Listen, traveling and exploring are fun. We all know it. It’s a fantastic way to escape the monotony of our busy lives but it’s not just that, it is your gateway to “re-connect” with nature. The perfect situation to just let go. No stress. No responsibilities. Just you and nature.
Today, you will learn all about Adelaide and all has to offer. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful beaches, amazing wines, and rich, diverse wildlife. It’s a welcome sight for those looking for a laidback cosmopolitan city filled with magnificent areas.
What makes Adelaide Special?
Adelaide is a wine capital, recognized globally to be among the top 11 must-visits for wine lovers. Known for all their manner of wine-tasting activities to magnificent selections of wines from award-winning wines, international brands, new-wave producers, and even classic varietals.
And of course, its reputation for rich wildlife, fossil trails, antiques, and stunning wild beauty of nature doesn’t hurt either. Best of all, it’s not even that far. Most sites can be reached within a couple of hours.
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One of the great wine capitals of the world, one of the world’s most iconic wine regions with the finest wineries in Australia. This picturesque valley has more than 150 wineries and 80 underground wineries among its many sprawling vineyards, farmlands, and historic towns, a fantastic place for food and wine lovers.
Getting to Barossa Valley
- About an hour’s ride away from Adelaide, traveling through the Northern Expressway. Located northeast of Adelaide. It is at the southern base of the Mt Lofty ranges.
Barossa Valley hosts a massive 1,609 hectares of vineyards with 150-year-old vines. The wine heritage reaches up to 6th generation growers of grapes and some of the oldest grapevines in the world and due to its Mediterranean climate, a diverse range of over 150+ wines can be produced in this region.
Just some of their wine varietals:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
There is also a wealth of heritage, giving insights into the development of agriculture in the sate
Barossa Valley incorporates four towns, Angaston, Tanunda, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, and smaller historic villages with a strong cultural and religious legacy,
There are small historic towns with heritage buildings, such as Tanunda, the red heart of Barossa. The name means watering hole and is an aboriginal term. You can sample wine straight from the barrel at Chateau Tanunda. There’s a wine school at Greenock Estates. At Rockford Wines, you can sip bold reds in this heritage stone barn.
By the way. there’s a dinosaur-themed mini golf course at Tanunda.
- The Angaston Heritage walk, where visitors get a “feel” of the rural past of South Australia, Walks the old town of Angaston with historic buildings like the Angaston Hotel, a Lutheran church. It had marble quarries;
- With the discovery of marble, most of the early 1900s buildings had marble doorsteps or window sills and wineries. Enjoy treats in pizza houses, cheese shops, and cafes.
- Drive the Barossa Heritage Trail, and explore the historic sites of European settlements
- Visit Mengel’s Hill lookout overlooking the valley’s landscape
Day Trip Activities:
- Hot Air Balloon Ride.
- A visit to the Whispering Wall (92 feet high and was the highest arched dam in Australia, at the time it was built).
- Stroll through the town of Tanunda – lots of local cheeses, olives, meats, and more.
- Sip wine straight from the barrels in Jacob’s Creek, Seppeltsfield Penfolds Wines, globally acclaimed wines in this valley, and wine tasters get a unique experience, where the wine tasters do some winemaking and are given guides to blending their wine.
- Drink the official world’s best wine, at Kellermeister
- Sip Rose, overlooking vineyards at David Franz
- Other wine tastings at Barossa wineries:
- Wolf Blass
- Peter Lehmann
Here, it’s not only about fine wine, it’s also about artisan food.
- Savor artisan cheeses at Barossa Valley Cheese Company
- Handcrafted chocolates at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
- You can even book a chocolate-making class
- There’s the amazing Chocolate port at Chateau Dorrien
- Sample the region’s best produce at Barossa Farmers Market
- You can eat local and seasonal produce at more than 80 cellar doors.
An iconic attraction is Maggie Beer’s Farm owned by a legendary Australian cook, author, and food producer.
It has a store with seasonal produce, local preserves, sauces and jams, and food straight from the farm. You can have lunch at the Farm Eatery, where there are daily demonstrations and also a cooking class.
Burra Historical Attraction
Once known as a flourishing copper mining center, Burra is now a tourist attraction for its rich history and heritage. It started as a single mining company township but later in 1851, it multiplied into sets of townships, comprised of government and privately-owned entities. During its heydey, the mines used to supply 89% copper for South Australia and 5% for the world.
After the timed opening and closing of the mines and the exhausting of its resources, the population dwindled and the townships were supported by pastoral and agricultural activities.
At present, this area continues to be the center of its neighboring farm communities and one of the well-preserved towns during the Medieval Ages, particularly the Victorian Era.
Getting to Burra:
This town is situated 156 kilometers north of Adelaide, East of the wine-growing Clare Valley.
Depending on your location, there are different ways to get to Burra Mines. If you are coming from Adelaide, you can either public or private transportation.
With a private car, you can also opt to drive from Adelaide to Burra Station. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 54
For budget-conscious guests, the best routes are the train and Yorke Peninsula Coaches or the bus which is about 3 hours of travel
- Normally, only one bus runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can change anytime so it is highly advised to check in advance.
