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A rAdelaide weekend

A rAdelaide weekend

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Brenton Ragless, Adelaide's Nine News weather presenter, came to our rescue when we wanted to show you some good things to do on a weekend in the city of churches. Having grown up there he knows the ins and outs.


It wasn't the holidays if Brenton's parents didn't treat the family to a day at Magic Mountain. Twenty-five years on, the Beachouse continues to provide enjoyable family outings. It's an easy drive or 20-minute tram ride from the city.

The Beachouse opened in 2006 and the site it sits on was the site of Adelaide's Luna Park in 1930. They kept the original carousel which pleased many people. It's Australia's oldest and is steeped in history.

There are no big entry fees — you buy a Fun Card and they load $1 credits for the amusements you fancy. There are slides, rides and games and if you don't use them they're valid for the next visit.

The ferris wheel takes six minutes to do a full circle and has pretty good views. An 18-hole mini golf course has a Wild West theme and is circled by a little train. If the weather's warm, pack your bathers for some fun on the waterslides.

There's a cafe on-site and everything is made in-house every day.

The Toy Factory

In Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills, everyone will be thrilled by a visit to the real, working toy factory. It's also home to the world's biggest rocking horse. They proudly create marvellous, quality wooden toys and on a guided tour you will see craftsmen hard at work.

There's an array of doll houses, puzzles, mobiles, playhouse furniture, pull-alongs and push-alongs and they can all be purchased online.

In their Wildlife Park you can feed animals and birds and enjoy the native flora.

Adelaide Hills Market

Housed in the old woollen mills in Lobethal you will find an emporium-style market. It opens at 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you will delight in fresh produce, gourmet food, paintings, furniture, clothing, Creswick woollen products, homewares and handmade arts and crafts.

There's a winery and cafe, and being surrounded by the Adelaide Hills, it captures the essence of the area.

Sticky Rice Cooking School

Also in the Adelaide Hills, Sticky Rice is attracting budding and experienced cooks keen to take a gastronomic journey. Through the delights of food you can visit Morocco, Spain, India and many parts of Asia.

A three tonne Buddha greets visitors who go to learn the secrets of top chefs who are invited to hold classes. It's hands-on and wonderful fresh ingredients are used. Half-way through there's a break for a chat, nibble and a glass of South Australian wine.

Murray River Houseboat

The home of houseboating in Australia surely is the Mighty Murray River. There are 2375km of meandering river to enjoy, rising in the Australian Alps, across inland plains, forming a border between New South Wales and Victoria and ending at the mouth of Lake Alexandrina in South Australia.

For many years, families, couples and groups of friends have been stocking up on food and wine and taking off on a floating break.

White Houseboats have two craft and manage seven others. The five-star Whitewater accommodates up to 12 people in six bedrooms, complete with luxurious white linen. Four of the bedrooms have ensuite facilities.

The décor is quite stunning. There are comfortable leather lounges, designer kitchen with granite benchtops and stainless steel appliances, icemaker, dishwasher and coffee machine. There's even a washing machine and dryer.

Ducted air-conditioning goes to all rooms, there is a four-burner stainless steel barbecue, closed circuit television to rear deck and LCD television with DVD surround sound in each room and rear lounge.

A retractable electric boarding platform, a large rear swimdeck with two ski boats for easy towing, a large covered and carpeted sundeck and cedar gas heated spa.

So there you have it — whether you're a proud South Australian like Brenton or telling your interstate friends and family about how good it is, we hope you have enjoy the choices.

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Things to do on weekends around Adelaide.


Beachouse entry is free. To access rides you need a $2 Fun Card. You can top it with credits depending on the rides and games you want to enjoy. Credits are $1 each. It's open from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 5pm, on Friday from 10am until late, Saturday from 9am until late and Sunday between 9am and 7pm.

The Toy Factory is open every day between 9am and 5pm.

Sticky Rice Cooking School four-hour Tastes of Thailand classes are $125 per person. That includes all ingredients, tuition, hands-on cooking, lunch or dinner and wine and beer. Classes run year-round. Check dates on their website.

White Houseboats rental costs $3100 for a three-night weekend, $3200 for four nights mid-week and $4300 for seven days.

Prices correct at August 26, 2010.

For further information

The Beachouse
Colley Terrace
Ph: (08) 8295 1511
Fax: (08) 8295 6545

The Toy Factory
Main Road
Gumeracha 5233
Ph: (08) 8389 1085

Heart of the Hills Markets
1 Lobethal Road
Lobethal 5241
Ph: (08) 8389 5615

Sticky Rice Cooking School
96 Old Mt Barker Road
Ph: (08) 8339 1314

White Houseboats
PO Box 512
Unley 5061
Ph: 0418 817 110

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