We had organised a last miniute cabin and blew the budget a little as the smaller pet friendly cabins had sold out. I really didn’t plan all that well and didn’t check local events before heading so there was a bit going on around the area that weekend, however, with breaking the budget a little it really was worth it. The cabin we had was immaculate with everything we needed and Arlo settled right in. The reason for the cabin, when we arrived in Adelaide the forcast was high 30s and I was not keen to be car camping! While we were in Echuca it was warm and I'd purchased a small fan to help with circulation in the car while we slept, so yeah a cabin was the lets do it and be comfy option.
While staying there, we spotted a Koala in the trees opposit our cabin. (Note if you do camp, the caravan park is beside a river so at dusk there's rats that get a bit cheeky and run through the camp site – again we where not bothered by this as we have bush rats at home). Next door to the caravan park there is a decent sized park with a kids area. About 50mtrs from the caravan park there is a little café called FIX which opens at 7am. I has a lot of supplies you may need to get through your stay including fresh bakery goods and the most important thing GOOD COFFEE!!!
From the caravan park to Rundall Mall is roughly a 2km walk along the skirts of River torrens and the Botanical Gardens where you will pass the zoo and 1000's of bats, and I mean 1000's!!! We went to Rundall Mall early to avoid the crowds and to see the famous “A Day Out “ pigs, there's also some other statues as well. If you’re a shopper and travelling with more than one person, Rundall Mall is the place to go and suss so you can tag with your pooch and shop 'til you drop!
We also ducked up to Hahndorf, a German settlement village in the Adelaide Hills founded in 1839. Hahndorf is well known for being a pet friendly town, however, every shop Arlo and I wanted to go into, we did ask first, (and to be honest it was easier just to carry him and look). I was thanked several times for asking and not just assuming he was allowed in because the town was “pet friendly”. So please, I would suggest being curtious to all shops and ask before entering.
While in Hahndorf we went to the Art gallery, museum, antiques shop and a few other shops. To be as cliché as we could, we stopped by the “Pig Dog” Hotdog shop and ordered the “Dachshund with cheese”!
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