Fleurieu tour is extra tasty
TASTINGS and behind-the-scenes experiences not generally available to the public are part of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s new McMurtrie Mile Tour that includes Sabella Vineyards, Red Poles, Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate and the McLaren Vale Beer Company. The new guided day and self-drive tours promise a feast of wine, food, beer and art. Self-drive tours cost $99 a person and fully hosted tours $195 a person, with tastings, tours and platters provided during about an hour’s stop at each venue. Ph 8323 8994 or see mcmurtriemile.com.au
Escape winter chills
Plan a winter break to somewhere warm with deals from Singapore Airlines and SilkAir ex-Adelaide. Head to the beaches of Koh Samui from $1086 return; travel to the island of Cebu from $1065; or visit Da Nang, the gateway to Central Vietnam, from $1082 return, all prices inclusive of taxes/surcharges. This offer is on sale until March 27 for travel until November 30. Blackout periods apply.
Ph 13 10 11 or see singaporeair.com
See KI for a cause
MOTORCYCLISTS have one week to sign up for the Black Dog Ride on Kangaroo Island to raise awareness of issues surrounding depression while enjoying the inspiring landscapes and wilderness of KI. The national ride is a one-day event with legs in each state and territory – including in Adelaide and at Coober Pedy – next Sunday. However, the KI event will run for four days, allowing riders to tour the island while taking part in public discussion sessions in community venues in conjunction with the Kangaroo Island Health Service. Mayor Jayne Bates will wave riders off from the Kingscote Memorial Gardens at 8.30am for a 200km round-trip ride on Sunday, with other rides planned for the next three days.
Classic cottage stay
MOUNT Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills has added the Coachman’s Cottage to its boutique accommodation offerings, a renovated three-bedroom house with fireplaces, studio and new kitchen set within a cottage garden and adjacent to the hotel’s extensive grounds. The cottage originally housed the Mount Lofty House coach master who would send carriages to the main house after dinner to chauffeur guests home. Overnight accommodation with breakfast is priced from $350 a night.
Originally built between 1852 and 1858 as a summer residence by politician and lawyer Arthur Hardy and rebuilt in the 1980s after the Ash Wednesday fires, today Mount Lofty House has eight accommodation rooms in the original heritage wing, 25 rooms in the Piccadilly wing, the adjacent Piccadilly Cottage and now the Coachman’s. Ph 8339 6777 or see mtloftyhouse.com.au
Explore the Murray
SEE the Murray in its winter beauty aboard the paddle wheeler PS Murray Princess. From June to August this year, passengers can save 25 per cent on most three, four and seven-night River Murray cruises taking in the waterway’s wildlife, gorges, limestone cliffs and forests. Each day features nature walks as well as visits to historic ports, indigenous sites, a sheep station, a woolshed, a native wildlife shelter, a food and wine trail and a campfire barbecue. The three-night Discovery cruise departs Fridays at 4.30pm and prices start from $666 a person, normally $888 a person. The fournight Outback Heritage cruise departs Mondays at 4.30pm and prices start from $899 a person, normally $1199 a person. The seven-night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise departs Fridays and Mondays at 4.30pm and prices start from $1349 a person, normally $1799 a person. Prices include coach transfers from Adelaide to the Mannum departure point or on-site carparking. Ph 1800804843 or see captaincook.com.au
PADDLE AWAY: Discover the Murray’s delights on a cruise on the Murray Princess.