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FROM RIVER TO WINE IN SWEET SOUTH AUSTRALIA

By Anna Sarjeant



Ahh South Australia, where the ​Barossa water flow​s, and the wine does too. 

Any trip to Adelaide and its surrounding regions, is, in reality, an invitation to foodie heaven; world-class restaurants, rooftop bars and bustling markets packed with produce and ​greengrocery goodness.

​And once fed, ​visitors to the South Australian state are well advised to go in search of the wine. And the water. Both of which are on the doorstep, in the form of the Barossa and the beautiful Murray River.

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1. TAKE ME TO THE WATER!

WHERE? Mannum: 1 hour 14 minutes east of Adelaide City.

At approximately 11am on the banks of the Murray River, you'll witness an almost theatrical display of haste. Unforgettable Houseboats are conducting their turnaround; 10 luxury boats docked on the Mannum jetty, fresh in from last week’s adventure and in the midst of housekeeping for the ensuing week. Departing at 3pm.

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Don't ask about boat number four, having played host to a 31st birthday party the night prior, its ​groaning with the weight of its own sordid tales. extra black bin liners are required. ​Housekeeping ascend the gangplank with obvious trepidation, and then a hoodlum on a motorised golf buggy comes skidding around the corner and mounts the grass. A reveller from last night? Back to pick up his moonshine and last remnants of di​gnity? Alas no, it’s one half of the duo that owns Unforgettable Houseboats. 

Mark Flanagan, along with his wife Lee-Anne, acquired the business in 2004 and it’s clear from the get-go that the company’s success is due, in part, to this charismatic double-act. Mark provides all guests with a one hour pre-departure instruction lesson and judging by his impish good wit and charming banter, webet most feel inclined to invite him along. 

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Kitted out with sunken spa baths and heated Jacuzzis, premium bedrooms and gas barbecues, the houseboats can cater for as little as two guests and as many as 12. Choose from a 3, 4 or 7 night itinerary and add on-board chefs, pre-arranged catering or even, a billowing plume of balloons. With Lee-Anne and her extended team diligently seeing to every guest's needs – a few buggy wheelies from Mark demoed in the process – it’s little wonder Unforgettable Houseboats are the most awarded houseboats in South Australia. 

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2. TAKE ME TO THE WINE!

WHERE? Barossa Valley: 1 hour 10 minutes north of Adelaide City.

Seppeltsfield Winery, the famed South Australian estate just over an hour outside of Adelaide is set in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Guided Segway tours carve a new-age route across the vineyard’s historic grounds, framed by gnarly looking vines, extensive acreage and sweeping panoramas over Seppeltsfield itself. ​Newly qualified Segway pilots (guests) roll across the dusty pathways, dodging the odd Australian snake and spurred by the promise of Barossa wine.

Back at Seppeltsfield homestead, visitors less inclined to Segway can chill out with Prince Harry, his brother William and a $10,000 Lalique-made decanter of tawny port; part of the estate’s famed Centenary Tour. Stroll through rows of age-worn barrels in the Centennial Cellar, the oldest of which stems from 1851, and stop to take a sip from your very own birth year barrel. NB, try to visit with someone ‘mature’ in years; like gloopy, syrupy elixir, if it’s long in the tooth, it’s better in taste. 

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Some of the more vivacious in the group tours like to lean against Prince Harry and ask him for a taste, but it it only ever met by wooden silence. Both princes – or a barrel bearing their names at least - have been sitting in Seppeltsfield’s cellar since the 80s; bottled on the birth date of each royal sibling and left to age into delicious tawny royalty. We bet they both taste jolly good. 

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Keen to lock lips with Prince Hazza? Come in-store to book your next trip to the land of great wine and river trips. Or click here for all our current South Australia deals. 
 

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