Discover your own foodie holiday in Adelaide

Posted by - September 19, 2018

There’s a famous quote by the late, great and inspirational Anthony Bourdain that goes:
“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”
His words, much like the story of his life, have graced many a writer’s column, used to provoke thought.
Because what is travelling without trying new things? Including the various culinary offerings simmering away in every nation’s distinct culture?
Instagram has undoubtedly helped travellers explore new flavours because now they can get dozens of likes for trying something delicious. Beyond the viral sensation of #foodie – which has received over 98.7 million posts – sampling new dishes, sweet treats and curious delicacies exposes us to cultures in a way that just visiting museums can’t.
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As many seasoned travellers may already know, the Asia-Pacific is home to some of the world’s most iconic flavours, from China’s fiery hotpots and Malaysia’s classic nasi lemak to Japan’s silky ramen and Vietnam’s crunchy banh mi. Lest we forget, there’s a whole other side to the region’s dining culture that’s waiting to be discovered in South Australia.
Adelaide, its capital, is brimming with charm, history, natural beauty and a freshness not observed anywhere else in Australia.
But the true magic of this region is revealed when you delve into its culinary offerings. South Australia truly is the land of legends when it comes to vibrant food scenes, from culture-rich Adelaide to the verdant Adelaide Hills, and the hidden gems in Barossa to the bountiful Eyre Peninsula.
The region is a smorgasbord of world-renowned chefs reimaging Australia’s dining scene, innovatively designed restaurants and the most delicious fresh produce. It’s also home to some uber-trendy and historically significant markets, not to mention the best alfresco-dining spots in Australia.
If you’re tempted by the prospect of sampling freshly caught oysters from Coffin Bay, dining riverside at 1847 Chateau Yaldara or picking up fresh produce from Adelaide Central Market for a sensational picnic, but you’re not sure where to begin, browse through our list of five reasons why we think you absolutely must follow your taste buds on a culinary journey through South Australia.
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Freshest seafood It’s often said that Mother Nature did some of her best and tastiest work in the ocean, and South Australia happens to be home to a magnificent variety of seafood.
Travellers can embark on a journey of seafood-discovery in the Eyre Peninsula, whether it’s velvety scarlet tuna from Port Lincoln or plucking the freshest oysters from their briny beds in Ceduna, and all the divine abalone, prawns, crab and lobster in between, you won’t need to cast a line far to find a feast.
1802 Oyster Bar and The Fresh Fish Place are the best places to try a fresh catch if you’re not up for adorning a pair of waders and farming them yourself. Situated in the renowned Port Lincoln, both restaurants offer a laid-back atmosphere overlooking pristine waters and provide seafood fanatics with extensive sea-to-plate menus.
Markets Produce markets have long been the focal point of towns and cities. They offer small producers’ exposure to a wide audience and often tell fascinating stories of family-owned enterprises.
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And Adelaide Central Market is no different. The market began nearly 120 years ago and has been a purveyor of the freshest produce ever since. Just an hour or two spent at this foodie hub, eating local cold-cuts and cheeses, fresh bread, creamy dairy products and heavenly desserts among other delights, will leave you understanding why Adelaide is the culinary capital of South Australia.
Equally, the Adelaide Farmers’ Market showcases some of the best, lowest food mile produce that Adelaide has to offer. With everything from the finest seasonal fruits to artisan loaves, this market is frequented by locals in-the-know and visitors alike.
Cooking classes Your foodie heaven doesn’t need to stop when you leave South Australia as you can learn how to take all the tastes home with a plethora of master chef classes.
If you enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth fromage, head to Udder Delights cheese cellar for a fun cheesemaking workshop.
Then there’s the award winning Adelaide-based Sticky Rice Cooking School with flavours that span nations, from Morocco to Spain and Japan to Indonesia. Learn how to pound your own curry pastes, blend the perfect concoction of spices and make the silkiest ramen.
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Cooking classes let you take home an extra special souvenir, one which you might even share with loved ones, if they’re lucky.
Foodie tours If you simply can’t make up your mind on where to try South Australia’s most delightful culinary affair, you should journey on one of the many foodie road trips.
The iconic Adelaide Hills: 3 Day Foodie Itinerary is a great way to see the best that South Australia has to offer. The tour begins in the rolling hills and lush valleys of the Adelaide Hills where travellers can gaze upon thousands of fruitful grape vines before strolling around the 19th century Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and settling into a decadent dinner at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant.
The second day entices tourers through a multitude of stunning wineries and reveals a beautiful hidden lunch spot as Lost in a Forest which serves up thin and crispy wood fire pizzas.
Onto the third day and into the charming, story-book pretty town of Hahndorf, Australia’s old surviving German settlement. Making your way around town, stop off at the Seasonal Garden Café to sample locally-grown produce turned into fantastic dishes, then head out for an afternoon treat in one of the many bakeries dotted around town.
If South Australia’s culinary scene has got you searching for airfares, you’ll be happy to know that Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines both fly directly to Adelaide from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore respectively. So, get booking your Adelaidean foodie getaway today and scroll through a wealth of destination information on South Australia’s official tourism website.

