Easter Weekend in South Australia {Part 1}

Hi! Remember me? I didn’t mean to take a two week blog break but our first week back at school after the break was pretty crazy and the only thing I wanted to do when I got home was crash.

So without further ado, I will (finally) begin a recap of our amazing Easter weekend…

Ever since our trip to South Australia’s wine country last year, we have been dying to get back. When we were planning my parents trip we knew we wanted to take advantage of our four day weekend over Easter and go somewhere. My dad is a wine lover himself and we knew he would love Barossa and all the surrounding regions, so our decision was pretty easy.

Even after finding out I was pregnant and wouldn’t be able to partake in the wine tastings, I was still so excited to get out into the country and enjoy the scenery.

We started our journey by flying into Adelaide Thursday night after work. Friday morning Travis had to go into the office, meanwhile we hunted for an open cafe (NOTHING is open on Good Friday in Australia) and picked up our rental car.

We headed out to the McLaren Vale first knowing that it would be slim pickens  as far as open wineries. After a quick stop at the visitors centre we headed off with a list all the wineries hours for the holiday weekend (SO helpful!).

Our first stop was Fox Creek, where everyone enjoyed a tasting out on the covered patio. Next up we took my parents by one of the prettiest vineyards we visited last time, Coriole. We knew the winery was closed but just wanted to show them the grounds.


When we pulled up we were greeted by the owners letting us know they were closed for the day and having a family gathering. She explained that there are only two days a year they are closed (Good Friday and Christmas Day) and the family can use the property. She was happy to let us wander around and check out the gorgeous gardens and rolling vineyards while giving us some background on the family and property.



Afterwards we stopped by Zimmermann where we heard a lots of information about the wines (and quite a few other topics) from the owner.


By this point I was starving and very hangry so we tried to skeedaddle out of their as quickly as we could to find lunch.


Since most places were closed we decided to continue through the Adelaide Hills to the quaint but touristy German town of Hanhdorf. Everything there was bustling and only a few places were closed for the day. Hanhdorf does Autumn really well, and the trees lining the streets were really showing off.

After lunch and some browsing at the antique shops, we took advantage of an open grocery store and loaded up on some essentials for the weekend (namely cheese, crackers and sandwich supplies) and set off towards our Air BnB in the Barossa Valley.


All of the bed and breakfasts were full by the time we went to book, so we turned to our favorite source- Air BnB. We found the perfect country house nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley with amazing views. It more than exceeded our expectations and we loved hanging out and taking in the views from every room in the house. We couldn’t believe what a great find it was.



We were all pretty exhausted from our big day, so we chose to hang out at the house and enjoy some of the yummy treats our host left us and have family game night.



Sidenote: Australian 1982 trivial pursuit is really hard.

Well that’s all for Part 1, next up will be our day out in the Barossa. I will be back later this week with some more recent of updates on our life lately!

14 thoughts on “Easter Weekend in South Australia {Part 1}

  1. That sounds like such a great weekend of wine tasting, even though you didn’t get to partake. That sucks that the one winery you wanted to visit was closed, but that’s so nice that they let y’all walk around. The grounds looked beautiful!

    • They were so sweet to let us stick around a bit I thought they were going to tell us to peace out when I saw they were having a family gathering. If y’all ever make it over here you need to visit this part of the country, it’s unlike like anywhere else I’ve been in Australia.

  2. seriously though, NOTHING is open on good friday or christmas day except possibly a newsagency or bread shop. it’s super weird because i think as a whole, australia isn’t as religious as america, country wise. does that even make sense? not individual people, but as a country. anyway. those hot cross buns look fabulous!

  3. Looks like you had an awesome time even with the absence of wine! The trees are such beautiful colours now we’re moving into autumn, i’m totally loving the weather. Lets try and have a coffee once it is a little less manic with school and your move. I’m totally snowed under with teaching too- it seems never ending! x

    • Yes, I just wish the temp would stay the same as it is in the mornings allll day! We definetly need to, it’s long overdue. Where are you teaching? My leave starts at the end of this term so I will have some spare time before the baby comes (like 7 weeks ?) too.

      • Same! The mornings are so nice- sunny but fresh. I’m teaching a module at uni this semester whilst trying to do my PhD. That timing sounds good- i’ll be finished teaching then too. I’ll try and stalk you on fbook and we can organise closer to the time!

  4. Even though you couldn’t partake, this still looks like so much fun! Sure the wine is a big part of “wine tasting” but the scenery and feeling you get out in the country is half the fun! And hey you don’t have to worry about a DD 😀

  5. wow how pretty! that airBnB looks absolutely perfect! good on you for still having fun at the winery – i totally would have been having a few sips along the way and i have been craving a full glass of wine so that would have been hard for me! glad your parents got to come play, love family time!

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