Tuesday 5th February 2008, Nuriootpa.

Remember ‘Ted’? our new companion: One of our fellow travel friends, Kay, couldn’t handle that Ted wasn’t dressed properly so the attached photo will show the result.

We had a little trip around the area yesterday, firstly to Gawler to do some business, and while there find some information on attractions other than the obvious, being wineries. We found an amazing feature not far from Gawler called the ‘Whispering Wall’. This is a curved dam used at the local reservoir for the water supply catchment. The curved wall gives some amazing acoustic features where as if someone stands at one end of the dam, and someone else at the other, 140 meters apart, they can clearly hear each other talk, even if they whisper. I don’t know if this is only a feature of this dam, or whether it does occur on similarly constructed dams. I do know of much larger similarly constructed dams in Tassie, but have never heard of them having similar qualities.

We also had a short drive around the area, and a view from a local lookout, and the scenery of the Barossa Valley, without visiting the wineries, is something to behold.