*UPDATED* This was my entry for a competition offering 3 days in South Australia. Sadly, I did not win but you may still enjoy the itinerary I planned.
CELEBRATING SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Here is my plan for a luxurious 3-night, 4-day visit to Adelaide and the Barossa Valley…
Why visit Adelaide and the Barossa Valley?
Mr Luscious and I live on the Mornington Peninsula, around 1-2 hours drive south of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia which I believe is fairly similar to the Barossa Valley in terms of distance from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
We live here – and cope with the long commute to the city – for several good reasons: amazing locally-grown food and wine, a relaxed but still elegant atmosphere, and the beautiful countryside and beaches.
Our home looks out across the Mount Martha coastline and we’re 5 minutes to the nearby beaches, peacefully quiet most of the year, and then usually only filled with locals during the summer months. We’re also just 15 minutes to Red Hill where we used to live, which is the centre of the Peninsula wine region.
For this reason, a visit to the Barossa Valley is a no brainer – it has its own blend of stunning scenery and renowned produce. And the chance of a free trip to explore? Of course!
These first two videos are highly stylised introductions to both Adelaide and the Barossa Valley
and worth checking out.
MUST WATCH: This short, dark clip about the Barossa Valley has music by
iconic Australian performer Nick Cave.
You’ll be licking your luscious lips!
And here’s an introduction to Adelaide:
Whilst I think of Adelaide as a pleasant, pretty and easy-to-get-around city, it’s not somewhere I normally think to visit.
So I was thrilled to learn when researching this post that it’s developing even more lusciousness in terms of art gallery exhibitions, cafes and restaurants, and stylish shops.
See my proposed itinerary, below, for some of this in more detail.
Here’s a general tourist introduction from the South Australian Tourism:
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So, where is Adelaide, South Australia?
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia. It’s located in the southern, central midpoint when looking at a map of Australia, between Perth and Melbourne (but closer to Melbourne than Perth).
It is 1 hour by plane from Melbourne, and then the Barossa is one hour’s drive north of the city.
Our proposed itinerary – Day 1: Friday
- Fly out of Melbourne around 2pm
- Arrive at Adelaide Airport around 3pm
- Collect our hire car around 3.30pm
- Drive 1 hour northwest to the Barossa Valley, possibly stopping for coffee or maybe a winery along the way
- Arrive at The Louise hotel (see below) around 5pm
- Check-in, explore the hotel, freshen up and dress for dinner
- Have a pre-dinner drink and then a 7.30pm dinner at the in-house restaurant, Appellation.
Accommodation: About The Louise
Location: Corner Seppeltsfield and Stonewell Roads, Marananga
Why it appeals to me:
- 15 architecturally-designed suites with room service
- Attention to detail and eco-friendly attitude
- In-suite breakfast
- Luscious food and wine at Appellation, the in-house restaurant
- Informative website
- Great, consistently high reviews.
Rates: From $550 per night
Here’s a taste (excuse the pun) of the Barossa via this series of Food and Wine Artisans of the Barossa videos:
Our proposed itinerary – Day 2: Saturday
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Visit the Barossa Valley Farmers Market on the corner of Nuriootpa and Stockwell Roads, Angaston
- Wine tasting and lunch at Hentley Farm or Salters Kitchen at Saltram Wines
- Maybe a cooking class at Casa Carboni, the Italian Cooking School and Enoteca in Angaston
- Coffee at Maggie Beer’s Farm Store (see below)
- Explore the region including some of the places listed below
- Dinner somewhere local.
And tips from the locals:
Wineries of the Barossa Valley
There are hundreds of potential places to visit in this region, with almost all of them having cellar doors which are open to the public, and some of them have cafes and/or restaurants.
