Road Trip Through the Adelaide Hills

The quaint townships of the breathtaking Adelaide Hills are brimming with cultural discoveries, award-winning wineries (many specialising in cool-climate varieties) and artisan eateries. If you’re a gin lover, you’ll also want to visit some of the region’s most popular distilleries.

but first, brunch

FRED Eatery is the perfect combination of sweet and savoury. The local favourite that specialises in flavour driven comfort food, serving up breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes, recently took the top spot in The Advertiser’s Adelaide Hill’s Top Café survey with chef Matt Preston. You can even bring your pup along for a doggy biscuit and lactose-free turmeric latte. There’s also an inviting courtyard, mezzanine library and private dining space with affiliated retail outlet, FRED Living, just next door! 

Fred Eatery
22 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate
08 8339 1899

gin stop

The Ambleside experience begins before you even enter the state-of-the-art distillery – in the botanical garden that the family-owned venue was literally built around. Juniper berries, native citrus and an array of herbs that are grown in the distillery garden and used to flavour Ambleside’s traditional, vapour infused range of craft spirits. 

Capturing the essence of the local produce is part of the founding family’s ethos, and just one of the reasons their uniquely authentic gins are so popular. Complementing the flavours, which are blended together in their Australian-made copper still, and completing the experience is a journey through the character-filled Tasting Room. 

A nine-metre-long reclaimed brick wall and polished concrete floors greet you at the entrance while a large timber deck extends your gaze toward the ensuing view of Hahndorf’s iconic rolling hills. 

Tasting Flights that include three signature gins are a good place to start, while the more adventurous might want to embark on a Gin Blending Masterclass where you will use a mix of botanicals straight from the garden, as well as local and international producers, to create your own unique blend.

Ambleside Distillers
1 Ambleside Road, Hahndorf


The second-generation family-owned vineyard is a mere 25 minutes from Adelaide, yet the charismatic stone cellar door and restaurant in the heart of Nairne will have you feeling like you’re a million miles away. 

The winery’s a la carte restaurant, Clover & Stone, boasts a delicious menu crafted by executive chef Chang Koog Lee (aka Cookie). The cuisine is a fusion of fresh, local South Australian produce and Korean flavours. Wild caught Barramundi with orange quinoa salad, braised daikon and jorim sauce, or traditional house-made gamja-jeon Korean potato fritters with miso bechamel, roasted pepitas, macadamia and vinegar glaze are just a few of the dishes you’ll find.

Food aside, there are two other good reasons to add this one to your Hills’ list.  Howard Vineyard actually has two vineyards, each used to produce different types of wine. Howard Vineyard in Mount Barker is a warmer vineyard in a cool climate; the grapes harvested here are used to make Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc. Schoenthal (meaning beautiful valley) Vineyard in Lobethal is known for its natural acidity and cool climate, producing some of the Adelaide Hill’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. 

The winemaking at Howard Vineyard has a meticulous process. Head winemaker Tom believes that picking the grapes at optimal ripeness is the key to achieving vibrant flavours and natural acidity. And so, the winemakers go above and beyond to harvest the grapes at their peak, from handpicking and hand pruning to shoot and bunch trimming and low yields.

There are also wine tastings at the cellar door or you can experience the Amos Tasting, which explores the premium Amos range with a virtual walkthrough of the Howard Vineyard story. Be sure to keep an eye out for Felix, the winery pooch. 

Howard’s Vineyard
53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne
08 8188 0203

Influencer Sarah Jeavons’ New Beauty Secret

Influencer and dating and social development coach Sarah Jeavons road tested a revolutionary non-invasive ‘facelift’ at BalaBala Laser Clinic. Here’s what she thought.

My experience with the team at BalaBala Laser Clinic has changed the way I think about my skin. 

Dana performed my skin laser treatment. We sat down and went through the initial paperwork and had a chat before heading into the skin analysis room. This was an eye-opening experience as I have never seen my skin magnified with such detail. The 3D system uncovered the not-so-sexy effects of 25 years running around in the sun, my wrinkles and skin age. This was a big wake up call for me. 

We made the decision to go ahead with the Fotona 4D Laser Treatment. This is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure to address skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, uneven tone and texture on the face. I am blown away that this technology exists and is so accessible.