The world’s best Chinatowns that aren’t in China

Posted by - August 1, 2018

MOST METROPOLITAN destinations in the world host little cultural enclaves such as Little India, Koreatown, Vietnamese suburb, Japantown, and perhaps the most popular town of the kind, Chinatown.
Whether you’re in Cuba or San Francisco, the concept of a Chinatown is the same across the board: an ethnic enclave of Chinese people located outside of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan.
It’s often a unifying factor for the Chinese in the area, offering Chinese-themed shopping centers and markets, Cantonese restaurants and cafes, decorated in giddying lanterns and flashing lights, and is often the place to be to celebrate festivities such as Chinese New Year.
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The heart of heritage: A glimpse of Bangkok’s Chinatown If you’re Chinese, no matter where you are, a Chinatown will make you feel right at home. And for travelers, a Chinatown is simply a taste of China.
Chinatowns are usually found in an urban setting, so don’t expect peace and quiet if you plan to take a stroll down the cramped streets. Do, however, enjoy being in between all the action in the old and the new, as tradition and modernity blend together to become one.
Here are some of the world’s best Chinatowns that aren’t in China:
Manila, The Philippines Located in the Binondo district of Manila, the Philippines’ Chinatown has influence that extends beyond Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas.
Considered the world’s oldest Chinatown, it was established in 1594 by Spaniards as a settlement near Intramuros for the Catholic Chinese.
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Aside from its Filipino-Chinese businesses, Binondo is also famous for The Umbrella Alley where street food is aplenty and historical sites such as the Seng Guan Temple and the Kuang Kong Temple.
Niu Che Shui, Singapore Niu Che Shui, which means “ox”, “cart”, and “water”, Singapore’s Chinatown was once an enclave for the island city-state’s immigrant population.
Today, Niu Che Shui is a sharp but pleasing contrast to the high-rise buildings that surround the area and is heavily visited by both locals and tourists.
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From its historic ornate Chinese and Buddhist temples to the traditional medicinal halls to the bustling street market and food streets, as well as the hip new watering holes and lifestyle shops, there’s never a dull moment here.
Bangkok, Thailand The sights, sounds, and smells of Yaowarat area will be an assault on any visitor’s senses but in all the best ways.
Get ready for an adventure when you stroll down many of Thailand’s Chinatown in Bangkok and sample the treats from its street food vendors, while occasionally whipping out your camera to take shots for the ‘gram.
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Yaowarat’s fascinating mix of Chinese and Thai cultures sets it apart from other Chinatowns in the world and it’s not an experience that you should miss.
Kolkata, India Located in the eastern part of Kolkata, Tiretta Bazaar was established in the early 19th century and was once home to 20,000 ethnic Chinese Indian nationals.
Today, the area is still very much loved, dotted with Chinese restaurants that offer traditional Chinese cuisine and Indian-influenced Chinese food.
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During Chinese New Year, throngs of Chinese Indians flock to Tiretta Bazaar to celebrate and also to witness the lion dance performances that continue to be held every year.
Yokohama, Japan Located in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, the Yokohama Chinatown has a history that spans about 150 years long and a population of about 3,000 to 4,000 Chinese people.
Established not long after Tokyo opened its port to foreign trade in 1859, it’s the largest Chinatown in Japan and also in Asia, and one of the largest in the world.
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Yokohama Chinatown is home to over 200 restaurants serving Japan-influence Chinese cuisine, an eight-story entertainment mall and theme park, Chinese grocery and medicine stores, and two elaborate Chinese temples.
Melbourne, Australia In Australia, the Chinese community is well-represented, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, Melbourne’s Chinatown is popularly known as the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world and the oldest Chinatown in the southern hemisphere.
It was established upon the arrival of Chinese immigrants during the Victorian gold rush of the early 1850s, a period of extreme prosperity for the Australian colony.
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Home to many Chinese restaurants, cultural venues, businesses, places of worship, architectural heritage and annual festivals, Melbourne’s Chinatown is a major tourist attraction.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia At the heart of Malaysia where the city never sleeps is a lively and colorful destination with sprawling flea markets, beautiful temples, and quirky art galleries. It has to be Chinatown.
The large covered market is known for its fashion shops selling both must-have items as well as designer rip-offs, handicraft and souvenir stalls, as well as stalls dishing up delectable Chinese food and refreshing beverages.
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Shopaholics will love haggling for and scoring dirt-cheap steals and deals whilst other travelers shouldn’t miss this mindboggling sightseeing activity.
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Follow your stomach on the ultimate foodie trail across South Australia