BURRA MINE SITE:
- It covers the history of mining in the town. Highlighted in this area is The Powder Magazine. This building served as storage for mine explosives and is known for being the oldest mining building in Australia.
- The place where early miners used to live. Cramped, unsanitary living conditions triggered outbreaks of typhus, smallpox, and typhoid fever during its livable time. Today, tourists can still walk the cramped dwellings to get a feel of what is like to live in those ages.
POLICE LOCK-UP AND STABLES:
- An interesting exhibition, depicting prison conditions, law, order, and police residence in the 19th century.
BON ACCORD MINE COMPLEX:
- This interactive museum makes it possible to have a glimpse of what it’s like living in Burra at its prime. The pump shed and shaft that were utilized to pump water for the town, as well as the blacksmith’s shop, are located in this vicinity.
What Makes Burra Special
If you’re an avid history buff, or an artist appreciating the architectural design of the Victorian Ages, then this site is worth checking out as the majority of Burra’s sights mainly focus on old mines and mining villages. To maximize your tour and access 43 heritage sites, we recommend joining a local tour program, The Historic Passport.
Burra made its mark in history as one of the places which helped the struggling colony of South Australia survive. The good and the bad side of its history is a flipped coin for the people living in present. Some became rich as they exploited the area while others lived poorly. Its colorful history is a constant reminder that people need to take care of the environment for the next generation.
Strathalbyn is the antique capital of South Australia, a hidden gem of South Australia, with its historical walks, antique shops, wineries, lovely gardens, and cafes. There are antique stores and boutique shops on the main road. Many shops and galleries exhibit the art and craft of local artists. As you stroll along High Street, there are cafes and bakeries.
Getting to Strathalbyn
- Strathalbyn is 55 minutes from Adelaide Road distance is 55.7 km
- You pass through the Southeastern Freeway through Adelaide Hills and Mount Barkerthat’s halfway between Adelaide and Goolwa. The town lies around the Angas river.
- You can go by bus, taxi, or car:
- There’s a direct bus from Adelaide to Strathalbyn.
- However, some bus services include transfers and will take about 2 hours, and 30 minutes.
Heritage is seen in the towns around Adelaide, where you can explore the history of the region and learn about the development of South Australia.
The town was founded in 1839 to support the pastoralists, and Scottish immigrants settling on the plains around the Angas River, at the bottom of Mount Lofty ranges. You get a sense of the early colonial period when you visit original buildings built in these early decades that still stand.
The most important building is the Post Office, built in 1911, and is now on the Commonwealth Heritage list. Other noted buildings on the main street, are the Strathalbyn and District Museum. The Railway Station building has the Station Masters Art Gallery and the Visitor Information Center. Every month, the SteamRanger heritage train passes through Strathalbyn
- You’ll soak up a lot of local history at the National Trust Museum in the old police station and the courtroom. Where historical displays show the settlement and growth of the town from 1840. Horse-drawn vehicles, old farm machinery, and a shearing plant of the 1880s are some of the Interesting displays
- The Soldiers Memorial Garden, alongside the Angas River. This monument pays tribute to the soldiers in Strathalbyn who died in service during the two World Wars.
- Walking along the Angas River Walk is a historic walk that takes you to 30 sites around the town, as you pass by the gardens, reserves, and old bridges. You can get maps for both walks at the Visitor Center.
- From antique to modern delight – Strathalbyn has the best country race tracks in South Australia. It hosts polo, harness racing, camp drafting, and many equestrian events.
If you’re looking for fine wine, Langhorne Creek is a stone’s throw away, only 15 minutes from Strathalbyn. There are more than a dozen cellar doors. You’ll have a taste of Cabernet Sauvignons, the best production of cellar doors.
Further on, 15 minutes from Langhorne Creek, Milang is the only town on Lake Alexandrina. Here, you can watch the sunset on the shores of the lake. With little jetties, old holidays, and fishing shacks lining the shore. A great way to unwind before going back to Adelaide.
Second Valley & Rapid Bay
Just 90+ kilometers away from Adelaide, Second Bay is hailed as one of Australia’s best 10 beaches, given its variety of recreational activities and lots of places to explore. Second Valley Rapid bay is also known for recreational fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. This area is also known for the sightings of the leafy dragon.
For tourists, the nature-beaten geological formations, steep cliffs, and divers with various forms of wildlife like leafy sea dragons and fur seals are a sight to behold while fishermen know Second Bay as a great fishing spot, regardless of catching them at jetties, rocks or boats anchored in Rapid Bay.
The stretch of coastline between these two stunning sites can mesmerize any coast lovers out there. Combined with spectacular views and diverse activities, these sites are worth checking out.
GETTING TO RAPID BAY AND SECOND VALLEY
- Take Sealink’s bus service. The ticket is about $27 and it takes about 90minutes
- The fastest is with a taxi, it’ll take about an hour
- The cheapest way is to drive a car.
What Makes Rapid Bay & Second Valley Worth It
If you are a fan of stargazing, you can view the galaxy while camping under the clear night sky at Rapid Bay.