Dana clearly communicated what she was doing during every part of the treatment. She used four types of laser on my face and oral cavity. It was a relaxing experience with no pain at all. The four-phase treatment went for 60 minutes and Dana finished by applying a hydrating mask and facial toner, which left my skin glowing. I was shown my before and after photos and you could clearly see the difference after just one treatment!

The team made sure I had all the aftercare goodies to care for my skin and ensure the best results. There was no redness so I could walk straight out of the clinic feeling fresh and confident!

I’ve organised to visit the clinic again in a few weeks for a follow up and another treatment, this time focussing on my sun damage!“

BalaBala Laser Clinic
Shop 1/65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 7078 1806

Charcuterie Perfection

’Charcuterie’ technically means a selection of fine meats, but most entertainers also add artisan cheeses, crackers, nuts and other produce to add visual interest and, of course, to build on the flavour. Unley Shopping Centre has everything you need to create the perfect platter for your next event.

Valledoro Saltelli Grissini, $2.29, Tony & Mark’s; Proscuitto, $54.99/kg, SA Fine Meats; Sicilian Olives, $4, Culture Shock Provisions; Sandhurst Sun-dried Tomatoes, $3.70, Woolworths;Riverside Natural Peacans, $5.95, Woolworths; Sourdough Batard, $7.50, Dulwich Bakery; Crispbic Crisp Breads, $7.49, Tony & Mark’s; Provolone Dolce, $26.95/kg, Culture Shock Provisions; Bleu d’Auvergne, $84.95/kg, Culture Shock Provisions; De Palma Ghost Pepper Salame, $18.79, Culture Shock Provisions; Figs, $8.99, Tony & Mark’s; Grapes, $4.99/kg, Tony & Mark’s; Peer Sorensen Round Chopping Board, 52cm x 40.5cm, $59.95, Semprinis Newsagency; Bowls, $6.95 each, Semprinis Newsagency; Cheese Knife, $24.95, Semprinis Newsagency

A rustic hardwood timber cutting board is the best choice, while marble boards are also popular. The shape is a matter of preference but remember the bigger the board, the more meats, cheeses and fresh produce you’ll need.


A cured selection of well-presenting meats like prosciutto, smoked sausages and salami work well. Spreadable meat such as pate are also common additions. 


Include cheeses with contrasting flavours, such as a hard cheese, soft cheese and blue cheese. Cut some small shards off and scatter around to add texture.


Fresh crusty bread, crackers and breadsticks can be stacked to add height, while fresh local in-season fruit will give your board a pop of colour. Small bowls filled with nuts, olives or dips can be used to anchor the arrangement. Use whatever you have handy, such as small ramekins or glass jars. They don’t have to match! 

Explore Adelaide’s Mansions and Manors

Get to know the real Adelaide when you embark on a series of historical and scenic tours, showcasing a range of our city’s most iconic locations. 

Down to Earth Tours offer six walking tours, each showcasing specific parts of South Australia’s culture and history.

Depending on your interests, choose between tours specialising in the foundation of various Adelaide developments, early colonial families, housing and spectacular mansions.

Around the Square: This walking tour focuses largely on the infrastructure of central Adelaide, visiting the Law Courts, GPO, Treasury Building and Adelaide Town Hall.

East End Escapade: It’s an insight into the mansions and manors of Adelaide, located on East and South Terrace. 

Cultural Caper: Uncover how Adelaide became what it is socially and culturally and the foundation of its development. 

Stately Swagger: Highlighting all that North Adelaide has to offer, take a trip back to the 1800s and discover the historic villas and houses and the families who occupied them.

Grand Mansions & Sub-divisions: Discover the mansions of Brougham Place and the Chichester Gardens subdivisions; Stanley, Melbourne and Jerningham Streets.

Hills, Squares & Parklands: Dating back to the 1850s, explore Montefiore Hill, Brougham Place and Palmer Place and their history. 

Director of Down to Earth Tours, Graeme Fanning has extensive knowledge of Adelaide’s heritage and delves into many cultural highlights and stories. 

Starting and ending locations are specified and tours can be run weekdays from 10 am to 12 pm. 

Each tour runs for 90 minutes and the costs are $30 for adults, $25 for concession and $20 for children. 

