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Port Adelaide’s Pride in the Port Club

It’s that time of year again in Australia when the cricket season is winding down and the football season is starting to gain momentum. The city of Adelaide has two Australian Football League (AFL) teams, Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows. Both teams are vying for the ultimate season prize, the premiership cup. Training is well under way and the clubs are currently finishing the pre-seasons JLT series to finalise their game plans. Ourworldinreview decided to head into the Port Club to test the food they produce for their loyal supporters.

The Port Adelaide Football Club is in Alberton situated in Adelaide’s Western Suburbs. The club was founded in 1870 and has been a dominant force in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with 36 premierships, which happens to be a SANFL record. With the club’s entry into the national competition in 1997 Port Adelaide also known by their other moniker “The Power” have had some success, winning the 2004 premiership against the Brisbane Lions and competing in the 2007 Grand Final against Geelong.

Port Adelaide Football Club
Port Adelaide Football Club Headquarters and training facility.

An extremely proud sporting club, upon entry you are greeted by their 2004 AFL success, the premiership cup. Directly to the left after entering is the Port Club’s store. Here supporters can buy the clubs merchandise for the upcoming season. To the right of the premiership cup is the membership counter to obtain your season or game passes. Walking further into the Port Club it opens into a major dining area to the left and the clubs bar and poker machine area to the right.

Port Adelaide Football Club bar
The Port Club’s bar area

The club rooms are nicely decorated with club’s history and memorabilia on full display. So there is no doubt you are in the Port Adelaide Football Club.

Port Adelaide Football Club
One of the many display cases showcasing the history of the Port Adelaide Football Club

The main dining area is nicely spaced and the service counter is well attended for that initial greeting and subsequent seating. The menu has a good range of dishes available at a fair price. As the hard working history of Port Adelaide being in the club’s mindset, it makes sure not to alienate its core supporters by overpricing their menu. The welcoming atmosphere and the friendly staff oozes pride in this football club.

Port Adelaide Football Club
The large dining area in the Port Club

Our main meal purchases consisted of the Cajun crusted chicken from the daily specials menu and their vegetarian lasagne. We also opted to try some of their available desserts and selected the banana nut sundae and the cookies and cream cheesecake. All food ordering is done at the main service counter and drinks are bought from the bar area. Any purchased main meals come with access to the Port Club’s well-stocked vegetable and salad bars.

Port Adelaide Football Club
The salad bar, which is consistently turned over to ensure it is always stocked.

As we arrived quite early during the meal service the main meals arrived in a satisfactory timeframe. The first meal to arrive was the Cajun crusted chicken. This spicy chicken is served on a bed of baby spinach and lettuce with fresh salsa and sour cream. The chicken was evenly flavoured and succulent and the combination with the sour cream and balsamic dressing made for a tasty dish.

Port Adelaide Football Club's Food
Cajun crusted chicken

Our next meal was the vegetarian lasagne, and it arrived as a large portion covered with cheese and a serving of chips. Unfortunately, the lasagne lacked flavour. Consisting of eggplant and zucchini layers with a thick layer of ricotta cheese, the lasagne just didn’t impress.  The eggplant and zucchini was hard to cut through and the dense layer of ricotta was too much. Ideally other  vegetables needs to be added to improve the dish or change the core vegetable groups. As a suggestion, by adding some grated carrot or layering it with some roasted butternut could give it more appeal. Additionally, if they add some herbs or chopped wilted spinach to the ricotta layer it would also change the outcome.

Port Adelaide Football Club
A large portion of a vegetarian lasagne

Once the main meals were cleared away we waited patiently for our desserts to arrive. After a little wait, with more and more patrons starting to roll into the club, the two desserts arrived. The banana nut sundae, was like any other store bought nut sundae, a serving of vanilla ice-cream covered with banana topping, a dollop of cream sprinkled with crusted nuts and a couple of wafers. Nothing to boast about, but it was sweet, tasty,  a good size and value. These nut  sundaes come in different flavours and  would be a real hit with the kids.

Port Adelaide Football Club
The Port Club’s banana nut sundae. Sweet, tasty and a good size.

The cookies and cream cheesecake was once again a nice portion served with vanilla cream and strawberry compote (topping). Although, I suspect it to be supplier made to guarantee a homogenous product, it was still worthwhile.

Port Adelaide Football Club
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

The Port Club is full of history and tradition, and the club provides honest food at a low-cost for the club and value for its patrons. The staff and service are good and the dining area is well maintained. You’d expect the atmosphere to be buzzing during the football season, therfore bookings will be essential. Although we found the vegetarian lasagne rather plain, the Cajun crusted chicken was excellent. The Port Club’s menu offers a good range of dishes, so patrons should be able to find the right meal for them. So, pop into the Port Club during the season, have a meal and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information for the Port Club

9 Queen Street, Alberton SA 5014
Ph. (08) 8447 9902
Website: www.portadelaidefc.com.au

Club Memberships and supporter game package are available here, so don’t miss out.