During the day, you can be dazzled by the blue skies, explore its rugged cliffs and jump into the sea. It is highly suggested to try and jump from a massive cliff about 10 meters from the depths of the clear, teal water.
Second Bay, on the other hand, is like having the best of both worlds as the hills meet the sea. On the east side is the alluring, sandy beach, and its interesting rocks and seashells and around areas have the more challenging and exciting trails for you to explore. You can also try out hiking in the Second Valley Forest and check out Second Valley Heritage Walk to check out the town’s rich history.
Given its popularity as a kayaking spot, Second Valley has plenty of coves and bays waiting for you to explore. You can rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at Jetty Store located in Second Valley Caravan Park. You can start from the beach and paddle around the rocks and just follow the cost. You’ll discover hidden grottoes there and really interesting rock formations.
To add, Hay Flat road, 10kms, south of Normanville Ingalalla Falls is another must-see site if you go to this place. These rocky sites and waterfalls attract different species of birds within 500 meters of the car park. You can also walk through the forests or settle in shaded areas and have a picnic.
- Family parks are also located in Second Valley. Camping sites are available. You can also feel at home when you book cabins that can accommodate 2-10 people.
The scenic backdrop of various locations, from valleys to waterfalls down to the sea here in Second Bay is worth checking out and capturing memorable moments along the way.
Mt. Lofty Summit
This is Adelaide’s favorite hike, a mountain destination at its doorstep. More than 350,000 tourists visit the summit every year to see the panoramic views across Adelaide’s city skyline onto the coast. You can see as far as Kangaroo Island and the Yorke Peninsula on clear days. You see lovely sunsets too.
Mt. Lofty Summit is 2,400 feet, 727 miles above sea level, the highest point of the Mount Lofty Ranges. The terrain has rugged, western slopes of the ranges, and was known as “The Tiers” in early times. There’s a place for walkers to rest after hiking on a trail before they descend the hill
- An impressive 16.5 m tall obelisk called Flinders Column is on the lookout platform. The historical significance of this obelisk can be read on the interactive screens at the Visitors Center.
The Summit complex has an accredited visitor center near the Mt. Lofty Fire Tower. There are interactive touch screens that help you learn about the Summit and tourist attractions in the area. You can also have mementos of your summit climbing and purchase Australian-made souvenirs and locally handcrafted gifts at the gift shop. A Summit Restaurant and Cafe give spectacular views of Adelaide.
Getting to Mt. Lofy Summit & Activities:
You can drive directly to Mount Summit or if you want an adventure, follow the challenging trek from Waterfall Gully, a 3.8-mile circuit, that’s a popular exercise route because of the clear trail and spectacular views for hikers and cyclists.
The walking trail begins in Waterfall Gully car park. Located in Cleland National Park, Waterfall Gully has the largest of 7 waterfalls in the park. It is green and mossy and is a network of walking trails. You walk through natural bushland, surrounded by diverse birdlife, wildlife, creeks, and waterfalls.
The trail climbs through the steep hills, native vegetation, and stringybark forest, giving you spectacular views of Adelaide or you can join the Heysen trail. Stroll along a walking trail through native bushland to Cleland Wildlife Park.
The Heysen Trail is the longest walking trail found in Australia. Its northern section is for the experienced backpacker, and its southern section- is for beginners or those with children. The iconic walking trail covers 1,200 km from Cape Jervis in the Fleurieu Peninsula and passes through coastal areas, bushland, vineyards, rugged gorges, pine forests, farmland, and historic towns.
THERE ARE 10 WALKING TRAILS TO MOUNT LOFTY.
- The newest mountain trail is Crafers, an easier hike compared to Waterfall Gully. It is a 5 km trail that rises to a total of 140 m, still easy compared to Waterfall Gully’s 400 m rise.
HOW TO GO DOWN THE SUMMIT?
Well, you can ride from the summit on mountain bikes, all the way down to Adelaide, through stunning native bush.
ALONG THE WAY, THERE’S CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK
Where you can interact with the animals in their natural habitat. The wildlife in this park has become familiar with human contact. If you come early, you can have breakfast with the birds. At any time, you can feed the kangaroos, cuddle a koala, or even hold a snake.
The animal sanctuary is home to more than 130 iconic wildlife, including wombats, echidnas, potoroos, wallabies, dingoes, bettongs, native birds, and reptiles. The conservation park aims to protect biodiversity. The Cleland Wildlife Park has won several awards, including the Silver Award for the best tourist attraction in South Australia in 2021.
Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
On the eastern slopes of Mt. Lofty. First opened in 1977, it is a crescent-shaped site, with 97 hectares of magnolias and other trees. Its cooler, more wet location suits cool climate plants that are difficult to grow on the Adelaide plains. The landscapes change with the changing seasons. A brochure will show current seasonal highlights.
Located 60 kilometers south of Adelaide in South Australia, is Myponga Reservoir. Built-in 1958 and completed in 1962, this reserve was used as a catch basin for a major storage area of fresh water that came from the Myponga River and other rivers nearby. The execution of the reserve’s plan was made well to serve a 5% water supply in Adelaide City.
Another collaboration between man and nature, this place offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors. Family and friends can enjoy biking, walking on the trail, or having a picnic on the side or you can take out your kayak and tour or fish on its public access waters.
