South Australia places to stay: Best weekends away

South Australia places to stay: Best weekends away


Cruise down the Murray by boat head to the Hills for wines then enjoy Adelaide.

RIVER MURRAY HOUSEBOATS

THE LOCATION The picturesque Murray River town of Renmark is home to paddle steamers and houseboats moored on its banks. A better option is to make the short drive to Paringa and hire your own houseboat for three days. 

THE PLACE Houseboats come in various sizes and levels of luxury and have fully equipped kitchens and a laundry. The spacious decks have outdoor dining a barbecue and lounge chairs. The more luxurious houseboats have spas on the top deck for those who don't fancy a dip in the river.

THE EXPERIENCE Take in the stunning natural scenery marvel at the streaky skies at sunrise and sunset or leap from the top deck into the Murray just make sure it's deep enough. The more active can fish or paddle a kayak. This is a very peaceful holiday as the boat meanders along the river which you'll largely have to yourself.

DON'T MISS Mooring your houseboat and enjoying lunch at the Wilkadene Woolshed brewery.


Lock 5 Rd, Paringa; 0427 899 102;

THE LOCATION The picturesque Murray River town of Renmark is home to paddle steamers and houseboats moored on its banks. A better option is to make the short drive to Paringa and hire your own houseboat for 3 days.

THE PLACE Houseboats come in various sizes and levels of luxury and have fully equipped kitchens and a laundry. The spacious decks have outdoor dining a barbecue and lounge chairs. The more luxurious houseboats have spas on the top deck for those who don't fancy a dip in the river.

THE EXPERIENCE Take in the stunning natural scenery marvel at the streaky skies at sunrise and sunset or leap from the top deck into the Murray just make sure it's deep enough. The more active can fish or paddle a kayak. This is a very peaceful holiday as the boat meanders along the river which you will largely have to yourself.

DON'T MISS Mooring your houseboat and enjoying lunch and a craft beer at Wilkadene Woolshed brewery.

IDEAL FOR Couples and families keen for a holiday afloat.

FROM $2300 for a four-bedroom houseboat for three nights excluding fuel. Anne Hyland

HOTEL CALIFORNIA ROAD AT INK WELL WINES

377 California Rd, Tatachilla; 0468 883 776; 


Hotel California. Photo: Heidi Linehan

THE LOCATION Is an hour's drive from Adelaide Airport in the heart of McLaren Vale.

THE PLACE Part micro hotel part cellar door and an exercise in sustainability this off grid citadel is fabricated from 20 shipping containers and painted in several shades of grey. Unusual? Certainly but it's also striking and strangely at home atop its valley of vines. Inside the 20 containers have been converted into a whole that is light spacious and interesting.

THE EXPERIENCE Downstairs guests are self containered in three suites with a courtyard plus fire-pit. An amazing suite decor offers sleek contemporary fixtures against a white canvas warmed with thick carpet and woven rugs. An elegant stand alone bath overlooking the valley entices you to sup and soak. Upstairs vintners Dudley Brown and Irina Santiago Brown host daytime tastings of their organic wines.

DON'T MISS A sunset fizz on the viewing deck before a 4 kilometer walk or Uber ride to the nearest restaurant the very fine Salopian Inn. After emptying the fridge of breakfast goodies, you can drive five minutes to beautiful Maslin Beach or Ten minutes to the new D'Arenberg Cube another chance to admire architectural chutzpah with a glass of vino.

IDEAL FOR Couples that appreciate their Grand Designs like their grand cru.

FROM $300 a night. Max Anderson


SEYMOUR COTTAGE

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island; (08) 8553 4410;


Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Photo: Ben Goode

THE LOCATION Kangaroo Island sits South Australia's oldest lighthouse built in 1852. To find it you must drive down a very long tree lined gravel road at the end of that framed perfectly is the sentinel like lighthouse.

THE PLACE Huddled at the lighthouse base are three cottages 2 of which are for rent. Seymour Cottage was built around 1930 and has a wide verandah that's perfect for watching the sunset as well as busy families of kangaroos. If you are lucky you may also spy a passing whale. The inside is decorated with a nautical theme and with five bedrooms it can sleep eight. The living area is spacious and comfortable though there's only one bathroom and no washing machine.

THE EXPERIENCE The closest grocery store about a half hour drive so do bring your own food and beverages. The cottage is stocked with board games just and there is no TV or mobile phone reception.

DON'T MISS The lighthouse keeper's tour or take an easy hike down to the water's edge where you will see the wreckage of many boats that failed to heed the lighthouse's warning.

IDEAL FOR Anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

FROM $225 a night. Anne Hyland

THE MAYFAIR HOTEL


45 King William St, Adelaide; (08) 8210 8888


The Mayfair Hotel. Photo: Peter E. Barnes

THE LOCATION In 1934 built former Colonial Mutual Life Assurance headquarters at the corner of King William and Hindley Streets the Mayfair couldn't be more central to city life.

THE PLACE  $55 million makeover in 2015 turned what was Adelaide's tallest building into a 5 star boutique hotel. 170 room property remains the original heritage listed facade and exudes a sense of luxury that is both nostalgic and very contemporary. The rooms are big plush and well appointed.

THE EXPERIENCE The Mayflower Restaurant and Bar is a favorite with locals as is the Hennessy rooftop bar. Staff combine 5 star service with Adelaide charm and the package is upscale rather than big scale.

DON'T MISS A lie in on the Mayfair's award winning beds which after research involving no less than 30 other beds were specially designed by venerable Australian manufacturer A.H. Beard. The room furniture is manufactured locally but that signature bed makes Adelaide an already great place to wake up in even better.

IDEAL FOR Weary business travelers festival goers and micro breakers.

FROM $200 a night. Brook Turner

ADINA ADELAIDE TREASURY


2 Flinders St, Adelaide; (08) 8112 0000;


Adina Adelaide Treasury. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION Housed in the former Treasury buildings on King William Street center of South Australia's administrative and governmental affairs for 120 years the hotel is an easy walk to city highlights like the Central Market Rundle Street East and North Terrace.

THE PLACE Victorian buildings that makes up the Treasury site were built in boomtime Adelaide was flowing back from Victoria to fund the purchase of land. The hotel is clean and comfortable. What it has in spades is scale: the stairwells and landings are palatial the rooms large all with kitchen facilities and many sport balconies over the courtyard.

THE EXPERIENCE The outside may be imposing but the hotel is reminiscent of a big country pub. As an apartment establishment you would hardly stay here for atmosphere or edge but it's spacious functional and central.

DON'T MISS In addition to free Wi-Fi and as many kitchen utensils as you could possibly need there's a compact indoor pool that's equally suitable for kids families and lap swimmers.

IDEAL FOR Families and people on a budget.

FROM $139 a night. Brook Turner


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