Saddleworth – Riverton – Tarlee – Kapunda – Nuriootpa – Angaston – Gawler – Saddleworth

We went for a drive today to Riverton to check on Judy’s dog and then headed through Tarlee to the Barossa Valley towards Kapunda.  This is Sidney Kidman’s country – Buildings, Hotels, Murals and Statues abound as a tribute to the Cattle King.  Kapunda was Australia’s first mining town and was established in 1842 after the discovery of copper.  There are many historic buildings and the museum is spectacular.  St Rose’s Catholic Church is massive and an amazing edifice – a gorgeous piece of architecture. There is a stone fence near the weighbridge which is a fine specimen of early ingenuity too. The town is now an important service centre for the surrounding towns.

After we explored Kapunda and had lunch, we headed to Nuriootpa, on the Northern end of the Barossa Valley, where Evelyn showed me the beautiful Bush Chapel in the Coulthard Reserve where Aaron and Emma were married.  What a wonderful concept –a real bush chapel set amongst towering gums and parklands. The vineyards in this district are impressive – every available inch of farm is utilized. Even some of the buildings in the town of 4500 people are covered in grapevines. Some of the larger winemakers are based her in Nuriootpa.

On the road again to Angaston to check out the dried fruit farm which Evelyn visited on Saturday – It was closed but the owner saw us pull up and he came out and opened up.  Great variety of fruit is available and we buy our favourites.  Saddleworth Motors rang and said the springs are ready at Gawler so we have a quick trip to pick them up and head home – a lovely day of exploring.

(We drove to Adelaide next day to catch up with Dot, Megan and Keelie at Rundell Mall.  Kellie is swimming in the Age Championships for State and it is so great to catch up with family).  We had coffee right next door to an amazing lolly shop – Blackebys

Sir Sidney Kidman Statue

Sir Sidney Kidman Statue

Kidmans Building Kapunda

Kidmans Building Kapunda

Kapunda Museum

Kapunda Museum

Kidman Mural

Kidman Mural

Kapunda Hospital

Kapunda Hospital

Kidman Plaque

Kidman Plaque

Anglican Church Kapunda

Anglican Church Kapunda

Kapunda Stone FenceKapunda Stone Fence

Coulthard Reserve

Coulthard Reserve

Bush Chapel Entry

Bush Chapel Entry

Bush Chapel Seating

Bush Chapel Seating

Bush Chapel

Bush Chapel

Blackebys Lolly Shop

Blackebys Lolly Shop

Blackeby's Adelaide

Blackeby’s Adelaide

Evelyn, Dot, Paula, Keelie, Megan

Evelyn, Dot, Paula, Keelie, Megan

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