Published on June 5th, 2018 | by john.weir0
What’s new in South Australia ?
NEW WINERY SLEEP OVER: Properties set in South Australia’s wine regions
Adelaide, Australia’s vineyard capital, is surrounded by some of the world’s best wine regions which are worthy of more than a day trip. With new accommodation opening in and around wineries across the state, there has never been a better time to immerse yourself in these gorgeous regions over two or three days.
NEW: Hotel California Road, McLaren Vale
Owners of Inkwell Wines, Dudley and Irina, have added accommodation to their stunning vineyard property in the McLaren Vale this month (June 2018), using shipping containers and upcycled materials to create Hotel California Road. The micro hotel has three 50sqm suites which boast huge baths overlooking the vines and the sea in the distance.
The McLaren Vale region, just a 45 minute drive from Adelaide, is gaining an international reputation for its Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier wines and its superb visitor experiences. The recently opened Cube at the d’Arenberg winery is on Inkwell’s doorstep as well as some of the best beaches in Australia.
As for the wine making methods at Inkwell, Dudley and Irina keep things simple. One tractor, one de-stemmer, one press, small fermenters and one dog. They look forward to welcoming guests to the new accommodation which is priced from $225 (approximately £140) per room including breakfast and a private wine tasting. http://www.inkwellwines.com/hotel/
THROUGH ADNAMATNA EYES: New walking experience at Arkaba
Guests at outback luxury lodge Arkaba Conservancy can join a new walking tour with Pauline McKenzie, who will share the stories of Australia’s first people, the Adnamatna who have long looked after the landscape and wildlife of South Australia’s Ikara-Flinders Ranges.
Pauline is proud of her ancient Adnamatna lifestyle. Born in Hawker, she spent much of her childhood on country just north of Arkaba and has a connection with the land that emanates from long before European settlers arrived. She is one of a few people who still speaks the Adnamatna language fluently and her passion for her heritage and land shines through on this unique tour.
The two hour walk costs $150 per person (approximately £85). Arkaba, in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, is a four and a half hour drive from Adelaide through the wineries of the Clare Valley or a one hour flight.
YORKE PENINSULA – THE SECRET’S OUT: Three Reasons To Visit
Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula is home to 700km of picture-perfect coast and some incredible experiences. Hiking in the glorious Innes National Park, surfing on one of the many beautiful beaches, and gorging on local seafood are all wonderful ways to spend your days on the peninsula but we’ve picked three more experiences to whet your appetite for this undiscovered paradise.
NEW: Deckie for a Day
Love oysters and want to learn more about the magical mollusc? With Pacific Bay Oysters guests can take to the pristine waters of Stansbury on the Yorke Peninsula on a ‘deckie for a day’ tour.
Feasting on oysters right from the water, learning how they grow and finding out more about the importance of sustainable farming aboard a working boat is a fascinating experience. The lead in 90 minute tour costs from $69 per person (approximately £39). https://www.pacificestateoysters.com.au/hire-us/
Aboriginal Cultural Tours: Swagging Under the Stars
Join Quenten Agius on a two day tour that takes in the East coast of the Yorke Peninsula and Adjahdura Land to the Black Point Cultural Site, walking along the beach to ancient ochre quarries. Tides permitting guests can walk out to an ancient fish trap to look for shellfish. At night Dreaming stories will be shared at the campsite before guests bed down in swags under the stars. The second day is spent discovering the Innes National Park through Aboriginal eyes. Think ancient sites, breathtaking views and native animals.
The two day tour costs from $420 (approximately £235) per person and includes pick up and return to Adelaide, travel in a 4WD, camping under stars (swag, mattress, sleeping bag and tent) and breakfast on day two. http://aboriginalsa.com.au/index.html
Escape to Your Very Own Private Island with Lighthouse Accommodation
Troubridge Island Conservation Park is a protected area for nesting seabirds, including little penguins, cormorants and terns so owners, Judy and Chris Johnson, only allow one group to stay over at any one time at the original lighthouse and keeper’s cottage.
As well as incredible birdlife flying above the white sand beaches, guests will be treated to sightings of pods of dolphins which regularly pass by as well as one resident sea lion called Sammy!
Only accessible by boat the island’s heritage-listed accommodation sleeps 12 in comfortable country fashion. The last lighthouse keeper left in 1980 but the building dates back to 1886 and is steeped in shipwreck history.It costs $120 (approximately £68) per adult a night and $60 (approximately £34) per child a night with a minimum two night stay and minimum four adult booking policy.