Santos WTDU: Explore Ziptrak® Stage 1
Ziptrak® Stage 1 of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will see the peloton travel from the historic German township of Hahndorf, through the picturesque Adelaide Hills towns of Echunga, Meadows and Kuitpo, before a highly competitive finish into Macclesfield.
This is the perfect chance to get out and about in the Adelaide Hills, with ample opportunity to not only see the peloton fly by, but to also eat, drink and play your way through the rolling scenery.
Kicking off in the Main Street of Hahndorf means you have your pick of delectable treats.
From the ever-popular Seasonal Garden Café to Udder Delights Cheese and The Haus restaurant, your tastebuds will no doubt be catered for. And if you’re hanging around for a little while, we recommend a stop into The Lane Vineyard for wine tasting with a view, or Hahndorf Hill Winery to try their exclusive ChocoVino experience.
Nearby, you can check out a local favourite – Ambleside Distillery where you can visit the distillery and botanical garden, or sit back and enjoy a tasting flight for just $18 per person.
In Echunga, you could stop in for a cold drink or two at the Hagen Arms Hotel. We hear their menu is top-notch, too!
Just past Kuitpo, you’ll find Kangarilla – home to the incredible Dawn Patrol Coffee roasters (above) and Yangarra Estate Wines. No matter the time of day, we highly recommend a visit to either if you’re nearby.
Things to see and do
If you’re looking to stock up on a few gifts – for yourself or otherwise – Hahndorf’s Main Street is filled with artisan offerings from candles and homewares through to fashion and jewellery.
While there, you may also like to check out the recently opened Wolf Blass Gallery & Museum located in the historic State Bank building. Housing a private collection from Wolf Blass himself, this is the perfect way to learn about their cooperage, explore their wines and grab a bite at Wolfie’s Wine & Food Bar.
For those looking to get a prime seat for the race, we recommend heading to Echunga where the peloton will pass three times throughout the day!
You could also play a round on Echunga’s Golf Course where adults can play from $20 a day and children from $10 a day (prices vary per day, check the website for details).
Nearby, you can explore the Instagrammable Kuitpo Forest in the Mount Lofty Ranges. If you do, be sure to check out ForestrySA’s guide to Kuitpo to ensure you stay safe.
To start, head towards the Beerenberg Family Farm (above) to pick your own strawberries to snack on while the race is on. You can also grab a delightful ‘Berryberg Swirl’ ice cream to keep you cool.
Stop by the Hahndorf Farm Barn to say hello to the locals! The kids can get up close and personal with the baby animals, learn how to milk a cow and ride on a pony or tractor. Sounds fun, right?
Check out the Cheese Factory Studio Gallery in Meadows where the kids can check out the awesome musical playground installations including the ‘Girl and Roo Outdoor’O’phone’.
Where to stay
For the families, we recommend the award-winning Hahndorf Resort – home to caravanning and camping options or furnished cabins. There’s even a mini golf course, giant jumping pillow and swimming pool on site to keep the kids entertained.
The Manna, The Lodge or The Studios offers a range of furnished options for different sized groups.
And if you’re looking for something a little out of the box, check out CABN – the off-the-grid tiny houses in the Adelaide Hills (above) and Kuitpo. There are only two available, so be quick!
For more accommodation in the Adelaide Hills, visit SouthAustralia.com.