Mar 5 - 13, 2022
9 days
$6,480per person, twin share (land content only). $1190 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Peter Rose
Mar 5 - 13, 2022

Tour Leader

Peter RoseChristopher Menz$6,480per person, twin share (land content only). $1190 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Australian Book Review, in partnership with Academy Travel, is delighted to present a nine day trip to Adelaide, timed to coincide with Adelaide Writers’ Week and a superb run of performances at the 2022 Adelaide Festival.

Inaugurated in 1960, Writers’ Week and the Festival are unmissable highlights on Australia’s cultural calendar. Through ABR you will enjoy special access to Writers’ Week events. Academy Travel is the only travel company to be a partner sponsor of the Adelaide Festival, guaranteeing access to excellent tickets and the opportunity to meet artists and directors at the Festival.

There’s also time to enjoy the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia and trips to the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Accommodation is at the Intercontinental Hotel, adjacent to Writers’ Week and Festival venues. The group is limited to just 20 participants.

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Adelaide Writers’ Week
Enjoy four afternoons at Writers’ Week and attend special events, including the ABR reception.

The pick of Adelaide Festival Performances
Barrie Kosky’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel, premiere of a new Australian ‘oratorio’ directed by Neil Armfield, two evenings with visiting international dance troupes from the UK and Germany.

Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art
The 2022 Biennale is curated by indigenous artist Sebastian Goldspink and features contemporary work by artists from every Australian state and territory.

Talks and Receptions
Meet Festival directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy at a private reception, meet writers and artists, get the most out of performances with backgrounds talks. ABR will host a party for writers and publishers. Peter Rose and Christopher Menz give separate talks on ABR, the world of reviewing and William Morris with respect to the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Visit Hans Heysen’s The Cedars in the Adelaide Hills, tour the McLaren Vale wine-growing area and visit superb private house collections in Adelaide.


Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Check in and orientation tour, dinner

Day 2: Writer’s Week events, performance 1 at Festival

Day 3: Australian Art Biennale, Writers’ Week events, performance 2 at Festival

Day 4: Botanic gardens, David Roche Foundation, Writers’ Week events, ABR party

Day 5: Carrick Hill, Writers’ Week events, , reception with Festival directors, The Golden Cockerel at the Festival

Day 6: South Australian Museum, McLaren Vale lunch, performance 4 at Festival

Day 7: Art Gallery of South Australia exploring the William Morris Colection, Samstag Museum & Jam Factory, performance 5 at Festival

Day 8: Adelaide Hills excursion, farewell lunch

Day 9: Tour ends after breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Start & Finish

Meet your fellow tour participants on Saturday 5 March at 3.30pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide.
The tour end after breakfast on Sunday 13 March, in the hotel.


Saturday 5 March – Arrival

Meet your tour leaders Peter Rose and Christopher Menz and your fellow travellers at the hotel at 3.30pm for an orientation tour of Adelaide. We return to the hotel for a welcome drink, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. (D)

Sunday 6 March – The Rite of Spring

This morning we begin with Writers’ Week sessions. After a picnic lunch in the gardens, we head off by coach to the newly-renovated Her Majesty’s Theatre for our opening performance. A classic of contemporary dance, Pina Bausch’s 1975 choreography for Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is paired with a new work by Germaine Acogny, a contemporary of Bausch’s and a driving force in dance in Africa. Her Senegal-based company of 38 dancers come from 14 African nations. (B, L)

Performance details
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 2.00pm
Title: The Rite of Spring / Common Ground(s)
Company/ Performers: Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo, Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells

Monday 7 March – Writers’ Week

This morning we head to the nearby Art Gallery of South Australia, explore the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Curated by Indigenous artist Sebastian Goldspink, the Biennial features work by 25 artists, young and old, from around the country. In the early afternoon we transfer to the Adelaide Festival Centre to see what promises to be one of the most discussed works at the Festival. Neil Armfield directs the world premiere of a new oratorio based on the shocking murder of academic Dr George Duncan in Adelaide 50 years ago. The libretto is by Alana Valentine and acclaimed novelist Christos Tsiolkas, with music by exciting young Australian composer Joseph Twist. (B)

 Performance details
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, 2.00pm
Title: Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan
Company/Performers: Adelaide Festival, State Opera South Australia, Adelaide Chamber Singers

Tuesday 8 March – ABR Writers’ Week party

This morning join Christopher for a leisurely stroll through Adelaide’s lovely Botanic Garden. We then head to Fermoy House in North Adelaide to view the renowned David Roche Collection. In his lifetime, Roche assembled one of Australia’s best collections of European fine and decorative arts, today housed in purpose-built galleries as well as the original residence. The afternoon is free to attend a session of Writers’ Week. This evening we enjoy the ABR Writers’ Week party, joined by ABR contributors and other visiting writers and publishers.  (B)

