Day Trips From Adelaide

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Adelaide is the perfect base for day trips as it has so much to offer within an easy drive of the city. Dip your toes in the ocean, discover charming villages, and take your pick of hundreds of cellar doors and gourmet experiences. 

South Australia produces more wine than any other Australian state, boasts some of the world’s oldest vineyards, and has around 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of Adelaide. In our view, that’s worth raising a glass to. 

Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills 

Enjoy a slice of Germany in picturesque Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, where schnitzels and wursts are the order of the day. Wander around the heritage buildings to soak up the atmosphere, especially when the trees are in all their autumn glory. The main street is dotted with cafés and boutiques. 

It’s a short hop to The Cedars, the former studio and home of Hahndorf’s famous son, the late Sir Hans Heysen. The gardens here are beautiful and the homestead offers an interesting insight into the artist’s life. 

Visit local wineries like Hahndorf Hill, Bridgewater Mill, or Shaw + Smith, then satisfy your cravings with a beer and schnitzel at one of the many cafés or restaurants in the area. 

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Going Local In McLaren Vale 

The landscape around McLaren Vale is a patchwork of vineyards surrounded by olive trees and rolling hills. The region is blessed with wonderful cellar doors and gourmet experiences. 

Stock up on beautiful local produce at the Willunga Farmer’s Market and find a spot to enjoy a picnic. There are plenty of coastal locations to choose from or you can call into a cellar door like Wirra Wirra where visitors can bring their own food. 

If self-catering is not your style, book for lunch at Star of Greece, highly regarded for its food, wine and coastal views. Alternatively, enjoy a first-class meal at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant before viewing the art installations in the striking d’Arenberg Cube.  

Celebrate la dolce vita at Primo Estate, home to fine Joseph wine and olive oil. The cellar door is bright and modern with lots of glass, red stools, groovy lights and a wood-fired oven for pizza tastings. 

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Barossa Valley Treasure 

If a wine region could be named a national treasure, it would have to be the Barossa Valley, where heritage, food and wine are all wrapped up in one fantastic package. 

Head to the Barossa Farmers Market on a Saturday morning to suss out the region’s finest produce, then call into Maggie’s Farm Shop to stock up on more goodies. If you’re lucky, you might even get to rub shoulders with Maggie Beer herself. 

The hardest thing you’ll do all day is to decide which cellars you want to visit. Many of the winemakers come from fifth and sixth generation Barossa families, and their legacies make for a rich wine-tasting experience.  

Tour the historic and imposing Yalumba cellar door or book in for a tasting at Seppeltsfield, where you can have the thrill of tasting a wine from your birth year. Dine on exquisite contemporary food at Seppeltsfield’s Fino restaurant, either in the fireside dining room, the garden-view veranda or the European-style garden terrace. 

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Victor Harbour Getaway 

This laidback seaside community was and still is a popular getaway for South Australians. In many ways it feels as though time has stood still here, where people still have fond memories of bucolic holidays spent fishing, walking on uncrowded beaches, and riding the train to the end of the jetty. 

This is one of the longer day trips from Adelaide but for those who want to get out of the city to create their own memories, it’s a magical part of the world to visit. 

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When you’re done with day-tripping, put your feet up at the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, a gorgeous historic building with well-equipped apartments that are perfect for an extended stay. 

To soak up the atmosphere of Adelaide’s vibrant ‘east end’, the 18-storey Vibe Hotel Adelaide has 123 luxuriously appointed rooms and a distinctly local ambience, from its cuisine right through to its striking interior design. The hotel feels like a retreat, making it a great base to come back to each day. 

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