Visiting South Australia


We would recommend hiring a car to get around Adelaide and to visit other areas like McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.

Accommodation in Adelaide:
There are plenty of hotels in the CBD - the East End has plenty of cafes and is close to the Botanical Gardens.
Airbnb - suburbs like North Adelaide, Parkside, Norwood, Unley are suitable as are in close proximity to the CBD. We would generally recommend North Adelaide, or the Southern and Eastern suburbs being the most convenient locations.

Some things to do in and around Adelaide:
- Walk (or drive) up to Mount Lofty (2-3 hour return walk - for people from Brisbane it is like a very steep Mount Cootha!)
- Adelaide Zoo/Botanical Gardens
- Adelaide central markets - great place for brunch, collecting things for a picnic, or just wandering around
- Ride along the river on the bike track to Henley Beach
- Get fish and chips at Glenelg or Henley beach
- Walk along the boardwalk at Marion/SeaCliff
- Walk along the jetty/fish/snorkel at Port Noarlunga
- Visit Haighs Chocolate - Flagship store is in Rundle Mall, another smaller store is in the Adelaide Arcade. The factory is just on the southside of the CBD - where they offer tours.

Restaurants around Adelaide:
- Italian: Ruby Red Flamingo (North Adelaide - nice place for a cocktail prior to dinner), Osteria Oggi (CBD), Tony's tomatoes (North Adelaide), Lost in a Forrest (about 20 minutes drive south - set in an old church - pizza/wine).
- Japanese: Takumi (little restuarant in North Adelaide)
- Asian: Citi Zen (for yum cha - CBD), Gin Long (modern asian - North Adelaide)
- Burgers/Beer: Bread & Bone (CBD)
- Some favourite brunch options: Market Street (CBD), The Loose Caboose, Rosie's Unley

Favourite pubs in Adelaide:
- The Kentish (North Adelaide)
- Earl of Leicester (Parkside - huge schitznels and great beer selection)

Favourite bars in Adelaide:
- East End Cellars - great nibbles/wine selection (CBD)
- Maybe Mae - hidden on Peel St (underneath Bread & Bone)

*If staying longer, Clare Valley which is 2 hours drive from CBD is a great place to stay for a couple of nights - a great option if you have already seen Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. Advantages are that it tends to be less busy/less expensive wines and has the famous Riesling Bike trail.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale (50 minutes drive from CBD):
Some great wineries to visit:
- Coriole :), Samuel's Gorge, Kay Brothers (picnic areas available at both), Beach Road, Darenberg (if wine tasting in the cube allow a few hours!), SC Pannell, Oliver's Taranga, Molly Dookers

Lunch options:
- Coriole, Darenbergs (dÁrry's Verandah), The Salopian Inn (huge gin range as well)
Russell's Pizza for dinner
- Chalk Hill and Never Never Distilling Co (new cellar door and tasting room with a nice view and lawn area)
- Pizzateca (wood fired pizzas with laid back Italian vibe)
*Check out the Willunga Markets if they are on while you are visiting

Aldinga, Sellick's, and Maslin Beaches are close to McLaren Vale- worth visiting one if the weather is nice.

Victor Harbor, and Port Elliot are further south but make a nice day trip from McLaren Vale (45 minutes drive).

Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf (about 25mins drive from CBD):
Some great wineries to visit:
- Shaw and Smith, Bird in Hand (plenty of space for a picnic), The Lane (very nice restaurant for lunch), Nepenthe, Petaluma
- Stirling is a great little village to visit or a place for brunch - eg Patch Kitchen & Garden
- Mt Lofty House - day spa/massage

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley (about 1.5hour drive from CBD)
Some great wineries to visit:
- Torbreck, Rockfords, Yalumba, Turkey Flat, Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield, Charles Melton, Greenock Creek, Kalleske, Murray Street, St Hallets, Grant Burge...too many!

Lunch options:
- Casa Caboni (Italian restuarant - family run - also does cooking classes)
- Hentley Farm (Degustation - expensive but apparently very good)
- Artisans (Eat like a Barossan option)
Nikkol Christiansen