Explore 100% Stage 5
It’s a day for exploring the best of South Australia’s coast as we travel from Glenelg through to Victor Harbor on Stage 5.
So, pack the sunscreen, grab the beach towels and get ready for some sea-side fun.
Start the day by catching the tram from Adelaide’s city centre to beachside Glenelg.
In the upbeat, beachside café culture of Glenelg, there’s an abundance of contemporary restaurants and cafés around Moseley Square and along the Marina, so good coffee and delicious breakfast is at your fingertips.
The Watermark Hotel Coffee Station is a local cyclist favourite with plenty of bike parking and plenty of Grinders coffee to start your day. And for a tasty meal with drinks to match, head for The Moseley Bar & Kitchen.
And be sure to grab a packet (or two) of Haighs Chocolates while you’re there.
As you head along the route, you’ll have the chance to stop off at the likes of Simon Hackett Wines, Beach Road Wines and Coriole (pictured above) for some of our state’s finest drops of wine. Small Brewing Co will whet your whistle if you consider yourself a beer connoisseur. And Pizzateca will be your go-to for downright delicious pizza!
Things to see and do
Get out of bed extra early and meet the locals for a swim! Glenelg’s Holdfast Shores Marina is the starting point for Temptation Sailing’s incredible dolphin cruises. Offering a bucket-list-worthy experience swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, you’ll have to book in advance to play with these naturally curious and lively creatures.
You'll have ample opportunity to keep the salt on your skin as the peloton heads through Aldinga and towards Goolwa, Middleton and Victor Harbor.
On Aldinga and Sellicks beaches you can pack the 4WD because cars are allowed on the sand between 5:30AM and midnight. This makes it the perfect spot to bring the boogie boards and give the waves a crack with the kids.
If you choose to stay back in Glenelg after the stage begins, keep the kids entertained at The Beachouse, South Australia’s premier amusement park. Entertainment includes wild waterslides, an indoor playground maze, a mini train, dodgem cars and bumper boats. Catering for babies all the way to teenagers, there is something for everyone. With food and drinks available, you can easily sit back and drink in the vibrant seaside energy.
Both Glenelg and Victor Harbor are perfect seaside towns for kids to explore. The thought of fish and chips, sand castles and ice cream will have the kids wriggling with excitement. Take the horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island for a penguin tour at the Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park.
Take surf lessons at Middleton Beach with local companies Kombi Surf and Surf and Sun.
Get up close and personal with life beneath the waves at Oceanic Victor (above). Here you can swim with Southern Blue Fin Tuna, check out the in-sea aquarium or enjoy an aquarium swim with a seafood tasting platter (for the parents, of course).
Meet some of Australia’s wildlife at Urimbirra Wildlife Park, only five minutes from Victor Harbor. You can feed kangaroos, visit the birds in the aviary, see lizards, dingoes, crocodiles - there are even opportunities to cuddle koalas and hold snakes.
Where to stay
Stay in Adelaide’s CBD at the official host hotel of the Santos Tour Down Under, the Hilton Adelaide. It’s just a short tram ride away from Glenelg and will keep you close to the heart of the TDU – the City of Adelaide Tour Village.
The Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park offers a range of cabin accommodation and camping sites for those in need of a place to stay. It’s pet-friendly, family friendly and even has a brand new water slide opening late 2019! What more could you want?
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