Posted by - July 26, 2018

When the hit cooking show MasterChef whisked its way onto Australian screens back in 2009, nobody knew just how much of an impact it would have.
Now in its 10th season, the show has left hundreds of contestants in tears of sorrow and joy while taking viewers and lucky dish-tasters to gastronomical heights.
In the most recent series, contestants were taken to Adelaide, South Australia and introduced to the judge’s favorite chefs, restaurants, and produce and aired on MasterChef Australia for six episodes of the series.
The show has been so influential in the culinary and travel spheres that the South Australian Tourism Commission is now running a competition for the ultimate foodie getaway to South Australia. The prize includes return flights to Adelaide, and a 5-day holiday in South Australia including an intimate masterclass hosted by MasterChef Australia’s celebrity chef judge Gary Mehigan.
For those of you who aren’t aware, South Australia has an exceptionally diverse food scene taking influence from every corner of the globe and MasterChef has undoubtedly whet the appetite of foodies around the world who are eager to discover new flavours and aromas.

But Adelaide’s dynamic dining culture isn’t just reserved for those who know their mozzarellas from their provolones.
South Australia wants to inspire everyone to taste sensational food. And what better way to explore a state than through its rich and diverse culinary offerings?
Let your senses lead you on an appetizing food safari where you can handpick colourful local fruits, gulp down fresh oysters, explore farm-to-table cooking styles, and become awestruck in South Australia’s vibrant markets.
And with direct flights from Malaysia and Singapore to Adelaide, there’s no excuse not to treat your taste buds to an adventure they crave.
Here are a handful of our top food tours, restaurants and markets across South Australia from Adelaide to Barossa and beyond.
Let’s begin the journey at the 149-year-old Adelaide Central Market, perfect for some picnic treats. MasterChef host Gary Mehigan claims making the trip to Adelaide and not coming to this market is an “absolute crime.”

It has been a pulsating hub of culture and food since 1869. Gastronomes can nibble their way from stall-to-stall sampling fresh crusty loaves, local cheese, sweet honey, tangy jams, cold cuts, delicate pastries, and so much more.
If you want to explore beyond Adelaide on a gourmand-infused tour, the Epicurean Way journey showcases some of the most incredible landscapes and foods in South Australia. The four-day drive is dotted with sun-soaked vineyards among rolling hills and farm shops selling local produce including Udder Delights for the fromage-inclined palate.
Extend your foodie adventure towards the enchanting sounds of the pulsating tides on the Seafood Frontier tour and reward your taste buds with the most delicious delights the ocean has to offer.
The triangular Eyre Peninsula is south of Adelaide and bounded by the Great Australian Bight and the Spencer Gulf making it a playground for tasty ocean treats.
Travellers can sample buttery Port Lincoln tuna then make their way to Ceduna, gear up in a pair of snazzy waders, and pluck fresh oysters straight from their beds.
The Eyre Peninsula pulls out all the stops to deliver the finest fishy frenzy the briny deep has to offer.
For seafood lovers, this tour is a must.

