Article courtesy of the luxury travel experts at Exsus.com
When we become parents, we don’t stop wanting to live the good life. We might have more responsibilities, less sleep, and odd meal times but if you want to carry on living life to the full – and enjoying some fine food and wines along the way – then a motorhome or caravan-based road trip around South Australia to discover Australian food and wine could be just the thing for you. Here are some of our favourite itineraries and family-friendly places to stop en-route.
Adelaide is a great, family-friendly city with lots of beautiful beaches to keep kids occupied in the outdoors. Be sure to schedule in a visit to Melba’s Chocolate Factory – occupying what was once the old Farmer’s Union cheese factory at Woodside. It’s a working factory which offers free tours, tasting the chocolates and confectionary along the way!
Next door, there’s a cellar door for the local cheese producer, Woodside Cheese Wrights. Open daily for tastings, you must sample the award winning Pompeii and the astonishing range of goat’s cheeses. Stop at the adjoining café for lunch and to sample some Adelaide Hills wines. Although it’s only called a café, this place serves up amazing wine-matched dishes.
Stop off en route to the Barossa to let the kids explore the Whispering Wall. In reality it’s a concrete retaining wall for the reservoir, but children will love playing around with the acoustics and will find they can whisper messages to each other from more than 100 metres away! Another good breaking point from the road is at the Herbig Family Tree – a huge, hollow red gum tree which was once home to a family!
There are lots of places worth visiting here but Whistler Wines really makes an effort with kids. Aside from the beautiful cellar door, wines and restaurant, you’ll find swings, games and family walks around the wines. Children will love doing the treasure hunt while you relax and will enjoy petting the animals – including orphaned baby kangaroos.
This part of the region is the food basket of Australia’s seafood. Head to Streaky Bay and pick up a copy of the Seafood Trail from the Visitor Information Outlet. The trail runs from here to Whyalla, marking out places to eat, see, and purchase seafood along the way. Even if it’s not your kid’s favourite meal, there are loads of fun activities they can take part in. Have they over tried shucking oysters, or stroked a tuna? The guide recommends some great family-friendly restaurants in the area where you can taste oysters, abalone, prawns, tuna, rock lobster and countless other fish, washed down with award winning local wines.
Pop into the McLaren Vale visitor centre and pick up a ‘Fun for Kids’ brochure, which lists playgrounds and child-friendly wineries in the area. For food, stop off at the Beach House Café in Victor Harbor, which caters really well for its younger diners.
Kangaroo Island is all about the nature. In between winery visits, the kids might be interested in visiting one of the two honey farms on the island, where they can learn about bee keeping and taste some of the different honeys. The Kaiwarra Food Barn near Seal Bay is also a top spot to pull in at. They serve up great food and wine, and also offer a children’s play area in a truly beautiful location.