With International travel becoming compromised by health and safety travesties, it’s time for a road trip. The last days of Summer, Adelaide Fringe, is an ideal destination. If you have time, take the scenic ocean route, otherwise head inland via the flat farmlands, it may be a rather dull journey but there are a couple of gems on the way, including the regional Art Galleries, a pink lake and a puppet shop.
Ballarat’s Art Gallery hosts 11,000 works exploring themes such as Country, Place, Home & Disruption.
Established Australian Artist, a Gunditjmara /Yorta man, Josh Muir explores the inner navigation of being an original people within a post Colonial culture. He is an insider and a spectator from both perspectives that would create a quandary, unique to the artists role. It also allows him to quantify insightful concepts.
The naturally pink lake is a stella stop on the way and a great place for a walk and picnic. The calm rose lake and it’s white shores create a surreal environment and a nice place to unwind and contemplate.
Expect the unexpected. After a series of townships that offer the traveller mere basics; bad coffee, fried food and petrol we stumble across the Kaniva Puppet shop! Creative entrepreneurs, find niches and see beyond limitations. The shop and its mini theatre has enhanced the local schools creative agenda.
Arriving in Adelaide for the final week of Fringe Festival and enjoying a glass of wine in ‘The Garden of Unearthly Delights’.
It is a temporary village within the garden, where you can see slices of comedy within tents and creative structures. Summer is going down in Australia, but autumn is beautiful.
Back to Melbourne as Australia closes down to the COVID-19 threat.