Mannum - Barossa Valley – Gluepot.
Monday the 24th May and it is time to leave the Murray Princess. Breakfast is served at 7.30am and this is the opportunity to say farewell to new found friends. We docked at 9.00am and soon after we had picked up our car and were on the way to the Barossa Valley. The first place that we arrived in was Mt. Pleasant, a place to take more photos. The weather was again bad for photography and to make things worse, fog had started to descend on the area. It was then on to Angaston, another place I had never heard of. Just before reaching the town we came across Yalumba’s winery. What a picture this place was, the autumn leaves were in their best colours and we could not believe the beauty of the place. We had not expected to get this type of a display considering Hahndorf’s trees had all lost their autumn leaves. After walking around and photographing almost from every angle, we drove into Angaston which was a pretty town. The fog was now rather thick and Visibility had dropped to around 100 Metres. From here it was on to Tanunda where we had lunch and visited the Chateau Tanunda Winery but what a disappointment after the Yalumba experience.
From the Barossa Valley it was back to Blanch Town to pick up our caravan. We did stop on the way for supplies as we were again heading bush for a couple of days and there were no shops where we were heading. With the caravan in tow, we went back to Waikerie and then on to Gluepot. I felt it was too good an opportunity while I was in the area not to give Gluepot another go. We arrived back in the Bird Reserve just on dark and set up the caravan. An hour later we had a severe electrical storm which dropped around 15mm of rain and left large puddles everywhere. I hope that this does not play havoc with the birding in the morning.