From day trips to a weekend away, from a glass of red to flying a kite – South Australia offers a wealth of experiences to consider this Easter long weekend. Here are just six.
1. A DAY AT THE RACES
Paddock-to-plate food, wine, picturesque scenery… Oakbank might be renowned for its Easter racing carnival, but there is plenty of off-track activity to keep you lingering all weekend. A 25-minute drive from the CBD will see you in the midst of one of the Adelaide Hills’ biggest annual events, attracting over 70,000 visitors a day. Spend a day at the unique ‘picnic style’ races, then explore the area on a heritage walk through the village, or drop into local wineries Bird in the Hand (closed Good Friday) or Golding Wines who are offering lunch and live music at their beautiful cellar door on Sunday and Monday.
2. CHOCOLATE, AND MORE CHOCOLATE
Explanation not required. Indulge your sweet side with a visit to one of South Australia’s renowned chocolatiers. The Easter Bilby is set to visit Haigh’s stores over the weekend, handing out chocolate treats. Feeling a little more decadent? Find a cosy spot at Bracegirdle’s cafe, where the only tricky thing will be deciding which hand-made chocolate to order (we recommend the hot chocolate). For weekend-long family fun, Melba’s Chocolate Factory are offering tours, face-painting and chocolate making demonstrations.
3. A FAMILY DAY OUT
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No…it’s hundreds of kites. The popular annual International Kite Festival will see the skies over Semaphore filled with kites of all shapes and sizes. Come for the festival, stay for the weekend market and a stroll down Semaphore Road and a laid-back brunch at Swedish Tarts cafe. On Saturday, The One and All tall ship sets sail from Port Adelaide, giving wannabe sailors a taste of the high seas (and parents a taste of the on-board catering).
4. GET YOUR ART FIX
The days are getting crisp, the leaves are turning, which means one thing: it’s officially gallery season. The Art Gallery of SA is open every day over the long weekend, and current shows include ‘Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space and Time’. See why the local icon made the list of top 100 visited art galleries and museums in the world last year. Once you’ve had your fill of art, work on your stomach at Regatta’s (open every day except Monday public holiday), and sample local wines, beers and seasonal produce while taking in panoramic views of the River Torrens.
Want to take it down a notch? Stock up on amazing local produce at the Central Market, pack a picnic, and head to Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of laziness among the leaves. Just 15km east of the city, there’s 100 hectares of pristine nature to get lost in – and if you just can’t face coming back home, book a last minute overnighter at premier local destination Mount Lofty House.
6. …OR NOT
Adelaide is a walking city, and there are plenty of paths to get your heart pumping while taking you somewhere new. With rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, the Riesling Trail is one of the most scenic. Whether on bike or on foot, the 32-kilometre trail passes through historic towns, reaching from Auburn to Barinia. While the whole trail takes around 3 hours to cycle, there are plenty of shorter options. But if you’d prefer to get your pulse racing from the armchair, there’s always Round 4, Adelaide Crows VS Essendon.