Feature: Art Gallery of South Australia; photo by Saul Steed.
Looking back at previous long weekend guides we’ve done, this one is going to be a little different — but thanks to easing restrictions in South Australia, it’s not just a list of virtual tastings and Zoom presentations by various businesses.
There are lots of businesses opening and getting back on their feet, so let’s get behind South Australia and support local.
(Just do so sensibly and keep up the social distancing, good hygiene, and covid-safe practices!)
Things To Do
The Art Gallery is reopening its doors ahead of the long weekend on Friday, 5 June, following updated guidelines from the South Australian Government after its temporary closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information, visit www.agsa.sa.gov.au.
With the park having re-opened not long ago, pack the kids into the car and head on over to explore wander the grounds with a new self-guided trail and meet all the animals — you can even hand feed a kangaroo!
The park is open all long weekend from 9:30am to 5pm.
The Adelaide Gaol Tours are back! Pick from the following tours:
- 2hr Ghost Tour | $44
- 4hr Ghost Tour/Short Investigation | $80
- 3hr Dedicated Paranormal Investigation | $80
For all tour dates and times, and to book, visit bookeo.com/adelaideghosttours. Tours will be running on Saturday, June 6 and Monday, June 8.
Make a morning of your grocery shopping! Find local farming families selling their fresh, seasonal produce, artisanal bakers, pastured eggs, free range pork and beef, native flowers and much more. (There are coffee and breakfast options too!)
Recently, the Farmer’s Market has relocated, offering more space and less overcrowding. For more information, head here.
The beautiful venue nestled in the Adelaide Hills is re-opening in time for you to have a truly spectacular long weekend. Hardys Verandah is offering their usual four-course alacarte and seven-course degustation menus, plus Mount Lofty House’s normal spa service in the Stables day spa is back up and running.
For more information, visit mtloftyhouse.com.au.
With restrictions on cellar doors easing, Maxwell Wines are amongst the wineries eager to welcome people back. They’re so excited that they’ve introduced a number of new activities you can partake in on the grounds!
Head over here to read more about what you can do at Maxwell over the long weekend or check out more about their unique mushroom picking experience in a 100-year-old lime cave.
The mainland drive in re-opened just this week and it’s a great way to get that big screen experience at a safe distance. Book your tickets ahead and don’t forget the popcorn!
For more information, visit wallis.com.au/cinemas/mainline-drive-in.
The autumn colours may be melting away, but a walk will get you out of the house and feeling good. Check out our guide to Adelaide’s best autumn walking trails, lace up your sneakers, and get going!
Indoor dining is back, baby! Albeit in a limited capacity. Why not go through our guide to venues open for indoor dining and pick a venue (or two!) to go out for dinner one night — just make sure you call and book in advance.
If You’re Staying In
Some of you might simply opt for a sleep in and a lazy weekend (particularly those of you not working from home), so here are some ideas to keep you occupied and make the most of your leisurely long weekend.
Check out our list of local businesses delivering hampers or packs of amazing, local cheeses right to your door and order one for the long weekend! Set up your beautiful cheeseboard, sit back, and relax!
Order yourself a pack of insanely fresh, entirely delicious oysters to be delivered to your home and give your dinner (or pre-dinner snack?) a fancy, seaside twist.
You can order your oysters for $14/dozen here: mookaoysters.com.au/new-products.
The South Australian Tourism Commission launched #SATV so that we can explore the beauty of our state from the comfort of home. From professional star-gazers to gin distillers, world-class chefs and shark cage divers, travel online throughout South Australia and support your favourite operator through this challenging time.
You can expect fresh video content each week so that you can learn from our tourism folk, ask questions (as if you were on tour), or “kick back” somewhere in the great outdoors.