Tours and markets are grand for farm-to-table experiences and taking home a little something extra from a vacation. However, everybody craves a little TLC – Tasty Lavish Cuisine – from time to time, cooked for them by creative chefs in incredible settings.
And Adelaide is the perfect place for this.
Luckily enough, MasterChef Australia’s 2018 judges left a trail of restaurant recommendations after they explored the region earlier this year. If you, like many others, are indecisive when it comes to dinner time, here are a few hot-off-the-press recommendations to wow your senses.
While it might sound simple, pizza is a dish loved by millions across the world and Adelaide is home to the retro and wonderfully kitsch Sunny’s Pizza, one of MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris’ favourite South Australian restaurants.
Dig into wild pizza topping combinations such as smoked pumpkin, smoked Scamorza, confit garlic, goats cheese, pepitas, and sage, perfect for the herbivore traveller.
Beyond pizza, the Brussels sprouts salad is also a must try alongside a refreshing juice. Here, the beets aren’t just in the salads and on the pizzas, they’re also spinning on the turntables of the live DJ.
Celebrating something special? Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar is not only sensationally trendy and worthy of a spot on your Instagram but also utterly delicious.

In fact, the restaurant was set up by ex-MasterChef contestant Andre Ursini and sits high on the list of Mehigan’s best Adelaidean restaurants.
The sophisticated yet casual and lively atmosphere combined with simple, yet creative and seasonal Italian dishes provide guests with an eye-popping, awe-inspiring dining experience.
The “Menu Fiso” is what they’re famous for. Cue vibrant Carpaccio Assaggini grazing boards, a fresh pasta interlude, followed by the incredible course of “carne, pesce, polenta, and contorini.”
Andre’s is all aboard the dietary requirements train too with equally as delicious gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available.
Believe us when we say South Australia’s culinary funfair comes with rides to suit every taste. A tour of the region will leave you full and satisfied from fantastic cuisine and with a desire to recreate the dishes in your own kitchen.
The best souvenir, ever right?
So, if reading this has got you salivating, head to South Australia to satisfy your culinary cravings. Lovers may follow their hearts, but foodies? They follow their stomachs.
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Tour Australia via Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram

Posted by - May 24, 2018

WHO BETTER to take you on a tour of the land Down Under than Australian actor and Marvel heartthrob, Chris Hemsworth?
The Thor star has been zipping back and forth between Hollywood and Australia, wielding the Mjolnir for his Avengers: Infinity War promotional activities and then swopping that for a wetsuit on a surf holiday in his homeland with his adorable family.
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Are Australia’s kangaroos addicted to fast food? “Growing up in Australia, you can sometimes take it all for granted. But after being away for ten years and coming back, exploring some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen has reminded me how unique and impressive Australia is, and how lucky we are,” Chris Hemsworth said.
From the red sands of the Outback through rugged mountains to serene white beaches and tropical waters, the actor dished out everything that he loves about his home country on his Instagram.
With his 18 million followers, he shared exciting snaps and clips of hanging out in a sprawling vineyard, cuddling koalas, and swimming with dolphins.
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Hemsworth also dropped a bunch of personal photos of himself enjoying quality time with his family against iconic Australian backdrops such as Uluru (or Ayers Rock), the Kimberley, the Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef.
In speaking about The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living thing on Earth, Hemsworth said, “The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places you must visit, whether you love the water or just want to see one of the great wonders of the world.”
“We stayed at Hayman Island which was a real highlight… We had an afternoon on Whitehaven Beach which was absolutely stunning. It was the whitest sand and crystal clean water that I’d ever seen, and the Whitsundays is the perfect spot to just unwind and relax.”
It goes without saying that his trips to some of Australia’s best beaches, such as Tallow Beach at Byron Bay and Snapper Rocks at Gold Coast, mean there’s plenty of Hemsworth and his godlike beach bod to show.
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Not that his fans are complaining, of course. After all, he is Thor.
He is also as Australian as they come.
In speaking about how he does beach vacations back home, Hemsworth said, “I’d take a 4×4, fill it with food, fishing rods, diving gear, a tent and surfboards and take off exploring. I prefer to not have a huge plan and just take it as it comes.”
Clearly, you can take the man out of Australia but you can’t take the Australian out of the man.
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Why Western Australia is the perfect place for a family getaway Chris Hemsworth is the official global celebrity ambassador for Tourism Australia.
More shots of the beautiful land Down Under can be found on his wife Elsa Pataky’s Instagram.
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Cuddle a koala and swim with wild dolphins in South Australia

