Explore Bupa Stage 4
The Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Stage 4 will take you on an epicurean adventure through the Adelaide Hills.
Starting in the heart of Norwood along the vibrant and cosmopolitan Parade, Bupa Stage 4 travels upward into the rolling majestic Adelaide Hills. Drink in the ambience and relax into a leisurely long lunch or breezy afternoon along the charming country roads and rich natural landscape.
Food and drinks
Wake up with an artisan crafted Grinders coffee at the award-winning Sfizio Café in Norwood. Known for its outstanding food, brilliant coffee, and cosmopolitan café culture The Norwood Parade is a leading destination for alfresco dining. Indulge in some shopping with homewares, furniture and high quality fashion labels before the race starts.
Above: Barristers Block Premium Wines [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Whether you’re starting in the Hills or meandering back after, the Adelaide Hills have an abundance of high quality wineries, teaming with delicious menus all worth a visit. Glen Ewin Estate, Barristers Block Premium Wines, Bird in Hand, and Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard are just some of the many outstanding wineries dotted along the Bupa Stage 4 route.
For a specialist range of rich spicy reds and fresh crisp whites book in for an appointment only Paracombe Premium Wines’ Cellar Door experience. Taking out several awards across their range of premium wines, you are sure to find the right match for your palate.
The Adelaide Hills offers plentiful pickings of locally produced treasures. Lenswood is the Hills’ apple aisle and more than deserves a quick stop for a basket full of fresh produce. Stop in at Woodside Cheese Wrights for artisan cow and goat milk cheeses then onto Melba’s Chocolate Factory to melt away that chocolate fix.
Uraidla Hotel has recently had a restoration makeover. Themed around the historical beauty and character of the hotel established in 1857, it has been cleverly and subtly infused with memorabilia of that age, region and bar related paraphernalia - with a delightful twist. Spend your afternoon or evening indulging in the delicious food and drink sourced from local producers, makers and growers.
You may wish to explore the hip and quirky converted church experience of Uraidla’s Lost in a Forest. This locale has high quality food and drinks sourced from boutique local businesses from the Basket Range wine growing region.
Things to see and do
For something a little different, enjoy the outdoors and hand-pick some delicious fresh produce along the Cherry Trail.
Above: Strawberry Picking on the Beerenberg Family Farm [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Strawberries more to your fancy? A little off the Bupa Stage 4 route you’ll find the Beerenberg family farm, sixth-generation ‘pick your own’ strawberry farmers. Soak in some vitamin D and feast on the sweet fruits of your labour. Our tip: booking may be required so check it out online before you go.
In the spirit of the TDU, and for the avid riders who want a challenge, the Old Freeway at Mount Lofty will bring you close to the finish of Bupa Stage 4. At 9.7 kilometres long and with an average gradient of 4.7% this will certainly get the heart pumping.
Look out for the start at the Glen Osmond Tollgate. For a mountain bike adventure, visit Eagle on the Hill Bike Park. There are an abundance of trails as well as a jump park and trials area.
Gumeracha is famous for their Toy Factory, Big Rocking Horse and Wildlife Park. All conveniently situated together, this one-stop-shop can easily entertain all the family. the iconic Big Rocking Horse was commissioned by the Toy Factory’s original owner Wal Wilkinson, and construction was finished in 1981. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’re able to climb the Big Rocking Horse right up to the top of its head – a dizzying 18.3 metres high.
Encounter some cuddly creatures, over 150 species of birds, and many other remarkable animals at the Gorge Wildlife Park. A haven for Australian natives and exotic animals set in gorgeous Adelaide Hills surroundings.