GETTING TO MYPONGA RESERVOIR
- The newest mountain trail is Crafers, an easier hike compared to Waterfall Gully. It is a 5 km trail that rises to a total of 140 m, still easy compared to Waterfall Gully’s 400 m rise.
- Bus rides are recommended to those who wish to go here.
- If you’re on a tight budget, you can use the Towncar.
- Another way is to use a cab.
Given the distance of 48 meters, It takes an hour’s drive to get to Myponga Reservoir from Adelaide.
TIP: you can also join tours as they can thoroughly guide you to maximize the experience.
WHAT MAKES MYPONGA RESERVOIR WORTH IT
There are several things to love about Myponga Reservoir but to keep this simple. As mentioned previously, you can fish from the public access shoreline while riding your kayak or canoe. You have to obtain a fishing permit to do this. Imagine the large catch you can get and roast it in the picnic area for a delicious meal.
Some of the fishes available are Murray cod, silver perch, and golden perch, as well as the common redfin. To acquire the permit, you have to purchase them at the Reservoirs SA website to purchase one. Vloggers also claim this site as a great way to do kayaking for beginners.
Myponga Reservoir Activities:
Doing picnics at a picturesque place is a fun way to make memories. You can do this at Myponga Reservoir. With vast locations to choose from, you can surely capture Instagrammable shots worth sharing with your family and friends
In addition to cycling, walking, and water activities, you can also experience bird-watching in Myponga Reservoir. More than 120 bird species can be sighted both in inland and water areas. Native animals can also be watched like lizards and frogs.
As an added precaution to maintain the safety of drinking water, DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED as there is the possibility of them carrying harmful organisms.
Monarto Safari Park
Monarto Safari Park is 1,500 hectares, giving you a safari experience in an animal reserve. The design of the park offers better views, and photographs than if you were at a regular zoo. You can get “personal” and close to the animals There’s an elevated platform in the giraffe enclosure that brings you face-to-face with a giraffe, at its head level, when it strolls to the platform. And visitors can get close, meters away from cheetahs, chimps, meerkats, and giraffes
It is the largest open-range zoo in the world, with more than 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native mammals, reptiles, and birds. When it was opened in 1983, it began as a sanctuary for endangered species and was mainly a breeding and pasture area. The park has 5 main habitats that reflect different ecosystems found in Asia and Africa. It is home to both Native Australian species and species from overseas.
How do you get to Monarto Safari Park?
- 75 minutes from Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, It is the gateway to the picturesque Murraylands region. It’s easy if you have a car. The park is only an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Renting a car is the most feasible option. There’s also a bus service from Adelaide to Monarto Zoo, that runs Monday to Friday.
PROMINENT ANIMALS OF MONARTO SAFARI PARK:
- Tammar wallabies
- Eastern barred bandicoot
- Greater bilbies
- American bison
- Black rhinoceros
- White rhinoceros
- South African cheetah
- … and many more
The Monarto Safari park is one of two zoos in Australia that have the Black rhinoceros.
You’ll find many of Africa’s impressive animals and one of Australia’s largest lion pride and giraffe herds.
- 70% of the species at Monarto Safari Park are vulnerable to extinction in the wild. So every time you visit, you contribute to the work of saving animals from extinction.
Monarto, a non-profit organization, has conservation partners in Australia and around the world. It is owned and operated by a conservation charity, Zoos SA
The park is massive – How do you travel through this safari?
For an adventure, You can walk in the wild. The Safari Park has a 14 km network of walking trails between the Visitor Center and animal viewing platforms. The trails range from easy to medium grading. During these walks, you can spot some local wildlife like emus and echidnas
You can walk the entire trail. Or combine your walk with the bus ride but it might be best to ride the free Zu-loop bus that brings you through open-range exhibits, where you see animals in their natural setting. You can hop on and off the bus, any time you want.
- The park is carefully curated, and they make sure the wildlife is at ease and healthy
There are also nature-inspired play areas for kids. You can relax at the cafe, while your kids play in the nearby playground. There’s a rhino Boma area as kids become safari rangers and they cool off in the sprinklers along with mischievous meerkats. There are animal experiences your kids will enjoy, like feeding the giraffes, meeting the rhinos, mingling with meerkats, and the Lions 360 Experience.
We suggest spending at least four or five hours at Monarto Zoo to get the most out of your visit. The free Zu-Loop Shuttle, scheduled Safari Tours for groups, and a web of walking tracks all provide access to the zoo’s attractions.
Kangaroo Island is the 3rd largest island in Australia. Its land area is 95 miles long and 34 miles wide. It’s bigger than Bali and Singapore. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Australia, It is a low-cliffed plateau, rising about 920 feet. When British explorer Matthew Flinders visited the island in 1802, he named it Kangaroo Island because of the abundance of kangaroos.
One-third of the island is a natural reserve. The Conservation Park is home to Australia’s kangaroos The rest of the island is wineries, sanctuaries, farms, and a few small towns. The island has thriving wildlife. Its isolation spared them from the harm of foxes and rabbits living on the mainland and from the impact of European settlements.
