From winemaking to giant panda feeding, from cheese making to swimming with giant cuttlefish, there are plenty of fantastic interactive, first hand culinary and wildlife experiences available on a visit to South Australia.
FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCES:
“Blend it Like Blass” – Guests at Wolf Blass can blend their own version of the award-winning Black Label wine at the winery’s state-of-the-art visitor centre in the Barossa.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate on the Limestone Coast offers guests tours of this historic winery before entering the laboratory to create their own Cabernet, Shiraz and Merlot blends.
“Make Your Own Blend” – Guests at Penfolds Cellar Door in the Barossa can take home their own hand made Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre blend in a personalized bottle.
Why not add art into the mix? Red Poles, a fully licensed cafe, art gallery, art school and bed and breakfast on the Fleurieu Peninsula, offers the “Fleurieu Wine and Art Tour” which includes visits to wineries, art galleries and artist’s studios. Red Poles also hosts a range of art workshops.
Learn exotic menus from professional chefs. Using only the best local ingredients, hands on cooking classes at Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide Hills, offers passionate cooks the chance to master various cuisines, like Vietnamese and Moroccan, in private or group classes. The prepared meal is then enjoyed as a group, with fine local wines to match.
Be a cheesemaker. Options include Udder Delights Cheese Cellar and Easy Cheesey Home Cheesemaking Classes, both in the Adelaide Hills. Visitors are taught how to make delicious cheeses before taking the final products home, along with the opportunity to buy all the necessary equipment needed to make more at home. Udder Delights also offers an interactive Adelaide Hills Cheese and Wine Trail stopping at four wineries throughout the Adelaide Hills where visitors can enjoy a selection of Udder Delights cheeses with pre-matched wine.
Take a chef’s tour of the southern hemisphere’s largest produce market. The best way to explore Adelaide Central Markets is to join food expert Mark Gleeson on an interactive 90-minute gourmet walking tour including visits to stallholders and tastings of fresh produce.
Try olive oil processing, preserving, smoking and curing at Producers of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Guests get an authentic insight into various processes through tastings, discussions and participation. Experiences include winemaking, cheese making, olive oil processing, bread making, preserving, butchery, sausage making, smoking and curing and wine appreciation.
Hand feed the Kangaroos and have your photo taken cuddling a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, nestled in the natural bushland setting of the Adelaide Hills. Visitors can wander freely among kangaroos, wallabies, emus and waterbirds and view dingos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas and reptiles.
Swim with Tuna, Sea Lions, Sharks, Giant Cuttlefish & Dolphins on the Eyre Peninsula. Adventure Bay Charters runs daily boat tours to a southern bluefin tuna farm where guests can hand feed this giant fish, learn about aquaculture in the region and then swim with them. This is the only place in the world this can be done.
Baird Bay Charters allows visitors to swim with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay. They also offer accommodation at Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments.
Calypso Start Charters operates cage dives with great white sharks. This is one of only two places in the world this can be done.
Whyalla Eco Tours offers a three hour tour where visitors can scuba dive or snorkel with giant cuttlefish that gather in and around a small area along the rocky shores of Black Point and Point Lowly between May and August each year.
Temptation Sailing operates from Glenelg, half an hour from Adelaide, and offers guests the opportunity to swim with playful dolphins.
Sample life on the farm. Try horse riding, milking cows, animal feeding and butter making at multi-award winning Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island.
Behind the scenes with Giant Pandas. Adelaide Zoo is offering visitors the opportunity go behind the scenes with a specially trained giant panda keeper inside “Panda Headquarters” to view the night quarters, assist the keeper in placing bamboo around the exhibit and helping release Wang Wang and Funi into their day rooms. The tour ends with a trip through the bamboo storage facility and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feed Wang Wang and Funi through their special feeding chute.