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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Welcome everyone,

We spent one week in Nuri, doing the tourist thing. Nuri isn't very big only around 4700 people, then there is Tanunda about the same and then Lyndoch too. Nuri, the name is thought to be derived from an aboriginal word meaning "meeting place" as large numbers of aboriginals once gathered there to trade, and is still recognised as the commercial centre of the Barossa.  I counted on the map around 50 wineries in this area. The towns or villages as you could call them are about the same distance apart as driving from Bundy to Bargara.  Last week was a fun week, we drove to Gawler and had a bit of a look around.  We visited the tourist information centre and had a great time talking with the ladies there.  They told us about some great places to find crabs and free camp too.  They also told us about Mc Leods Daughters places.  Yeah they filmed the series around here.  I will tell you more about that later.  From Gawler we drove out to the Barossa Reseviour,  just south of Cockatoo Valley and there was the Whispering wall.  The reseviour holds about 4500 Olympic size swimming pools of water, or 62 hectares of water coverage. The dam wall is a curved, slender shape and a quiet location, induces conditions that contribute to the transmission of sound.  Straight line sound waves reflect obliquely off the wall as they travel 140 metres to the other end.  So brave dave walked out to the other side and I stood there waiting for nothing, but when Dave started talking it was just like he was standing there next to me.  It was real fun and we stood there for ages having fun.
McLeods Series in Freeling.
Mainly in the towns of Freeling, Roseworthy,  Kapunda, and Truro.The Sign for Drover's Run is in the information centre there in Gawler. Signed by the cast.   Stevies wedding dress is in the window of the dry cleaners in Gawler.  After the series ended they had a big sale and sold items that were used in the series, so there is stuff all over.  Some in Gawler and the other towns. The house for Drover's Run is out of bounds.  A company actually bought it and no one is allowed to go there.  They were going to turn it into a bed and breakfast but it was going to cost too much money.  The place is full of termites.  The film company only could use 3 rooms. The house is actually on a property called Kingsford, just 15 klm south west of Freeling.  Freeling is just a 20 minute drive from Nuri. Our first stop was the Gungellan truck stop,  they put a light smear of mud over the windows to stop the reflection while they were filming. Dave though it was fun to park the truck in there for the photo. The petrol bowers were only props and are not real as you can see from the photo.  The cafe that was in the truck stop is none existant.  The Gungellan pub was originally called the railway, now it is changed.  Inside was not as big as it looks on the tv.  Around the corner was the cafe.  Here we had a coffee and cake.  The young lady that now owns it is the third owner since the series finished.  She  was really nice and talked heaps.  She had a photo album and the stars signed the wall of the cafe.  So when we were nearly finished she told us that we would have to sign the wall too. People from all over the world have signed the wall so now our names are there too.   The Freeling Council has bought the windmill and bath from the series and are going to place it some where the lady told us.  The town hall is just around  the corner as well.  We had a fun visit, something that we thought would be interesting.
From here we drove towards Kapunda, Kapunda is a local aboriginal name for "rocky waterhole" and the first thing we saw was this great big statue. It is called Map the Miner.  Dave is just a small child compared to the statue.  Kapunda has the first Copper mining town in Australia, 1838.  We had another visit to the tourist information centre, were you could go downstairs and see exhibits, then up to the top of the building and there was a gallery. We did the tourist drive around the town and you could walk around a mine site.  The sign on the front told people that they were not allowed to fossick, yeah right I bet people did slip some into their pockets.  There is a lot of heritage there, from old stone built churches and nunneries to houses.  Sir Sidney Kidman, who was born near Adelaide in 1857 ran away from home with his pony Cyclops and 50 cents in his pocket.  The home he bought in Kapunda in the 1900's is now part of the high school today. During his life time he built up a stock and land empire that either owned or leased over 100 cattle and sheep stations.  It also included the largest cattle station in the world at that time.
Hope you have enjoyed this entry  just as we have enjoyed being there.  On our computer we can double click on the photos and they come up bigger like the screen.  Download them if you wish.  We have started work on Tuesday, 37 degrees and very hot though only half a day.  So now vintage is starting to run faster.
Stay well and take care,
Suzanne and David

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Bernice Kerridge on

Dave Sue, this is wonderful and so very interesting I don't think we will ever get to these places and just to see them I feel we are there I even enjoyed the cup of coffee, Everyone here is as well as can be expected,thank goodness you thought to go to hospital as you never know and its great to hear it is muscles although that is quite painful too so sorry to hear that Davey,look after yourselves and take care,all our love to you both from Bundaberg and try not to work to hard.....Bernice

Wayne and Wendy on

Hey Dave and Sue
We found this all really interesting, the Whispering Wall sounds really cool. We have made a note to visit here when we get back to to SA. Love all you stories, keep them coming.
Don't work too hard :) !!!!!

Stacey Zink on

hi there this was very interesting i love reading what yous have been doing i loved the last trip yous went on too. i am really jeolous. hope yous are fine and well. all the brats are doing well too. my mum and dad are well too.melissa leaves for the carribean in may she following the cricket. i enjoyed that travel of yours where you off to next. take care love staceyt zink xxxoooo

lyn on

Boy! you get to some really cool places ...that whispering wall sounds fantastic, well hope you have lots more fun to send our way. Travel safe look forward to your next post
<3 Lyn

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