Sunny's Adelaide Backpackers Hostel

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Wine Tour

by Cal_Al

Hello, my husband and I will be in Adelaide for five days, three of which will be spent on Kangaroo Island.

We know this area of Australia is world famous for its wines and would like to do a tour. Does anyone have any suggestions? We thought about hiring a car, but the mixing of wine tasting and driving is likely not a good idea. We tend to shy away from large bus tours if this is possible.

Thanks in advance for any help and/or advice you can give!

Re: Wine Tour

by margsch

Hiring a car would be an option, perhaps you could be the nominated driver as 2 standard drinks will put you at the limit, but there are day trips by bus to the Barossa Valley and that would mean you can both drink to your hearts, content. There is also the Clare valley which is a pretty drive from Adelaide and also McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide. There used to be a train to the Barossa but not any more so the bus trip or hiring a car are really your only options. If you decide on the bus trip to the Barossa I think the one which stops at Chateau Yaldara for lunch is the better one to do.

Re: Wine Tour

by pedroswift

Don't drive. A group of us did a Barossa/Clare Valley Tour last year which we organised ourselves but at a couple of wineries we noticed a minibus from "Barossa Wine Lovers Tours". I'm sure there would be other companies doing the same thing.
Have fun de p.

Re: Wine Tour

by adelaidean

there are many different companies for winery tours...
for a cheaper alternative, try the groovy grape tour. they do day trips and you can sample to your hearts content!
for the more expensive day out, try one of the many limo trips that are available..
have fun, and dont forget to drink water as well!

Re: Wine Tour

by fionasydney

Go to the McLaren vale area, about 90 mins south of Adelaide, hire a car and stay the night.
Get a good map, drive from Adelaide, do Wirra Wirra,Chapel Hill and somewhere else ( sorry, drinking some S Aust shiraz as I type )oh, Pirra Mimma perhaps, great olives, then book into accomodation for the night. This is around 12 noon or 1pm. Take a walk to 2 or 3 other wineries. If you stay in McLaren Vale you can visit Hardies, Maxwells and somewhere else and have a great dinner at The Barn.
Check out next morning, visit a couple more, for the typical and gorgeous view of McLaren Vale you MUST see D'Arenburg and Coriole, Actually, do them the other way round and have lunch at D'Arenburg and then head back to Adelaide.
Raise a glass to me for suggesting a great itinery.

Re: Wine Tour

by fionasydney

Al, forgot to say that if you just have a few samples at each winery you'll be fine to drive. Keep to the left!!

Re: Wine Tour

by Cal_Al

Thanks to all the helpful advice! I'll look into the different companies mentioned... and maybe stay over if we can fit it in!!
Thanks again!

Travel Tips for Adelaide

Visit the Barossa Valley. ...

by emerald125

Visit the Barossa Valley. Taste some good Australian wines. South Australia makes more than half of Australia's wines, including the famous Penfold's grange. Jacobs creek wines are also produced in this area. The red wines in this area are particularly good. The Barossa is only 50km from Adelaide so easy reached in a day trip but i would recommend staying overnight so you can really sample the wines (

Season Spirit

by hennanights

Christmas in Australia falls in the summer. Of course like the rest of the world Australia is a melting pot of cultures so we all celebrate the day a little differently. A popular way to spend the day is outdoors, by a pool, under a pergola, at the beach or in a shady park. Presents are normally given in the morning so children can spend the day playing with them. Typical foods served a Christmas lunch or dinner are cold meats, baked potatoes, seafood, crusty bread rolls and a variety of salads. We top these off with trifles, pavlovas and Christmas puddings. All of this is washed down with beer, wines and soft drinks.

The Murray River

by petdec

I went on a paddle wheeler on The Murray River.The cruise was with Captain Cook cruises on the Paddle Steamer Murray Princess.
We left Adelaide on a coach and went to a atown called Mannum, where we boarded the ship and spent a fascinating week cruising slowly up and down the river.
The Murray is Australia's largest river and flows inland. It serves many small towns and historically has been very important as a trade passage way to the coast.
These day it is mostly for pleasure.
The accomodations aboard are great as is the food and service.
one is able to get a real feel for this wonderful river as well as a close up look at the amazing bird life and animal life along the river bank. Highly recommend it

This isn't a big tourist...

by Ilena

This isn't a big tourist attraction or anything, but if you want to buy a magazine or a newspaper, go to the newsstand at the entrance to the city train station. The man is fantastically nice.

If you want to post something, go to the post office on the University of South Australia's City West campus - you get really great service.


by lupercalia about Proscenium

i will put this club first, as it is probably the one i know best. if anyone tries to tell you that Proscenium is a goth club, DO NOT LISTEN. it was considered one at one point, but these days the focus is more on 80s and alternative music. there are occasionally 'Goth Balls' (usually held on the Sunday of long weekends), but this only ups the quota of goth music a little. there are quite a few goths who do still go to Proscenium though, giving it that 'darker' atmosphere i guess. you will undoubtedly hear some Siouxsie & The Banshees, and if you are after some more well known goth music - Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy etc. - you are more than likely going to hear it... of course requesting the artists will usually make sure of this! drinks are usually cheap, although i'd steer clear of the beer unless you're on a really strict budget. the toilets are also a little on the dodgy side, if you can hang on, good for you

$5 entry most nights, and you might lucky enough to catch a few bands downstairs. anything usually goes, but if you want to avoid ridicule i would avoid wearing anything that screams 'I LOVE BRITTANY SPEARS' etc.


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