Adelaide Destination Guide
On the outside Adelaide may seem like somewhat of a stiff wallflower city. A place with lots of churches and not much else. But just like any wallflower, after a few glasses of Barossa Valley wine, the South Australian capital can turn on the charm and party with the best of them. Throwing more festivals than any other city in Australia and hosting raucous sporting events that fill the so-called 'quiet city' with bellows and cheers. But it's not without its peaceful, rural parts; Kangaroo Island, Flinders Ranges and the Adelaide Hills. And then there are the beaches, unexpectedly beautiful and as trendy as Bondi. The difference is, in true wallflower form, Adelaide likes to keep its treasures quiet.
There's more things to do in Adelaide than visit churches and drink wine. Granted the beloved Barossa Valley is only a 3 hour drive from the city, but there are still plenty of attractions in Adelaide itself to enjoy. Like Glenelg Beach, the city's most popular stretch of beach, home to high–rise accommodation, charismatic cafes and a multitude of water sports that will see you enjoy the picture perfect spot to its fullest. The Adelaide Zoo is another spot that few tourists can resist. 1,800 animals across 300 species call this 8 hectare zoo home. Don't miss seeing the native wildlife as well as exotic Giant Pandas, African Lions and Orang-utans.
As Australia's wine capital and base for revered chef Maggie Beer, Adelaide's reputation for serving 5-star fare is hardly in dispute. Take a seat at any given restaurant or café and you're bound to be spoilt for choice with gourmet meals and local wines. But for foodies looking to try the top notch Adelaide restaurants, the heart of the CBD is where they will find them. Highly commended by Gourmet Traveller magazine, Celsius on Gouger St serves modern Australian cuisine with a focus on farm fresh produce, while Auge on Grote St is beloved for its modern approach to Italian. If you do wish to venture out of the city, you'll be spoilt for choice with a wide range of leading wineries. Try Penny's Hill Winter in McLauren Vale or Penfolds in the Barossa.
From beach side escapes to city stays and the surrounding wine regions, Adelaide accommodation is incredibly diverse. Within the city you'll find a number of recognisable hotel chains including Rydges, Grand Chifley and the Mercure. Outside of the city, the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley are home to a number of hotels, motels and resorts. For ocean views and rugged surroundings, consider a lodge or camping holiday on Kangaroo Island. Just 112 kilometres from Adelaide, the popular island has a number of nature reserves and is beloved for its wildlife sightings including sea lions, koalas and birds.
If the 600 retail stores along Rundle Mall are anything to go by, there are plenty of shopping opportunities on offer in Adelaide. The bustling street is home to the usual chain and department stores as well as cafes and hang out areas. Nearby Rundle Street itself is home to trendy boutiques and bookshops while Magill Road is an antiquer's dream. Across the parklands, King Will Road is where Adelaide shopping is at its trendiest with fashion boutiques, homewares and restaurants lining the street. Outlet shopping can be found at Harbour Town, located 15 minutes from the CBD.
Adelaide like a Local
Before you book your Adelaide holiday, see if you can time your trip to take place during one of the city's festivals. March in particular is a hot time to travel to Adelaide with three of the city's largest festivals taking place. For just over two weeks in March, the Adelaide Festival has a program of innovative and contemporary theatre, dance and music performances as well as a writers talks and visual arts showcases. Another famous festival in March is Womadelaide, which celebrates world music, arts and dance with a four day festival in the Botanic Park. The Adelaide Fringe Festival runs from February to March and includes a smorgasbord of wacky, comedic and outlandish performances.