Fortunately in Western Australia, we have just had a long weekend!
I don’t need an excuse to pack a bag and take off exploring somewhere new and Adelaide was on the list.
My Bucket List is nearly complete as I have now visited a new Australian city.
Our flights cost $455 with Jetstar (quite pricey)and have been booked since July and our accommodation cost $140 each to share a room for the weekend.
Ms. D and I arrived in Adelaide on Friday night around 8.45pm and went straight to our hotel to meet Ms. F who had already landed from Sydney. (Oh Ms. F…a newbie to feature on my blog but an old friend from home)
We decided to go straight into the city for food and made our way towards the Night Noodle Markets but were too late. The Adelaide Casino was close by and if Perth/Melbourne is anything to go by, we knew something would be opened. Our food was fairly cheap and average but we were hungry so we ate our fill and went back to our hotel to prepare for our wine tour the next morning…yes, I’ve been on quite a few wine tours lately!
We made our way to the pick up point at the Adina for 9.20am and were picked up a few minutes later. The tour operator was called Bums on Seats. After picking up the last two girls, the driver announced that we would go to Lofty’s Lookout as everyone was from other states. It was the perfect bird’s-eye view of Adelaide and Paul pointed out a few things in sight.
From here we made our way to the little German town of Handorf, it’s very well known by locals and tourists. We had 40minutes so explore and grab a coffee. We decided to explore the street and popped in for a cheese tasting at Udder Delights.
Next stop was our first winery in the Barossa Valley, Kersbrook Hills, and my favourite location of the day, we sat out in the sun (got our shoulders a little burnt) taking in the green fields around us and tasting their own brewed cider followed by a long list of white, red and sparkling wines.
What I loved about this winery is that we were asked what we liked and the tasting was based around that, extremely personal and enjoyable.
It seemed quite the popular spots for cyclists to stop off and I could have easily sat here all day.Of course there were a few funny snaps too!
We left here to go to The Monkey Nut for lunch which was pre ordered. I picked the Steak Sandwich, as did Ms. D and Ms. F attempted something a little healthier and went for the Chicken Salad. The food was delicious and very filling, just what we needed! If I was in the area again, I would love to come back for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun.
We moved through to the tasting area where we met a fellow islander and funny man, Sam. He is involved in the winery through future marriage and was extremely passionate about the wines we were tasting. We sampled about six wines and a port, my favourite being a soft red (surprisingly), the Deerstalker Merlot. The winery survives by selling online and purchases by visitors so this wine won’t be on a shop shelf.
We then had the choice to go to Maggie Beers or another winery, and although I am a fan after seeing her on MasterChef, we opted for another winery! While on the way, we passed Jacobs Creek which is known internationally.
We arrived to the turnoff for Seppeltsfield Estate and the only thing I was looking at were the towering palm trees lining both sides of the road.
This winery was probably the biggest of the day and European popped into my head as we walked down the steps. We went inside where tastings were done at many small bar counters. There were only a few wines to taste here so we purchased a bottle of Preseco to finish our day enjoying the last hour of sunshine.
Our drive back to the city didn’t take too long. On arrival back to our hotel, we got ready for a Saturday night out and ordered room service.
We went to a fabulous little bar called Maybe Mae followed by Jamie Olivers and a very bad decision to go to The Black Bull which was definitely not our scene.
We had an early night and left around 12am in the hope we could get up early to explore Port Adelaide the next day.
On Sunday we made our way out to Port Adelaide, specifically Semaphore as I spotted a place on Zomato for breakfast.
The coastal drive is beautiful and the weather was great so after breakfast at Whipped, we walked along the jetty and up The Esplanade. We made our way back to The Palais where we stopped off for an afternoon beverage.
Before we knew it, we were on our way back to the city for the OzAsia Festival in the city. Read more about it here!