The Festival State has loads going for it, whether you’re seeking a cultural weekend break, built around one of South Australia’s busy calendar of events, or romantic getaways to spectacular locations such as Kangaroo Island or the Barossa Valley.
Adelaide – The South Australian capital is known for its love of the arts and is home to a large number of diverse festivals, carnivals and events. Some of the most popular the WOMADelaide world music
celebration, the multi media Adelaide Festival of the Arts and the Adelaide Film Festival, which both screens and (unusually) finances film projects. Clearly, one reason for taking a short break in Adelaide is to plan you trip around one of her many cultural events and really immerse yourself in the experience.
The city’s other great claim to fame is that it has some of the best food in the country. Adelaide Central Market is a foodie’s paradise! One of the most vibrant and enticing markets that you’ll find anywhere in the world, let alone Australia, the huge variety of stalls reflects the multi-cultural nature of South Australia, and showcases the enormous range of produce grown and prepared in the state.
The Barossa Valley – Arguably Australia’s ‘most famous wine region’, the Barossa Valley is a fascinating blend of British and Prussian settlement, set in a burnished landscape laced with vines. Known for its prize winning Shiraz, the area also produces quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Riesling and Semillon, amongst others, and names such as Penfold’s and Wolf Bass are internationally recognized. Tourism is big in the Barossa, with its wineries, stunning scenery and fascinating towns and communities, such as Angaston, Gawler, Greenock and Eden Valley which offer history, lovely cafes and pubs, and some fantastic markets and shopping opportunities, all in equal measure.
If you are looking for a weekend away full of wine, great food and excellent boutique accommodation, then the Barossa is well worth a visit. And don’t forget to check out Maggie’s Farm Shop, owned by the Barossa’s favourite daughter and most prominent advocate, Maggie Beer, for a relaxed lunch in a beautiful setting.
The Clare Valley – This is another wonderful place to book a weekend getaway and spend a couple of days wending your way from cellar door to cellar door, tasting your way around the terrific wineries in the region and their memorable wines. Like the Barossa, the Clare Valley is rich in history, culture and all things food, with some tremendous local produce. There is plenty of accommodation whether you want a romantic cottage for 2, a heritage listed B&B or a holiday rental for a large family.
Kangaroo Island – The unique and majestic Kangaroo Island is a fabulous place for a weekend getaway. Nestling off the coast of South Australia, this 155km long island is a spectacular, unspoilt slice of Australian heaven is a must for those wanting to escape from it all and get back to nature. Kangaroo Island has the lot – drowsy koalas hugging ancient eucalypts, sea lions and fur seals hanging out on the gorgeous beaches and wallabies, echidnas and goannas, all going about their daily lives. But it offers visitors far more than this, with superb local produce showcased in the many cafes, pubs and hotels that dot the island. If you are looking for somewhere truly special to stay, why not book into one of the award winning luxury lodges or retreats that cling to the rugged coastline? Or perhaps you’d prefer a romantic escape in the form of bed and breakfast in a historical farmstead? If neither of these appeals, there are also lots of hostels, hotels and campsites, so you are bound to find something to your taste and budget.
There are many other spots in South Australia which are great for a short break and in the coming months, we plan to update this website with more information on places to explore and stay, so why not bookmark us, www.weekendaway.com.au and come back to see what’s new in a few weeks?