Posted by - April 2, 2018

South Australia is a region bursting with colorful culture, vibrant wilderness, spectacular natural beauty, incredible wildlife and stunning marine ecosystems.
Located close to South Australia’s major airport, Adelaide acts as the perfect base for those who want to explore all the region has to offer including fantastic cuisine and wine, stunning natural beauty and curious wildlife.
The capital city may be known as a “wine wonder of the world”, but South Australia is so much more than just a place where grapes are turned into magic.
South Australia is also known for its stunning orange-sanded outback, fringed by spectacular mountain ranges, for its crystals waters which create an idyllic home for some of the most stunning marine life in the deep blue ocean and for having incredible wildlife all over the state.

Just a short 20-minute drive up the freeway from the capital, you can find Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide Hills which is home to over 130 species of animals, including adorable koalas and kangaroos.
Here, there aren’t any fences and the Aussie natives are free to roam across the 35-hectare park. This means you can also get up close and cuddly with the koalas while a dedicated park photographer takes pictures, sure to make all your friends jealous.
If you want to get your pals hopping mad with envy you can also feed kangaroos and say hello to possums, dingoes, bandicoots and Tasmanian Devils.
Some of the most renowned adventures to be had in South Australia are on Kangaroo Island where wildlife reigns supreme.
Exchange grey pavement strolls in the crowded city for enchanting coastal walks around the island and discover unspoiled beaches teeming with smile-enduing wildlife.

Flinders Chase National Park dominates the island and plays home to the extraordinary wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks, vibrant flora and amazing wildlife, including the short-beaked echidna, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum and southern brown bandicoot.
Head down to Seal Bay to watch endangered Australian sea lions bask in the sunshine and play in the shallows. You may even catch New Zealand fur seals and little penguins splashing about in the sea too. A cuteness overload even for the most seasoned wildlife explorer.
Once you’ve had your fill of epic wildlife fun on Kangaroo Island, head back on to mainland, grab a life jacket, a wetsuit, an ore and some binoculars because The Great Australian Blight is waiting to be explored.
The Great Australian Bight offers a keen adventurer the opportunity to see the stunning array of marine life that works to create intricate ecosystems.
Between May and June, you can catch the awe-inspiring migration of the southern right whales at the Head of Bight on the Eyre Peninsula.

The peninsula is roughly the same size as Switzerland and covers five regions from Port Lincoln to Whyalla to the Nullarbor Plain and offers an array of marine activities.
If you want to get closer to the action, then book a tour to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat at Baird Bay off Eyre Peninsula.
Greeting these incredibly intelligent mammals in the ocean is the best way to tick off this bucket list experience.
Eyre Peninsular is also one of Australia’s major seafood hubs so once you’re finished gallivanting around with cheeky dolphins, nip into one of the region’s many restaurants to sample super fresh scallops, prawns, tuna, abalone, and oysters.
Another region to explore, just 1 hour drive from Adelaide, is the Fleurieu Peninsula where you can find some of the state’s best beaches, rugged headlands and try your hand at some activities.
Here you can learn to surf, snorkel and sail, or simply bask in the sunshine upon miles of glistening sand.

If you hear the warm swells from the Great Australian Bight whispering your name, then put those newfound snorkelling skills to good use and discover the native shy and elusive Leafy Sea Dragon off Rapid Bay jetty.
After all the epic marine and wildlife adventures, adorn your city legs again and head back to Adelaide to explore the vibrant culture that has shaped the region’s rich heritage.
Head to Australia’s oldest chocolate making factory, Haigh’s, to discover dreamy delights or if you fancy something a little less naughty, head up to Beerenberg Farm in the Adelaide Hills to pick sweet strawberries.
Spend an afternoon discovering the history of South Australia at one of the many museums and art galleries which display everything from ancient marine relics and stories of intrepid explorers to contemporary art and even theatrical performances for the little ones.
South Australia’s laid-back lifestyle is perfect for a family holiday, an adventurous couple’s weekend getaway and a great place to learn a new skill.
With so much to do, your most difficult decision will be how to fit everything in.
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South Australia’s best kept secret is hidden in the grape