Enquire online to book your ‘tour for the soul’. 

Down To Earth Tours 

0416 824 778


The Change of Season with Burnside Cosmetic

Changing weather can be a shock for our skin. Whether it’s the cool winter air or the scorching and humid change to summer, skin rejuvenation could be the secret to maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin. We spoke to Burnside Cosmetic about two innovative treatments to help prep your skin for any season.

Laser Genesis 

To achieve an even skin tone and a clearer complexion, Laser Genesis may be the treatment for you. Laser Genesis has been called #nomakeup, a treatment that clients are incorporating into their routine to enable them to go make-up free with confidence. The treatment focuses on evening out the tone and texture of your skin while treating acne scars to target redness on the skin’s surface. It’s non-invasive and uses micro-pulse technology to penetrate the skin’s cellular layers, promoting collagen production and helping to restore firmness. People suffering from adult acne, childhood acne or acne scarring, pigmentation and rosacea can benefit from this treatment. Burnside Cosmetic often combine Laser Genesis with a skin boosting treatment to give skin an instant pick-me-up or for a pre-event treat. After receiving Laser Genesis you can continue with your daily routine, with no downtime at all. Most clients begin to see the results of Laser Genesis after just three sessions.


PicoSure a laser rejuvenation treatment that re-texturises the skin, improving the skin’s elasticity and overall appearance. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and deep scarring, as well as shortening the distance between pores, all while plumping and firming the skin. Collagen and elastin are stimulated by using pressure wave technology, this makes the skin feel warm for a few hours, with very minimal downtime. It is safe to apply mineral make-up immediately after, making it a lunchtime treatment for some. This stimulation of collagen and elastin continues for some time after the first treatment, and it is cumulative – so the more treatments, the better the results. PicoSure has become one of Burnside Cosmetic’s most popular treatments and clients return for regular treatments to their face, neck, decolletage, back of hands and even their feet! PicoSure is also used for tattoo removal, with clients needing fewer treatments and better clearance thanks to advanced laser technology. 

Burnside Cosmetic 

Suite H, Balcony Level, Burnside Village 

447 Portrush Road, Glenside

The Marion Hotel – Same Same, But Different

The Marion Hotel may not be like you remember, and it is definitely a place you won’t forget.

The Marion Hotel caters for so many occasions. Catch up for a delicious meal with friends in the garden, watch the AFL and have a game of billiards in The Shed, wine and dine in the dining room or stay the night in one of the industrial chic hotel rooms. Party, relax, socialise, experience – The Marion Hotel goes above and beyond your average pub. 

It was recently named South Australia’s Best Hotel for a reason. After undergoing a makeover in 2019, The Marion Hotel has become a landmark of hotel design. 

The hotel’s unique character and atmosphere are unlike any other – a funky pink neon sign hanging on the wall and fascinating interior design hint at the uber cool interior. With a burning passion for doing things differently, The Marion Hotel favours quirkiness over conservatism.

There is something for everyone, with tastings in the on-site bottle shop, live music in the garden on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, or quiz nights in The Shed. The food is adventurous but has something for everyone. The drinks are both classically refined and excitingly experimental. The entertainment is always new and exciting.

The Marion have totally flipped what it means to have a hotel function room. The Secret Garden captures the outdoor splendour of a coastal garden; the perfect place for a 21st birthday or Sunday morning yoga brunch club. The Glasshouse is full of natural light and is perfect for networking. The Terrace is a dynamic space for presentations and parties. The Shed is for those casual get-togethers and Friday knockoffs. As a complete package, these spaces make The Marion an innovator in the function space.

There are also 62 contemporary and eccentric hotel rooms to choose from, making it the place to play and stay. 

As a South Australian owned and operated business, supporting local suppliers is also a must. With an elaborate selection of South Australian craft beers and wines, the best the state has to offer is right at your fingertips. 

Whether you’re a local returning to your favourite revamped venue or a new face looking to try something different, The Marion Hotel will become your new home away from home. 

The Marion Hotel

849 Marion Road, Mitchell Park

A Must Visit – The Barossa Vintage Festival 2021

A community tradition since 1957, the Barossa Vintage Festival has become embedded in the local culture, bringing the streets of the region to life each and every year. 

