Fleurieu tour is ex­tra tasty

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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.

See black­do­gride.com.au

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.

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