Explore Stage 2
For the first time in the Santos Tour Down Under’s history, the peloton will be kicking things off in the Adelaide Hills township of Woodside!
It will also be the first time a circuit around Woodside has been introduced into the race, giving you ample opportunity to check out the town and catch the WorldTour cyclists fly by before they head towards Oakbank, Hahndorf and into Stirling for three laps of the popular circuit.
So, what can you explore while you’re in the photogenic region?
We know you’re hanging to give the impeccable wines of the Adelaide Hills a try and this stage gives you the perfect chance to do so.
Begin the day with a guided wine tasting at the Tomich Woodside Vineyard, accompanied by local cheeses and produce. Finish with a relaxing glass on the veranda with friends.
Next, is the ever-popular Bird in Hand Winery (pictured above) where you’ll find an array of sparkling, red, white and rosé wines to sample. While there, you can dine at their exceptional restaurant, The Gallery, and be sure to snap a photo in front of their Instagram famous doors.
In Balhannah, you’ll find the ever-popular Nepenthe and Shaw + Smith cellar doors.
Close by, you’ll find The Lane Vineyard – perfect for wine tasting with a view – or Hahndorf Hill Winery to try their exclusive ChocoVino experience. The German Arms Hotel will give you a fantastic selection of beer and traditional German foods if you’re peckish.
Hersey Vineyard’s Cellar Door in Hahndorf’s Main Street never disappoints, with their rosé ideal for a hot summer’s day.
And as we near the finish line, we have the incredible Stirling Hotel – with fine dining and accommodation available – plus the standout FRED Eatery and Miss Perez Kitchen & Bar (pictured below).
We’re feeling full just thinking about it!
Things to see and do
The great thing about Novatech Stage 2’s route? You have plenty of time to get from the start line in Woodside to the finish in Stirling.
Enjoy bushwalking, birdwatching and horse riding through the woodlands in Mylor Conservation Park, quite close to the start of the Stirling circuit of the race.
In Aldgate, you can explore the picturesque gardens of Stangate House - recognised by the International Camellia Society as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. The garden is only open at certain days and times, so be sure to check their website for all the information you need.
Finish the day in Stirling with shopping down the tree-lined main street. From bike shops to jewellery, clothes to homewares and so much more, there’s an independent retailer that will no doubt have the special something you’re looking for.
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is the ideal place to visit with the kids as they can get up close and personal with unique Australian wildlife, including koalas, joeys and rock wallabies.
If you’re active kids are into exploring and adventure, head for Steamroller Park on the corner of Mount Barker Road and Avenue Road in Stirling. They can climb all over the play equipment and roll through the grassy hills while mum and dad watch the peloton race by three times.
Where to stay
The Oak Nest Adelaide Hills offers an entire house of luxury, equipped with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a spacious living area. It’s the best way to enjoy a weekend away with the family or with a group of mates.
The Stirling Hotel has five beautifully decorated rooms available to stay in (if you book fast). These spacious rooms are filled with everything you could possibly need for a getaway – from king size beds and luxurious bathtubs to an amazing view of Stirling. Trust us, you’ll love it!
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