Explore Stage 1
Adelaide’s settlement history dates back to 1836, and Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under goes back to one of the original commerce centres and shipping gateways to South Australia; Port Adelaide.
Only 14 kilometres from the Adelaide city centre, Port Adelaide is fast becoming an upbeat cultural hub with high quality eateries and an artistic, underground feel. This fusion of maritime history and hipster charm is also accessible via train from the city.
Crossing the Northern suburbs of Adelaide from west to east, Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under takes us to the world renowned Barossa. The epicurean adventure continues with award winning wineries and restaurants at your fingertips, surrounded by natural and manmade beauty.
Food and drinks
Drummer Boy Café is the new kid in Port Adelaide and has fast become a local favourite. Catering for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, their range of gourmet meals and artisan coffee is a great place to start your day or ease into the afternoon.
Situated in the beautiful town of Lyndoch, the gateway to the Barossa, The Table Café and Wine Bar is great for a quick Grinder’s Coffee from their expert baristas. Boasting wonderful eats, drinks, and atmosphere this may just be the perfect place to settle in and watch the final stretch of Stage 1.
When you’ve reached the Barossa, you will have entered one of South Australia’s most-famous wine regions. Not far from the Stage 1 finish line in Lyndoch, and well worth the drive, is Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Holding several awards for their restaurant and fine wines, Jacob’s Creek is well-known for their quality and trademark Barossa flavours.
Just a little further south from the finish location of Stage 1 is Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider. Their carefully crafted menu and coffee compliments their range of small-batch wines and basket-pressed apple ciders.
Things to see and do
The riders have set off from the starting point - looking for something to do in the Port? Port Adelaide was the official entrance to South Australia until the 1940s and is home to many local historical gems. Take this opportunity to visit the South Australian Maritime Museum, the National Rail Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum, all conveniently on Lipson Street. Or look out over the marina from the 149-year-old Port Adelaide-Neptune Island Lighthouse. Only in its current location since 1986, this is a beautiful piece of South Australian history and offers a magnificent view.
Port Adelaide celebrates Street Art so much that it attracts talented artists from around the globe to create and admire the installations. Stroll through the streets in Port Adelaide and admire the artistic talent, big and small.
Barossa Reservoir Park, and the famous Whispering Wall within the park, is just a short distance away from the race route. This incredible feat of engineering was built between 1899 and 1902. Due to the unique shape and location of the wall, a whisper can travel the length of the wall and be heard clearly at the other end - hence it being nicknamed the Whispering Wall.
Hart’s Mill Playground on Mundy Road in Port Adelaide is a great stop off for the kids to run off some energy once the peloton has left town. Explore the fluorescent yellow geometric shapes and climb the wooden forts - keep your eyes peeled for dolphins in the marina, too! With the delightful Folklore Café across the street, a quick bite and caffeine hit will help to keep those energy levels up.
Jump in the car once the race has left the Port and head to St Kilda Adventure Playground. With the wooden castle, flying foxes, slides and plenty of room to run around, there is enough fun for big and little kids alike.
Kidz Biz Play Café and Inflatable World are only one street away from the Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1 race route in Salisbury. Let the kids run wild while you sit back with a cuppa and relax, or unleash your inner child and join in!