Posted by - March 6, 2018

South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best hidden secrets. Not only is South Australia the food and wine portal to some of the world’s most incredible flavours, the region also offers stunning unspoiled coastlines and plenty of authentic experiences.
South Australia has seen a transformation over the past few years and with such an exciting selection of things to do, you will be spoilt for choice and the envy of your friends.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and a culinary playground where fine dining restaurants, award-winning cafés, bustling food markets and booming boutique bars make your trip one to remember.
The cityscape provides visitors with an eclectic mix of vibrant cuisine, inspired by native and international flavours. From tongue-tingling curries to wholesome yet delicate sashimi, and from fresh seafood to meaty grills, you certainly won’t go hungry.
In the evening, head into the laneways around Adelaide to discover a lively range of small bars serving up a selection of Adelaide’s most exquisite wines, among other delicious drinks.

If your thirst for wine-making knowledge goes further than just sipping while enjoying an evening out in the city, then head up to the Adelaide Hills where the vineyards span further than the eye can see.
Just a short drive from the city, visitors can find the National Wine Centre of Australia, offering the nation’s largest tasting room experience with more than 120 wines to sample.
Wine is something of a theme and a proud tradition in the region, with Penfolds Magill Estate, winners of the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brand’ only 15 minutes out of the city.
With many more vineyards and winemakers on the fringes of the bustling city, it is easy to see why Adelaide is known as one the Great Wine Capitals of the World.
South Australia is also renowned for making travelling around the region as simple as can be. While Adelaide and the surrounding hills and vineyards are like sirens calling for you to stay, there is so much to discover just a short distance away.
Why not style your trip with an epicurean theme and fully indulge in the region’s blissful offerings?

Make a stopover at the beautiful and fascinating Eyre Peninsula, where you can admire the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fishing fleet, wade into Coffin Bay to eat fresh oysters off the rack, watch wintering whales and strobing cuttlefish in Fowlers Bay and pick wine to go with your freshly caught fish. Only the brave venture in to swim with sharks and sea lions and fortune favours the brave with these thrilling, bucket-list aquatic experiences!
Eyre Peninsula accounts for 65 percent of Australia’s seafood catch, and with a fine selection of crabs, oysters, tuna, mussels and deep-sea wild catches, you will undoubtedly end up eating your way around the peninsula and sampling a smorgasbord of nature’s generosity.
If you are wanting to dabble in the region’s history and culture while being doted on by inspiring culinary experts, then head to Barossa.
Here you can feast at Maggie Beer’s iconic The Farm Eatery. Known for her heart-melting home style cooking, she is often referred to as Queen of Barossa.
Carry on your journey of cultural gourmet discovery at Hentley Farm where award winning wine meets some of Australia’s finest produce, which promises to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the region’s fascinating culinary history.
Although South Australia offers an exquisite abundance of culinary delights, there are other activities you can enjoy between all the sipping and savouring, albeit food and wine oriented, too.
Head out on a 32-kilometre bike journey across an old railway line in Clare Valley. Follow the Riesling Trail through vineyards and historic villages.

If you’re looking for something a little less taxing on the legs and something the whole family can do, discover the Fleurieu Peninsula and its picturesque coastal towns lined with independent shops, bakeries and bars.
Fleurieu Peninsula is ideal for self-driving vacations as there is so much to see by the sea – and further inland. You can Swim with the Tuna at Oceanic Victor or go whale watching in the Winter-Spring season at Victor Harbor.
And of course, you can’t visit South Australia without taking a trip the famous d’Arenberg Cube.
The Rubik’s Cube-inspired building can be found at one of South Australia’s most significant wineries, d’Arenberg.
The Osborn family have been making wine on this site since 1912 and the peculiar cube-shaped construction is home to a treat for all the senses.
Each layer has been thoughtfully designed and includes a wine inhalation room, a virtual fermenter, and a 360-degree video room.
These are only a selection of some of the incredible experiences to be had in South Australia. To find out more visit www.southaustralia.com and explore the wonderful range of adventures to be had in this stunning region.
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Why Western Australia is the perfect place for a family getaway