Animals you can find are kangaroos, koalas, penguins, sea lions, echidnas with their short beaks, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, and aquatic wildlife as well.
Getting to Kangaroo Island
It is 80 miles southwest of Adelaide, located at the entrance to the Gulf St. Vincent.
The distance between Port Adelaide and Kangaroo Island is 172 km.
There are 7 ways you can get to Kangaroo Island.
- By bus
- Plane – quickest flight is 35 minutes Or by going on a tour.
And when you’re on the island, you can go on a road trip in your private car that you brought by ferry or hire a car to see the fantastic places. You can travel by ferry or coach.
Kangaroo Island Activities
You can swim with dolphins and seals, offered by the OCEAN SAFARI TOUR. Its coastline extends over 330 miles, giving excellent ocean views. You can watch the colonies of sea lions and penguins by the beach.
In ‘Flinders Chase’ National Park at the western end of the island, there are kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, and other wildlife. Flinders Chase park is 285 square miles of cliffs, low wooded hills, and beaches.
The terrain of the island is another attraction.
Its impressive geological formation was formed over thousands of years of erosion. Where tall cliffs are surrounded by low-lying plains. You’ll see New Zealand seals that have taken residence there. You can also spot whales during their migration months from May to October and dolphins. The Admirals Arch provides several hikes across the ‘Flinders Chase’ National Park
The Remarkable Rocks
An icon of South Australia. Rugged rock formations along the coastal cliffs were formed by sea spray and wind for over 500 million years. Lichen covers many rocks, making the rocks look red, a dramatic contrast with the blue waters. You can climb on the rocks, and go around them and kids will love this because it’s like a maze
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Located in the southwest part of the island, is one of the largest breeding grounds for the Australian fur seal, an endangered species. Seeing the sea lions enjoying the sand by the beach, a whale skeleton, the tour guide showing which is male, and which is female, and on to the Visitor Center where you see the skeleton of a sea lion is all part of the cost of the guided tour.
Hanson Bay Sanctuary
A great place to watch wildlife from a close distance. koalas, wallabies, Cape Barren geese, echidna, and more than 40 species of birds. As you walk among large eucalyptus trees, you can spot koalas hiding among the branches.
Among the stunning beaches are Vivonne Bay, Emu Bay, and Stokes Bay. Vivonne Bay, with white, soft sand and crystal clear blue waters. is one of the best beaches in Australia. You can picnic, surf, sunbathe, and watch the sea lions that inhabit the area.
Antechamber Bay is one of South Australia’s postcard-perfect beaches. The powder white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, with sparkling turquoise water
Prospect Hill, also known as Mount Thisby, is the final stop. Its 512 steps give you a fantastic, 360-degree view of Kangaroo Island. Captain Matthew Flinders hiked this same trail as he surveyed Kangaroo Island.
The trail has signposts with information on the flora and fauna, and the history of the island.
Kangaroo Island, which is the third-largest island in Australia, is always ranked among the best islands in the world because of its beautiful coastline, unique dining options, unspoiled natural scenery, and a large number of native animals.
Declared a national park in 1971, the Deep Creek National Park is one of the best-known and beloved camping destinations in South Australia. With the variety of different wildflowers that bloom every season and various wildlife like western grey kangaroos, scarlet robins, southern bandicoots, and many others, this thriving place of an ecosystem is a sight to behold.
Looking for a breather and relaxing escape from work? Deep Creek. If exploration is what you want to do on your next trip, This is where you want to go, and depending on time and climate, the diversity of this park will mesmerize you and make you appreciate nature more.
You can watch the sunset over Kangaroo Island and see the active wildlife at dusk or enjoy a stunning view of the waterfalls at Deep Creek Waterfall. On a good, sunny day, you can also explore the pristine Blowhole beach via Blowhole Beach Hike and see the natural treasures washed up like cup sponges, cuttlefish, and various types of seaweed. Depending on the time you come to this place, you will see different sights.
Getting to Deep Creek
The park is situated 108 km South of Adelaide. You can access it via Main South Road Adelaide or Range Road from Victor Harbor.
There are two ways to get there:
- 1. Take a bus ride from Adelaide then make a stop at Wirrina Resort Main South Road. From Wirrina Resort, you can go to Deep Creek National Park by taking a cab. The total costs for this option are $40-45. Bus rides can take 1 hour and 47 minutes (including transfers).
- 2. Driving from Adelaide to Deep Creek Conservation Park is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. The distance from Adelaide to Deep Creek Conservation Park is 109.9km.
As of date, all roads within the park are passable. However, it is recommended to check out their website before going to the park for pandemic-related restrictions.
WHY DEEP CREEK
Deep Creek is a great place for people who look forward to doing various recreational activities. With its diverse environment, one cannot help but appreciate the wonders that nature has to offer. This includes seeing the ecosystem being in action: from the thriving wild plants and animals to the migration of whales. You can also have a view of the Milky Way under a clear night sky. Smartphone apps are available to guide you on this one.
- A friendly reminder to those who wish to go to Deep Creek: DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED
- Take note there is a ban on setting up fires on this site
- it is highly advisable to roast your food or treats on designated campfires.
