Looking for some gorgeous romantic weekend getaways? South Australia is loved up with bright ideas from relaxing and intimate to active and adventurous. By Sally Cranney, Director of the Gorgeous Festival, South Australia.
Chook’s Little Winery Tours – Red, red wine. UB40 were onto something when they made this sexy song. Come and explore the one of the country’s premium red wine region, McLaren Vale, with Chook as your host and with the most, as he takes you on a unique wine experience where you’ll discover some of the legendary wine producers as well as little boutique gems of the region. Sample wine straight from barrels, stroll through vineyards and get to know some of faces behind the wines.
Gorgeous Festival – Located in the picturesque McLaren Vale region, this is the perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle with your loved one. Held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November, the festival is all about combining the good things in life – music, food and wine! With headlines acts such as John Butler Trio and Eskimo Joe, bring a picnic blanket and sit down and relax as you sip on premium wine from the region. www.gorgeousfestival.com.au
Bella Cosa Sculpture Park – Located in McLaren Vale, Bella Cosa offers guests the opportunity to wander through the exquisite pine forest and discover some unique sculpture and art. The park also allows an opening for you as a couple to express your artistic sides by creating a painting together with guidance from the residential artist.
Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat – Come and enjoy a weekend in one of the state’s most prestigious accommodation spots. The Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat offers you the opportunity to relax, have a party with up to 14 guests staying in the retreat and to cook up a storm with the residential chef. In a spectacular location, Chapel Hill retreat is right out of a romantic novel.
Botanical Gardens, Adelaide – All you need is a rug, a picnic hamper and bottle of your favourite wine. The Botanical Gardens offer several romantic movie-like moments for you and your lover with big old trees and lush lawns to dwindle the day away on, moonlight cinema on Valentine’s night, or steel a snog amongst the bushes along the Native Garden Trail.
Shark Diving – There’s nothing like a little adrenalin and adventure to get the some sexy tension flowing. Cruise on out to one of Port Lincoln’s many locations with a charter company and dive amongst one of the world’s deadliest predators – the Great White Shark. Your hearts will be racing after this experience!
Kangaroo Island – KI is the place to walk and enjoy each other’s company amongst the seals on Seal Bay, hike through the 15,000km of national and Conservation parklands, ticking off the animals you see from your list of native wildlife or even try your hand at deep sea fishing. There is also some of the country’s most unique and boutique food producers and an array of superb wineries. What’s not to love?
Thorngrove Manor – Want to feel like a Royalty from the Middle Ages?? Make Thorngrove Manor your castle for a weekend. This romantic wonderland offers discreet personalized dining and comfort levels to surpass all 5 star ratings. This hotel has been included in ‘One of the World’s 101 amazing hotels
Adelaide Central Markets – One cannot talk about Adelaide without mentioning the Central Markets. What’s so romantic about that you ask? Try chocolate covered strawberries, lush creamy cheese from around the world and access to some of the freshest seafood in the world. I believe all these items fall under the term ‘aphrodisiac’?
Love is in the Air – See South Australia’s magnificent south coast and leading wine region by helicopter. Enjoy the spectacular views as your journey takes you over the rolling hills of Mount Lofty and stretches far down the coast as far as Port Willunga and the Star of Greece shipwreck. If you start to feel a little lightheaded, is it the high altitude or hot atmosphere?
Romance + Camping = Glamping – Love the outdoors, sleep under the stars, long chats about your lives together (past, present and/or future) around a campfire… roll into a damp sleeping bag on an uneven surface surrounded by mosquitos?? Introducing GLAMPING!! Luxury Tented Camp in South Australia – Kangaluna Camp. Plush Safari Tents set amongst picturesque wildlife in the Flinders Rangers. Privacy, peace and quiet, perfect.
Flossie – the Vintage Caravan – Retro, fun and sweet. Flossie is all about having a good time. This vivacious little van can be hired out for a cheeky weekend where you’ll find her fully equipped with linen and breakfast facilities and even a coffee machine. Flossie will be set up for your enjoyment at West Beach Caravan Park ready to host your vintage love fest.
155 year old Flour Mill – Leonards Mill, located on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsular, is a charming historic restaurant, bar and accommodation ….. what more can I say?
Lake Eyre Tours and Flights – Situated at the heart of Australia, Lake Eyre and the surrounding region is something truly magical to be shared with someone special. This particular tour includes a spectacular 1 hr 30min flight over Lake Eyre from Marree plus a 4WD tour with wildlife and bird watching opportunities. This is a bucket list must that will create memories that will live with you forever.
Riding for Reisling – Claire Valley is famous for its world class Rieslings and when you visit this picturesque region one very fun activity to partake in is the ‘Tour Du Claire Riesling Rail Trail’. This self-guided tour offers up to 40 wineries within kilometres, easy flat surfaces and lunch is all taken care of. If you find yourselves getting a little wobbly towards the end of the day your chauffeur can collect you from wherever you lovers land.
Sticky Situations – Adelaide’s Best Cooking School, Sticky Rice, has recently opened their Balinese-inspired villas offering luxury overnight accommodation. Get sticky with your sweetheart in your cooking class and then indulge in some more delicious moments in your beautiful villa.
World Class Watering Holes – If it’s cocktail bars and swanky lounges that set your hearts afire then discover some of the world’s best rated bars right here in Adelaide.