It took us three days to drive from Esperance to Adelaide. Three really, really long days of driving. A big drive, but worth the effort of getting somewhere special for Dylan’s birthday. Surprisingly, the Nullabor was greener than expected and the campgrounds were great. Plenty of room for the afternoon game of cricket.
Maybe we were better prepared for a landscape of little change, but it seemed a little better than our trip down the coast from Broome. Some of the photo ops of the Great Australian Bite were pretty awesome too. The below photo is looking east.
And here’s a photo from the Head of the Bite looking back towards the west.
When we arrived at the campground in Adelaide (the night before Dylan’s big day), we couldn’t believe our luck. An oval and cricket pitch right out the front of the caravan park – perfect. There was also free tennis courts with racquets and balls provided. Plus, we were camped overlooking the Torrens River (creek) with a walking/ cycle path into the city and a resident koala. This was pretty close to “activity paradise” for the Shillos and we managed to do all of these activities, every day for three days. Yay!
Dylan’s birthday started out with present giving and lots of phone calls from family. He also received a special phone call from his teacher and class who sang Happy Birthday to him. This was so sweet and special and both Tim and I had tears in our eyes watching how excited he was to get this phone call.
The first activity for the day was cricket (of course), then a trip to the movies to see “Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”. A great movie with loads of laughs and we pretty much had the theatre to ourselves. We had planned on the Adelaide zoo that day but decided to postpone that activity until the following day so we could have a “cricket day”.
We took a visit to Adelaide Oval and paid our respects to Phillip Hughes as he had played for South Australia. This tragedy has had such an effect on my boys. Dylan and Sam were just drawing up a “get well” card for him when we heard the terrible news that he had passed away. Dylan also knew that Phil Hughes was to have a birthday just 2 days after his own, so he wanted to spend some time thinking about him. We talked about how Phil had followed his dreams and that’s what we all need to keep doing. Hard stuff to take in at that age.
Rundle Mall was next on our hit list to purchase a cricket ball (and computer lead). We then found a cricket oval right next to Adelaide oval and Dylan got to test out the new gear.
After this, a trip to Henley Beach to cool off in the afternoon.
Then dinner and birthday cake. Chocolate cake. Sugar, it’s not addictive at all!
The following day, after a round of tennis and cricket, we headed for the Adelaide Zoo. It’s a lovely zoo and the gardens are spectacular. The highlights were seeing the Pandas, the Orangutan, the Tree Kangaroo…and so much more.
We caught up with friends for dinner that night and our final day in Adelaide involved cricket, tennis and a trip to the local swimming pool. Great fun.
Sam – The best thing about Adelaide was the zoo. One of my favourite animals and one of the most endangered animals is the Orangutan. I adopted (sponsored) an Orangutan last year called Noddy and the Orangutan at the Adelaide zoo looked just like him. I loved going to the cinemas and seeing the movie, it was really funny.
Dylan – My favourite thing about Adelaide was my birthday, because I got lots of cricket gear, lego, minecraft books and an Australian cricket shirt. I really loved getting all of the phone calls in the morning too. We went to see a really funny movie, played some cricket and at night we went out to dinner and I got a huge chocolate cake with candles. The zoo was fantastic too because we got to see 2 big pandas and 4 beautiful Macaws.
Until next time…