Angove Winery, Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo by: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone
Obviously, you’re going to want to experience some of Adelaide’s enviable wine culture while you’re in town, both at the city’s bars and at the source, in well-known and easily accessible regions such as the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. And why not combine those experiences with a little exercise?
That’s what’s on offer if you tackle the Shiraz Trail, a 7.4km pathway that forms part of the 38km Coast to Vines Rail Trail in McLaren Vale, just south of Adelaide. The Shiraz Trail begins in McLaren Vale town, ending in Willunga, and is wide and flat, certainly family friendly, and even wheelchair accessible. Be sure to leave plenty of time for this one because it also skirts some of South Australia’s finest wineries, and even a brewery or two.
Yellowtail Loop – Anstey Hill Recreation Park
It’s hard to believe you’re still technically on the outskirts of Adelaide itself as you tackle the Yellowtail Loop, a pleasant – if perennially busy – hiking track through Anstey Hill Recreation Park in the northern foothills. Here’s another one to bring the whole family to, including the doggos, who are allowed here as long as they’re on a leash.
For everyone else, there are a few steep sections, but mostly this is a pleasant stroll that brings the chance to spot native wildlife and enjoy some time among the trees in pristine nature. For those who prefer to do their exercise on wheels, there are a heap of mountain-biking trails in Anstey Hill as well.
First Falls Valley – Morialta Conservation Park