Standing at 727 metres high, Mount Lofty Summit is the highest point of the Mount Lofty Ranges which is 15 km east of the City of Adelaide. It forms part of the ranges called the Adelaide Hills and is adjacent to the Cleland Conservation Park area. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city (on a clear day), it contains television transmission towers operated by the Adelaide Television Station, as well as the Mount Lofty Fire Tower. Naturally, its also an excellent place for picnics and just hanging out in the beauty of nature.
The first order of the day is to get our carpark tickets sorted as fines are hefty here!
Ethan learning that a large-sized rodent-like creature here is a Bandicoot and not a rat.
Mount Lofty is a great place for picnics, and we had our lunch basking in the glorious South Australian Sun.
Kids like this one here loved to walk around its circumference and strike a pose here.
From Mount Lofty Ranges, we next drove through the yellow brick road region and stopped by the Melba Chocolate Factory.
Giant white and milk chocolate creatures like dinosaurs, “gingerbread” men and other beasties could be bought.
We next hit the road en route to the Barossa Valley, the famous wine-producing region of South Australia.
Mount Lofty reminds me how incredibly literal Australian placenames can be – as if the relevant explorer was feeling really tapped out that day and couldn’t be bothered thinking up anything interesting (or finding out the Aboriginal name). My favourite is the Great Sandy Desert, presumably named because it’s a) big, b) full of sand, and c) a desert.