25 September 2018

Do: Roar and Snore at Monarto Zoo

Back in April, I booked up two spots for the Spring Roar and Snore event at Monarto Zoo.

Monarto Zoo is the biggest open-range zoo in Australia, home to more than fifty species of exotic and native mammals, reptiles and birds. The animals roam freely in a natural safari-style setting. As well as being open every day for general admission, various events are held throughout the year that offer special experiences and behind the scenes viewing of the animals and grounds. Keep an eye on the events page for what’s coming up.

The Roar and Snore event was advertised as a chance to camp out under the stars while enjoying drinks, dinner and breakfast with a Keeper and learning more about the zoo. The whole event is expertly run by a group of passionate and knowledgeable volunteers.
Alan and I arrived on Saturday afternoon and received instructions to meet back at the visitors’ centre at 2:45pm. We had a little bit of time to explore so we visited the chimpanzees and familiarised ourselves with a map of the zoo. Back at the centre we met with volunteer guides Edna and Graham. It wasn’t long before we made our way to the Indaba camp site. We set up camp and enjoyed some afternoon tea before getting the full run down of events.
Our twilight experience was a behind the scenes look at the cheetahs. Bus driver Lynton collected us from the camp site and drove us towards the enclosure. We met up with Keeper Michelle who then guided us around the enclosure. It was a truly fantastic experience seeing the animals being fed and learning about the history of cheetahs at Monarto and the fantastic work that is happening around the world to hopefully ensure these beautiful animals remain in the wild.

As the sun set it was time to head back to camp for refreshments and the evening meal. The volunteers in the kitchen ensured nobody was going to bed hungry!

Between dinner and dessert courses we heard a presentation from Paris, a MATZ (Mentors at the Zoo) partner, who shared her experience of travelling to the village of Mfuwe in Zambia as part of the Tisamale Global Exchange program.
It was then time for dessert and a move to the campfire for final drinks before heading to bed.

In the morning we awoke to the sounds of local (and not so local) wildlife. After a cuppa, we were back on the bus for the ‘Roar’ part of the event.
We watched as the male lions were called back into their dens from the larger enclosure and then helped to give them their breakfast! Information about the animals and their enclosure was provided by Keeper Jamie, while Keeper Tim set up the food and enrichment stations for the female lions. It was incredible to be up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. We then made our way back to camp, via a quick hello to the rhinos, for a full breakfast spread.

After filling our bellies, we said our goodbyes and headed back into the main car park to further explore the main exhibits.

The whole event was an amazing opportunity to learn, observe and feel part of the zoo family. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone. A huge thank you to the volunteers and the zoo staff who all took their time to make it a truly memorable weekend.

02 August 2018

Eat: Lost in a Forest

I suggest to you that pizza is one of life’s great simple pleasures.

I also suggest to you that a trip to Uraidla for a couple of shared pizzas at the intriguingly named Lost in a Forest is an Adelaide must do. Combine your trip with a visit to a local winery and/or nearby Hahndorf and you are well on your way to a quintessential Adelaide day out.

The bonus is that you don’t even need to get lost in a forest to find this place. It’s pretty easy to spot from the road.

What makes this trip worth it is the speck. Perhaps you are wondering if that is a stretch on my part. I guess there is only one way to find out.
We ordered the good doctor (confit garlic, brussel sprouts, SPECK, mozzarella and pecorino) and the buzzbomb (passata, mild soppressa, mozzarella, chilli infused honey).

The wood oven did its thing and produced two delicious pizzas with dough that is the stuff of dreams. That confit garlic stays with you for a few hours. Embrace it. We certainly had no room for dessert but if you do there is the option of a berries and cream dessert pizza. And I would certainly never judge anyone who orders it.
After cleaning our plates, we then rolled across the road for a drink at the Uraidla Hotel. If only a spot on the couch by the fire had been available… I might still be there now.

Lost in a Forest
1203 Greenhill Road
Uraidla SA 5142
08 8390 3444

10 July 2012

Do: Stay Heaps Good Adelaide

Well, Adelaide, it's been real. But now I'm moving. It's not you, it's definitely me. A new adventure awaits so it's time for a quick goodbye, a firm handshake and one final drink. Preferably a local drop.

I'm off to the motherland. London calling. And Edinburgh. And Paris. And Brussels. And Berlin. You get the idea.

So this is my farewell post. Farewell for now, at least. I'm not sure when I'll be back, but you can safely assume my first stop will be here.

Since starting up That's Adelaide, I've been blown away by the positive feedback, tweets, comments, reposts, emails, invites and general blogosphere niceness. Watching my stats page crawl, climb, rise and fall has been way more fun than it sounds. Thanks guys!

See you on the other side.