Christmas Getaways in South Australia

by Joseph Ellis on September 8, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you got a trip planned? There’s something unique about Christmas in a small town, I’d say. Here are some ideas for Christmas getaways in South Australia – known as the wine and seafood capital of Australia.

Cozy Christmas

Stirling Hotel. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Brace yourself! Christmas is coming! Ever thought of spending the occasion in a small, cozy town? Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills (just twenty minutes from the city’s CBD area) offers many holiday homes built in the 1800s that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation. The tree-lined main street has a good collection of cafes, restaurants and shops. Many of Stirling’s magnificent ‘English’ gardens are accessible to visitors via the Open Garden Scheme. It’s the home of boutique wineries, country markets, art galleries and charming villages. Cosy pub meals, scenic drives and nature walks — your holiday calendar is completely booked! During your stay, make a visit to Lobethal and Loxton to see the Christmas lights.

Holiday Retreat

North Star Hotel. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

North Star Hotel. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

If you want something new, make a trip to Melrose, a rural community offering a pleasant holiday retreat. Nestled at the foot of Mount Remarkable National Park, many of the town’s features are within walking distance. Climb to the War Memorial for a panoramic view over the Willochra Plain or to Lookout Hill near the water tanks. The North Star Inn is a unique place to stay with a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, and some themed rooms. Food is mostly locally-produced organic and Mum’s Kitchen turns out wholesome country cuisine. More accommodation can be found in the town, including holiday units and a caravan park.

Celebrate Underground

Underground Home Coober Pedy. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Underground Home Coober Pedy. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

At least once in your life, you have to visit Coober Pedy. Why not do it during the festive season? Here, in the opal mining outpost, you will find the population living in underground dugouts to escape high temperatures in summer. It’s a fascinating and friendly place to visit. You find underground hotels, restaurants, bars, an underground church, and a golf course without a blade of grass. Coober Pedy has some 4,000 residents from more than 40 countries. The town produces most of the world’s opals. Town tours feature underground homes and opal mines, an art gallery and pottery. There’s also a host of awesome natural landscapes, including the Painted Desert, the Moon Plain and the Breakaways. Incidentally, these great desert locations have attracted film makers from around world, for movies including Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Ground Zero, Pitch Black and Val Kilmer’s, Red Planet. You just never know who might be filming there during this time.

DIARY OF EVENTS

Royal Adelaide Show

4-13 Sep

Royal Adelaide Show. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Royal Adelaide Show. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.

Tarnanthi

8-18 Oct

Tarnanthi. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Tarnanthi. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Tarnanthi, the inaugural festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, feature artists from across the country and with key cultural institutions across South Australia, to showcase the extraordinary, the significant and the unique, to challenge the existing preconceptions of Aboriginal art.

Oz Asia Festival

23–4 Oct

OzAsia runs for a fortnight and features performances, events and exhibitions celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia. Highlights include the Moon Lantern Festival, which attracts 15,000 people to experience the ambient lighting of the full moon in Adelaide’s Elder Park.

Ceduna Oyster Festival

3-4 Oct

The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with entertainment for all ages, and an abundance of oysters on offer.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations

15-18 Oct

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Photo credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Australia’s favourite spring time wine festival is in Coonawarra! The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend is rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed! Choose from over 30 exciting events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra’s outstanding cellar doors. The weekend will be filled with great food, sensational wine, and live music.

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