Are you a cycling fanatic looking to kick off the New Year in style? Or perhaps you’re a foodie in search of something new? Either way, you’re in luck.
January brings us the Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. And it just so happens that the tour takes in the very best of South Australia, the perfect opportunity for a scenic detour…
So find yourself a car and take some inspiration from the world’s best cyclists with our top 3 must-see spots – from the streets of Adelaide through to regional South Australia.
Begin your southern adventure in the City of Churches and embrace the region’s impressive culinary credentials. Whether it’s picnicking on fresh local produce in the lush Botanic Gardens, or discovering buzzing Rundle Street’s top cafes and restaurants, you certainly won’t go hungry.
Culture lovers should make a beeline for North Terrace, where you can peruse the wonderful Art Gallery of South Australia followed by a visit to the impressive National Wine Centre of Australia. When the sun goes down, stick to the cosmopolitan East End District for a night of bar hopping amongst the city’s beautiful historic buildings – Street ADL is our pick. But best go light on the drinking, because tomorrow you’ll be visiting the state’s best wineries.
It’s time to hit the road for a journey through the wineries of the leafy Barossa Valley. Just an hour north-east of Adelaide, this detour is perfect for a spot of indulgence while the Santos Tour cyclists zip through the nearby countryside. The drive through the beautiful vineyards is an experience in itself, and the idyllic landscape is the perfect terrain for cycling enthusiasts to stretch their limbs like the professionals.
With more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, you’re spoilt for choice in the Barossa. If this sounds a little overwhelming, food and wine tours are a great (not to mention, delicious) way to sample the region’s fares.
Venture out of the city to the white sand beaches of Port Wilunga. A charming coastal spot, this sleepy enclave on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula is less than an hour out of central Adelaide. Home to ancient shipwrecks and once a main port, it’s now a laid-back holiday destination for those in the know.
In between watching the world’s best cyclists pass by, you can laze on the shore and indulge in a seafood feast at the ever popular Star of Greece. Should you be feeling adventurous, you can snorkel or dive the surrounding shipwrecks and catch a glimpse of the famed Leafy Seadragon. When you’ve had your fix of sun and sand, hop back in the car to Adelaide and farewell your South Australian adventure.
From the buzz of sophisticated Adelaide to the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley and the beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula, there’s plenty to entertain both the cycling fan and the seasoned gourmet traveler. After all, while it’s serious business for the Santos Tour competitors, you can afford to be a little more leisurely.