Explore Ziptrak® Stage 1
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Ziptrak® Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under starts in the heart of North Adelaide and goes back to one of the original commerce centres and shipping gateways to South Australia; Port Adelaide.
Only 14 kilometres from the Adelaide city centre, Port Adelaide is fast becoming an upbeat cultural hub with high quality eateries and an artistic, underground feel. This fusion of maritime history and hipster charm is also accessible via train from the city.
Food and drinks
North Adelaide is home to an incredible array of eateries, cafes and restaurants to satisfy any cravings. From the award-winning Bakery on O'Connell to some of Adelaide's tastiest Asian dishes at Gin Long Canteen, there's not a bad choice to be made.
Above: Gin Long Canteen, North Adelaide [Pic: South Australia Tourism Commission]
While the peloton rides through the Adelaide Hills, you'll have ample wineries to explore including Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton and Paracombe Premium Wines.
And if you're after a spot of lunch, the Inglewood Inn is a great spot! But be sure to book a table to avoid missing out.
Drummer Boy Café is the new kid in Port Adelaide and has fast become a local favourite. Catering for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, their range of gourmet meals and artisan coffee is a great place to start your day or ease into the afternoon.
Things to see and do
If you're hanging around North Adelaide, you're in the right place to shop until you drop. Countless designer boutiques line both O'Connell Street and Melbourne Street, making it the perfect place to pick up a few new summer outfits. Or if the weather permits, you could play a cheeky nine holes at the North Adelaide Golf Course. Adult prices start from $13.50 on the PAR 3 course.
Close by, you'll also have the chance to see Adelaide from all new heights if you climb Adelaide Oval. Give it a shot at sunset... It's worth every step!
Above: Adelaide Oval Roof Climb [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Looking for something to do in the Port? Port Adelaide was the official entrance to South Australia until the 1940s and is home to many local historical gems. Take this opportunity to visit the South Australian Maritime Museum, the National Rail Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum, all conveniently on Lipson Street. Or look out over the marina from the 149-year-old Port Adelaide-Neptune Island Lighthouse. Only in its current location since 1986, this is a beautiful piece of South Australian history and offers a magnificent view.
Above: Hart's Mill Precinct, Port Adelaide [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Port Adelaide celebrates Street Art so much that it attracts talented artists from around the globe to create and admire the installations. Stroll through the streets in Port Adelaide and admire the artistic talent, big and small.
Hart’s Mill Playground on Mundy Road in Port Adelaide is a great stop off for the kids to run off some energy once the peloton has left town. Explore the fluorescent yellow geometric shapes and climb the wooden forts - keep your eyes peeled for dolphins in the marina, too! With the delightful Folklore Café across the street, a quick bite and caffeine hit will help to keep those energy levels up.