McLaren Vale is the birthplace of wines, with its Mediterranean landscape of limestone cliffs, market gardens, and olive groves. It is known for its 180 years of winemaking.
You’ll find vines here that are over a hundred years old and still producing. It is considered to be the most sustainable wine region of Australia with 7,500 hectares under vine, and high demand for its wines. It is known for its alternative heat-resistant varietals or grape varieties of wine. For its produce of grenache and its organic, biodynamic vineyards There are more than 80 cellar doors and vineyards. And the spirit of innovation stays alive. Many boutique wineries push boundaries for what is possible.
McLaren Vale is best known for its Shiraz. It also produces Grenache and Cabernet, globally acclaimed brands. The area has a Shiraz Trail and as you walk or cycle through, you’ll find that many wineries also serve excellent food,
It is also known as the center of gastronomy. The coming of post-war Italian immigrants brought with them, olives and food culture.
Getting To McLaren Vale
- By bus, car, taxi, or train. The cheapest way is by bus. The Adelaide Metro train goes to Seaford Station every 30 minutes
- Private vehicle, about 45 minutes
Chalk Hill Wines: winery and vineyard
- The winery is owned by the Harvey family, dedicated to making hand-crafted wines of distinction. With six generations of growing grapes in 6 vineyards across the wine region. It is more than just a cellar door. It owns one of the best distilleries in South Australia, the Never Never. It also has an Italian cantina, the Cucina de Strada.
- You can enjoy the award-winning Triple Juniper gin, coupled with Fever Tree. The Fever Tree was voted No.1 Top Trending Mixer and No.1 Best Selling Mixer for 8 years now.
- There’s lunch at the Cucina de Strada offers rustic, rectangular Roman-style pizzas then at its Tasting Lounge, you have the Alpha Crucis range of wines, premium quality
Woodstock Wine Estate
A winery and a wildlife sanctuary where kids can feed kangaroos.
Owned by the Collett family, the Woodstock estate has operated for 3 generations, with its commitment to capturing the essence of McLaren Vale.
The property has some of the region’s oldest vines, with Shiraz plantings dating back to the early 1900s It is a combination of a cellar door tasting room, wildlife sanctuary, playground, and restaurant, giving a taste of McLaren Vale.
Gemtree is a third-generation, family-owned winery that aims to grow better wine, naturally, in a farming system that’s environmentally conscious. Gemtree’s 306 acres produce certified organic and biodynamic wines. No chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used; natural materials, soils, and composts are used to sustain the vineyard
Chief winemaker Mike Brown and his wife, Melissa, a biodynamic viticulturist, work to grow award-winning Gemtree Wines. Wines that are concentrated and have the true characteristics of each grape variety.
Here you learn about biodynamic farming, and taste fruit-forward Shiraz matched with native foods, before exploring the onsite wetland with 50,000 trees.
Visitors to Gemtree Wines experience a blend of nature, wine, and food:
- Its Tasting Room has views spanning McLaren Vale onto the ocean.
- The Gemtree Biodynamic Hut is located in the Tasting Room. It is an informal interactive experience for its visitors, giving a deeper understanding of biodynamic viticulture.
- The Gemtree Eco Trail adjacent to the Tasting Room takes its visitors on a winding path through 10 hectares of regenerated natural bushland.
The Salopian Inn: an eclectic eatery
A must-visit on a McLaren foodie trip; set in a converted farmhouse dating back to 1851
The food is entirely based on high-quality local and fresh produce. The majority of the vegetables and herbs are grown by the family of chef Karena Armstrong. Food creations change with the season. Modern Australian cuisine is prepared, with 1 Asian-inspired dish, such as Kale Pakora, Paroo Kangaroo Tartare, and Harisima Kingfish sashimi.
What makes the food special? Chef-owner Karen Armstrong creates every dish “from scratch” and uses only local ingredients, that are picked from the kitchen garden. Served on plates designed with an Asian or Middle Eastern influence.
The wine selection of local and international wines. White wines are listed on the menu. As for Red wines, you have to go down into the old red wine cellar, pick one and bring it back up. There are more than 250 gins from Australia and abroad,
Best Farmers’ Market, Willunga
The first farmers’ market in South Australia.
It has awards for:
- Excellence in Food Tourism, 2918, 2019, 2021
- Most Outstanding ‘Farmers’ Market at the ‘Produce Awards’ 2021
This is a Saturday market held at the Willunga High School.
With more than 60 stalls full of fresh and seasonal produce from some of the region’s best farms and artisan producers. You can prepare your menus for the week with original ingredients. Sample recipes are salad from Alnda Farms, Village Greens of Willunga Creek, goodies such as mettwurst from Fleurieu Prime Alpaca
Four Winds Chocolate
Chocolatier and baker Wendy Ashwin crafts artisan chocolates, cakes, jewel-like bonbons, and patisserie
The Four Winds family traveled around Europe, to their favorite chocolate and patisserie stores. On their return to Australia, they opened a chocolate and patisserie boutique, Four Winds Chocolate. Named after their home in Willunga, a stone cottage/ farmhouse called the “Four Winds” after their hometown, “windy Willunga”
Opened in 2017, the d’Arenberg Cube, inspired by Rubik’s Cube, was the vision of winemaker Chester Osborn, owner of d’Alenberg wineries. The Cube is located in the middle of a d’Arenberg vineyard. All d’Arenberg vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic.
