48 hours in Adelaide

Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect time to spend 48 hours in Adelaide, a city that has gone crazy about cycling. Apart from watching the world’s best road cyclists, you’ll also get to sample fantastic food and wine – and to join one of Adelaide’s biggest street parties. 48 hours in Adelaide
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48 hours in Adelaide

Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect time to spend 48 hours in Adelaide, a city that has gone crazy about cycling.


Spread over six days, Santos Tour Down Under offers a visual feast for spectators who line the route, taking them from the city centre to the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa. Apart from watching the world’s best road cyclists, you’ll also get to sample fantastic food and wine – and to join one of Adelaide’s biggest street parties.

Day One

Stock up for your big day out
Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under 2016 takes competitors from the northern suburbs of Adelaide into the rolling wheat fields and green vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Since the race doesn’t kick off until 11am, you’ll have ample time to explore the city’s bustling Central Market. This is a great place for a leisurely breakfast before heading off to join Australia’s premier road cycling event. Pick up some picnic supplies while you’re at the market. Choose from a fantastic range of local farmhouse cheeses, traditional smoked meats, crusty bread, olives and many other delicious goodies.

Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide, South Australia

Follow the peloton into the Barossa

From Prospect, the Tour first heads north into the Adelaide Hills before the long trek north to the southern part of the Barossa Valley. The route takes in the quaint townships of Williamstown and Lyndoch, where Stage 1 ends at around 2.25pm. Stop at Williamstown for a spot of wine tasting with friendly cellar doors at Domain Day, TeAro Estate and Linfield Road Wines. Afterwards drive over to Lyndoch Hill for a relaxed vineyard dinner; the large estate contains a magnificent rose garden, a private art gallery and its own boutique wine label, Creed Wines. 

Day Two

Thrills and spills in the Adelaide Hills
After the wide-open spaces of the Barossa, the Tour goes deep into the Adelaide Hills. Stage 2 departs from Unley – a great place for a wholesome brunch at A Mother’s Milk – and crosses the finish line in Stirling, a picturesque old township and a great stepping off point for all kinds of adventures in the Adelaide Hills. Stop at the award-winning Bird In Hand Winery for some wine tasting and a degustation lunch before driving over to Mt Lofty Summit to enjoy sweeping views of Adelaide and the South Australian coastline.

Dining in Adelaide, South Australia

Catch your breath, chill out in the city
With another four days of racing to go, Adelaide is in a real party mode. These balmy evenings are perfect for bar hopping in the city’s West End (try Peel Street) or perhaps some al fresco dining at Sean’s Kitchen, just off North Terrace. For a touch of glamour take the lift to 2KW, Adelaide’s most exclusive roof top bar and restaurant, popular with the cycling crowd. From here you can see most of the city’s most famous landmarks and enjoy a well-made cocktail, chilled glass of wine or ice cold beer.

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