Explore the Schwalbe Classic & Santos WTDU Schwalbe Stage 4
A day in Adelaide’s CBD promises plenty of fun for all, with ample opportunities to eat, drink and explore within walking distance of the race route.
A wonderful combination of world-class metropolitan culture, wine and food with the physical and emotional space to breathe, in Adelaide you can explore the vibrant restaurants, cafes and bars while you enjoy the fast-paced racing action. Relax and meander your way through the picturesque parklands and botanical gardens which surround the city. Adventure through the playgrounds, bike ways, and local haunts. Whether you want a fast-paced escapade or a laid-back soak in the sun, you can choose your own adventure around the Down Under Classic.
We hope you’re hungry because Adelaide’s restaurant and bar scene is absolutely buzzing.
From Jock Zonfrillo’s Australian feast at Restaurant Orana in the East End through to the Africola, the picturesque Botanic Gardens Restaurant to the Adelaide institution that is Golden Boy, there’s something that’ll be sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Above: Restaurant Orana [Pic: Meaghan Coles via South Australian Tourism Commission]
Head over to Gouger Street for the likes of Concubine, Mexican Society and the always lively (and affordable) Ying Chow. Or, if a quick bite is what you’re after, head for the famous Adelaide Central Markets where your senses will be delighted with all the sights, sounds and smells. The Market Plaza Food Court is where you’ll find a range of cuisines and dishes to please even the fussiest of eaters.
Who says you can’t have it all? The Hilton Adelaide’s Coal Cellar + Grill offers the best of South Australia’s produce skillfully prepared using a variety of cooking methods. The Collins Bar, a vibrant classy cocktail bar, still within the Hilton Adelaide, is only a step away for an aperitif and digestif, to complement your experience before and after your meal. Although the lively atmosphere may see you there until the wee hours of the morning.
Explore the heartbeat of Adelaide’s small bar scene. Scattered from east to west, on rooftops or down alleys each with their own atmosphere, charm and cult following. Check out Bar Torino on Hutt Street, or try your luck at a hub of new eateries and nooks in Ebenezer Place, Vardon Avenue and Rundle Street. Cast your eyes over the rooftops and beyond at 2KW or Hennessy Roof Top Bar above the Mayfair Hotel. These roof-top treats expose Adelaide’s treasures from a penthouse view. From here, pop into modern French inspired La Buvette on Gresham Street before delving into the laneway culture of Peel, Leigh and Bank Streets.
See and do
Treat the kids to free entertainment and lots of cycling-themed fun while you sit back on a picnic rug and enjoy the racing action at the Down Under Classic.
A visit to the Down Under Classic can’t be complete without stopping into the City of Adelaide Tour Village in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. The latest in cycling technology, apparel and two-wheeled propulsion are on show in the City of Adelaide Tour Village, as well as the pro cyclists and their bikes. But it's not just for cycling fanatics – everyone is welcome to come down to enjoy a meal and a drink in the shade with your mates while absorbing Adelaide's perfect January days.
Above: City of Adelaide Tour Village
For the thrill seekers, head to Adelaide Oval for the awesome RoofClimb experience. It’s the perfect way to see Adelaide from all new heights and you’ll get to take home a photo of your climb.
If you’re looking for a little retail therapy, Rundle Mall is just a short walk from the race route. With a huge range of big brands, we have no doubt you’ll be able to shop ‘till you drop. And just a little further down the road is Rundle Street – home to some wonderful boutique stores and eateries.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in one of the many surrounding parklands. Adelaide is surrounded by parklands in every direction, with hidden beauties to stumble upon everywhere you turn. Step into the beautiful Botanic Gardens on North Terrace, home to stunning flora, picturesque lakes, wide open spaces, and remarkable architecture.
Above: The Adelaide Zoo [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
The Adelaide Zoo is within close walking distance of the race route in the East End of Adelaide. With its entrance nestled in the beautiful Botanic Park, pop in for a pre-race peek at the animals, with giraffes, hippos, monkeys, birds and the famous giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni. For an added pick-me-up, grab a Grinders coffee at the Zoo Café and keep the energy flowing as the kids explore the animals and wonderful new nature playground the complex has on offer.
For an exciting and educational experience, head for the South Australian Museum on North Terrace. Here, you’ll find an incredible collection of over four million objects and specimens in the fields of biological sciences, humanities, palaeontology and more. Check out the website for the latest exhibition and be sure to stop at the gift shop on the way out.
While you’re there, head next door to AGSA – the state’s astounding art gallery which houses more than 45,000 works of art. You can explore the permanent displays, including Australian art by Sir Hans Heysen, 20 bronzes by Modernist sculptor Auguste Rodin and couture by Iris van Herpen (just to name a few). Take a guided tour or explore at your leisure.
Where to stay
Join us at the Santos Tour Down Under’s official host hotel, the Hilton Adelaide. Centrally located in the heart of the city overlooking Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is the perfect hotel for business, leisure or both! And the hotel is just a stone’s throw from Adelaide’s shopping, dining, theatre and business precincts. What more could you need?