If you think you know Australia after visiting Sydney and Melbourne (and we do have amazing experiences in these two cities!), well, think again. A trip to the Southern states of Australia brings you a different myriad of sensations. Here the top 5 for you. And this time, it’s not just about wine as in previously, but much more 😉
5. ADELAIDE & ADELAIDE HILLS
Adelaide stands as the perfect spot to relax after a long flight and start your immersion into the local culture. We love the Botanic Garden with its lush nature and wild birds, and the Central Market where you already smell the fresh domestic fruits. Foodies will marvel when touring Haigh’s Chocolate factory, and creative visitors will have their share of aboriginal artworks at the Art Gallery of South Australia. For major rugby and sport events, head to The Oval and for wine and dine, Jetty Road is the place to be, or of course the in-town Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door.
4. MCLAREN VALE, LANGHORNE CREEK & COONAWARRA
Just outside of Adelaide, McLaren Vale boasts beaches, adventures, food and wine altogether. Foodies will be delighted at Willunga Farmers Market, and wine lovers at the 65 wineries, most of them independent: D’Arenberg, the country’s most eclectic, Chapel Hill, Hardy’s Tintara, or the top Yangarra Estate. At the end of the vineyard you will find the quiet sand beaches enjoyed by locals, like Aldinga, Christies or Moana. Head South-East to the remote and charming Langhorne Creek (boutique wines or famous WolfBlass) and Coonawarra (Yalumba and 23 other estates).
3. KANGAROO ISLAND
Nestled between Mount Lofty Ranges (where a hike gives you superb panoramic views) and Gulf St Vincent Beaches (with pleasant sand and not crowded), Kangaroo Island can be made in a day-trip or two-three days with stay on-site. Known for its abundant wildlife, it is home of Australia’s beloved kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. The island is a haven of peace for families and retreats, with many accommodation possibilities including luxury lodge and of course fresh seafood and wine. A simple boat ride from Adelaide, it can also be made into a unique personalized experience.
2. BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY
Much is said elsewhere about Barossa, so let’s go straight to its most unique aspects. Organic farm with picnic? Go to Australia’s most famous cook & food author Maggie Beer, the many Farmers Markets or get on a full day food & wine private experience. Famous wine brands? You got it: Grant Burge, Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds or Peter Lehmann. Connoisseur fine wines? Now we’re talking: Hentley Farm, JohnDuval, Seppeltsfield, Spinifex and Two Hands – add a tasting in Eden Valley’s jewel Henschke and a stop for oysters & sparkling at The Lane Vineyard. Golf? The best courses. And we can help you get married there too!
1. TASMANIA & HOBART
If you’ve reached this point, you might as well go all the way; here it means Tasmania. The island is so unique that it is an entire trip experience in itself. Nature lovers, you can spot otters and mammals at the bay in Hobart or the many National Parks. Art geeks, head to the most provocative museum in the world, MONA. Culture-seekers, listen to live music and choirs during the Festival of Voices or its many other celebrations. Tasmania is also perfect for yoga and wellness, or of course scenic flight thrills and outdoor adventures. Oh, we haven’t talked about food & wine yet?
Don’t stay hungry and thirsty, and email us at email@example.com for your own experience in South Australia and Tasmania.
by Julien Yung Mameaux and The Experience Company team