10-20 January 2019,
Adelaide, South Australia

Explore SouthAustralia.Com Stage 5

Just over one hour’s drive from Adelaide, McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula is a popular wine region with more than 70 cellar doors at your fingertips. 

You can jump on a bike and follow the Shiraz Trail or enjoy a long lunch along the famous McMurtrie Mile wine strip and take in some of the local artists’ fine work.

Food and drinks

Start the day by catching the tram from Adelaide’s city centre to beachside Glenelg. In the upbeat, beachside café culture of Glenelg, there’s an abundance of contemporary cafés around Moseley Square and along the Marina, so good coffee and delicious breakfast is at your fingertips. The Watermark Hotel Coffee Station is a local cyclist favourite with plenty of bike parking and plenty of Grinders coffee to start your day. 

Moseley Square, Glenelg

Above: Moseley Square, Glenelg. [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission] 

Along the route, the much-loved Willunga Farmers Market will be on, showcasing over 80 local producers, farmers, artisans and growers. It's the perfect stop-by for the family, especially those with hungry tummies. 

Head a little ways off the route and you could also explore one of the many wineries and vineyards on offer in the region, including Coriole, Alpha Box & Dice, and S.C. Pannell Wines. 

For an exquisite lunch, your options are endless. Star of Greece offers both incredible views and the tastiest of meals. Gather at Coriole will have fine dining sorted with nothing but the best local produce. Click here to explore your epic list of options.

Things to see and do

It's a day to take in the best of the coast. 

Get out of bed extra early and meet the locals for a swim! Glenelg’s Holdfast Shores Marina is the starting point for Temptation Sailing’s incredible dolphin cruises. Offering a bucket-list-worthy experience swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, you’ll have to book in advance to play with these naturally curious and lively creatures.

You'll have ample opportunity to keep the salt on your skin as the peloton heads through Aldinga and towards Victor Harbour, Hayborough, Port Elliot, Middleton and Goolwa. 

On Aldinga and Sellicks beaches you can pack the 4WD because cars are allowed on the sand between 5:30AM and midnight. This makes it the perfect spot to bring the boogie boards and give the waves a crack with the kids. 

Middleton Beach Huts

Above: Middleton Beach Huts [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission] 

Meanwhile, in Middleton, you could learn to surf at the Surf and Sun Surf School. Or stay the night at the luxurious Middleton Beach Huts (perfect for couples looking for a getaway).

Family breakaways

If you choose to stay back in Glenelg after the stage begins, keep the kids entertained at The Beachouse, South Australia’s premier amusement park. Entertainment includes wild waterslides, an indoor playground maze, a mini train, dodgem cars and bumper boats. Catering for babies all the way to teenagers, there is something for everyone. With food and drinks available, you can easily sit back and drink in the vibrant seaside energy. 

The BeachHouse

Above: The Beachhouse, Glenelg [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission] 

Both Glenelg and Victor Harbor are perfect seaside towns for kids to explore. The thought of fish and chips, sand castles and ice cream will have the kids wriggling with excitement.  take the horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island for a penguin tour at the Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park.

Meet some of Australia’s wildlife at Urimbirra Wildlife Park, only five minutes from Victor Harbor. You can feed kangaroos, visit the birds in the aviary, see lizards, dingoes, crocodiles - there are even opportunities to cuddle koalas and hold snakes. 

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