Explore southaustralia.com Stage 4
The fourth stage of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under will take the peloton from Norwood’s shopping precinct, through the Adelaide Hills and out towards Murray Bridge for the first time in 18 years.
There’ll be plenty to do along the way with opportunities to meet the local wildlife more than once, as well as explore the South Australian environment and fill your belly with tasty treats.
Where will you start?
Kick start hump-day with twice the caffeine hit by heading to the likes of the ever-popular Argo on the Parade. Not only can you grab the perfect cuppa, but you'll be able to pick up an array of tasty treats - friendly for all diets - to tie you over until you make your way towards the Hills.
On your way, stop off at the incredible Mercato in Campbelltown to add to your picnic basket. From cheeses – local and imported – to meats and freshly baked goods, you’ll find it all here.
Close by, Anthony’s Cucina offers freshly made, authentic pasta dishes and pizza that will leave your taste buds wanting more before you’ve even finished.
In Kersbrook, head for the Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider Cellar Door where you can not only wine and dine on their incredible products, but also tour the winery and experience a private barrel tasting if you book ahead!
Things to see and do
If nature is your happy place, find joy in a trek along the Mount Lofty Walking Trail and Hale Conservation Park. Alternatively, Morialta Conservation Park is just as beautiful but a little closer to the CBD. Just be cautious of overexerting yourself if the weather starts to heat up.
On the way through Birdwood, it would be remiss of you to not stop into the National Motor Museum. Here, you’ll find the country’s biggest motoring collection (and you may even see some of them lining the streets).
Once you arrive along the ‘Mighty Murray’, head for a visit to the Mannum Dock Museum and check out the historic PS Marion or explore aboard the Murray Princess with Captain Cook Cruises.
Of course, you can’t forget to stop by Gorge Wildlife Park to cuddle a koala and meet native wildlife such as the wombats, echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies.
The kids – big and small – will have the time of their lives at a visit to the famous Monarto Zoo (pictured above). You can hop on the bus for a chance to see the wildlife in their element or mingle with the meerkats. Get up close and personal with some of the country’s most endangered native animals, the Tasmanian Devil, or be one of the first to experience Australia’s only 360-degree lion encounter! Trust us, it’s well worth the visit.
The Murray River SPLASH Festival is month long festival of events for school children in the riverfront at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge. Beginning on New Year's Eve you will find something new and amazing to do every week. The highlight will be the Slip 'N' Dip which is an inflatable Water Park on the Murray River. Other activities will include mini golf, laser tag, climbing wall and outdoor movies. It's the perfect way to cool off on those warm summer days. You'll find it located at Sturt Reserve, Murray Cods Drive, Murray Bridge.
Where to stay
A trip to Murray Bridge offers all kind of accommodation arrangements!
The Murray Bridge Marina Camping & Caravan Park is perfect for bringing the tent or caravan out with the kids. You’ll also find cabin options that sleep up to six people.
For something a little out of the box, a night at the floating Bill’s Boathouse II or The Cube Murray River (pictured above) is a must-do. The gentle rock of the waves in the self-contained, sustainable boathouse will put you to sleep in no time.
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