australia, was settled by Lutherans who fled religious persecution in Prussia.

75 kilometers northeast of Adelaide is Australia's best known wine district, the Barossa Valley, which has been producing wine for 160 years.

Mt. Gambier is a thriving city on the slopes of an extinct volcano, which serves as a hub for exploring Coorong National Park and various geological formations such as caves and two sinkhole gardens.

Blue Lake is situated in the crater of Mt. Gambier volcano. A 3.6 kilometer trail around its perimeter has several scenic viewpoints.


Australia's coat of arms depicts a shield held up by an emu and a kangaroo.

Bayview College in Portland was originally founded in 1885 as a convalescent hospital.

Geelong features quirky statues representing its historical and marine past.

Near Robe, a trail meanders through coastal dunes and past windsurfing beaches. The size of the dunes area exceeds those in Oregon.

Along the coast, charming fishing ports  like Port Fairy date back to the time of whalers and sealers. They have quaint harbors, limestone and whitewash cottages and colorful fleets.  

In Warnambool, the Maritime Village museum  presents life as it was in the late 1800's.

The historical city of Geelong on Port Phillip Bay was the gateway for the 1850's Ballarat gold rush and now has numerous attractions including a pretty waterfront, botanical garden and museums. 

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Long stretches of beaches, rugged cliffs and limestone formations on one side contrast with lush forest on the other.

Most famous of the limestone formations are rock stacks called the Twelve Apostles, abandoned to the ocean by the eroding mainland. The ever changing coastline has actually eroded one of the "Apostles."  

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