After getting into our car, we felt guilty about our big lunch in Hahndorf Inn and decided that something must be done! (that is to justify the tonne of meat we just had). So we decided to head to Bridgewater Mill which is a historic 1860’s flour mill that is set in very picturesque surrounds. Maybe we could walk it off there. We had also read that it houses a fine restaurant that has been serving up sublime food for years. It would be interesting just to have a peek at the menu. When we arrived, none of this happened. The restaurant was closed on Tuesdays) and there was not a lot of walking to be done. So we ended up just pottering around the area and admiring Old Grumbler, the eleven metre waterwheel that was no longer in use.

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Apparently the wheel was working right uptil 1960 turning the grinding stone to make flour!

 

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Small bridge crossing the river over to a little park

Not to be deterred by this minor setback, our next course of action was the summit at Mount Lofty. There is a walk that you can do to get to the top and it is a popular exercise track. We, however, opted for the drive option which saw us park near the top. We then strolled the 400 metres onto the lookout point and we were there! From here you get a great view of Adelaide and we realised how flat Adelaide really is. There is really not much to the skyline. We spent a bit of time also in the souvenir shop but ended up not getting anything.

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The lighthouse at Mt Lofty
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Views over Adelaide and beyond
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I just love these benches. They remind me of caterpillars!

On the way down, we spotted Mt Lofty Botanical gardens and thought surely this is the best thing we can do to walk off our excesses. So, we did a quick detour into the park. After parking our car, we read the signs and realized that the garden has a closing time. And that they did this by actually shutting the main gate! And that it was almost closing time! Hence I guess why the carpark was relatively empty. So our quick detour was pretty quick in the end as we only spent thirty minutes there before we were back in the car again.

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Our brief stop at the Botanical gardens meant I hardly took any photos.
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Its a pity but we were more worried about being locked in at closing time!

What do they say? Three strikes and you are out? So, we drove all the way back to our hotel in Adelaide and started thinking hmmm . . . what shall we do for dinner that night.

 

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