Here are a handful that we might visit:
- Penfolds, Nuriootpa
- Seppeltsfield Winery, Seppeltsfield
- St Hallett, Tanunda
- Charles Melton Wines, Tanunda
- Jacob’s Creek, Rowland Flat
- Château Tanunda, Tanunda
- Rockford Wines, Tanunda
- Langmeil Winery, Tanunda
- Turkey Flat Vineyards
- Pindarie, Gomersal
- Grant Burge, Tanunda
- Peter Lehmann, Tanunda
- TeAro Estate, Williamstown
- Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield
- Saltram Wines, Angaston
“Barossa Valley Wineries – You. Me. Barossa” by local filmmaker Ben Dowie
Maggie Beer’s Farm Store on Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa
Maggie Beer is an Australian culinary institution. She’s been cooking and producing fabulous food for many years, as well as presenting television shows and writing books. And she seems like a genuinely lovely person too!
So it’s an absolute must when visiting the Barossa region to visit her farm store.
You might also like the Barossa Valley Cheese Company at their Cheesecellar, 67b Murray Street in Angaston.
There are also a number of suggested cafes and bakeries in the region, including:
- Apex Bakery in Tanunda
- Lyndoch Bakery and Restaurant in Lyndoch
- Keils Fine Food & Coffee in Tanunda
- Roaring 40’s Café in Angaston
- Blond Coffee in Angaston
- D&M’s Bakery Cafe in Angaston
More about the following via the Barossa Valley Tourism website:
- Art galleries and museums
- Parks and gardens
- Farmers markets
- Walking tours
- Cycling tours
- Food and wine attractions
Other things to see and do include:
- Spa retreats
- Cooking classes and demonstrations
- Hot air ballooning
- 10-pin bowling
- Lyndoch Lavender Farm
- The Barossa Brewing Company
Our proposed itinerary – Day 3: Sunday
- Breakfast at hotel but possibility of kangaroo breakfast adventure organised by The Louise Hotel – details here
- Rest, lunch and explore
- Dinner at somewhere luscious in the area, or perhaps a simple room service in the courtyard of our suite, watching the sunset.
Our proposed itinerary – Day 4: Monday
- Breakfast at the hotel around 7.30am
- Check out of the hotel around 8.30am
- Drive to Adelaide, arriving in the city around 9.30am
- Shopping from around 9.45-11.45am
- Lunch around 12 noon at somewhere fabulous such as Press Food & Wine on Waymouth Street
- About 2pm, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia t0 see the Fashion Icons exhibition (see below)
- Depart city around 3pm and return our hire car to the airport by 3.30pm
- Check-in at the airport
- Fly home to Melbourne around 4.30pm
The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia
See the official blurb, below, or go directly to the official website for further information and bookings.
This free 44-page online magazine produced by the gallery has a huge amount of details about the exhibition.
MASTERPIECES FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS, PARIS
25 October 2014 – 15 February 2015
The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced its major international exhibition for spring 2014 – summer 2015 Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Fashion Icons will paint a unique picture of Parisian style within the context of contemporary fashion design since 1947 when the couturier Christian Dior re-launched haute couture with his New Look. From that time fashion design blossomed with the lavish splendour of the 1950s, the futurist dynamism of the 1960s, the inspired emancipation of the 1970s, the unbridled excess of the 1980s, and the pure minimalism of the 1990s, all inspiring today’s composite portrait of the 21st century.
Over 90 emblematic haute couture garments created by the world’s leading fashion designers will be drawn from the most comprehensive collection of French fashion in the world, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and curated by the museum’s 20th and 21st Centuries Fashion and Textile Collection Chief Curator, Pamela Golbin.
‘The works selected for this exhibition perfectly illustrate the style of each of the mythical couturiers behind this history of luxury and sumptuousness. Spectacular designs by Cristobal Balenciaga, Gabrielle Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent follow one another in this chronological review, revealing the universality of fashion viewed as a history of art and beauty.’ – Pamela Golbin
Internationally renowned, Pamela Golbin has curated ground-breaking exhibitions worldwide including Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs, Madeleine Vionnet: Puriste de la mode and Valentino Retrospective: Past/Present/Future. Pamela Golbin will be joined on this project by acclaimed French designer and architect Christian Biecher, who will realise the design of the exhibition.
