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Yum in South Australia
Adelaide and her surrounding regions and absolutely bursting at the seams with fresh quality food and wine. In Adelaide, nowhere is this more evident than at the 145 year old Adelaide Central Markets. Each morning vendors come in from across the state with the very best fruit, veges, cheese, meats and sweet treats. Be sure to stop by Marino’s for their amazing pork and rosemary sausages (or any of the many other flavours available), San Jose for their traditional Italian prosciutto or the Smelly Cheese Shop for tons of delectable cheeses. Yum!
Bordering the city are no less than four major wine growing regions! The Barossa Valley is of course the most well known, and the biggest in the state. Heavyweights such as Peter Lehmann, Rockford, Jacob’s Creek and Penfold’s are all based here. But there’s over 150 wineries in the Barossa Valley alone, more than enough to please everybody. Favourites include the above for mentioned Penfold’s who have a fantastic ‘Make Your Own Blend’ experience, Lou Miranda which has great pizza’s if you’re searching for lunch, family owned Yelland & Papps for those who want an intimate, boutique experience, and Seppeltsfield who have a great dinner restaurant and live music.
Fun in South Australia
There’s more to Adelaide than just wine and food. Rundle Mall is Adelaide’s centre of all things shopping! The outdoor pedestrianised strip boasts over 600 stores including all the big department stores, and be sure to pop into the beautiful Adelaide Arcade and her boutique shops. Late night is Friday night when the shops are open until 9.00pm. Just one block over on North Terrace you’ll find the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australia Museum which has an excellent Aboriginal exhibit, the largest in world in fact! Gouger Street is the place to start when the tummy’s rumbling. Along here you’ll find plenty of Asian cheap eats, as well as some of the best restaurants in town including Mesa Lunga which does awesome tapas, and has a huge cocktail list to boot. Conveniently, lots of Adelaide’s nightspots are also on Gouger Street. If it’s a hot night (which it probably will be), Adelaide has it covered… but not literally. Rooftop bars are all the rage in Adelaide with Rocket Rooftop being the local favourite thanks to its live music and movie nights, or the quieter more comfy option, Unley.
It is Australia, so of course sun, sand and surf aren’t far away. Take the tram to the beachside suburb of Glenelg, just 20 minutes from downtown. The golden sand beach stretches miles to the south, making it easy to find your own spot in the sun. Palm and pine trees line the beach providing shade for the little ones. At the northern end of the beach, where the tram runs, is the Glenelg Marina. From here you can jump aboard a yacht out to see dolphins, pick up a fishing charter, or for the adrenaline junkies, a ride on the Helluva Jet is a must do. You’ll also find plenty of al fresco dining around the marina as well as Jetty Road, the main shopping and dining strip.
Relaxing on the Murray
Just an hour from Adelaide is the mighty Murray River, the longest in Australia. It stretches from Great Dividing Range in New South Wales and flows through many rich farming areas, desert regions, historic towns, and wine growing regions throughout Victoria and South Australia before finally meeting the sea south of Adelaide. The best way to explore the Murray, is undoubtedly on a cruise. There’s two options, DIY, or have someone else do it for you. The DIY options is especially good for families or couples travelling together, and can essentially be described as a ‘floating bach’. Pick up your aptly named Unforgettable Houseboat and take to river yourself. The boats are remarkably easy to drive, and only require a standard drivers license to do so. There’s all different sizes available and you can have up to twelve people onboard each boat! Spend your days fishing for dinner, swimming, visiting nearby vineyards, exploring historic towns, or simply relax aboard the boat in your jacuzzi.
The second option is to jump aboard the PS Murray Princess, a gorgeous old paddle steamer that has been plying the Murray for over 65 years. Onboard are 60 cabins and staterooms, a restaurant, two spas, a library, and plenty of sundecks or shaded gangways to watch the beautiful scenery go by. Staff are onhand to organise a cheese platter, mix a cocktail and point out the elusive koalas; as well as organising day trips out to a local winery, a scenic hiking track, or just a visit to the local pub. Chefs are aboard to cook up your buffet breakfasts and gourmet dinners, and the staff even entertain you with the Captains Dinner and Dance! The only thing you have to do, is choose if you want 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights aboard this wonderful cruise experience.
Finally, to really see the best of South Australia, add on a trip to the amazing Kangaroo Island. Internationally famous for its pristine wilderness and wildlife with stunning white sand beaches and abundant native animals, Kangaroo Island has it all. Discover the strange geological wonders of the Remarkable Rocks. Walk amongst sea lions sunning themselves on the beach. Watch seals frolic in the waves at Admirals Arch. And relax with some of the islands very own wine as you take in stunning beach and coastal vistas at Vivonne Bay, Kingscote, or maybe even the super luxury Southern Ocean Lodge. No holiday to South Australia is complete without a night or two on this very special island.
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