LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley

LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley


*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…



LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in 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!

Learn more about Adelaide (overview including history and travel) and the Barossa Valley.



Travel in style with Luscious: Barossa Valley luxury itinerary



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:





Read more about:




LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley




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.



Map of Australia showing Adelaide


LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: Map of Adelaide and Barossa Valley wine region via myLusciousLife


LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: Barossa Valley map - Wine region of South Australia

Download a PDF map of the Barossa Valley in detail here 

View the 2014 Barossa Valley Visitors Guide here









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.



Autumn vines leaves - Barossa Valley



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

Official website



Exterior: The Louise luxury hotel in the Barossa Valley

Guest bathroom at the Louise Hotel in the Barossa Valley - luxury travel

The Louise hotel - Barossa Valley - Australia - Seppeltsfield Suite lounge with view

LUSCIOUS WINING AND DINING: Appellation Restaurant at the Louise Hotel in South Australia

Inside the Louise hotel in the Barossa Valley - Luscious Australian tourism

Luscious travel style - The Louise Barossa Valley - Sunset - Terrace views





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





 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:

Learn more about the Barossa wine region here and download this Barossa Valley cellar door map.




 “Barossa Valley Wineries – You. Me. Barossa” by local filmmaker Ben Dowie




LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley



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.

Learn more here.



Maggie Beer - cook and produce - Barossa Valley SA


LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: Inside Maggie Beers' Farm Shop - Maggie Beer produce and books - Barossa Valley


Produce by Maggie Beer - Barossa Valley South Australia photos


You might also like the Barossa Valley Cheese Company at their Cheesecellar, 67b Murray Street in Angaston.


Luscious produce of the Barossa Valley in South Australia including cheese and wine



There are also a number of suggested cafes and bakeries in the region, including:



Luscious food including pastries and desserts via



More about the following via the Barossa Valley Tourism website:



Explore the Barossa Valley - Hahndorf


Explore the Barossa Valley - Hahndorf




Other things to see and do include:

  • Spa retreats
  • Cooking classes and demonstrations
  • Golf
  • Hot air ballooning
  • 10-pin bowling
  • Lyndoch Lavender Farm
  • The Barossa Brewing Company




Travel in style around the Barossa Valley in South Australia




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.



Have fun and in style in the Barossa Valley with breakfast with the kangaroos




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




Luscious food and wine in South Australia-Walnut and Muscatel bread

Exploring Adelaide: Adelaide Central Market

Food in South Australia - luscious suggestions using fresh produce

Food at the Hotel Adelaide-luscious produce in South Australia




The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia


LUSCIOUS ART, FOOD, FASHION: 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.


FASHION COMES TO ADELAIDE: The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia

The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia


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.


The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia - photos

Luscious art and travel: Check out The Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia




Luscious shopping in Adelaide

Whilst I have no personal experience with shopping in South Australia, here are some recommendations:



LUSCIOUS SHOPPING: Khai Liew showroom in Adelaide – Photo by Derek Henderson via The Design Files

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…




PHOTO: Luscious drive around the Adelaide Hills




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

Read more about South Australian history here.




Luscious food and wine in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley




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.



Kingsford Homestead in the Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Kingsford Homestead


Bush bath at the Kingston Homestead - luxury activities in South Australia

 The luxurious bush bath at the Kingsford Homestead



Boutique hotel - The Franklin Hotel in Adelaide - Superior Room

 The Franklin boutique hotel in Adelaide




Stylish travel in South Australia: Gorgeous views food and wine make for a gourmet visit in the Barossa Valley




 Scroll through the full collection of photos from my fantasy
Adelaide and Barossa Valley trip here:


Barossa Valley photos.jpgBarossa Farmers Market.jpgCured meats by Barossa Fine Foods.jpgChateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley.jpgFood Trail Weekend in the Barossa Valley in South Australia.jpgBird watching - Barossa Valley.jpgCasa Carboni Italian Cooking School and Enoteca in Angaston.jpgBethany in the Barossa Valley South Australia.jpgBarossa Valley food and wine photos.jpgCupids Cottage in the Barossa Valley.jpgCows in the Barossa Valley - tourism photos.jpgEpicurean Way - wining and dining in the Barossa Valley.jpgBarossa canapes.jpgFresh apples.jpgAzalea Cedar Rose cottage in the Barossa Valley - accommodation.jpgBeef Wellington - luscious food in the Barossa Valley South Australia.jpgDairymans Cottage - Barossa Valley - cows and vines.jpgKingsford Homestead guest room - luxury hotel in the Barossa Valley Australia.jpgRoses at Jacobs Creek Retreat At Moorooroo Park.jpgBarossa Valley Chateau Yaldara.jpgGoats in the Barossa Valley - photos - South Australia.jpgLavender in the Barossa-South Australia.jpgFood and wine pairing - Strawberry.jpgJacobs Creek Retreat At Moorooroo Park.jpgThe Jacobs Creek Retreat in South Australia Barossa Valley.jpgLocated in South Australia the Barossa Valley is about 56km northeast of the city of Adelaide.jpgLuscious food and wine in South Australia-Dessert at The Louise Hotel.jpgMoorooroo Park Luxury Vineyard Accommodation Barossa Valley.jpgVisit the Barossa Valley in style via myLusciousLife.jpgLuscious foods in the Barossa Valley.jpgVines - vineyards.jpgLuxury tourism - South Australia - Kingsford Homestead in the Barossa Valley.jpgLuxury travel in South Australia - wine barrels in the Barossa Valley via myLusciousLife.jpgPenfolds - Food and wine pairing - Pork Belly.jpgPictures of the Barossa Valley.jpgSheep in Barossa Valley.jpgTHE KIRCHE at CHARLES Barossa Valley SA.jpgWine in the Barossa Valley via myLusciousLife.jpgSouth Australia photos - Lyndochhill.jpgWine tasting in the Barossa Valley.jpgThe Louise luxury hotel in the Barossa Valley.jpgWine grapes in the Barossa Valley via myLusciousLife.jpgTanunda House - accommodation photos - Barossa Valley.jpgVineyard in Barossa Valley.jpgThe luxurious Orchard Room accommodation in the Barossa Valley.jpgTwice-cooked lamb - fine dining restaurant Appellation at The Louise.jpgYalumba winery entrance - Photos of South Australia.jpg


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