Main Meal Price Range AUD$13.50 – $28.90

Trading Hours – Mon-Sun
  •    Lunch 12 noon to 2pm
  •   Dinner 6:00 to 8:30pm
  •   Hours subject to change
The Port Club rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)

Décor =7
Atmosphere =7
Service =7
Price =8
Food =7

Overall = 7.0

The South Australian Maritime Museum

We recently visited Port Adelaide and experienced some of the fabulous things they have on offer. From dolphin cruises, ghost tours, and the museums, Port Adelaide’s history is available to be experienced by everyone. Actually, there is an interesting write up by our partner site Josie Wanders regarding “Things to do in Port Adelaide”. So, after reading this article, head over and find out what other things are on offer. One of those ideal places to visit is the South Australian Maritime Museum.

Located in a historic building in Port Adelaide the South Australian Maritime Museum is three levels of displays and interactive education. Entry via the main entrance leads into the museums shop with fun and exciting things for those people who are awestruck by the prospect of maritime life and history.

Maritime Museum
Entrance and exit through the museum’s shop

South Australia’s colourful maritime history is completely on display as you investigate the various areas within the museum. As soon as you walk through the two big sliding doors you are greeted with a full-sized ketch. Active II is a replica of the original working vessel the Active. The museum gives it visitors a chance to climb on-board and investigate the areas around a ketch. Climb into the hold and get a feel for the cargo space and how the stevedores would have had to manoeuvre around the hold to discharge and load the goods. Then check out the forecastle for crew accommodation and compare it with the Captain’s cabin. Also, see if you can fit in the ship’s galley where the meals were prepared.

Maritime Museum's Ketch
Climb aboard the Active II and check out what a working ketch looks like.

You will notice on some walls the various figureheads that used to be mounted on the bow of vessel to ward off evil spirits or to ram and scare rival vessels. It is amazing how much work goes into the carving of these figureheads and sculpting that perfect showcase.

Maritime Museum
Vessel figureheads, amazing craftsmanship!

Moving through the doors the next exhibit is about the importance of the Australian Navy in our maritime history. The models of naval ships, the uniforms and some of the equipment used to measure distance, time, location and direction are all on display.

Maritime Museum
Where was Captain Matthew Flinders on a certain date?

If you work your way downstairs the museum has an area dedicated to the migration of people into South Australia. They have some computers set up if you wish to discover if any of your relatives migrated to South Australia by ship. This area also gives the visitors an idea about what it was like on those vessels from the early 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Climb into an old sleeping bunk to see how comfortable it is…..or isn’t!

Maritime Museum
Hop in and test out the beds the first colonists used to travel from England.

Now head on up to the top floor, here you will find exhibits about life on the LeFevre Peninsula. Check out the old surfboards, jump on the spring-loaded surfboard and test your balance, but be careful. Look at the old carnival sideshow clowns, or the range of old fishing rods.

Maritime Museum
Surf’s Up!
Martime Museum
Fishing anyone?

Keep on moving and you will discover the shipwreck area of items found from various shipwrecks around South Australia. Finally walk around and discover the ships and families that serviced Port Adelaide and some memorabilia donated by these proud family members.

Maritime Museum
Entry to the lighthouse is included with your museum entry.

Another unique thing about the South Australian Maritime Museum is that once you leave, the Port has other exhibits associated with the museum. Your entry ticket also gives you the opportunity to visit the lighthouse on fisherman’s wharf and look at the retired tugboat the Yelta moored alongside.

Maritime Musuem
A tugboat called Yelta moored alongside the lighthouse

Overall the South Australian Maritime Museum is the most known museum in the Port. And although it is not huge, it offers a good few hours of discovery. I really like the museum, but that may be due to my family’s maritime background. I’ve always been drawn to the Maritime Museum, so hopefully you and your family will be too. Once again I recommend incorporating the South Australian Maritime Museum with another fun activity like the Railway or Aviation Museums. So, enjoy your day, enjoy the museums and tell them, Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information for the South Australian Maritime Museum

126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph. (08) 82407 6255
Website: www.maritime.history.sa.gov.au

Trading Hours

Daily 10:00am – 05:00pm

Entry Fee

Adult: $12.50
Concession: $8
Child: $6
Family $29.50

Accommodation is available around the Port Adelaide area

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Poddy Dodger’s- Wilpena Pound Resort – Flinders Ranges

The Wilpena Pound Resort offers an incredible amount of natural beauty. The National Parks amphitheatre and the possibility of having interactions with kangaroos and emus in their natural habitat is heart-warming. Visitors who stay at one of the available accommodations has use of the resorts facilities. During our time, we make sure we fill the car with fuel, shop at the resort store and test the resorts bar and bistro, Poddy Dodger’s.

Wilpena Pound Resort's Poddy Dodger's
The dining and bar of Poddy Dodger’s

With a well-maintained bar and dining area, Poddy Dodger’s has a good range of South Australian wine and beers available. The staff is friendly respectful and helpful in choosing that right drink for you. The bar area is comfortable with a lounge area overlooking the swimming pool and a dining area looking out into the front gardens.

