Friday, 30 September 2016

Festivals and Fun Things to Do in Adelaide in Spring

Spring in Adelaide is a beautiful time of year. The winter starts thawing out and new life, new colour, and new beginnings finally break through. Temperatures begin to rise to between 11 and 22 degrees Celsius, while rainfall dissipates. You’ll still get to enjoy the cooler evenings, though, before the hot sticky summer comes through.

This time of year is perfect for taking an Adelaide city tour, enjoying the new lease of life, and soaking up the warmer temperatures by sitting outside cafes instead of huddled inside.
It is also a great time to take a winery and valley tour. Rain is pretty non-existent, while the days are usually sunny and pleasantly warm, making it perfect for Adelaide tours to some of the stunning surrounding hotspots.

Kangaroo Island
Spring is also a fabulous time for the natural world. Flowers starting blossoming
and the trees finally get their leaves back, not to mention the native animals can start reveling in the warmer temperatures.

Head down to Kangaroo Island to enjoy Australia’s wildlife at its finest. Here, you can wander along beaches filled with colonies of seals, look out for koalas nestled high in the treetops, and get up close and personal with the Island’s namesake – kangaroos. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the eclectic selection of colourful bird species, too.

Sure, you might not be able to swim in the cool water at this time of year, but there are plenty of other things to do on this paradise island.

Spring is the time of festivals in Adelaide, bringing together the community for huge foodie feasts and fashionable affairs.

For creatives, the Festival of Art and Design takes place at the start of October, offering a fun program of design talks, art exhibitions, and performances for all
the family. There are plenty of walking tours, too, that take in all the creative goings-on.

You’ll also be party to the Adelaide Fashion Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival if you’re visiting in October, which both offer different creative perspectives into the city.

Foodie lovers will enjoy the selection of feasts on offer. AsiaFest brings Asian food and culture to the streets of Adelaide, while CheeseFest brings, you guessed it, all things cheesy to the city at the end of October, and Glendi Greek Festival showcases a huge range of tasty Greek treats to try.

Tour of the Week: Barossa Valley and Hahndorf Wine Tour $99

The Barossa Valley is a stunning part of Australia famed for its winemaking heritage, incredible scenery, and delicious foodie delights. Throughout sprawling patchwork hills, there are charming Bavarian-inspired towns, beautiful vineyards, and a hearty dose of history that you can get under the skin of on our Barossa tours for $99.

This old German settlement boasts a rich history, inspired by Bavarian design and culture. Here, you can tuck into authentic German dishes, sip beer in classic pubs that hark back to the early days, and stroll through the cobbled streets dipping in and out of cute little craft shops and sipping on hot drinks outside picturesque cafes. 

Dry Creek Salt Crystallization Pans

After we cruise through the plush homesteads of North Adelaide, we reach the Dry Creek Salt Crystallization Pans, where you can marvel at the sprawling landscape and eclectic selection of wildlife, keeping your eyes peeled for some of Australia’s native critters.

Seppeltsfield Estate
Our first Barossa wine encounter will take place at the Seppeltsfield Estate, where you can sample some local ports and enjoy the beautiful backdrop. 

Jacobs Creek
We’ll also visit one of the world’s best-known wineries, Jacobs Creek. You’ll get to take a guided tour of the visitor centre, where you’ll learn all about the history of winemaking here and take a tutored wine tasting session.

Barossa Chateau
We’ll refuel at lunchtime with an Aussie feast at Barossa Chateau, after which we’ll take a quick tour of the Hermann Thumm collection in the private museum on-site.
When you’ve browsed the fascinating collection, we’ll take a stroll through the rose garden at the chateau as our lunch goes down, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere and the stunning sights.
Adelaide Hills
After stopping off in Hahndorf for some shopping and coffee sipping, we’ll head back to Adelaide via the Adelaide Hills, passing through charming villages Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate, and Bridgewater.
We’ll finish up in Adelaide where your day of wine tasting, perusing quaint towns, and digging deep into the cultural history of the Barossa Valley unfortunately comes to an end.
By this point, you’ll have experienced the delicious flavours the region is known for, have learned more about the winemaking history that is so important to Barossa, and have picked up a souvenir or two in one of the cute Bavarian-inspired villages that nestle in the rolling hills of the Valley.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

5 Reasons Why You Need to Tick Uluru and The Red Centre Off Your Bucket List

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, you’ll find one of the world’s most iconic natural landmarks – Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, this incredible monument promises a spectacular experience that’s filled with culture, history, and stunning scenery.

So why should you tick visiting Uluru and the Red Centre off your bucket list?
1. It’s Iconic

Did we mention that Uluru is one of the world’s most impressive natural monuments? That fact alone is enough to warrant a visit. But it’s well worth visiting simply to see this incredible sight in real life – to see the stark contrast between its orange colouring and the bright blue of the sky with your very own eyes.

2. See the REAL night sky

Out in the Red Centre, the night sky isn’t diluted by city lights. In fact, it’s not diluted by any lights at all. When darkness falls, you can easily spot the glow of the Milky Way and star gaze without interruption.

For a luxurious experience, you can dine under the stars and sleep beneath the naturally lit canopy. Nothing will make you feel more alive or at one with nature.

3. Learn the creative traditions

The Red Centre and the landscape surrounding Uluru is an important spiritual location for local Aboriginal tribes. Here, they still carry out centuries-old creative traditions that you can get involved in. Try your hand at painting in the traditional Aboriginal style, learning from the very best artists in the region.

4. Watch the sunrise

The sunrise at Uluru is like nowhere else in the world. Watching the impressive monument turn from an inky black to a hazy pink and then a vibrant orange colour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are numerous Uluru tours that will give you the chance to watch this incredible feat of nature happen right before your eyes.

To get the best view, drive to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area, which promises 360
views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as the sun begins to set.

5. Meet the Anungu people

The local Anungu people are exceptional because they’ve mastered ways to flourish living in the harsh desert landscape. They still practice centuries-old traditions that have been carried down through generations, and they still retain their rich culture. Visit the Cultural Centre to learn more about their fascinating past and get to know some of the traditions they still keep alive in the present day.