Things to do in Adelaide

by Kerry Brennan

Adelaide has so much to offer for a weekend away; wineries, helicopter flights, beautiful accommodation, the Adelaide Oval, the list goes on. Here’s how you can fit in the must-see places in a few days.

McLaren Vale

If you arrive in Adelaide on a Friday evening after work, you can easily make the 45 minute drive south to McLaren Vale. Stay the night and be ready to take on the wineries in the morning. On Saturday, take a tour of Wirra Wirra Vineyards, who are working their biodynamic magic and producing some incredible wines. D’Arenburg is just down the road, where you can have a go at blending at your very own wine. If you’re the adventurous sort, you can even take a private helicopter tour over the region. So fancy.

Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills is a short drive away and is famous for its cheese, cider and wine – sounds like fun, right? Take an evening stroll through the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens and watch the sun go down. Beside the gardens is the beautiful Mount Loft House. With spa treatments, incredible degustation dinner options, and very special accommodation, you can roll right into bed after a day of great wine and great food.

Adelaide CBD

Spend Sunday strolling through the city, and stop for a tour of the famous Central Markets. If you’re up for a thrill and want a different perspective on the city, take on the Adelaide Oval roof climb at twilight. You’ll harness up, strap in and head for the top of the iconic sails. There’s an incredible view of the city up there, and you can see out towards the coastline, lined with pine trees silhouetted in the sunset.

Barossa Valley

No trip to Adelaide would be complete without a visit to the Barossa. If you’re in town for a long weekend, spend Monday at Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek and Seppeltsfields. You can blend your own bottle at Penfolds, enjoy lunch at Jacob’s Creek, and taste your birth year straight from the barrel at Seppeltsfields. If you’re looking for an intimate wine tour, Two Hands Winery has some very special options. A sunrise hot air balloon flight, or a helicopter flight are incredible ways to see this world famous region. Make sure to take a drive down Seppeltsfield Road, lined with thousands of palm trees!

Flinders Ranges

If you’re lucky enough to have more than just a few days in Adelaide, or maybe you’re a local, the five-hour drive north to Flinders Rangers is worth the trip. Spend a night glamping in a luxe tent with all the mod cons. You’ll star at the stars all night, soaking in the incredible views.

>> Book a glamping experience in the Flinders Ranges. 

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