South Australia is all about a hotpot of culture, history, traditions, trends and nature all fused into the great southern identity. Adelaide, its capital city, has been a frequent Top 10 of The Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities index and for good reason; the festivals, sporting events, its people, culture and beauty makes Adelaide one of the best cities in world to be in!
Here are some great ideas to explore the Amazing Adelaide!
Driving through your holiday destinations is always an adventure we recommend when you’re heading to a place as beautiful as Australia. With Adelaide, you definitely should self-drive for a bona fide Australian experience.
From dramatic coastlines to rolling hills of vineyards, the Fleurieu Peninsula has them all. It’s an amazing spot you must drive to. It’s also where you can find McLaren Vale’s 76 cellar door outlets, art and craft galleries, olive and almond shops – nothing beats a beautiful day out on the Fleurieu Peninsula!
You can also explore Kangaroo Island and Victor Harbor, and we highly recommend you spend at least a day at the Adelaide Hills. Adelaide Hills’ four distinct seasons each offer something different – profusions of bulbs in Spring, an escape from the heat in Summer, amazing colours in Autumn and romantic mists in Winter. This means there’s something for everyone at ANY time of the year! A little tip – if you’re planning to travel from November to January, go cherry picking at the various orchards on the ’Cherry Trail Map’.
Festivals and events
There’s so much to do at Adelaide, and if you’re planning to schedule a trip that coincides with a great festivals, there are a few – hey, Adelaide is THE Festival City!
The biggest arts festival is definitely the simply-named Adelaide Festival. Happening in February – March annually, the festival features an “outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.”
There’s also the guitar festival, children’s festival, music festivals, sporting events and so much more. If you’re hankering after an acclaimed festival to be a part of on your vacation, the Festival Adelaide site would be of great help to you.
Culture and daily life
If it’s a cultural experience you’re after, then Adelaide is just the place for you. The Art Gallery of South Australia holds one of Australia’s finest art collections; the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum has the world’s most comprehensive Aboriginal artefacts collection; the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute is the world’s first indigenous-owned and managed multi-arts Aboriginal cultural centre. If you’re looking for the oldest fresh produce market in Australia, the vast array available at the Adelaide Central Market will astound you.
Adelaide’s retail hub is the Rundle Mall – and here’s where many of its 1.3 million residents enjoy some shopping and entertainment. With more than 600 shops and a plethora of arcades, this is the shopping heaven-on-earth. If it’s your first time, you might be overwhelmed so here are some basic tips to kickstart your planned sprees:
- Unley Road, Burnside and Hyde Park are recommended for clothing boutiques
- Magill Road and Norwood Parade for Antiques
- Tea Tree Plaza and Marion shopping centres are the major suburban shopping centres
- The Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre is a one-stop destination for designer brands and homeware stores (with huge discounts!)
- For renowned South Australian brands, check out Haigh’s Chocolates and Jurlique
Wine and Dine
Adelaide is Australia’s food and wine capital, so get ready to be serenaded by full-bodied reds and delicious rumps, succulent fresh catch of the day and scrumptious all-day breakfasts!
For starters, visit the home of one of the world’s best known wine brands, Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. An amazing sensory wine experience awaits as you tour and taste wines from their extensive selection. Barossa Valley – Australia’s wine capital features more than 80 cellar doors, and this could be the pinnacle of your wine adventures. Immerse yourself in a place where luxury retreats offer award-winning wines, world-class cuisine and panoramic views.
For desserts, your sweet tooth will fall in love with Adelaide! Visit the manufacturer of jams, marmalades and condiments in Adelaide Hills – the Beerenberg Family Farm. You can also pick your own strawberries from November to April (when the season comes). Melba’s Chocolate Factory will drive all you chocolate lovers nuts (pun fully intended). When you’re there, you’ll find 6 different rooms, each showcasing a part of the chocolate-making process.
Craving still not satisfied? Then join the Choco-latte Tour that starts at Adelaide’s Central Markets and discover the chocolate and coffee trail. Enjoy chocolates and coffees from purveyors and baristas that will leave you bursting for more!
For dining options, Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End has a busy, casual atmosphere and is recommended for lunch and night dining. Hutt Street is a great breakfast spot, and Gouger Street is known for its Asian and seafood restaurants. O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street in North Adelaide offers fine dining and casual café settings in juxtaposition.
Adelaide is truly the metropolitan city that never sleeps. It’s a bustling city with arts, culture, food, natural beauty and class. Coupled with the great Australian hospitality, there’s simply nothing to stop you from touring Adelaide every few months – every visit will feel like a new destination and experience!
Tips: Explore Top 10 of Adelaide’s finest restaurants here. For the best food and wine festival guide, this comprehensive listing will be your best bet to a good time! Also, check out our Top 10 of Adelaide’s finest here!
All images credit to Tourism Australia unless otherwise stated.
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