Resort Swimming Pool
Resort Swimming Pool – All visitors welcome

The garden area is where the resort performs its welcome to country presentation nightly. Our recommendation is to make sure you visit the bar between 5pm and 6pm for the resorts happy hour. The resort also has a restaurant called Captain Starlight which is adjacent to Poddy Dodger’s. During our stay the majority of visitors we saw ate at the bistro. A  bonus while eating or drinking at the bar is that if you wait long enough you just never know what kinds of animals may visit the garden.

Garden area at Wilpena Pound Resort
A very thirsty kangaroo drinking from a sprinkler

We initially sit on the lounge and take advantage of the AUD$5 glasses of wine. Honestly, you can’t go wrong. We also grab some menus to see what types of food they have on offer. After some glasses of wine, we move to a table and prepare to order dinner. The bar doesn’t have full table service, so ordering of your meals is done at the main counter.

Lounge Area at Wilpena Pound Resort
Resting in the lounge area overlooking the swimming pool

Since we are hungry from a long day of adventuring the Ikara-Flinders National Park we decide to order some garlic bread as a starter. Our mains consist of a Mediterranean salad for MacKenzie, a fish and chips for myself and a chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce for Josie. For dessert, we selected two Pavlova with mixed berries and a Cherry-ripe cheesecake.

Is isn’t too long before the garlic bread is served which disappears from the plate just as quickly. Soon the main meals come out. First to arrive is the chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce. The lightly panko crumbed chicken fillet is a good size, it doesn’t encompass the whole plate and is served with chips and salad. The pepper sauce comes in a small pot and is quite nice. Overall the whole meal is evenly cooked and meets our expectation.

Wilpena Pound Resort
Lightly panko crumbed chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce.

The next meal to arrive is the fish and chips. This mouth-watering beer battered Flathead fillets are golden brown and served once again with chips and salad. The Flathead fillets are small but as the serving comes with three fillets it is enough to satisfy my appetite.

Wilpena Pound Resort
Three small beer battered Flathead fillets served with chips and salad.

Finally, the third dish to be served is the Mediterranean salad. Mac’s Mediterranean salad consists of mixed salad leaves, Spanish onion, feta, artichokes, olives, caper berries, cherry tomatoes, butternut pumpkin, cucumber and bell peppers dressed with a bush tomato balsamic. A chicken addition option is also available, but as Mac’s a vegetarian she eagerly consumes her fresh and tasty salad.

Wilpena Pound Resort
A fresh Mediterranean salad. They also have a chicken option available

Once we finish our main meals, the staff efficiently clear the table and commence bringing out the three desserts. The girls both selected the Pavlova with mixed berries, cream and toffee crumb. The Pavlova was an interesting combination of ingredients with the large dollop of cream and the toffee crumb. Unfortunately, the girls were a little disappointed as the meringue base didn’t have that meringue crunch that you expect from a Pavlova.

Wilpena Pound Resort
The Pavlova with mixed berries, unfortunately the meringue had no crunch.

The Cherry-ripe cheesecake was served with ice cream, a passionfruit sauce and biscuit crumb. Rich and strongly flavoured the large cheesecake slice was a little sickly. It had a creamy smooth texture and looked nice with a bright pink colouring, but it was very sweet.

Wilpena Pound Resort
Cherry-ripe cheesecake with passionfruit sauce and biscuit crumb.

Overall Wilpena Pound Resort’s Poddy Dodger’s was a nice bar and bistro. There is a good selection of dishes on the main and specials menus. The room is clean, the food is good and the adventurous wildlife is a bonus. So, visit the Flinders Ranges, head into Wilpena Pound Resort, have a meal at Poddy Dodger’s and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information for Poddy Dodger’s

Poddy Dodger’s – Wilpena Pound Resort
Ph: (08) 8648 0004
Website: www.wilpenapound.com.au

Main Meal Price Range AUD$23.00 – $40.00

Trading Hours
  •    Lunch 12 noon to 2pm
  •   Dinner 5:30pm to 9pm (last orders)
  •   Happy Hour 5 ~ 6 pm daily
  •   Daily Specials board
Poddy Dodger’s rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)

Decor =8
Atmosphere =7
Service =8
Price =7
Food =8

Overall = 7.5

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Travelling to Wilpena Pound Resort

As we get closer to our international departure date, we are trying to fit as much in as we can in our remaining weeks in Australia. Therefore on this trip, we excitedly hop into the car and drive towards the Flinders Ranges. The Flinders Ranges holds a special place in our hearts as Josie’s parents owns a farm in the township of Wilmington. So with this in mind we decide to head to Wilpena Pound for a night book-ended by a couple of nights on the farm.

Snowtown's town sign
Every town has their own town sign to show who they are. This was Snowtown’s town sign.

Once again, time is on our side and we take advantage of it to get to our destination. We stop at various small towns along the way to stretch our legs, have a coffee, a toilet break or just to take a look around. We stop at the country towns of Port Wakefield, the unfortunately infamous Snowtown, Crystal Brook, Laura, Melrose and finally to Wilmington.

