South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best hidden secrets. Not only is South Australia the food and wine portal to some of the world’s most incredible flavours, the region also offers stunning unspoiled coastlines and plenty of authentic experiences.
South Australia has seen a transformation over the past few years and with such an exciting selection of things to do, you will be spoilt for choice and the envy of your friends.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and a culinary playground where fine dining restaurants, award-winning cafés, bustling food markets and booming boutique bars make your trip one to remember.
The cityscape provides visitors with an eclectic mix of vibrant cuisine, inspired by native and international flavours. From tongue-tingling curries to wholesome yet delicate sashimi, and from fresh seafood to meaty grills, you certainly won’t go hungry.
In the evening, head into the laneways around Adelaide to discover a lively range of small bars serving up a selection of Adelaide’s most exquisite wines, among other delicious drinks.
If your thirst for wine-making knowledge goes further than just sipping while enjoying an evening out in the city, then head up to the Adelaide Hills where the vineyards span further than the eye can see.
Just a short drive from the city, visitors can find the National Wine Centre of Australia, offering the nation’s largest tasting room experience with more than 120 wines to sample.
Wine is something of a theme and a proud tradition in the region, with Penfolds Magill Estate, winners of the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brand’ only 15 minutes out of the city.
With many more vineyards and winemakers on the fringes of the bustling city, it is easy to see why Adelaide is known as one the Great Wine Capitals of the World.
South Australia is also renowned for making travelling around the region as simple as can be. While Adelaide and the surrounding hills and vineyards are like sirens calling for you to stay, there is so much to discover just a short distance away.
Why not style your trip with an epicurean theme and fully indulge in the region’s blissful offerings?
Make a stopover at the beautiful and fascinating Eyre Peninsula, where you can admire the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fishing fleet, wade into Coffin Bay to eat fresh oysters off the rack, watch wintering whales and strobing cuttlefish in Fowlers Bay and pick wine to go with your freshly caught fish. Only the brave venture in to swim with sharks and sea lions and fortune favours the brave with these thrilling, bucket-list aquatic experiences!
Eyre Peninsula accounts for 65 percent of Australia’s seafood catch, and with a fine selection of crabs, oysters, tuna, mussels and deep-sea wild catches, you will undoubtedly end up eating your way around the peninsula and sampling a smorgasbord of nature’s generosity.
If you are wanting to dabble in the region’s history and culture while being doted on by inspiring culinary experts, then head to Barossa.
Here you can feast at Maggie Beer’s iconic The Farm Eatery. Known for her heart-melting home style cooking, she is often referred to as Queen of Barossa.
Carry on your journey of cultural gourmet discovery at Hentley Farm where award winning wine meets some of Australia’s finest produce, which promises to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the region’s fascinating culinary history.
Although South Australia offers an exquisite abundance of culinary delights, there are other activities you can enjoy between all the sipping and savouring, albeit food and wine oriented, too.
Head out on a 32-kilometre bike journey across an old railway line in Clare Valley. Follow the Riesling Trail through vineyards and historic villages.
If you’re looking for something a little less taxing on the legs and something the whole family can do, discover the Fleurieu Peninsula and its picturesque coastal towns lined with independent shops, bakeries and bars.
Fleurieu Peninsula is ideal for self-driving vacations as there is so much to see by the sea – and further inland. You can Swim with the Tuna at Oceanic Victor or go whale watching in the Winter-Spring season at Victor Harbor.
And of course, you can’t visit South Australia without taking a trip the famous d’Arenberg Cube.
The Rubik’s Cube-inspired building can be found at one of South Australia’s most significant wineries, d’Arenberg.
The Osborn family have been making wine on this site since 1912 and the peculiar cube-shaped construction is home to a treat for all the senses.
Each layer has been thoughtfully designed and includes a wine inhalation room, a virtual fermenter, and a 360-degree video room.
These are only a selection of some of the incredible experiences to be had in South Australia. To find out more visit www.southaustralia.com and explore the wonderful range of adventures to be had in this stunning region.