From street parties to gourmet galas; regional events to family activities; there's so much to do in South Australia during the Santos Tour Down Under.
Pedalling across the state from 13-21 January, The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s greatest cycling event, welcoming the world’s best to the city of Adelaide and South Australia’s beautiful regions.
But the fun doesn’t end when the races stop. Tour time provides the perfect opportunity to see, eat and drink your way around the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Explore wineries, hit the surf at beautiful beaches, rub shoulders with world-famous superstars and party-on at gourmet galas and vibrant street parties.
Wining and Watching
What better way to experience the Santos Tour Down Under than with a glass of award-winning South Australian wine in-hand? Catch the action, then relax on the deck of a stunning McLaren Vale cellar door, the eaves of the leafy Uraidla Hotel or a world-famous winery in the Barossa’s gourmet capital, Lyndoch.
Wine and watch at The Hilton, Adelaide
What: Pop a bottle and raise your glass for Champagne Hour at the Hilton, Adelaide. Each day from 4-6pm, you can schmooze in the Lobby Bar, then head over to the City of Adelaide Tour Village to spot your favourite cycling stars.
Wine and watch in Lyndoch, Barossa
What: Take a seat on the Lyndoch Village Green for Stage 1 and get set for spectacular cycling action with a carnival atmosphere. Once the race is over, lose yourself in Australia’s wine capital, sipping your way around Kellermeister wines, Chateau Yaldara and Hemera Estate.
Wine and watch in Uraidla, Adelaide Hills
What: Local produce, entertainment, kids’ activities and the unique flavours of the Adelaide Hills will be centre stage in Uraidla as the Bupa Challenge Tour leads pro riders down the sweeping Uraidla High Road. After the race, drink-in and dine on the Adelaide Hills’ freshest produce at the Uraidla Hotel or Lost in a Forest.
Wine and watch in McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula
What: Stage 5 starts in the bountiful McLaren Vale wine region, where the party keeps going all day and night. Grab a post-race glass at world-famous d’Arenberg winery, Hugh Hamilton Wines, Coriole Vineyards or Maxwell Wines.
Parties and gigs
Jam-packed with quality restaurants and bars, every night is a party in Adelaide during Tour time. With more street parties and celebrations than ever, take your pick from an eclectic range of 2018 festivities.
Where: Prospect Road, Prospect
What: Prospect Road is the place to be for live music and food lovers, artists, cultural celebrations and cycling enthusiasts. Revel in live entertainment, taste delicious dishes from local restaurants, sip famed South Aussie wine and let the night linger on at Tourrific Prospect.
Unley Gourmet Gala
Where: King William Road, Hyde Park
What: Adelaide foodies, wine lovers, fashionistas and cycling enthusiasts will flock to King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala on Tuesday 16 January. The Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia's finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.
Glenelg Tour Street Party
Where: Jetty Road, Glenelg
What: Cool down by Adelaide’s best-known beach for the Glenelg Tour Street Party. Catch the tram from the city, then join the action with food, fashion and live entertainment for the whole family.
Where: Mt Barker Road, Stirling
What: Head to the charming Adelaide Hills township of Stirling for Stirling Spin: a day of live music, street performers, food, wine and the race live on the big screen, along with local produce and the famous Stirling Market.
Norwood on Tour Street Party
Where: The Parade, Norwood
What: Foodies, families and cycling enthusiasts will flock to The Parade to enjoy live music, children's entertainment and sumptuous street eats at the Norwood on Tour Street Party.
Hit107 Old School House Party
Where: Victoria Square, Adelaide
What: Hit107 are bringing a massive Old School House Party to the heart of the city in the middle the Santos Tour Down Under. Join Amos, Cat & Angus for the best old school hits as well as stacks of food trucks and drinks provided by the Hilton, Adelaide. Entry is free.
The City of Adelaide Tour Village
Considered the heart and soul of the Santos Tour Down Under, the City of Adelaide Tour Village is a gathering spot for cycling fans, an after-work meeting place and a venue to catch up on the day's racing. Watch interviews with cycling stars, grab an autograph, watch pro teams tune-up their bikes and pick up official event merchandise. Enjoy a daily entertainment program with live performances, relive the action on the big screens, test ride the newest-model bikes, check out the latest cycling gear and get inspired at the largest Bike Expo in Australia.
Alongside 2018’s major stages are an awesome range of special events. Peruse gorgeous seaside markets, get your post-race fill at food truck festivals, sip cocktails by the beach or watch all-star riders battle-it-out in the City of Adelaide Tour Village.
The Stage 5 Mountain Climb
Stage 5 is a spectator favourite and is heralded as the 'Queen' stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. The day will start in McLaren Vale, famous for its winemaking. The town is always in party mode during the race, with the peloton headed for the iconic Willunga Hill. Fans flock roadside to cheer on their heroes in what is often the deciding stage of the event.
You’ll find a range of fantastic events around the Fleurieu Peninsula during Stage 5 including the Aldinga Bay Race Day Market, the Peloton Picnic and Cinema Among the Vines.
Getting up-close to riders
You’d have to be lucky to get within sweating distance of a pro-cyclist during a grand European tour. In Adelaide, you'll find superstars of the sport strolling through the city. Hang outside the Hilton Adelaide and you could easily bump into past Tour de France winners like Cadel Evans, or a Tour de France stage winner and multi-TDU winner like Simon Gerrans. It wouldn't be out of the question to bump into Olympic Gold Medal winner Anna Meares wandering through Victoria Square's Adelaide City Council Tour Village.
Flying with your bike
If you’re travelling with your bike, check out Qantas’ sporting equipment guide for details. There is no additional cost to travelling with a bike unless it exceeds your ticketed baggage allowance. There will be a dedicated check-in area