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Top Ten Romantic Picnic Spots in South Australia

May 13, 2010, 3:39 pmYahoo!7

Pristine coastlines, vineyards buzzing with warmth, visions of dazzling sunsets over the ocean. All of these things call one thing to mind: romance. Throw in a picnic blanket, some gourmet cheese and a bottle of the best local wine and you have yourself the makings of an intimate, memorable picnic with the one you love.

Top 10 romantic picnic spots in South Australia
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Pristine coastlines, vineyards buzzing with warmth, visions of dazzling sunsets over the ocean. All of these things call one thing to mind: romance. Throw in a picnic blanket, some gourmet cheese and a bottle of the best local wine and you have yourself the makings of an intimate, memorable picnic with the one you love.

It's the perfect playground for superb picnic spots. So grab the picnic basket and an overnight bag and you'll be ready for a romantic weekend unlike any other.


1) Barossa Valley

As the wine capital of Australia, the Barossa offers internationally acclaimed wine, picturesque views and world-class regional produce - and it's all just an hour's drive from Adelaide. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life on Valentine's Day and appreciate some quality time with your loved one.


2) Bird in Hand Concert

Why not let some jazz music set the mood for you this Valentine's Day as you relax on the lawns at the Bird in Hand Concert. Experience world-class entertainment with jazz maestro, James Morrison, as you lie under a canopy of stars amid the picturesque vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Or if you prefer, you can enjoy VIP treatment on the terrace and have a selection of tapas, cheese and petit fours prepared for you with selected Bird in Hands wines.

3) Eyre Peninsula

Take a romantic twilight oyster tour off the coast of Eyre Peninsula's Coffin Bay and picnic aboard the boat. Sample local wines and produce, and watch the sun descend over the ocean, in one of the world's most hidden yet beautiful coastal hideways.


4) Adelaide Zoo

For some wild romance, head to the Adelaide Zoo for a Breakfast Indulgence Package. Be seated in a secluded location and enjoy a sumptuous three-course breakfast with your loved one. Be spoilt with sparkling wine, light beer, juice, tea or coffee throughout the morning before an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with a keeper.

5) Botanic Gardens, Adelaide

Bring a rug, some wine and some nibbles and get the perfect spot in front of the huge outdoor screen in Adelaide's Botanic Gardens. The Moonlight Cinema will be screening the tangled, comedic love story 'Vicky Christina Barcelona' on Valentine's night. Snuggle up as evening turns to night and enjoy the film amid the spectacular garden surrounds.


6) Fleurieu Peninsula

Take advantage of South Australia's pristine coast and enjoy a scenic drive down the Fleurieu Peninsula. Just an hour's drive south of the city, it'll be no time before you're relaxing on the beach and lapping up the sunshine. There are B&Bs that offer gourmet hampers on request, such as Silver Sands Bed & Breakfast, located on one of South Australia's most tranquil, beautiful beaches, Silver Sands.

7) Kangaroo Island

If you're thinking of heading over to Kangaroo Island this Valentine's Day, let 2 Birds and a Squid deliver a fantasy dinner for you at a secluded location. The seafood feast will set your mouth watering over a whole lobster, prawns, Nepean Bay oysters and crab cooked in their sauces and served with a capsicum and rocket salad.


8) Flinders Ranges

If you want to experience ''''''an adventure of a lifetime this Valentine's Day, join Pichi Richi Camel Tours for a Camel to Candlelight Dinner Evening Tour in the Flinders Ranges. After your one-hour scenic camel ride you'll arrive at a quaint turn of the century stone cottage, to be greeted by your chef for the evening. Sip champagne as you both watch the sun set before the Milky Way lights up the undisturbed night sky. As you take your seat in front of the roaring fire, your award-winning chef will take you on a culinary journey of gourmet delicacies.

9) Murray River

The Riverland provides the perfect playground for water activities and superb picnic spots. Renmark has a beautiful waterfront, so pick a spot and enjoy lunch by Australia's most famous river, the Murray. Then retreat to the Renmark Hotel to watch the sun set over river from your own private balcony before relaxing in your intimate spa.


10) Clare Valley Riesling Trail
Feeling energetic? Grab your partner and cycle the Clare Valley Riesling Trail together. Steeped in history, flanked by quiet townships and vineyards, blessed with stunning vistas and never far from delightful restaurants and cellar doors, the Riesling Trail is intimate, enjoyable and totally free. After working up an appetite, simply choose your favourite spot to eat.