The Cube, a multi-function center, gives you an artistic journey into the viticulture and winemaking of d’Arenberg. D’Arenberg winery has 500 acres of vineyards, which according to Osborn, is Australia’s largest biodynamic grower.
- On the top level is the cellar door worth $15 million, giving panoramic views of McLaren Vale. It is not a rustic shed but a sun-drenched penthouse topped with double-tempered glass and has multi-coloured lounges. It offers tastings from a wide range of d’Arenberg wines.
A staircase in the cellar door leads to a restaurant. Where you dine a la carte. Recipes use cutting-edge technology; an example is 3d printed elements in a lemon meringue pie.
TASTING ROOM ON THE TOP FLOOR
A range of red and white wines of d’Arenberg is available to taste. Vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic
LEVEL 3 IS D’ARENBERG BLENDING LESSONS
- A hands-on experience at d’Arry’s Veranda Restaurant, on how winemakers create wine blends. You become a winemaker for the day to blend and bottle your wine.
- You are guided through the process of blending to create your version of Shira. 3 barrel samples of a single vineyard wine, with its distinct flavor, are given so you can make your blend. Then you bring home your bottle of wine
The d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant offers degustation menus that change with the seasons. An extensive wine list provides a selection of imported wines, current vintage, and museum releases from d’Arenberg.
Degustation dining gives you 2 degustation options: Matched wines can be d’Arenberg-only, or international drops. Sommelier Josh Picken handpicks them and pours them with their d’Arenberg counterparts.
The Alternate Realities Museum:
- An art gallery on the ground floor, features surrealist art, with 25 bronze sculptures by Salvador Dali and graphic artwork
- You can go on a self-guided tour, using the Alternate Realities Museum app to provide information on the art installations.
A virtual fermenter in a 360-degree video room features a projection of someone foot-treading grapes.
Mushroom Picking at Maxwell Wines
Beneath the winery is a 100-year-old limestone cave with cultivated mushrooms for visitors to pick. These are put in a pre-prepared risotto pack. You can take it back with you.
The Shiraz Trail (used to be a railway track)
You can walk or cycle this 9 km trail. Or ride on horseback, hire an e-bike from Coast and Co.
As you travel through rolling vineyards, you discover the flavors of the region. The trail connects the best wine and food restaurants. You get to stop at cellar doors and taste shiraz; in Primo Estate, Wirra Wirra, and Pertaringa Wines,
The Shiraz Trail extends from McLaren Vale to Willunga, a scenic stretch of rural landscapes; sheep-dotted hills, and vines.
Only a 25-minute drive from Adelaide
Hahndorf, a little German town in the Adelaide Hills, is a State Heritage area. And a tourist spot
Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in 1830 with a strong German flavor, evident in the small goods outlets, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, and cafes that line the main street.
Hahndorf is famous for its quaint German architecture, wineries, little stores, and art history. Main Street is filled with old German half-timbered houses and stone cottages. Traditional German music plays in the shops.
Along the main street are bakeries, and German pubs serving tasty German food. You’ll find cheeses, sweets, an old-fashioned ice creamery, a smokehouse and a chocolatier, and many other treats. Shops sell German trinkets, handmade crafts, and souvenirs.
Art lovers can visit The Cedar Houses, formerly the art studio of Australian landscapist Hans Heysen
- Hahndorf Academy, a 150-year-old building, is a regional hub for the arts and heritage. Visit its 4 galleries, a migration museum, art studios, and a gallery displaying the work of local artisans. On the outside grounds, there are galleries and the Angel of Hahndorf sculpture. These are part of the Hills Sculpture Trail.
The German Migration Museum, with various objects on display, shows what life was like when Prussian immigrants settled in 1839. The Museum is inside the Hahndorf Academy.
THE HERITAGE WALK
Take a historic walk through the 19th streetscape of Hahndorf. A guided Heritage walk takes you to more than 30 sites where you get a glimpse into the town’s history and development.
Visit excellent wineries nearby, including Hahndorf Hill Winery, Lane Vineyard, Sidewood Cellar Door, and Restaurant.
- There’s wine tasting in and around Hahndorf with local wineries that include The Lane, Hahndorf Hill, and Nepenthe. The Center of Adelaide Hills Wine has local wines for sale and tasting.
Taste and purchase a wide variety of artisan cheeses at Udder Delights and enjoy some of the other experiences they offer including fondue, high tea, and cheese-making classes by arrangement.
Kids will love The Fairy Garden, where they’ll see fairies and magical things in the garden before entering the Fairy shop.
Your kids will enjoy the Hahndorf Farm Barn, a combination children’s farmyard and a nature wildlife park. They can feed donkeys, lambs, calves, and even camels. Cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs. Milk a cow. Ride a pony. Watch a wildlife reptile show.
Fall is the best time to look around Hahndorf and the surrounding area. Even though it’s a little cooler, the sun is still shining. Now is a great time to go on exploratory hikes and find the town’s hidden treasures because the weather is nice.
