The capital of South Australia has a population of 1.2 million, but everyone insists it’s just ‘a big country town’.  The major grocery stores are open from 11-5 on Sundays and all grocery stores here will be shut for three days over Easter.  The pace is slow; people are friendly.

But it’s HOT.  The beauty of cooking outside in a camp kitchen vanishes when it’s 40 degrees.

We’ve paused in Adelaide for a couple of weeks because K is going to a fabulous school: Klemzig Primary.  It’s public, but it looks like a posh private school.  There’s a new wing, purpose built for deaf students with windows for walls and plenty of space for circular tables.

There are about five other deaf kids in K’s class.  The rest are hearing, but many of them are CODA (children of deaf adults) so Auslan is their first language.  Everyone signs.  The teacher is deaf and signs all day.  K is in heaven.  Many of the lessons include something hands-on—they walked around the school for math the other day, finding things that were odd and even.

Adelaide seems very deaf friendly.  We went to Kids Weekend at Writer’s Week, which was all free, and all the readings under the big red tent were interpreted.  K, who is a voracious reader, sat there, mesmerized (from 9.30-4.30) by author after author talking about the inspiration for their books and reading and just generally being funny in the case of Andy Griffiths.

Andy Griffiths

During the day, when Dad’s at work and K’s in school, R and I escape to the Art Gallery of South Australia (my favourite) or the Museum, with its famous giant squid (R’s favourite) or the library, where they’ve given us a temporary library card, all of which are air-conditioned.

And when it gets too hot, we hop in the car of an evening and head to one of the beaches.  Glenelg is pretty, with an amazing playground and a cool sea breeze.  Ahhhh.

Ethel Wreck, Innes National Park
Pandalowie Beach, Innes National Park SA

Last weekend, for the three day weekend, Cup Day (only in Australia do you get a public holiday for a horse race) we drove down to the southernmost tip of the Yorke Peninsula and camped at Innes National Park.  There was a stunning surf beach where we went boogie boarding, but not too far out as it’s a bit ‘sharky’ here.  There were quiet blue bays and ruins of shipwrecks.  It was lovely to get away from the crowded city caravan park.

Next week we’ll leave Adelaide and head west, back to the bush!



Author: sarahklenbort

I'm a Brisbane-based writer and mother of two children--one deaf and one hearing. I'm also a sessional academic at the University of Queensland, where I teach literature and creative writing. In 2016, my husband and I took the kids out of school and travelled around Australia with a camper trailer, visiting deaf schools along the way. When we found Toowong State School, it was so good, we decided to move to Queensland! We still have the trailer and take off for the bush whenever we can.

2 thoughts on “Adelaide”

  1. Hi Sarah, I have really enjoyed reading about your trip and keeping updated with your travel around Oz. Say hi to Lee and the girls.


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