Supporting local producers, performers and farmers, and showcasing everything the region has to offer with a program of over 50 activities, this five-day long event is one not to miss.

Barista Brewer Wine Cycle Tour 

Indulge in locally produced coffee, beer, wine and cake, and don’t feel guilty about it. This 20km Wine Cycle Tour will take you on a journey through the north of the Barossa Valley, stopping at some of region’s most picturesque vineyards and historical sites. 

Date: April 14th-16th

Time: 10am-3:30pm
Location: Barossa Bike Hire, 5 South Terrace, Nuriootpa 

Cost: $195 

Vintage Festival Garden 

This event has everything you need for a perfect afternoon in one location: a pop-up wine bar, artisan workshops, lawn games, picnic packs and live music. Spend the day lounging around with friends and family while soaking up the vintage vibes and Barossa atmosphere. 

Date: April 14th-18th

Time: 9am-6pm

Location: Barossa Visitor Centre66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda 

Artful Encounters

Watch four local artists let their creative side loose at Artful Encounters. Helen, Ann, Merita and Ava splash colourful and vibrant paints on to bare canvases and create something incredible. 

Date: April 14th-18th

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Old Union Chapel, Penrice Road, Angaston 

Ziegermarkt – Old World Charm 

It’s a blast to the past at the Ziegermarkt. Transport yourself to the 1800s and experience the atmosphere of live markets. Here you have a chance to bid on fresh local produce, preserves and smallgoods in the traditional bygone manner.

Date: April 15th

Time: 8am-11am

Location: Goat Square, Cnr John & Maria Streets, Tanunda

2021 Vintage Shiraz Gin Making 

If you’re a gin lover, this one is for you. Using premium vintage 2021 Shiraz grapes, create your own Shiraz gin flavour. Finish the day with a three-course lunch paired with some of Seppeltsfield most popular wines. 

Date: April 15th-18th

Time: 10:30am-2:30pm

Location: Barossa Gin School, 50 Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa

Cost: $395 pp for a station, $295 pp for a shared station

Barossa Vintage Festival Ball 

This black-tie ball will be held in Seppeltsfield’s 1920s cellar and split into a two-part celebration. The first part of the evening will commemorate the 2021 winners of the Young Ambassadors for the Barossa. The second part will begin will a dinner prepared by Events Chef Owen Andrews, paired with Seppeltsfield wines. 

Date: April 17th

Time: 8pm-late

Location: Seppeltsfield Winery, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield

Cost: $99 (additional $15 for Young Ambassador Presentations)

Jamfactory Seppeltsfield Workshop

Local ceramic artist Sonya Moyle demonstrates her technique and displays her talent in the Jamfactory workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate the ceramics using coloured underglazes and learn from one of the best the Barossa Valley has to offer. 

Date: April 18th

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Seppeltsfield Winery, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield

Cost: $36.50

Visit to purchase tickets or plan your weekend at The Barossa Vintage Festival. 

Nature Invented Electricity, Porsche Gave It Soul

Imagine this: it’s another warm Autumn weekend in South Australia. The all-new electric Porsche Taycan is waiting.

The car’s 800-volt architecture ensures the vehicle is ready for a whole day of driving – ideal for extended trips to surrounding wine regions.

Excitement of the journey begins with an engine start like that of a super sports car. The two engines accelerate the Taycan Turbo S from 0-100km/H in 2.8 seconds.

In the Porsche Taycan, destinations like McLaren Vale and The Barossa are within easy reach. The performance battery provides the Taycan with additional range, reducing the need to stop, charge and allowing you to cover long distances effortlessly.

The impressive interior boasts luxury and functionality, ensuring ultimate comfort between cellar doors.

With the Porsche Taycan, you may never want to go home.

