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March 15, 2023

CityMag’s festival get-out guide

Take some inspiration from the city’s festive activity and plan an artful getaway to one of these four South Australian stops.

  • Words: Alexis Buxton-Collins
  • Pictures: Supplied
  • Above: Mini Mansion on Pulteney Street

With the many and varied festival happenings occurring across the city for the Adelaide Fringe and Festival, you might be in dire need of a break by now.

Taking inspiration from the CBD’s artful activities, we’ve found three ways to get out of Adelaide (and one way to get out in Adelaide) while keeping in touch with your creative side.

Find a quiet corner, take a deep breath, and book a calm escape from the Mad March chaos.


Mini Mansion 

Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Short of finding a secret hotel hidden in the Garden of Unearthly Delights (we’re still looking), staying at an artist’s house is the best way to immerse yourself in the madness of festival season. And you can do exactly that in Billie Justice Thomson’s colourful apartment at the base of Rundle Street, which doubles as a tribute to South Australia. From the EVO shampoo and JamFactory ceramics to the art on the wall, everything is sourced locally.


Untamed Escapes

Fleurieu Peninsula

Creativity is a renewable resource but it needs to be replenished regularly, and that’s precisely what this restorative four-day retreat on the Fleurieu Peninsula aims to do. Participants wake up at a cosy spot nestled in the bush and welcome each day with a yoga session before exploring the surrounding environment on a peaceful walk or paddle. And because true wellness also involves a little indulgence, there’s room for a long lunch and biodynamic wine tasting in McLaren Vale as well.


Bellwether Wines 


Unleash a different kind of creativity on a weeklong vintage experience at this Limestone Coast winery. It’s a rare opportunity to learn the craft from master winemaker Sue Bell. After each day spent at work, you’ll share a meal and a few bottles from the cellar with the rest of the team before retiring to a glamping tent in the back paddock. Once the week’s up, you’ll have earned the right to celebrate like a local at the launch of Mt Gambier’s open-air Fringeland Hub on 24 March.


Adventure Art

Flinders Ranges

From crumbling ridges that glow blood red in the morning sun to epic sunsets streaked with saffron threads, the Flinders Ranges isn’t shy about putting on a show. The ephemeral nature of these scenes is part of their beauty, but if you want to take some of that magic home, this five-day expedition is a chance to develop your photography skills. There are professional photographers on hand to scout out the best locations and provide handy tips on how to capture an image worthy of your wall.


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