Flinders Ranges
Crystal Brooks feature rotunda in a well maintained park.

A catch up with family, a walk around the farm and some time with the dogs all goes past relatively quickly. Then it’s a few drinks, a BBQ, some light conversation and finally a comfortable bed. I know Josie’s got me back in a tent when we reach Wilpena Pound.

A working dogs life
Farm dogs Bob and Tim relaxing after a hard day’s work.

Early next morning we head off towards Wilpena Pound and after a night of discussing our travel plans we heed Josie’s father’s advice and head towards Parachilna Gorge, Blinman and then back around to Wilpena Pound.

Wilpena roadtrip
The road to Quorn

The first thing you notice when heading north towards the townships of Quorn and Hawker is that there is not much traffic. We drove along the straight highway without really seeing anyone except….cyclists. It was unusual seeing a group of around 20 cyclists riding along a highway in the middle of nowhere, but cyclists seem to be everywhere. Since we were the only car for miles we stopped to take some photos of the landscape and surroundings.

Sheep Jump to nowhere
Our young MacKenzie performing a sheep jump.
Handstand on the road
Those ten years of gymnastics has paid off!

It wasn’t too long before we started ticking off the kilometres. We travelled through Quorn, Hawker, and a closed Parachilna. The whole town was shut for the summer… too hot. Then we went through Parachilna gorge where we met some of the local wildlife. Once out of the gorge we immediately came across the small yet beautifully maintained township of Blinman.

Wilpena pound
A friendly kangaroo on the side of the road in Parachilna gorge
Emus
Emus crossing the dry river bed at Parachilna Gorge

Blinman has the honour of being near the end of a few walking trails. The Heysen Trail is a massive 1200km trek which ends at Parachilna Gorge and the 900km Mawson trail ends at the Blinman Township. We stopped here to have lunch, a coffee and to stretch our legs. I meet a lovely lady in the town’s cafe who told me the population of this incredible town was only 12 people. There was 14 but the owners of the towns pub shut the doors and left. I have noticed the trend of country pubs shutting down. I recommend visiting them if you are staying overnight in a township and showing your support for country pubs.

Blinman South Australia
Blinman also offers tours of their old mines.

After lunch we travel the remaining distance to Wilpena Pound. Surprisingly we once again come across the cyclists at the turn-off, this time with their support vehicles. As a bit of history, Wilpena Pound is a naturally formed amphitheatre approximately 430km’s from Adelaide’s city centre in Adnyamathanha Country. Wilpena Pound is a part of the Ikara-Flinders National Park and visitors can stay within the Wilpena Pound Resort as a base for their National Park Adventures. With various walking tracks and the Aboriginal culture on show, the Wilpena Pound Resort is a good place to learn and be at one with nature.

Wangara Lookout
The view from the Wangara Lookout hike

Wilpena Pound resort has a variety of accommodation options available for visitors. We stayed within the caravan park this time with non-powered and powered sites starting from AUD$25 and AUD$10 for additional people. The public facilities are quite clean and the water pressure is excellent. If you prefer not to camp then the resort has comfortable rooms starting from AUD$193 per night. Also, if you are looking for a little luxury, their Glamping (or glamorous camping) safari huts are available from AUD$320 per night. And to make your stay memorable the resort offers other activities for its visitors which can be booked through the visitors centre or online. Scenic Flights, 4WD tours, bush walks, mountain biking and Aboriginal Cultural Tours are some of the activities available to visitors.

Visitors Centre
Entrance to the Wilpena Pound Resort Visitors Centre

All camping and overnight visitors have access to the resorts pool, bar and restaurant. If you forgot something, supplies can be purchased from the resort store. In addition, if your vehicle is low on fuel, don’t worry because the resort also has on-site petrol bowsers.

Wilpena Pound Resort is a perfect base for any stay in the Ikara-Flinders National Park. If you are going to be doing some of the longer hiking trails like the St Mary’s Peak hike. Make sure you are wearing proper enclosed shoes; take plenty of water and food. Log your time of departure in the book provided or at the visitor centre. You know, just in case! Safety First! So enjoy yourself, breathe in the fresh air and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information Wilpena Pound Resort

Resort Reservations: 1800 805 802
Email: reservations@wilpenapound.com.au
Resort Reception: 08 8648 0004
Campground Bookings: 08 8648 0048
Website: www.wilpenapound.com.au

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Making our way to the Marion Bay Tavern – South Australia

South Australia has a lot of things for visitors or tourists to do. The problem is most of it is a couple of hundred kilometres away. Sure the city of Adelaide has plenty to do around this time of year as the festival season is upon us and the city comes alive. Yet, South Australia offers much, much more. With a few days to spare we pack some gear into the trusty car and just decide to drive and see where the road takes us. We drive out of the city and make our way onto the Yorke Peninsula and head right down to the foot of the peninsula to Marion Bay. Once there we try out the Marion Bay Tavern.

Welcome to Marion Bay
Hello from Marion Bay

Marion Bay is a popular stopover for fisherman and surfers. This is due to some of the beaches providing great surfing conditions and long jetties stretching out into the Great Australian Bight.