Wednesday 9 March – Carrick Hill & The Golden Cockerel

This morning, we depart by coach to Carrick Hill, a superb historic house perched at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. The house features a fine collection of mainly early 20th-century British, Australian and European art, remarkable furniture and extensive gardens. We return to Adelaide in the mid-afternoon, with time to attend a session of Writers’ Week. In the later afternoon, we return to the Festival Theatre for a private reception with the Festival directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield. This is followed by the ‘flagship’ production of the 2022 Festival, Barrie Kosky’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera, The Golden Cockerel, featuring an international cast and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer. (Please note that the day and time of the Directors’ reception is subject to confirmation.)  (B, C)

Performance details
Venue: Festival Theatre, 6.00pm
Title: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel
Company/Performers: Adelaide Festival/Aix-en-Provence Festival/ Opéra National de Lyon/ Komische Oper Berlin, Pavlo Hunka, Venera Gimadieva, Andrei Popov, Arvo Volmer (conductor)

Thursday 10 March – McLaren Vale & Juliet & Romeo

Today we tour the Indigenous galleries of the South Australian Museum. The collection of artefacts from Central Australia and the Top End is considered among the best in the world and will be shown to us by an Indigenous guide. Later this morning, we visit McLaren Vale, located in hilly terrain south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s most highly regarded wine-growing regions, known especially for its shiraz. Enjoy lunch at one of the region’s fine restaurants in the vineyards before returning to the hotel. Later, we walk to the Scott Theatre on the nearby campus of the University of Adelaide for Juliet & Romeo, a contemporary piece based on Shakespeare’s play, presented by UK-based dance/theatre/circus troupe, Lost Dog.  (B, L)

Performance details
Venue: Scott Theatre, 6.30pm
Title: Juliet & Romeo
Company/Performers: Lost Dog, Solène Weinachter and Kip Johnson (dancers)

Friday 11 March – Ayers House – After the Kreutzer Sonata

This morning, we return to the Art Gallery of South Australia to explore the significant exhibit of textiles and furnishings by William Morris. (Christopher will give a floor talk.) This afternoon, we visit the Samstag Museum of Art on North Terrace to see contemporary UK artist Isaac Julien’s spectacular, multiple-screen video installation. Later this evening, we attend a performance of Kreutzer at Ayers House. (B)

Performance details
Venue: Ayers House, 10.00pm
Title: After the Kreutzer Sonata
Company/Performers: Anna Goldsworthy and Andrew Haverton

Saturday 12 March – Adelaide Hills

Departing for the Adelaide Hills, we visit the summit of Mount Lofty as our first stop. We then travel to The Cedars, the estate of the early 20th century artists Hans Heysen and his daughter Nora. The property houses the studios where Hans and Nora each worked, a walking trail showing where some of Hans’ best-known works were painted, and the arts-and-crafts residence of the Heysen family. With more than 200 original works on display, it is one of the best historic artist house-studios in the world. We enjoy a farewell lunch in one of the region’s fine restaurants before returning to Adelaide. (B, L)

Sunday 13 March – Depart

The tour ends at the hotel this morning after breakfast. (B)

Peter Rose

One of Australia’s leading literary figures, Peter is an award-winning poet, memoirist and novelist. Since 2001 he has been Editor of Australian Book Review.

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

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Christopher Menz

A former art museum director and curator, with expertise in the arts and music throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.

Christopher Menz is a former art museum director and curator and has been leading cultural tours in Europe, the United States and Australia since 2013. He has expertise and interest in the visual arts and music.

Christopher has a BA (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Before that he was a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions. Christopher is based in Melbourne where he is an art consultant and valuer, and Development Consultant for Australian Book Review.

Christopher has led cultural tours to Germany, England, the United States, as well as in Australia. He has also been a tour leader on European river cruises.

We asked Christopher, what do you think clients get from travelling with you?

“It is always a great thrill to be able to introduce clients to new experiences and to places they might otherwise not have visited or not have visited recently. I always hope to give tour guests something that adds to the experiences of the places, cities, museums and art galleries, and performances that they would not get if travelling alone.”

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Our group will stay at the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide.  Located in the heart of the city, with spacious well appointed guest rooms, within walking distance to most of the Festival’s key locations.

Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 

Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

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  • All accommodation at properties mentioned in the itinerary
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Taxis may also be used for short trips on some tours. Some city stay tours may involve local transport
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners indicated with the letters L and D in the itinerary
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks at sit-down lunches and dinners. Picnic and light lunches may not include alcoholic drinks
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • All tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

On international tours only

  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required, and when stated as included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Some trips may be made by public transport such as high-speed train and subway

What is not included in the tour price?

Our tours do not include the following:

  • Air or land travel from your home city to the tour start/end points
  • Local taxes and airport levies that we are not able to prepay on your behalf. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically indicated with the letters L or D in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as passports, laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
  • Airport Transfers on international tours
  • Tours may begin at either the arrival airport or the first hotel. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

Travel Insurance

We require all tour participants to have adequate insurance coverage.

  • For domestic tours, Medicare and your private medical insurance should be used to cover any medical expenses.
  • Domestic travel insurance is available and strongly recommended to cover non-medical expenses such as cancellation.
  • For international tours, we require you to have comprehensive travel insurance. Prices vary according to your age, your pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the length of your journey abroad.

Tour Details



Fitness Requirement

Grade Two

A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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