21 April 2019 | Adelaide
We slept thru until 8 am. Both of us were tired out from all the traveling. It was good to get a few minutes longer in bed. Mark checked the balcony and it was wet from rain. The breeze was cold to me, and the high for today was only around 23 C. Watched some news on the tv. Had breakfast and showered. Mark was trying to set our room safe and set off an alarm. It eventually stopped. We decided to head out and do some exploring here in Adelaide. Our first stop was downtown to the Adelaide Casino. Our gps could not find its location when some of the streets were shut down with all the construction that was going on. There is a river that passes thru the downtown. We walked over one of the bridges. There was an arts center, several sports centers too. We attempted to park in the lot close by but they were set up for today's Footy game and told us that it would be cheaper for us to park on the street. Mark attempted to get a parking ticket out of their different machines, until we figured out that no one needed a street parking ticket because today was a holiday. We walked around the War Memorial and the original South Australia state capital building as well as the current state capital. Lots of beautiful buildings. We walked thru the train station, which actually reminded me of Toronto's Union Station. We found an entrance to the casino, but there was a sign instructing us to go around to another entrance. So, that is what we did. The entrance was lined with cafes and restaurants. There was construction ongoing to expand it. We headed to the roulette wheel. This time we found a table with $2.50 chips and we needed to play at least two each time on the number of 1-36 plus 0. So, we both bought some chips and watched the dealer work for double wages on this holiday. Mark was the lucky one as two of his numbers were chosen by the time I lost my chips. Mark more than tripled his starting bid! Then we found the automated roulette wheels connected to a live dealer with $1 chips. We put out our chips but they disappeared as we didn't know we had to put out 5 chips each time. My number came up and I didn't get to play that round, so I was not happy. However, I had hits on several of the numbers I played so I cashed out up. If I would have stayed longer, my numbers would have repeated. However, I was happy to be up! We headed back to the car walking along the river known as the Karrawirra Parri, meaning Red Gum Forest River. The Aussie name was the Torrens River. The breeze was cool but the sun was shining. There were lots of people in the parks on this holiday. We stopped for lunch at the Lounders Boatshed Cafe that was right on the water. It was one of the best lunches we have had in Australia! Then we walked back to our car and headed towards the port area of Victor Harbor. They have a huge port area. Apparently, some lady informed us that the waterfront was on the St. Vincent Gulf over top of the Great Australian Bight in the Southern Ocean. We stopped at the Outer Harbor Viewing Platform in Flinders Ports where the sea wall was lined with a rock wall. There were several fishermen on the small pier. They had a small park overlooking the water with several people enjoying an Easter bbq. We drove further around the waterfront. We stopped at Taperoo and walked out the long sandy path to the ocean. There was plenty of sea weed on the beach and no one but the birds. Then we drove further around the coast. We could see what looked like kites flying in the distance. It was all part of a 3-day Kite Festival over this holiday weekend. We tried to find a parking spot but it was completely full. We finally stopped in a parking lot and just parked on the side. It was a holiday, so we figured no one would be checking for parking tags. We walked towards the kite area and there was a really long pier out in the water at Semaphore. We walked out the pier which was called Semaphore Jetty and we could see the ocean waves were crashing into shore and all the beautifully shaped kites. There were a few people on the beach and some kids were running thru the shallow water. The steady breeze cooled me off. Thankfully, Mark took his jacket too. It was already after 4 pm so we drove back to the hotel, stopping at the local IGA to pick up a few things for our drive tomorrow. One of the perks of this hotel is that they have a washer and dryer downstairs. We packed up our laundry and headed back down. They provided laundry soap too! So, we were able to get some laundry done. We had a light dinner in our room. We have free wifi and watched some old episodes of Fazier. We are now watching the movie, The Ten Commandments. Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Sunday! Thanks for the many emails and messages. We plan to leave early tomorrow for Port Augusta.