The Marion Bay Jetty
The Marion Bay Jetty

As South Australian’s we have been to the Yorke Peninsula before, usually just rushing to the place we need to go. But this time we know, time isn’t an issue and take our time visiting some of the small towns along the way.

Ardrossan's coastline
The small town of Ardrossan’s coastline

We have a quick lunch at a local tuck shop in Ardrossan, and stop for coffee and hot donuts in Port Vincent before arriving at our final destination of Marion Bay.

Port Vincent foreshore
Having coffee and donuts at Port Vincent

As we haven’t booked anywhere to stay we locate the Marion Bay Caravan Park and pay for a non powered site for AUD$25. Now I must admit I’m not the best camper around, preferring 5-star camping in big fancy hotels. My wife is the camper in our family, so in the name of being a good sport we quickly erect our two man tent before heading into the town for a meal.

Marion Bay
I’m not a good camper, but I was able to erect the tent successfully.

The Marion Bay caravan park is a large spacious family park with playground equipment and an impressive kangaroo jumper (jumping pillow) for the children.

Marion Bay’s caravan park has a range of accommodation options with powered and non powered camping sites available. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a tent or caravan, because the park also has a variety of cabins available.

After my impressive display of erecting the tent (see above) and subsequent victory lap, we took a walk around the township to watch the sunset, take a stroll along the foreshore and find a place to have dinner.

Marion Bay Tavern
Welcome to the Marion Bay Tavern.

Making our way past the popular fishing jetty we find the Marion Bay Tavern and head in for a meal. Uniquely, it has a pizza shop at the front for takeaway pizzas with a more casual dining area and front bar if you prefer to dine in.

Marion Bay Tavern dining area
Casual dining area with friendly staff and locals

The tavern has a good sized menu with a variety of dishes available from their popular pizzas to your more traditional pub fare. The wine menu was also impressive with an excellent selection of South Australian and New Zealand wines.

We decided to have a serving of their crusty bread with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Marion Bay’s local dukkah. The warm crusty bread was fresh and the Marion Bay dukkah was spicy and full of flavour. Unfortunately we ran out of bread and olive oil both before the dukkah was finished.

Marion Bay Dukkah
Beautiful warm crusty bread with Marion Bay Dukkah

Since we were in a fishing town we once again opted for a Seafood Basket. I mean unless you are allergic to shellfish, how can you resist fresh local seafood. The seafood was nicely cooked, but the scallops were tiny.

Seafood Basket Picture
Marion Bay Tavern’s Seafood Basket, unfortunately the scallops were tiny.

Finally our last food selection was a roasted field mushroom stuffed with baby spinach, caramelised onion and sweet potato. This was served with a dressed rocket and citrus salad. The dish was a perfectly constructed success, full of flavour and wonderfully cooked.

Marion Bay Tavern food picture
Roasted Field Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, served with a rocket and citrus salad.

For a country pub, the Marion Bay Tavern is a great place to have a meal. The friendly staff and local atmosphere is inviting, I could see myself spending the evening there and watching a band and getting to know the locals better.

Marion Bay Beach
Marion Bay Beach

Once dinner was over we took a leisurely stroll along the foreshore to the bluff (Penguin Point) to catch the spectacular sunset.

Sunset photo
A spectacular sunset from the bluff lookout at Marion Bay (click the photo for the full effect).

After watching the sun fade away, we headed back to the caravan park to settle in for an early night, ready for our early morning trip into the Innes National Park. Visit Josie Wanders for our experience in Innes National Park.

Additional Information Marion Bay Caravan Park

17 Willyama Drive, Marion Bay SA 5575
Ph: (08) 8854 4094
Website: www.marionbaycp.com.au

For other accommodation options on the Yorke Peninsula click here.

Additional Information Marion Bay Tavern

5 Stenhouse Bay Road, Marion Bay SA 5575
Ph: (08) 8854 4141
Website: www.marionbaytavern.com.au

Main Meal Price Range AUD$18.00 – $36.00

Marion Bay Tavern rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)

Decor =8
Atmosphere =8
Service =8
Price =8
Food =8

Overall = 8

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Come fly with us to the Aviation Museum, Adelaide

Over the years, Port Adelaide has had a thriving transport history, from cargo ships, to the busy road and rail networks. So in my opinion it would be fairly obvious that the Maritime and Railway museums would be located in Port Adelaide. Yet surprisingly there is another museum in Port Adelaide that is just as impressive. Ourworldinreview recently made our way into Port Adelaide to visit this incredible place. Welcome to the South Australian Aviation Museum.

Located right next door to the National Railway Museum the South Australian Aviation Museum is tucked away in a hidden aircraft hangar. Make sure you take care, as the entry into the museum grounds is easily missed.

Aviation Museum
Don’t miss the entrance sign into the museum grounds

From the outside, the museum looks like a vacant shed with the only indicator being a small sign above the front door.