Fashion Icons has been organised by Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in association with Art Exhibitions Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The exhibition will also be part of this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival.
Luscious shopping in Adelaide
Whilst I have no personal experience with shopping in South Australia, here are some recommendations:
- 25 best spots to shop in Adelaide (Adelaide Advertiser)
- Daniel and Emma’s Top 5 Adelaide shops (The Design Files)
- Sugar’s Little Black Book of Secrets…Adelaide (Pop Sugar)
Khai Liew showroom in Adelaide – Photo by Derek Henderson via The Design Files
What I’d wear
Normally for a trip like this, I’d opt for a relaxed, ladylike “country” style including my Barbour quilted vests and Hermes scarves.
However, should I win the competition, we’d need to go before the end of February 2015, in which time I suspect the weather will be blisteringly hot. This calls for relaxed summer sundresses, hats, cardigans for if it gets cool, and comfortable footwear such as slides and sandals.
Also, something dressier for three nice dinners, so I’d probably opt for two cocktail dresses, one pair of black trousers with a nice blouse, and one pair of black heels.
But, if I had unlimited funds and unlimited luggage allowance, I might consider…
What I’d read
Here’s a little introduction via some books which you might also find interesting…
If I had more time, I might…
- Do the factory tour of Haigh’s Chocolate in Adelaide
- Check out more of these award-winning restaurants
- Visit events at the Adelaide Arts Festival
- Attend the Adelaide Writers Week
- Explore the Adelaide Hills
- Drive further north to the Clare Valley wine region, or south to McLaren Vale
- Visit Kangaroo Island
- Check out the shops and cafes in beachside Glenelg.
Famous folk from Adelaide
I’m sure there are heaps of impressive people who have called Adelaide home, but here’s a small sampling:
- Dame Judith Anderson, actress
- James Bradley, author
- Darren Cahill, tennis player and coach
- Ian Chappell, cricketer
- Greg Chappell, cricketer
- Trevor Chappell, cricketer
- J M Coetzee, author
- Don Dunstan, politician
- Kate Fischer, actress
- Howard Florey, pharmacologist, pathologist
- Mem Fox, author
- Peter Goldsworthy, author
- Rolf de Heer, director
- Sir Robert Helpmann dancer, actor, theater director, choreographer
- Lleyton Hewitt tennis player
- Sir Hans Heysen, artist
- Nora Heysen, war artist
- Anthony LaPaglia, actor
- Jonathan LaPaglia, actor
- Douglas Mawson, geologist, polar explorer, academic
- Shaun Micallef, comedian, actor
- Alicia Molik, tennis player
- Geoff Ogilvy, golfer
- Stuart O’Grady, bicycle road racer
- Mark Oliphant, physicist, governor
- Teresa Palmer, actress
- Greig Pickhaver, comedian, actor
- DBC Pierre, author
- Adam Scott, golfer
- Jeffrey Smart, painter
- Colin Thiele author
- Andy Thomas astronaut, aerospace engineer
- Mark Woodforde, tennis player
- Frank Woodley, comedian, actor
More accommodation options in Adelaide and the Barossa
Personally, I’d consider booking via Mr & Mrs Smith because they’ve already scoped out the area and seem to have similar taste to me. Here are some other choices for an Adelaide/Barossa Valley trip:
- Barossa: Kingsford Homestead looks fabulous but has a 2 night minimum and is expensive so might not suit everyone. It includes divine-sounding breakfast and dinner, and an outdoor bush bath) – note that the homestead was once the home of the Australian television drama, McLeod’s Daughters.
- Adelaide: The Franklin is a well-priced boutique hotel in the city which looks quite alluring with its dark colouring and gets good reviews, despite being over a popular pub.
The Kingsford Homestead
The luxurious bush bath at the Kingsford Homestead
The Franklin boutique hotel in Adelaide
Scroll through the full collection of photos from my fantasy
Adelaide and Barossa Valley trip here:
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