Porsche Centre Adelaide
280 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton SA 5063
08 8379 0777

Photography Meghan Coles

What to Wear to the Polo

Say hello to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s first Vale Polo Classic. On 3 April McLaren Vale welcomes the region’s first 20/20 style polo match, which you can watch while grazing on food and wine from some of the best local restaurants and wineries. The all important fashion won’t be forgotten either, so begin your planning now! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Shona Joy Clemence High Neck Midi Dress – Olive, $360, Shona Joy; Oroton Atlas Small Satchel – Cognac, $209.40. Oroton; The Sota Collective Lainie Earring, $32, Sooki; Sportsgirl Wide Brim Floppy Hat – Natural, $19.95, Sportsgirl; Zimmermann Liquid Patchwork Bootie – Cognac, $1250, Zimmermann; Aje Thick Fold Cuff – Gold, $180, Aje

Scanlan Theodore Silk Tie Front Shirt – Dusty Rose, $400, Scanlan Theodore; Scanlan Theodore Tailored Drape Leg Trouser – Calico, $550, Scanlan Theodore; Alias May Lilah Heel – Natural Leather, $219.95,; Decjuba Yasmin Pearl Hoop Earrings, $19.95, Decjuba; Mimco Rebel Alabaster Sunglasses – Alabaster, $149, Mimco; Seed Heritage Gathered Zip Pouch – Peru, $49.95, Seed Heritage 


Singing Sisters Bring Back a Fringe Favourite

With Fringe still a thing in 2021, we sat down with two of the driving forces behind Adelaide’s Gospo Collective, the acclaimed community-based music program that is set to reheat a hit.

Gospo Collective’s founder and lead conductor Charmaine Jones

Singing sisters Charmaine Jones and Joanna Arul Tropeano are South Australia proud.  As Adelaide-based performers, educators and musical entrepreneurs, they’ve carved out careers that are as eclectic as the people they’ve worked with and the shows that they’ve produced over the last twelve years. 

Eschewing the notion that you have to leave this state to ‘make it’, the Sri Lankan born sisters are a testament to hard work and having passion for what you do. “Everyone should be encouraged to share their voice,” says elder sister Charmaine, Gospo’s founder and lead conductor. 

Raised by their parents to do exactly that, it’s a philosophy they pour into their roles as teachers, arrangers and performers with Gospo Enterprises, the company Charmaine founded in 2009.

“Singing and performing the way we do as a collective is a beautiful way of connecting and communicating,’ says Joanna, who takes charge of Gospo’s Jones Chorus, their education program for 12-16 year olds. 

Like Charmaine, she also works as a choral director at an Adelaide school and runs a well-followed fashion blog (@the_style_file) on the side. There’s no question, however, about where her heart truly lies.

“I’m a bit more reserved than Charmaine in terms of my personality, but when I sing there is a freedom that is undeniable. Sharing that with our students and seeing them thrive during a performance is my life’s reward. I’m so lucky to do what I do.”

Frequently recognised around town, the sisters grew up with music as a part of their daily lives. Although recalling early concerts performed at parents’ dinner parties and re-enactments of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, none of it seemed attached to the concept of celebrity. “Singing was for everyone, and still is,”  Joanna says.

In addition to being a soprano singer, the pair’s mother ran a speech, drama and elocution school in Sri Lanka. It meant that the way the siblings spoke and presented was drummed into them very early on. 

“Singing was a natural extension of that and became a central part of our education. In reality, it’s been a discipline we’ve practised without thinking about it since before we can even remember. It even felt normal when I started teaching at the age of twelve!” says Charmaine.

Choral director Joanna Arul Tropeano

This early discipline carried them through an extremely difficult period in 2020. Although forced to move their choral groups online, The Gospo Collective continued to perform, inviting guests to their ‘Live Lounge Sessions’ via their growing YouTube channel.

By continuing to practice their art, Charmaine says they’ve ‘embraced  the complexities of life as we know it’, and emerged as better musicians.

This year, their work will again culminate in their annual showcase at the Adelaide Fringe, where they will reboot their award-winning presentation of Jackson v Jackson.

Playing to sellout crowds in 2019, the show is a combination of both Janet and Michael’s greatest hits, and delves deep into the famous siblings own influences. The result is a captivating journey through some of the best soul, funk and pop music ever created.

As per all of their previous shows, Charmaine says audiences can expect special guests on stage each night, and confirmed an overture had been written by Chong Lim AM, the legendary composer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“We rejigged everything for COVID, so we can’t wait to bring back a show we know the people love.”

Check out some highlights of their earlier Fringe shows on YouTube @GospoMusicAUS

Words Jon Aspin
Images Diana Melfi