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7 ways to escape to Adelaide for a weekend away

mount lofty

Adelaide’s a gorgeous city, with a blend of historic and modern architecture, sandy beaches and scenic trails. Explore them all in a weekend away in Adelaide.

Mt Lofty

Just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, the Mt Lofty Summit attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The peak offers panoramic views of Adelaide’s coast and city skyline and is the perfect stop on a clear, sunny day. The summit also has a gift shop and interactive touch screens which tell you more about the summit and nearby tourist attractions.

Glenelg

Only 10km from Adelaide’s CBD, Glenelg is famous for it’s white sandy beaches. Dine at Glenelg’s trendy bars or restaurants, admire Holdfast Bay’s stunning coastline from the Glenelg Pier or go for a dip in this popular swimming spot.

Adelaide Hills

The countryside in the Adelaide Hills resembles a fairytale. Admire the gorgeous flowers and charming streets in Stirling, arguably one of the prettiest towns in South Australia. Drink beer and go strawberry picking at Australia’s oldest German settlement, Hahndorf. Visit Melbas chocolate factory nearby, or simply get lost as you drive around the Adelaide Hills and admire the hidden towns which the guidebooks don’t tell you about!

Wine tasting in the Barossa Valley

The scenic Barossa Valley is home to wineries, walking tracks and parks. Look around Greenock for the historic old Wheat Store, where the Barossa Brewing Company produces pure, traditionally fermented beers. Visit Chateau Tanunda, one of the country’s most beautiful winery estates with its manicured gardens, croquet pitch and heritage listed cellar door. If you’re free on a Saturday morning, be sure to visit the Barossa Farmer’s Market, where you can taste and buy the best of the Barossa Valley.

See the end of the Murray

Drive along the beach at Goolwa and you’ll arrive at the mouth of the mighty Murray River. Goolwa is well-known for its beautiful scenery but it’s also home to many historic sites and popular cafes. Goolwa is even a perfect spot to spend an afternoon fishing.

Adelaide City Walking Trails

See the best of Adelaide’s CBD. There are a range of guided and self-guided walking trails, from heritage walking trails and street art walks to garden walks, which take you through some of the city’s greenest  areas, such as the Botanic gardens. You can even explore pretty laneways and shop along the way.

Cycle through Semaphore

The beachside suburb of Semaphore has gorgeous views, plentiful cafes and fantastic bike tracks. On a sunny day in the morning, hire a bike and cycle along the foreshore. Grab breakfast at one of the area’s many relaxed and trendy cafes before continuing on your bike ride.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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