Once you enter the hangar you are greeted by the friendly volunteers who man the service desk. The front office also acts as a shop and has various model airplane kits stocked on the shelves. This is quite fitting for those adults and children inspired by the aircraft they are about to discover.

I must admit I was unsure what to expect in the museum. Would there be a couple of small planes or some scale models with information plaques? Hence, when you enter the main hangar you can’t help but be impressed with the full sized aircraft available for your viewing.

Aviation Museum
Inside the Aviation Museum. It’s so clean.

The first thing you notice is the hangar is spotless. There is a good variety of planes on display, from the F-111 fighter jet to the World War II Spitfire. The museum also has a helicopter used in the Vietnam War and other incredible aircraft’s that have done some extraordinary flights around the world.

Aviation Museum
F-111
Aviation Museum
World War II Spitfire

South Australia’s Aviation Museum provides some good educational information for its visitors about the aircraft and other aviation matters. Visitors also have the ability to climb aboard a few aircraft to check out the cockpits and the flight controls. So many buttons and levers!

Aviation Museum
Looking inside the cockpit

In conclusion the South Australian Aviation Museum is a good way to spend a couple of hours. I would recommend combining a visit to both the National Railway Museum and the Aviation Museum in a day trip. Therefore, grab the children and head down to the Aviation Museum and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information for the Aviation Museum

66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph: (08) 8240 1230
Website: www.saam.org.au

Trading Hours

Daily 10:30am – 04:30pm except Christmas

Accommodation is available around the Port Adelaide area

Book now with Booking.com

Entry Fee

Adults $10, Concession cards $8

Children (under16) $5

Family (2 adults, 3 children) $25

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Pumped to be at the Aldgate Pump Hotel – Adelaide

If you head up the South Eastern Free-way away from Adelaide and exit at the Stirling off ramp, then drive another five minutes you will find the peaceful town of Aldgate. During the recent stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under, riders rode a lapped course around Stirling and Aldgate. This has been a popular stage as the hills locals are quick to embrace the spirit of the event. After meeting up with some friends we decided to eat at the nicely positioned Aldgate Pump Hotel.

Aldgate
The Main Street of Aldgate is a quiet yet picturesque place to visit

The Aldgate Pump Hotel is located in a prime position to watch the race. Riders fly through the roundabout at the front as they make their way around the course. This historic hotel has two stories and offers reasonable fare for its customers. With a sports bar at the front, a dining area at the back and a gaming room, its patrons have a choice of where they would like to spend their time.

Sports Bar
Aldgate Pump Hotel Sports Bar
Outdoor Drinking Area
Front outdoor drinking and dining area

Because it had been a while since seeing our friends we organised to have lunch with them to catch up on the good old days. The dining room is situated at the back of the hotel, which I found a bit dark and gloomy. There is a selection of seating options, from the comfortable booths, standard table settings or the al fresco dining area through the back doors. Since it was a bit breezy outside we took up a comfortable booth seat.

Dining Area
These booths are quite comfortable, even though the room is a bit gloomy
Al fresco dining area
The al fresco area would be my pick if the day was a little better.

The Aldgate Pump Hotel provides a seasonal menu on top of their standard and specials menus. Additionally, since they are a bar they also have a good range of drinks to accompany your meals. Our choices for the day were the, salt and pepper calamari, a chicken breast schnitzel with Diane sauce, the caramelised tomato, shallot and feta tart and finally the crumbed seafood platter.

The salt and pepper calamari was well cooked, not oily or dry and flavoured evenly.

Salt and Pepper Calamari
Salt and Pepper Calamari

Additionally, the chicken breast schnitzel is standard pub food and the Aldgate do a good one.

Chicken Breast Schnitzel
Chicken Breast Schnitzel

Furthermore, my seafood platter was also good. I did find that the Moreton bay bug parcels had a strong flavour, yet I still enjoyed them.

Seafood Platter
Seafood Platter

And possible the pick of the meals was the caramelised tomato, shallot and feta tart.

Caramelised Tomato, Shallot and Feta Tart
Caramelised Tomato, Shallot and Feta Tart

After a good afternoon, we found the Aldgate Pump Hotel to be quite cosy. The food is good without being exceptional, and the beer is cold. In addition, if you are around the Aldgate area, pop into the Aldgate Pump Hotel and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information

1 Strathalbyn Road, Aldgate SA 5154
Ph: (08) 8339 2015
Website: www.aldgatepumphotel.com.au

Main Meal Price Range AUD$18.00 – $32.00

Trading Hours

Weekdays: 10am – 8pm
Saturdays: 9am – 8pm & Sundays 11am – 8pm

Book your accommodation around Aldgate here

Aldgate Pump Hotel rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)

Decor =7
Atmosphere =7
Service =7
Price =7
Food =7

Overall = 7

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All Aboard for the National Railway Museum

I’ve lived in the City of Adelaide nearly all of my life. And the majority of that time has been around the Port Adelaide area. Port Adelaide was once a thriving centre of commerce for international and domestic cargoes arriving to Adelaide by sea.  It used to bustle everyday with stevedores discharging and loading the berthed vessels and sailors frequenting the numerous bars. Today Port Adelaide has a quieter atmosphere. Gone are the flood of ships and the mass of sailors, and many of those popular old stores and bars have long closed. However, tourists are still making their way into the Port to see its established history.  Port Adelaide has a multitude of attractions available for visitors, from museums, cruises and guided tours. We decide to head into Port Adelaide to visit some of these popular attractions starting with the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is open daily from 10am and is mainly run by a dedicated team of community volunteers. Entrance to the museum is through the main souvenir shop. The shop is stocked with a good amount of memorabilia for you and your children to remember the wonderful day.

