Santos WTDU: Explore Ziptrak® Stage 1
Santos WTDU Ziptrak® Stage 1 key times
The first stage of the 2019 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be a feast for the senses, for visitors and the cyclists alike.
The peloton will travel from the historic German township of Hahndorf, north towards Balhannah and Woodside. They will then complete a large loop of Lobethal, Gumeracha, Forreston, Birdwood, Mount Torrens and Charleston before deviating towards Mount Crawford the second time around.
From here, the riders travel into Mount Pleasant before a sprint finish into Birdwood.
If you're heading to see the peloton in action, you'll be able to explore the fantastic handmade wares and tasty morsels created by locals from all around the Adelaide Hills.
Food and drinks
There's plenty to treat yourself to in the Adelaide Hills!
Indulge in one of the many food and beverage offerings such as Ambleside Distillers, Somerled Wines or Hersey Cellar Door.
If you have time, you might enjoy stopping into Hahndorf Hill Winery for their famous ChocoVino wine pairing experience, featuring some of the world's most sought after chocolates and the perfect drop to whet your whistle.
A stop to Tomich Vineyard always goes down a treat, followed by a stop to Melba’s Chocolates and Baylies Epicurean Delights. Trust us, your taste buds will be thankful.
If you’ve found yourself a viewing spot along the loop, consider a visit to the Lobethal Bierhaus and Lobethal Bakery after the cyclists have passed.
Above: Lobethal Bierhaus [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Things to see and do
While in Hahndorf, there is a multitude of artisan offerings, great dining experiences, attractions and heritage buildings to explore.
Be sure to stop into the Hahndorf Academy to explore the handcrafted wares of local artists and creatives. You'll also be able to pick up handmade candles from the Hahndorf Candlemaker, or soaps from the Hahndorf soap shop. And if you feel like treating yourself, stop into the incredible jewellers, Makers Mark, or gift shop Storison.
And if you're unsure, the region's visitor centre in Hahndorf has drive trails available throughout the district, along with an incredible source of local and regional information.
Along the way, you’ll find the likes of Applefields Orchard Shop – the perfect place to pick up a crisp, juicy apple or berries during the day – or the Balhannah and Oakbank Hotels where you can pop in for a hearty meal to refuel.
In Oakbank, you can bring the bike for a ride along the Amy Gillett Bikeway through to Mount Torrens. But be conscious of the rolling road closures during the race to avoid disruptions to your ride (or becoming one).
You could then head to the Kenton Valley Golf Course for a quick 9 holes. But be sure to pack your hat and Cancer Council Sunscreen!
Finish the day in Birdwood, home of the National Motor Museum. As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.
Head to Gumeracha while the peloton moves through the Adelaide Hills and check out the Big Rocking Horse & Toy Factory. Here, you’ll not only get to climb the World’s Biggest Rocking Horse, you can meet the animals in the Wildlife Park and see how wooden toys are made in the Toy Factory.
Strawberries more to your fancy? A little off the 100%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.