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by Kerry Brennan
With overseas travel still off the cards, we have no doubt that thousands of Aussies have begun planning a trip to the state capital and surrounds. South Australia 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 just a few days…
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, enjoy a winery tour, tasting and secluded gourmet picnic at Gemtree Wines, 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 skydive over the region.
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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 Lofty 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.
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. Or take to the water for a scenic high tea crusie along the River Torrens.
No trip to Adelaide would be complete without a visit to the Barossa Valley. If you’re in town for a long weekend, spend Monday at Penfolds, Yalumba and Seppeltsfields. You can blend your own bottle at Penfolds, enjoy a heritage tour and tasting at Yalumba, and celebrate 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!
If you’re lucky enough to have more than just a few days in Adelaide, or maybe you’re a local, the 5 hour drive north to Flinders Rangers is worth the trip. Spend a night glamping in a luxe tent with all the mod cons, embark on an exciting 4WD tour and learn about the local Aboriginal culture with a guided walk.
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