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Enjoy Short Breaks in South Australia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Tuesday, 12 February 2008

When was the last time you thought of doing something on impulse? If you suddenly feel the urge to pack your bags and take off, or if you need a few days to relax, a short break to Adelaide, South Australia, could be the perfect answer. Here is a selection of things to do on that much needed quick break:

Sea and Shop: A couple of days in Glenelg and youll be as good as new. This is Adelaide's most popular beach destination, which is always buzzing with people browsing through the hundreds of shops and dining at sidewalk cafs along Jetty Road. Theres plenty of good coffee and delicious ice cream, a good excuse as well to mix shopping with a stroll on the sand. This is where you can also experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins when you sign up with Temptation Sailing nearby.

Romantic Tryst: From a romantic bed and breakfast, make your way to the Adelaide Hills, a place that has inspired generations of artists. The place that legendary painter Sir Hans Heysen called home. The picturesque farmlands and charming villages of the Adelaide Hills look like they were meant to be painted. Here, you'll find historic cottages, state-of-the-art chalets, traditional and self contained options and more. Award-winning properties include Cladich Pavillions, Hannah's Cottage, or Adelaide Hills Country Cottages. For something on a grand scale, try the Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House. This beautifully restored mansion is now a boutique hotel with 29 suites. Also check out the Thorngrove Manor - a reproduction gothic style small luxury hotel.

Luxury Wilderness Lodge: If you are looking for luxury amid the wilderness, check into the Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island's first luxury lodge. Commanding spectacular ocean, beach and wilderness views, Southern Ocean Lodge is situated among the coastal drama of spectacular Hanson Bay and affords guests a unique and timeless nature experience. Twenty one indulgent suites have been designed with uncompromising sensitivity to the pristine environment, the ultimate fusion of nature and luxury.

Smell the Roses: Just an hours drive from Adelaide, Chateau Barrosa Garden Motel offers accommodation set in the middle of a 12 hectare rose garden, opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002. Also on site is a winery and Chateau, which houses a collection of priceless antique porcelain. You can taste grape syrups that are unique to Chateau Barrosa. The Rose Garden Restaurant offers an excellent a la carte menu to tempt the taste buds. A large outdoor pool and outdoor spa is a great way to relax after a long day of wine tasting. Walk the garden and browse the antiques museum and gift shop, enjoy the food, wine and roses from the restaurant, stay the night.

Special Foodie Tour: Are you a busy executive who desires a change in your routine lifestyle? Join Adelaide-based operator, Taste of South Australia on its Tour de Foodies package. Featuring seven different wine, culinary, spa and golf experiences, these educational and informative tours, which range for one-day to five-night tours, include celebrity chefs, wine makers and other selected experts, and offer authentic and sometimes adventurous experiences. The wine tours offer visitors the chance to meet people in the wine industry in any or all of the five main wine regions Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra.

Lakeside Country Cottages: Looking for short but secluded escape, make your way to Poltalloch Station, a series of lakeside country cottages. These cottages are located only 90 minutes from Adelaide in the Narrung, Lake Alexandrina, one of South Australias largest fresh water lakes and close to the Coorong National Park. Built in 1839 and later developed into a sheep station in the 1870s, Poltalloch Station consists of 22 historic buildings amidst paddocks of grazing cattle and native pine forests. Each cottage is fully self-contained where guests can wander around the historic village, swim in the shallow fresh waters, go fishing from the jetty, take a canoe or a rowboat for a paddle or simply unwind on your own verandah while enjoying the breeze.

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