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Adelaide and its surrounds are potentially the most well-kept secret of Australia. Those who opt to visit the mass-populated East Coast, are truly missing out on some of the magnificent wonders down South. Sample Australia's most famous wines in the Barossa Valley. Head to Eyre Peninsula for unique aquatic encounters. Or take the ferry to Kangaroo Island - South Australia's natural playground. We invite you to discover these and more unheard of experiences, hiding in the beauty of South Australia.
Where to Stay
Rawnsley Park Station is the perfect place to stay to explore the beautiful Flinders Ranges. We recommend a breathtaking experience at Rawnsley Homestead. This traditional homestead has been beautifully renovated and transformed into an indulgent and luxurious getaway with a private swimming pool, campfire area, and spectacular views. Re-discover the beauty of the outback at this pristine and remote property.
Nestled in South Australia's Barossa Valley, delivering sophisticated comfort and sensory indulgence is The Louise. Enjoy spacious suites with premium offerings like a gas log fireplace and outdoor private rain showers; not to mention views of rolling hills and lush grapevines from your room. The exquisite dining options, open spaces and luxury comforts make this wine country stay a memorable retreat.
Amidst the Adelaide Hills is the majestic Mount Lofty summit providing spectacular panoramic views across Adelaide's skyline. Basque in these inspirational views from your room or cottage at Mount Lofty House - a boutique 5-star hotel that has been lovingly renovated to a truly luxurious standard, without jeopardising its historic charm. Order yourself a glass of wine and treat yourself to an indulgent experience. Uncover the breathtaking views from Mount Lofty House.
Located within one of Adelaide's iconic landmark buildings, The Mayfair Hotel boasts an unmatched location to Adelaide’s Riverbank and entertainment precincts. The exterior of the building is magnificently preserved while the inside boasts a chic modern decor. Each of the 170 beautifully-appointed rooms are complemented with premium hotel facilities and a complementary mini bar in each room.
Where to Dine
Awarded Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2018 and 2019, Restaurant Orana is home to Chef and Owner Jock Zonfrillo, where he uses Indigenous ingredients to showcase Australia’s modern gastronomic identity. Jock has been working with Aboriginal Elders to give their culture a voice through food. The only offering on the menu, a 16-course Tasting menu, features traditional ingredients like bunya nut, lemon myrtle and green ants.
Husband-and-wife team Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Dürr have worked together to create a unique dining adventure at d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant; where they draw on their training in Michelin starred kitchens and global gastronomy to create a unique dining adventure. The Degustation menu is refreshed seasonally and is always accompanied by an extensive wine list. Oh...and by the way, the restaurant is in a building shaped like a rubix cube.
Stroll down the sweeping ribbon staircase of The Mayfair Hotel and discover the Mayflower Restaurant. Devoted to reviving classic hotel cuisine, accompanied by a well-structured wine list featuring a selection of handpicked South Australian wines - Head chef Bethany Finn heroes ingredients such as South Australian lobster, Coffin Bay oysters and winter Truffles.
Making best-restaurant lists across the country, Africola is a pan-African restaurant that is known for setting the irreverent tone that currently defines Adelaide’s smart-casual dining scene. Sit down in the vibrant dining room and devour some authentic South African BBQ dishes and banquets.
What to Experience
Known as Australia's seafood frontier, Eyre Peninsula is known for its fresh seafood and remarkable up-close aquatic encounters. For those looking for an interactive experience, enjoy an adventurous swim with sea lions, dolphins and tuna. Or take a short trip to Coffin Bay and try famous oysters straight from the ocean - not to mention the remarkable crystal clear water and sandy beaches with abundant wildlife. Crooked Compass have curated the perfect 4-day Eyre Peninsula tour encapsulating everything on offer in this region. To find out more, speak to your trusted travel advisor.
With its raw and rugged coastline, clear waters and wildlife, Kangaroo Island is South Australia's natural playground. Although you can visit this magnificent island for a day trip, we recommend treating yourself to one of the many luxury stays to really get to know the area. Take a dip in one of the many secluded beaches, visit Seal Bay for a memorable wildlife encounter, or explore the many art galleries.
Just the mention of The Barossa Valley excites your wino taste buds. We suggest taking your time to thoroughly explore this region that has become world renowned for producing some of the best wines. With over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, including Penfold's, Jacobs Creek, Wolf Blass and Yalumba - your inner sommelier will enjoy this sensory exploration. Click here to take a 'sip' at Jacob’s Creek Winery.
Located in the North of South Australia, Coober Pedy is a small township home to Australia's gem...literally! The area was once used as an Opal farm, but now serves as a popular tourist region. Play a round of golf on the desert landscape. Why not try Noodling for Opals - you never know what you might find. And perhaps one of the area's most unique experiences, is a visit to the 'underground' city. Introduced in WWI, 50% of the population now live underground (known as dugouts) to escape the harsh climate.
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