The 50th Anniversary Issue

Our 50th birthday issue is on sale now. We're celebrating five decades of great food and travel with our biggest issue yet.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 27th November, 2016 and receive a Villeroy & Boch platter!

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Top daytrips from Adelaide



GT hits the road to five food lovers' hotspots all within day-tripping distance from Adelaide.

Adelaide Hills
The pretty hill-top scenery, vineyards, art galleries and historic towns of the Adelaide Hills make for a great day drive. The best route is a circular one, heading southeast from the city via the freeway and the Heysen Tunnels to Crafers. From there, you can drive the loop, winding up and across the top of the Mount Lofty Ranges, descending into forgotten valleys and meandering creeks towards Gumeracha before heading south to Hahndorf. 

There are dozens of wineries and restaurants along the way (head for Hahndorf for German beer and food) as well as artisan cheese and chocolate makers, olive groves, strawberry farms and orchards. 

Barossa Valley
Less than an hour's drive from the centre of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is easy to explore on a day trip. The Barossa has long been famous for its red wine, but the Lutheran settlers who came here in the 1840s have left not only a legacy of beautiful churches but a bounty of wonderful small meats, sausages, preserved fruits, cheese and delicious breads, all unique to the valley.

The best way to explore the region is to start at Nuriootpa, and meander along country backroads to Seppeltsfield, Tanunda and Angaston for a pretty drive through vine-clad hills. 

Fleurieu Peninsula
Practically on the outskirts of Adelaide, McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula is a snug valley wedged between the tail end of the Mt Lofty ranges and the coast. The countryside is ridiculously scenic - a patchwork of vineyards dotted with historic stone and timber cellar door tasting rooms, waterfront restaurants overlooking long deserted beaches and grassy hills spilling into the sea over sheer rocky cliffs. 

Getting there is easy - it's just a 45-minute drive from the city via the Southern Expressway (M2). But with food, wine and scenery this sublime, leaving is a little harder to do.

Clare Valley
The Clare Valley, 90 minutes drive from Adelaide, has more than 40 wineries, all within 15 minutes of each other. All sorts of grapes are grown here, but the valley is most well-known for its riesling. 

To get to Clare, head north out of Adelaide on Main North Rd to Auburn, the birthplace of CJ Dennis, of Sentimental Bloke fame and a great place to shop for good-value antiques. Spear off the main road at Penwortham and travel up through the Skilly Hills. The road is mostly unsealed, but winds through beautiful bushland and will take you past many wineries.

Murray Mouth
Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray is an historic centre full of beautiful sandstone buildings, many of them art galleries and restaurants. Take a walk along the river's edge, past historic boatsheds and slipways where paddle steamers once docked, or head out the sand dune boardwalk for great coastal views. It's just a little over an hour's drive from Adelaide, but getting there is half the fun.

Option one is to travel via the Adelaide Hills, Strathalbyn - an attractive heritage town with 30 or so historic buildings and dozens of antique stores - and the Currency Creek wine region, but you can also get there via McLaren Vale as well. Whichever way you choose to go, you're guaranteed a great day out.

Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Best of Italy

Rome, Florence, Naples, the Amalfi... the list of our favour...

Best New Hotels 2009 slideshow

We’ve got the keys to the most fabulous new hotels in the wo...

Burgundy, France: Top soil

“Water can rust iron. Imagine what it does to your insides. ...

Bali's new high

It’s no secret that recent times have been tough for Austral...

New South Wales South Coast

Unsung hero Flashier holiday spots may steal the limelight, ...

Gourmet Barcelona

From the city's best sandwich bar to its favourite charcuter...

Greece's Mani peninsula

Greece’s rugged and bloody Mani peninsula was once a no-go z...

Venice in pictures

Read our story on what to do if you only have 24 hours in Ve...

Great Brittany gallery

Take a walk on the wild side. Follow Brittany’s windswept co...

South African safari lodges gallery

Travelling from the Great Karoo to the Kruger, Emma Ventura ...

Iceland photo gallery

Erase the images of that volcano with the unpronounceable na...

Happy holidays

They’re following the sun and chasing the snow, staying clos...

Kyneton and Castlemaine

Kyneton and Castlemaine were born out of the gold-rush era, ...

Insider's guide to Manly

Breath of fresh air The classic Sydney beachside neighbourho...

The best of New Zealand

Choosing from the bounty of New Zealand's holiday destinati...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.