Posted by - December 13, 2017

WHETHER you are looking for some last-minute winter sunshine, or perhaps just a change of scenery, Western Australia is the perfect place to visit. Get away from the manic stress of Christmas present buying and escape with your family for a week or so.
Western Australia is 2.6 million square kilometers of arid desert, lush bushland and beaches boasting the whitest sand and turquoise waters, while plenty of adventures are just waiting to be discovered.
Western Australia prides itself on being one the most diverse regions on the planet, with an abundance of fun activities to be enjoyed. Alongside an essence of romance throughout the region, it is the perfect place to whisk your loved ones off to this winter.
In no particular order, here are five reasons Western Australia should be next on your travel itinerary.
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Dolphins are highly intelligent and love playing around in the water – they have even been known to ride the waves to the shore, just for their amusement. At Monkey Mai beach, wild bottlenose dolphins visit the sandy shores to grab a bite to eat from trained conservationists, and then enjoy an occasional belly rub from beachgoers.
Monkey Mai beach is one of the most renowned places in the world for interaction with wild dolphins. Feeding times begin at around 7 am and then again at noon in the designated feeding section of the beach.
If you happen to be in the South West region, a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury is certainly worth your time. Explore the Digital Dolphinarium and learn everything about dolphins when they approach the shore in warmer months, or go on the Dolphin Eco Cruise to meet these gentle creatures.
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Western Australia is home to more than half of the nation’s biodiversity hotspots and several national parks, bursting with flora and fauna. Iconic and Australia-specific animals such as kangaroos and the ‘world’s happiest animal‘ – quokkas – can also be found wandering the burnt orange land, looking for food and shelter.
Get closer to nature at Perth Hill’s John Forest National Park, located just a 45-minute drive from the bustling city center. You can cycle along the old railway tracks, walk through the bush and meander alongside the rivers, taking an occasional dip if you want to cool off.
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Nambung National Park, located in the Coral Coast region has tall limestone spires, jolting out of the ground. The park is located in the Pinnacles Desert and is brilliant for short strolls and wild games of hide-and-seek with the kids.
Western Australia is also home to the Cape Le Grand National Park in the Golden Outback, D’Entrecasteaus National Park down in the South West, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the South West and Rottnest Island in Perth.
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With an expanse of 12,500 kilometers of coastline, you are sure to find your perfect spot along Western Australia’s shoreline.
The crystal waters that lap at the powdered white sands on Western Australia’s beaches are often accompanied by silky blue skies.
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Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach has smooth terraced lawns and majestic Norfolk pines, perfect for a laidback afternoon with the family.
Walpole plays host to a multitude of beaches and camping locations along the Rainbow Coast. Down from Conspicuous Cliff lies Conspicuous Cliff Beach, a popular picnic spot in the summer sunshine. And if you head just a little further up the coast, you will find Mandalay Beach with spectacular views of Chatham Island – if you’re lucky, you might sneak a peak of the shipwreck that washed up in 1911.
Frolic in the sand or indulge in water-based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and surfing at more of Western Australia’s immaculate beaches including Bathers Beach, in Fremantle, Perth; Hameline Bay in the South West; and Middleton Beach in Albany, South West.
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Australia may be known for its range of dangerous animals, but as our mothers always said: “They’re more scared of you than you are of them.” Western Australia, however, has plenty of cute animals that certainly want to be your friend as much as you want to be theirs.
Caversham Wildlife Park in Swan Valley, a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Perth, is one of the largest collections of Western Australia’s cutest inhabitants. Feed the kangaroos, cuddle with koalas, gawk at wombats and even listen to keeper talks by the park rangers on the weekends.
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Rottnest Island is home to the adorable Quokka, which has been dubbed the happiest mammal in the world as they wear a constant smile and don’t mind humans getting a selfie or two. They are, however, very rare on the mainland, so conservation sanctuaries have been set up for them on this island.
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If you haven’t already guessed it, Western Australia is blessed with the incredible shoreline, which means fresh, flavorful seafood all year round. No matter which city or town you find yourself in along the Western Coastline of Australia, you won’t struggle to find a delicious restaurant to suit the whole family, as Perth itself has more restaurants per capita than any other part of Australia.
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