Souvenir Shop and Railway Museum Entrance
Souvenir Shop and Museum Entrance

Once through the shop you can make your way over to the main exhibition. Make sure you stop at the level crossing and look out for the passing train. The museum runs a small train ride which does two full circuits of the museum grounds. So be careful, and keep an eye on little children. The museum staff is happy to advise when the next train ride will run, so your family doesn’t miss out.

Train Ride Crossing
Watch out for passing trains!
Train ride
Take a ride around the museum on Ken

The main pavilion is quite a sight, with all the well maintained trains and carriages lined up. Visitors can immerse themselves in the exhibits by entering the opened passenger carriages or climbing into the drivers cabins. The patrons can see the changes in standards between the different travel classes. From the luxury cabins of first class to the seated compartments of second class. They also have the ability to look at the service trains which brought goods to Australia’s remote communities. These trains contained grocery stores, butchers, banks and a Post office, to name a few. It is amazing what goods and services these trains provided to the people of rural Australia.

Railway Museum
Train 409 in the main pavilion of the National Railway Museum

The museum has various station displays, from re-creations of the station masters office to the communications office and old signalling stations. Furthermore, they have historic memorabilia of the old Adelaide train station before its development. The old ticketing desk and departure board brought back memories of days long past when my grandmother used to take us into the city for some school holiday adventures.

Old Adelaide Station Departure Board
Old Adelaide Station Departure Board

A stroll out into the museum yards shows us more trains ready to be refurbished. The museum also has some disused advertising freight wagons like the old West End beer wagon, and the TNT transport wagon.

West End Beer Wagon
West End Beer Wagon

If you keep following the footpath around, you will find yourself at another large pavilion with a range of commercial trains from different eras. Here you will find some engines that have done some incredible journeys lugging coal, iron ore and other commodities along Australia’s vast rail network.

Train 4 to Iron Knob
Train 4 to Iron Knob

The National Railway Museum is a great day out, the restored trains look fantastic and children will love climbing in and out of the carriages and engines. There are some educational and interactive screens available, but some need to be repaired as they don’t all work. The train ride is quite nice but a little short, so you may need to do a couple of trips to appease the children. Alternatively, the museum also runs the longer train ride along the foreshore at Semaphore, which is a good option.

Semaphore foreshore train ride
Semaphore foreshore train ride

I recommend combining the National Railway Museum and the Aviation Museum since they are very close to each other and well worth the visit. Therefore while you’re visiting tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information

76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph: (08) 8341 1690
Website: www.natrailmuseum.org.au

Trading Hours

Daily 10:00am – 04:30pm

Accommodation is available around the Port Adelaide area

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Entry Cost

National Railway Museum Prices
National Railway Museum Prices

 

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Adelaide Comes Alive: Santos Tour Down Under

As the New Year brings us new adventures and new opportunities, it also brings a myriad of fantastic events to the city of Adelaide. In the first four months of every year, the city of Adelaide comes alive. During this time Adelaide hosts some major sporting events. This includes the cricket, tennis and the incredibly popular cycling race the Santos Tour Down Under.

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first major world cycling event in the world cycling calendar. All the major cycling teams and the who’s who in the cycling world descending on Adelaide to experience what this great city has to offer. Adelaide’s goal is to put on a world class event. Where the riders goal is to win the prestigious ochre winners jersey.

The Ourworldinreview team attended the People’s Choice Classic to soak up the atmosphere and join in on the fun. The one thing that is certain is Adelaide knows how to host an event. The 2.3km track is surrounded by local restaurants and the adjoining park-lands are scattered with mobile food and beverage trucks. The city also erected a stage area in the park-lands for a free after race concert with one of Australia’s best DJ’s Havana Brown.

Tour Down Under
Food and beverage area in the park lands.

Although the cycling race is the main attraction, the tour organisers make sure there is plenty of action for the spectators. The People’s Choice Undies Run for bowel cancer is a welcome part of the event with a large turnout of competitors running the 2.3km course to raise money for this terrible disease. There is still time to donate so if you can spare a dollar or two, please support this worthy cause.

Tour Down Under
People’s Choice Undies Run Competitors

The combination of the women’s and men’s pro cycling tour events sees the women contest the course first. It is amazing to see the speeds these athletes get up to. The race goes fairly quickly with an exciting but frenzied sprint finish to decide the winner. The same can be said about the men’s race, once it starts there’s a frenetic pace with a breakaway and subsequent capture by the chasing peloton.

