Argo On The Parade
Nestled in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburbs and just a stone’s throw away from the Adelaide CBD is The Parade, Norwood. Begin your day at one of its chic cafes like Argo or 30 Acres Norwood where delectable coffee and breakfast is served.
Walk down the main street and you’ll discover boutique shops, diverse restaurants, gourmet food shops and lively bars and pubs.
There will be a buzz about the place as the teams and riders prepare for Stage 3 – a tough 118.49km stage which tackles some of South Australia’s most iconic climbs. The race will begin about 11:00am.
Make your next stop Lobethal so you can secure a spot on the main street where sprint points are up for grabs.
Lobethal Bierhaus will be a good place to park yourself for lunch, with the peloton flying past about 12:00pm. It offers an incredible array of locally brewed, award-winning beers, plus food, wine and great times – including brewery tours and live music.
Enjoy the freshest locally sourced food and produce from Emma and Ivy where you’ll find more than just great food and coffee. Explore their extensive range of eclectic wares, gourmet custom hampers, plant studio and boutique bar/cellar door.
If you’re after a quick but scrumptious bite to eat, pop into the popular Lobethal Bakery where quality products are made fresh daily.
Dart over to Kersbrook Hill Wine & Cider where you can choose something from their hand-selected food menu, grab an afternoon coffee or enjoy a drop from the cellar door. The race will go past about 1.30pm where the riders will be gearing up for one of the most contested KOMs – the Checker Hill climb – which is just around the corner.
You’ll be able to beat the peloton and get to the iconic Corkscrew climb just in time to see the riders tackle the last and most challenging ascent of the day.
The last stop is the finish in Campbelltown where avid cyclists will be gathered. Hang around for the Campbelltown Family Day where music, food and local stalls will be awaiting riders and spectators.
You won’t catch the riders again at Norwood but you’ll be able to travel a short distance of 15 minutes – or 34 minutes by bike – to the finish line in Campbelltown where the Campbelltown Family Day will be in full swing.
While you wait for the finish, explore some of the eastern suburbs’ best food spots. Keen to try an award-winning pizza? Look no further than 400 Gradi. Head chef Johnny Di Francesco had his margherita pizza named the world’s best at the Pizza World Championships in 2014.
For something more low-key, try Nordburger or grab a pub meal from the Bath Hotel. For a sweet option, handcraft your own natural frozen yogurt with unimaginably delicious toppings at Yo-Chi, or taste some of the most decadent and indulgent European desserts and gelato from St Louis.
On your way to the finish line stop off at Mercato in Campbelltown to collect local goods to add to your picnic basket. From local and imported cheeses to cured meats and freshly baked goods, you’ll find it all here.
If time permits, get to know some of the inner-city boutique cellar doors and micro-breweries on the East Side Wine and Ale Trail.
Get crafty at Pinot and Picasso where you can BYO drinks and grazing platters while old school and hot hits bangers play during the three-hour guided painting class.
Head into Gumeracha and visit the Big Rocking Horse which stands at 18 metres high. Then visit the seven-acre animal park where, among other things, kangaroos and wallabies can be hand-fed. Relax and enjoy a meal or coffee in the child-friendly cafe, outdoor patio or shaded picnic area.
The Santos Tour Down Under is part of the UCI World Tour