Discover the City of Churches... and Festivals
With an emphasis on its natural surrounds and a cool character drawing artistic types from far and wide, South Australia's capital has shaken any rumours of being dull and the rest of Australia is starting to pay attention. Adelaide reflects the sparseness of the state with a focus on open spaces – you can breathe easy and stretch out on a weekend holiday in Adelaide, enjoying the wide city streets, parklands and beaches that abound. Branch out of the city and you could find yourself picking fruit in the Adelaide Hills, enjoying a romantic stay in Clare Valley or exploring the rugged beauty of Kangaroo Island.
Book your short break to Adelaide in February/March when the city hosts WOMADelaide (the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival), the Adelaide Fringe (the largest arts festival in Australia) and the roaring Clipsal 500 supercar race. Throughout the year you can enjoy Adelaide's thriving food scene along the main restaurant strips Gouger Street and Rundle Street and the Adelaide Central Market. With some of the finest produce grown just outside the city limits, your weekend in Adelaide will be filled with the best fare in the region and a Barossa Valley vintage to match.
For a spot of shopping, visit the cosmopolitan Norwood Parade or wander through the arcades of the Rundle Mall where boutiques, cafes and bars huddle together to offer a melting pot of cultural delights. In 2012 Adelaide overtook Sydney on the ranks of world's most liveable cities, claiming the top spot in the State of Australian Cities report that same year thanks to affordability, economic opportunities and high quality of living. Book your weekend getaway to Adelaide and discover why this quiet achieving capital is making itself known as a friendly, young, accessible city.