A Lofty View of Adelaide
Question: When family is spread across Australia’s top end and east coast, in which region do you get together?
Answer: You meet on neutral ground in the South Australian capital of Adelaide 🙌🏻
And that’s how I came to be in Adelaide for a week.
With an Airbnb booked at Henley Beach South, we’d be splitting our time between the coast just out of Adelaide and some of South Australia’s finest wine regions with day trips to the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and of course a visit to the home of Penfolds on the outskirts of the city too.
But first, mountains
Having never visited Adelaide before, and arriving a day ahead of my family, I decided to let a view from the top be my introduction the charms of the South Australian capital.
Whenever I visit a new place, one of the first things I do is take a look at a map to find the nearest patches of green. Sometimes it’s just a handful of urban parks, other times its sprawling national parks, here, it was Mount Lofty and its surrounding bushland.
Hiking Mount Lofty
The start of the hike to Mount Lofty summit is Waterfall Gully. The main walking track is undergoing restoration works, but there’s clearly signposted detours along the way and I was able to complete the walk to the summit without any trouble.
The track is steep, you’re climbing to a summit over the course of a few hours, so it takes reasonable fitness. The track winds through pretty bushland and when you reach the top, you’ll have a panoramic view over Adelaide. If you’re lucky you might even spot a koala or too like I did. There’s a cafe up there too so you can grab a cool drink, a bit to eat, and kick back for a bit before making your descent.
The hike up Mt Lofty turned out to be a much-needed energetic precursor to the leisurely and indulgent pace of the remainder of my stay in Adelaide: eating and drinking my way around the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, and McLaren Vale, and lazy afternoon beers with this view…