The V&T guide to road-tripping South Australia’s Epicurean Way

Escape the winter blues by exploring South Australia’s extraordinary landscapes and gastronomic delights.

South Australia is a unique state, unlike any other place in Australia. Home to a mix of natural wonders, pristine landscapes and a delectable line-up of food, wine, fine art and cultural heritage, visitors are drawn from far and wide to this diverse destination. From idyllic pastoral fields and flourishing gardens to historic villages and jaw-dropping coastlines, one of the biggest wonders of South Australia is that many of its most remarkable experiences are all contained within a drivable distance. It’s time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking diversity of South Australia by road-tripping the Epicurean Way.

Traversing Willunga, Hahndorf, the Barossa and Clare Valley regions, the Epicurean Way allows gourmet adventurers to experience the best of the state through all five senses. And, fortunately for us, South Australia happens to be the perfect destination for winter escapes and long weekends away. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite stops along this route to whet your appetite.

Pick up a sweet treat for the road

Road trips just got sweeter. More than 50 bakeries across 10 South Australian tourism regions will be serving up their pastries in road trip-inspired bakery bags along popular road trip routes across the state to encourage domestic travellers to explore their backyard this school holidays. Expect to find bags of goodies in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Barossa and Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.

Field of yellow flowers
Clare Valley © Lachlan Swan

Willunga to Hahndorf 

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With tree-lined streets and picturesque scenery, Hahndorf is the oldest surviving Germanic settlement in Australia, dating back to 1839. Located in the Adelaide Hills, this artisan village is home to makers, crafters, and producers. There are cellar doors, cafes and restaurants, some of which represent the area’s Germanic heritage, while others showcase local and international fare.

a country street with white house
The White House Hahndorf © South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Experience:

Stock up on supplies at Willunga Farmers Market where you’ll find a smorgasbord of seasonal delights grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula, then make your way to Southport or Waitpinga beaches to enjoy your bounty with a side of sweeping coastal views. Keen to forage for your own food? Pick your own fruit in the leafy fields of Beerenberg Farm, then sample their jams, sauces, and condiments at the farm shop. 

Girl running through strawberry field
Beerenberg Farm © Megan Crabb

Eat & Drink:

Stop at d’Arenberg Cube, one of the most unique wine-tasting destinations in Australia. Located in McLaren Vale on the grounds of Australia’s largest biodynamic winery, the mind-boggling Rubiks cube-like building accommodates a 360-degree view of the country landscape from all five levels. Plus, you’ll find a casual dining restaurant, a museum, an art gallery, and several bars hidden within its depths. Next, stop at Longview Vineyard to enjoy award-winning cool climate wines and stay the night in one of their dreamy suites. Fall asleep to the twinkling of almost-touchable stars, then wake to spectacular views of the vines growing across the sprawling hills. 

d'Arenberg Cube
d’Arenberg Cube © South Australian Tourism Commission

Hahndorf to Barossa

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Drive the Avenue of Palms, a 5km trail of Canary Island date palms, to the historic village of Seppeltsfield. Established in 1851, the charming heritage buildings host food, craft, art, and design alongside gourmet cuisine, wine tastings, and the famous winery, Centennial Cellar.

A small interior courtyard garden
Seppeltsfield Winery © South Australian Tourism Commission

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No road trip into the Barossa is complete without a stop at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Overlooking a lovely, turtle-filled pond with farmlands in the fields beyond, this is the place to pick up some handmade cheese, bread, pasta, or preserves – all made locally – or book yourself in for a cooking class with The Farm Eatery’s head chef, Tim. 

A lake with a building in the background
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop © South Australian Tourism Commission/ Sven Kovac

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Tucked away at the foot of the Barossa’s rolling green hills is Hentley Farm, where you can indulge in a three-hour fine-dining experience at The Atrium, a converted stable that dates all the way back to the 1880s. Then, drive along the tree-lined country roads to Ambleside Distillers. Here, gin-lovers can join a small group tasting, followed by a blending masterclass where you can mix a personal take-home bottle.

sun setting over a country restaurant building
Hentley Farm © Erik Rosenberg

Barossa to Clare Valley 

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Sometimes referred to as a ‘little Scotland in the Barossa Valley’, Greenock is an authentic village with old-world charm. From brewers and bakeries to cellar doors and restaurants, foodies and wine connoisseurs will be delighted to find everything within walking distance.

An old house in a golden field
Greenock © Benjamin Stevens

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Set up by Jesuits in 1851 to produce sacramental wine, today Sevenhill Cellars is an award-winning cellar door with beautiful green grounds perfect for afternoon picnics. Visitors can investigate the old underground cellars, enjoy some peace and serenity at St Aloysius Church, view the crypt, or venture into the winding vines.

A pink sunset over an old country building and vineyards
Sevenhill Cellars © South Australian Tourism Commission

Eat & Drink:

Set against a lush green backdrop of rural lands, Watervale Hotel has a wine list that showcases the best of Clare Valley grapes, a delicious paddock-to-plate menu, and homely accommodations. The Watervale Hotel also facilitates farm tours of the grounds, cooking masterclasses, and educational food and produce experiences that immerse guests into the creative process of a degustation menu. In the morning, make a stop at El Estanco, a new restaurant serving ethically sourced and sustainable food with South American leanings. 

a counter within a bakery
El Estanco © South Australian Tourism Commission

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Ready to experience the unique beauty of South Australia? You can find an array of curated road trip itineraries on the South Australia website, or plan your own bespoke adventure by using the Trip Planner tool.

This article was produced in partnership with South Australia Tourism.

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