Discover Golf : December 2018
Copy & images courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission. NEWS 15 1. ADELAIDE HILLS Only got half a day? Drive half an hour to the Adelaide Hills, a mere 28 kilometres from the city centre you’ll find the jewel of the hills; Hahndorf. A quaint spot with a unique history, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf, was established by German Lutheran settlers in 1839. Browse beautiful galleries and gift shops selling handcrafted trinkets, toys, jewellery and other keepsakes. The kids will love the Hahndorf Farm Barn or Cleland Wildlife Park—one of the few places in Australia where you can cuddle a koala. 2. BURRA AND THE CLARE VALLEY About two hours north of Adelaide, Burra is an antique hunter and history buff’s heaven. Visit the Red Banks Conservation Park, a four-kilometre walking loop through some amazing natural, cultural and fossil heritage. On the way back explore the stunning Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, with more than 30 cellar doors along a 40--kilometre trail as well as some serious gourmet produce. 3. FLEURIEU PENINSULA AND MCLAREN VALE Dazzling countryside and beautiful beaches await just an hour south of Adelaide. A driver’s delight, McLaren Vale’s well-kept winding roads offer views of the Onkaparinga Valley and National Park. Mitolo Wines, one of the 70 cellar doors in McLaren Vale, offers a complex fusion of modern Australian, subtle Asian combined with contemporary Italian in a modern restaurant. On the coast, soak up the scenery on long wide beaches backed by extraordinary cliffscapes. 4. BAROSSA At less than 60 kilometres from the city—about an hour’s drive—it’s an easy day excursion to the Barossa. Find more than 200 wineries and cellar doors among little villages and roads with famous names such as Seppeltsfield, Angaston and Tanunda. Barossa is also home to market gardens, and local artisans use the produce to create beautiful chutneys, cordials, chocolates and baked goods. You can find it all at the famous Barossa Farmers Market, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, Barossa Valley Cheese Company as well as at a huge number of great restaurants and cafés. 5. MURRAY RIVER If you only have one day to explore the Murray River then head to Mannum. About 100 kilometres from Adelaide, or just over an hour’s drive, Mannum is the perfect place to enjoy the laid-back flow of the river. Stroll through ancient red gum forests and floodplain wetlands during the day or hire a kayak and explore the backwaters and creeks that branch off the Murray River. Staying for longer? Hire a houseboat and cruise on up to charming, historic towns, taste sumptuous local food and wine or embark on an African-style safari at Monarto Zoo, Rabbit Vineyard or Basils Farm. Need more summer activity inspiration? Head to www.southaustralia.com ADELAIDE Road Trips Five Easy Day Trips From Adelaide To See South Australia During The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. No city offers a variety of easy day trips like Adelaide. See famous wineries, explore dramatic coast, drive undulating forest roads and be humbled by the vast and beautiful outback. And be back by bedtime.