Tour Down Under
The peloton working to catch the breakaway.

The main sprint contenders, world road race champion Peter Sagan and Australia’s Caleb Ewan rely on their lead out trains to propel them to the finish line. The riders jostle for position, the crowd holds their breathes hoping there isn’t an accident, and they hit the line at about +50km/hr. In this marvellous race, Caleb Ewan comes out on top and the crowd erupts to cheer the intense finish.

Tour Down Under
Rohan Dennis BMC Racing
Tour Down Under
World Road Racing Champion Peter Sagan in the rainbow jersey
Tour Down Under
Australian road racing champion and 2017 People’s Choice Classic winner Caleb Ewan

The race, the atmosphere, the weather and the supporters are fantastic and the best part is, there is another 7 days. The Tour Down Under lasts for 9 days with the riders competing in 6 road stages and tonight’s People’s Choice Classic. The stages take in some of the highlights of South Australia and provide welcome promotion of our wonderful state. If you happened to have missed this event then head out over the next few days and enjoy the sights and racing. Or if you can’t make it this year then pencil in the dates for next years and come along and enjoy South Australia hospitality.

Santos Tour Down Under Survival tips

Remember, it will be summer in Australia and temperatures can get to 40 degrees Celsius. So make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen as it takes only 10 minutes to get sunburnt. Set yourself up in a shady area as you should have plenty of room to take photos. Get a good camera so you can take those action shots. But beware; if you are taking photos make sure you look at the riders to see where you are positioned. It would not be a good thing if a rider hit you at high speed.

Additional Information

The Santos Tour Down Under is a sensational event and occurs in Adelaide in the middle of January. The stage course maps are available from their website.

Website: www.tourdownunder.com

Make sure you book your accommodation early, to get the best locations close to the city circuits.

So enjoy Adelaide and enjoy the Santos Tour Down Under.

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Milano Cuccina, Adelaide – A taste of Italy

Another early morning saw us driving into the city, where we had to make a drop off to the central bus station. Since we left before breakfast, we made our way to the eastern side of the Adelaide city centre to have a hearty meal. With many fabulous choices available we opted for the family owned and run café restaurant called Milano Cuccina.

Milano Cuccina
Milano Cuccina interior

Milano Cuccina is located on the corner of Hutt Street and Wakefield Street on the bottom floor of the channel 10 building.  The cafe restaurant offers diners a traditional casual breakfast or an Italian influenced lunch and dinner service.

Upon entry into the establishment we were warmly greeted by one of the staff and offered multiple tables to sit at. We decided to sit at a comfortable looking booth and started by ordering some smooth creamy and delicious coffees.

Lattes at Milano Cuccina
Two Lattes and a Cappuccino

The waitresses were friendly and efficient and have some of the nicest Italian accents around. Not what you expect in little old Adelaide. Personally I liked their accents, because I could imagine myself sitting in a cafe in northern Italy ordering a meal from a local. The breakfast menu is fairly traditional with most of the dishes commonly found in most cafés around the city. I didn’t mind this because it was quite easy to come to a decision when choosing what to have.

We ordered the Milano Big Breakfast; the Eggs Benedict without ham for our vegetarian and some plain toast with that all important Vegemite.

Milano Cuccina
Milano Big Breakfast

My Milano Big Breakfast consisted of two poached eggs on a couple of pieces of toast, bacon rashers, a pork sausage, fried tomato, a field mushroom and wilted spinach, served with a hash brown. The serving was quite large and filling, with the majority of the dish nicely cooked.  My only concern was that the pork sausage was a little dry, a tad bit overcooked and I was unable to finish it.

Milano Cuccina Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict without ham, served with two hash browns
Milano Cuccina
Plain Toast with Vegemite

The Eggs Benedict arrived at the table and looked rather plain on the plate. Our resident vegetarian was still happy with the dish, but couldn’t complete the whole dish (she’s quite little, and not a big eater).  As for the toast, it is what you should expect. Simple, warm and easy to spread.

The interior of Milano Cuccina is quite comfortable. They have a couple of booths, a main seating area and al fresco dining for those perfect Adelaide days. The interior is colour coordinated and decorated nicely with photos and sport memorabilia hanging from the walls. They also show their support of upcoming Adelaide events with promotional material available near the front door.

Milano Cuccina
al fresco dining

Overall Milano Cuccina is a friendly everyday cafe restaurant. Their breakfast is quite common but good. The servicing staff is pleasant and the strong Italian accents are nice to listen too. They are also available in the Entertainment book for a dining discount. For the full Italian dining experience I recommend trying their Italian influenced menu for lunch and dinner. So when you’re in Adelaide pop into Milano Cuccina and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!

Additional Information

80 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8227 0961
Website: www.milanocuccina.com

Main Meal Price Range AUD$18.00 – $30.00

Trading Hours

Weekdays: 7am – 10pm
Weekends: 8am – 10pm

Milano Cuccina rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)

Decor =7
Atmosphere =7
Service =8
Price =8
Food =7

Overall = 7.5

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