Mannum River Cruise
The Murray River Paddle Steamer, Mannum is a unique, historic township set on the banks of the river. It is blessed with natural beauty and history and has charming heritage architecture.
This paddle steamer, “Mary Ann”. the first on the River Murray, pioneered the navigation route to the stations along the rivers Murray, Murrumbidgee, and Darling Rivers and the goldfields of Victoria.
Mannum is on the banks of the Murray River and is easily accessible by road, as it is 100 km from Adelaide through the South Eastern Freeway or even less (approx. 80 km) if you take the route through Gumeracha, choosing Birdwood.
Mannum has an active boating tradition. It is an ideal place for a short holiday to explore the river’s sceneries. Hire your houseboat, take a cruise, and visit local attractions.
ITS ACCESSIBILITY MAKES MANNUM A POPULAR VENUE FOR DAY TRIPS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
- Mannum is centrally located to the Riverlands, Fleurieu Peninsula, and Barossa, frequented by day trippers and holiday visitors. Visitors use the town as a base where they can bring family and friends to visit places of interest in the surrounding area.
There are many hire boats moored in the area because Mannum has the best cruising waters on the entire River Murray system. As you cruise within short distances, the scenery changes from willow-lined banks to mighty cliffs to magnificent gum tree-lined banks and rural scenery.
When you turn the next corner, the scene may repeat itself or be entirely different. Capture the scenic beauty of the waterway with its ever-changing landscape and great birdlife. There are also quaint townships along its banks.
Today, Mannum is a tourist destination with many original historic buildings and quaint shops and cafes, Mannum is the houseboat capital of Australia, with a lot of cruising options.
IT HAS A THRIVING HOUSEBOAT INDUSTRY.
The grand PS Murray Princess has twice-a-week trips. The PW Mayflower goes cruising four times a week. The PS Marion built in 1897 provides short and long cruises throughout the year.
When you get off the ship, you can take nice walks along the riverbanks and through the towns if you brought walking shoes and casual evening clothes. However, you can dress up for dinner, especially for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner and Dance, which will be held on the ship.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Visits to the Art Gallery of South Australia are required for any culture vultures passing through the area. The gallery is housed in one of Adelaide’s most illustrious buildings (on North Terrace) and features some of Australia’s finest works of art.
It is a popular tourist attraction not only because it is a well-known sight, but also because of its proximity to the University of Adelaide and the Australian Museum. The gallery’s collection includes over 38,000 pieces of artwork from Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia.
Paintings, photography, sketches, sculptures, metalwork, and jewelry are just a few of the many different art forms and traditions represented in the museum. From the Renaissance to the current day, the gallery is a treasure trove of art.
Hours of operation are 10-5 daily, and there is no admission charge.
The staff is happy to tell you what you can bring to the Adelaide Art Gallery. And don’t touch the art, of course. Visitors can use hand-held cameras to take pictures for their use.
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market has been attracting visitors for nearly 145 years. It is located in the heart of the city, where locals and visitors alike may indulge in the city’s delectable gourmet cuisine and rich cultural traditions.
This scenic market has been welcoming customers since 1869 and is currently home to more than 80 different sellers, making it one of the largest markets in Australia.
Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, baked goods, smallgoods, healthy foods, and some of the best restaurants in Adelaide can all be found in Adelaide Central Market.
This historic site, which features the second-oldest zoo in Australia, is dedicated to much more than just animals. A popular tourist destination in Adelaide, it was established to help stop the extinction of species and get people back into the great outdoors.
There are about 3,000 distinct species of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds that call this area home.
Native animals such as the African lion, American alligator, Capybara, Little Penguin, Rhino iguana, etc., can be seen here.
If you wanted to spend quality time at each animal display at the Adelaide Zoo, it would take you four to five hours. If you only want to visit the most popular animals, such pandas, orangutans, big cats, etc., it should take you about 3 hours to see everything.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE SURROUNDING AREA ARE:
- Varied species of fauna and flora exist in and around the Murray river valley. Animal and bird species include kangaroos, emus, koalas, black swans, bearded dragon lizards, red-rumped parrots, pelicans, and even dolphins, that frequent the ocean end of the river. River red gums, a type of eucalyptus tree line the river banks. A variety of fish including the famed Murray cod, bream, perch, and redfin swim in the Murray River.
- The Mannum waterfalls reserve is 9 Km from MANNUM on the Murray Bridge road. It is a geological phenomenon with large granite outcrops rising from the plains around Reedy Creek to provide natural waterfalls. There are walking trails along the outcrops for those who want to enjoy the scenery
- The Younghusband Road on the eastern side of the River, 28 km long, is one of the most unique drives along the Murray River. The road winds past lagoons and quarries and the main river.
- The Mannum Caravan Park, north of the town ferries, has 165 powered sites in a well-shaded area, it provides cabin and bunkhouse accommodation; a river frontage with a beach area, and a boat ramp.
- The Hermann Gass bird sanctuary is at the northern end of the caravan park. You can view many bird species and see migratory birds from September through November. People come to celebrate the Waders Festival when wading birds visit the coastline.