I am very excited to be travelling to Adelaide and South Australia, 1 – 4 November 2012. The trip is organised by the South Australian Tourism Commission.
South Australia is a brilliant blend of the best of life, combining a relaxed lifestyle and great food and wine with incredible nature experiences. While restaurants throughout South Australia’s regions combine the freshest produce, finest chefs and best wines at affordable prices, and communities across the State are friendly, laid-back and welcoming, the landscape of South Australia varies enormously between regions. There are huge tracts of outback to explore, as well as wine country, farmland and untouched bush. The mighty Murray River flows through the heart of the state and South Australia’s coastline offers sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and opportunities for a whole range of water-based activities.
It is unlikely that there will be time to explore any of the outback but plenty of time to enjoy the cuisine and wine of the region. This is the planned itinerary but suggestions for other additional activities such as the South Australia Museum may possibly be added. The hashtag is #EmiratesinADL so please follow the trip on twitter.
Wednesday 31st October – Flying business class with Emirates from Manchester to Adelaide, via Dubai.
Thursday 1st November
Arrival in Adelaide and overnight in the InterContinental Adelaide www.intercontinental.com/adelaide
Located in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Torrens and surrounded by parklands this hotel has all the facilities you would expect of an International, five star property.
Friday 2nd November
Breakfast InterContinental Adelaide
Morning – Join the Emirates Media Conference in the Panorama Room of the Adelaide Convention Centre located a short walk from your Hotel.
This will be followed by a meeting with Jason Miller of Rich & Lingering Tours in the foyer of the hotel and then embarking on a full day tour of Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
Rich & Lingering is a specialist food and wine tour operator with a passion for gratifying the senses. They provide private tours of the highest quality. Your personal wine guide is a professional wine taster, and works in a boutique winery.
Adelaide is South Australia’s capital with a population of 1.2 million people. Spacious boulevards, vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture are characteristics of the city. It is surrounded by parklands and is a friendly city that’s easy to explore. Set beside a river, this is a capital city that is clever, cultured and cool. Its events calendar is packed with everything from award-winning sport to world-class art. Its enormous range of restaurants and cafes are famous, the cultural attractions are many and varied, and it’s known as the “20 minute city” because everything is so close and easy to get to.
Meet with well known and respected hospitality industry expert Mark Gleeson of Adelaide Central Market Tours at Providore and enjoy an exclusive tour of the Central Markets.
Upon conclusion of the market tour, transfer to the Adelaide Hills to enjoy lunch.
Lunch at The White House compliments of the South Australian Tourism Commission. The White House is inspired by the rustic farmhouse bistros of rural France. Their all-day dishes are simple in concept, yet sophisticated in flavour and all are elevated by the near exclusive use of the highest quality produce the Adelaide Hills region has to offer.
Afternoon – Some free time to explore the main street of Hahndorf
Udder Delights Udder Delights Cheese Cellar in Hahndorf incorporates cheese tastings, a cheese and produce shop, cafe, cheese making school and the Adelaide Hills Cheese and Wine Trail.
RockBare Cellar Door RockBare Cellar Door is situated on the Main Street of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. The cellar door, a stone cottage built in 1845, is brimming with style, character and charm. It’s rustic yet contemporary atmosphere is perfect for tasting the world class regional wines of Rockbare & Mojo by Rockbare, as well as the Alta Vineyards crafted by husband and wife team Tim and Sarah Burvill.
Evening – Meeting with Rik Morris of the South Australian Tourism Commission in the foyer of the hotel and walk to this evening’s dinner venue along Rundle Street.
Dinner – Enjoy dinner at Sosta, Argentinian Kitchen compliments of the South Australian Tourism Commission with Rik as your host.
Sosta Argentinian Kitchen is a high point of Rundle Street in the vibrant East End of Adelaide. The service is friendly, informal and unobtrusive with the restaurant specialising in Argentine cuisine with Spanish and Italian influences.
Overnight InterContinental Adelaide
Saturday 3rd November
Breakfast InterContinental Adelaide
Morning – Meeting with a representative of Des’s Mini Tours out the front of the Hotel for a transfer to the airport for a transfer to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island with Regional Express Airlines.
Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s great natural wonders, as well as one of its best, and most surprising, tourism destinations. It’s a wildlife sanctuary without fences, where visitors can see Australian animals in their natural habitat. Around 30% of the island is protected as parks, and its 541-kilometre coastline includes excellent swimming and surfing beaches, a spot where visitors can walk among sea lions, spectacular cliffs and amazing rock formations such as Remarkable Rocks. The island also has a growing reputation as a food and wine region, renowned especially for its honey, eucalyptus oil, marron and sheep dairy farms.
Meeting with a representative of Kangaroo Island Odysseys upon arrival and embark on a full day exclusive tour of the Island’s main attractions including Seal Bay & Flinders Chase National Park.
Kangaroo Island Odysseys provides personalised, quality four wheel drive wildlife and nature discovery touring. You can experience a wide variety of wildlife in its natural habitat, while also enjoying spectacular coastline, pristine beaches and natural bushland sanctuaries. Interpretive guides share their knowledge and passion for Kangaroos Island’s flora and fauna, also providing gourmet food and wine.
Seal Bay Conservation Park isthe island’s most popular attraction, join a guided tour to see the endangered Australian Sea-lions in their natural environment of coastal vegetation, dunes and beach. Wander along the 800-metre boardwalk which meanders through the limestone cliffs and dunes to viewing platforms where you can observe the sea-lions surfing the waves or sunning themselves on the beach as you enjoy the stunning coastal scenery.
Flinders Chase National Park is located at the western end of Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s largest parks covering 74,000 hectares of untouched bushland. The park is home to a variety of fauna, including Kangaroo Island kangaroos, koalas, Tammar wallabies and the endangered Cape Barren geese. It is considered to be one of South Australia’s most significant parks due to its natural state and wildlife. From wind-sculpted rock formations that sit atop a smooth granite dome known as Remarkable Rocks to Admirals Arch, a perfect sweep of rock under which the surf pounds and New Zealand Fur Seals play or the beautiful beach at West Bay and the walk to the mouth of the Rocky River, the national park is a must see for any visit to the island.
Evening – Return to Adelaide with Regional Express Airlines before returning to the hotel.
Dinner – Meeting with Jessica Playford, Public Relations South Australian Tourism Commission in the foyer and walk to this evening’s dinner venue located within the Adelaide Casino at North – Contemporary and stylish, North brings together the very best of South Australia’s wine and produce, to create an innovative and memorable dining experience, in a relaxed, informal setting. The menu is innovative and distinctly Australian whilst the wine list boasts a selection ranging from well-loved premium labels to the State’s many successful cutting edge and boutique producers.
Overnight – InterContinental Adelaide
Sunday 4th November
Breakfast InterContinental Adelaide
Morning – Meeting with Jason Miller of Rich & Lingering Tours in the foyer of the Hotel and embark on a full day tour of the Barossa.
Starting with Penfolds Barossa to take part in their “Make Your Own Blend Experience” at Penfold’s Cellar Door. Trying my hand at being a winemaker is a fund dream come true. It’s should be a fascinating and satisfying experience, blending to suit my own personal taste, and even better I get to take the wine home.
Tour Penfolds Winery – Located in the heart of the Barossa, the Penfolds Barossa Valley Winery & Cellar Door was built to expand the business home base beyond Magill and is now the focal point of Penfolds winemaking. The cellar door offers a comprehensive selection of wines for tasting.
Lunch – at Hentley Farm Wines, it’s du Jour menu which offers four dishes selected by the chef.
Set among rolling hills on the banks of Greenock Creek at Seppeltsfield, Hentley Farm is a boutique, single estate vineyard that produces distinctive wines reflective of the exceptional site. Dine in the property’s intimate and elegantly restored stables set amongst the vines, and take a journey of pleasure, discovery and intrigue each time you visit. The menu is created according to the seasons, to what is abundant, fresh and excellent quality, and to what they feel harmonises with the wines that are matched to each dish.
We will be taking a drive along the coastline of Adelaide stopping enroute for a light evening meal before transferring to Adelaide Airport.
Monday 5th November
Emirates have kindly included a stopover in Dubai; how exciting is that? Don’t forget the #EmiratesinADL hashtag, I hope you follow the trip, and enjoy every step.
For more information about South Australia, visit the web site: www.southaustralia.com