20 Jun Exploring South Australia (Part 1)
We started with an Italian cooking class at Casa Carboni, an Italian cooking school situated in the beautiful quiet town of Angaston. We learned how to make our own pasta dough, risotto and other signature Italian dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking session – I’ve always loved being in kitchen but haven’t had much time to cook at home because of my travels recently – so learning new recipes and cooking methods was such a cathartic experience, and I would highly recommend going for this class with a friend or a significant other!
After the cooking class, we drove past the infamous Seppeltfields Road (an iconic road lined with palm trees), a definite stop if you want a picture-worthy moment!
Our accomodation for the night was at the beautiful Kingsford Homestead, a 150 year old luxury retreat situated on 500 acres of land. The homestead only has 5 rooms, and it is the ideal retreat for anyone looking for a private and idyllic getaway. I reckon the location is perfect for a romantic couple escapade, or for anyone looking to get in touch with the peace that Australian countrysides have to offer. What I loved about the homestead is rooms come with full board – meaning you can have all the wine and champagne you want served with three meals specially prepared for you throughout the day. The property also comes with their signature “bush bath”, which we sadly did not get to experience because of the winter conditions.
After a restful sleep at the Homestead, we visited Chateau Yaldara – a winery located in the Barossa, Lyndoch Lavender Farm – best time to visit will be summer from November to February, Hahndorf – a small German-influenced town perfect for shopping and eating (you must check out The White House Provincial Kitchen & Lounge while at Hahndorf!), and ended our day by the South Australian countryside at Cleland Wildlife Park – where I got to cuddle with a Koala!
There’s obviously so much more to do and I wish we had more time, if you are here on your own I would most recommend you rent a car and drive through these towns and vineyards at a leisurely pace. Perhaps a 4 day slow and easy trip would be the best remedy for anyone feeling stressed out from all the hustle and bustle.