Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mt Lofty ranges – Mt.Lofty summit 10th Jan 2009

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At 710 metres above sea level, Mount Lofty Summit offers stunning panoramic view of Adelaide city centre and surrounding areas.

It is the highest peak in Adelaide hills. Mount Lofty Summit is 15KMs from Adelaide. I was deciding whether to hit the beaches or the hills first, haha….finally the spectacular view from Mount Lofty summit shown on those brochures became my choice.

On the way to Mount Lofty Summit, snapped a couple of photos, and below were some unique ones i think…haha, y??

This was the first time i saw such fences totally built of dried twigs (the left pic), apparently it was quite normally used here. I’m just like ‘sam pa lau"’, haha. And the unique stone sculptures of sthg like rockets (the right pic)…haha, tat’s an icon for the town der, forgot wat town dy.

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The trip to Mount Lofty ranges took about 40 mins from Adelaide CBD, going through hills and tunnel.

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Once you reach the foothill, you will have to transfer to another bus which takes you uphill to mount Lofty tourist attraction places. There are three main tourist spots there which are: Mount Lofty summit, Mount Lofty botanical garden and Clelannd wildlife park. Another less attractive to me is the Mount Lofty house which is transforms into a hotel and restaurant. The bad thing is once you reach there, you have to wait for the bus which only operates 3 times a day, each time going up and down. So you have to plan your schedule properly to fit in the bus time, you dun wana walk as it’s not that easy going uphill all the way and quite far. Though, this place is famous for cyclist, i really salute their strength and determination to ride all the way uphill.

Finally reached the mount lofty summit, hehe. Anticipated alot and it really din disappoint me!!! It’s quite a clear day with no clouds.

There’s a tourist information centre on top which is well equipped with information you want especially regarding Adelaide hills (mount Lofty is part of Adelaide hills), even maps, indigenous and Australian made souvenirs, postcards…..i did found that the price here is quite reasonable compared to other places. Next to the tourist information centre is a restaurant which many ppl dine there while enjoying the stunning view. The restaurant offers fine dining as well as alfresco-style (left pic).

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The stunning panoramic view from Mount lofty :) Right at the middle of this picture is Adelaide city :)

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There’s even information boards to show you where and what are you looking at, good eh?? And that’s a rock with sthg memorial of wat wat….haha, i did found that SA have alot of this type of stuff.

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There’s the giant white obelisk which the icon of Mount Lofty summit….It was there to help ppl sailing in the sea in directions. At first i thought it was a light house, wahaha. But mayb light house are only build near sea and in the middle of the sea :)

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In memorial of Matthew Flinders, the voyageur that discover mount lofty from Kangaroo island (the right pic). Now, wana go for a walk or trekking down the aussie bushes?? The track condition are mostly well maintained (middle pic). Duno what tower is that, must be some tower of telecommunication or radio or….duno….built on the summit (left pic).

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Really love this place, a MUST RECOMMENDED for ppl who plans to visit Adelaide, SA :)

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