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Known as the ‘20 minute city’, Adelaide is the gateway to all there is to see and do in South Australia. It is both cultural and cool, and its superb shopping, beaches, history and restaurants are not to be missed.
Foodies love the sights, tastes and smells of the Adelaide Central Market. Regarded as the ‘pantry of the city’, it’s the perfect place to stop and pick up supplies for your stay.
Shopaholics feel right at home on Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s shopping heart. At the end of the day you can soak up the atmosphere in one of more than 700 restaurants along Adelaide’s eat streets – try Gouger St, Rundle St or Hutt St.
Take a wander down North Terrace, regarded as Adelaide’s cultural boulevard and home to the city’s grandest treasure houses. It’s a heartland of art, history, knowledge and people. You’ll fi nd the State’s Art Gallery, SA Museum (home to the largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts in Australia), Library and Botanic Gardens, which are all free to visit.
From the city centre it’s just a 20 minute tram ride to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. This seaside playground is always buzzing with people enjoying the sand, sea, foreshore parks, cafés and local entertainment. Stroll along the jetty, browse through the hundreds of shops and dine at sidewalk cafes along Jetty Road.
In the Adelaide Hills, a stop at the German village of Hahndorf is recommended. Lined with jacaranda trees, the main street’s quaint and historic stone buildings are fi lled with art and craft galleries, cellar doors, antique shops, German bakeries, chocolate shops, pubs, cafés and a fantastic cheese cellar.
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When it stops raining and you feel like stretching your legs, a trip to Belair National Park, only 13km south of Adelaide, is in order. It's home to some of Adelaide's best heritage attractions, such as the State Flora Nursery and Old Government House, so you may even get to sneak in some education while you're letting the kids explore. There are 13 gas barbecues spread throughout the park, so you can bring your own lunch to enjoy during your visit.
Journey to Glenelg beach for one of Adelaide's best family entertainment centres. The bumper boats are the perfect opportunity for everyone to let off some steam. There's also a play castle boasting the 'Rolls-Royce of dodgem cars', plus heated water slides, an 18-hole mini golf course overlooking the beach with a Wild Wild West theme, a Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the city, and an outdoor train which circles the golf course.
For an animal experience with a difference, seek out Monarto Zoo. The zoo originated in 1983 when it was a special purpose breeding environment. Over time it has developed to become an 'international standard conservation, national and zoological bio-park' featuring more than 1,000 hectares of fauna and flora sanctuary. For a Panda encounter (children must be aged 6 years+), head to Adelaide Zoo and take part in Panda tours including meeting the Red Pandas and see the Keeper provide their morning feed.
Just one block back from North Terrace is Rundle Mall, the city’s main shopping strip. The now pedestrianised mall was the first of its type in Australia and boasts a huge amount of shops, including the major department stores and designer boutiques. Dotted along the mall are several beautiful arcades hiding yet more small boutiques.
Just over the river from the central city is the suburb of North Adelaide. One of the oldest parts of the city, North Adelaide is jampacked full of historic churches, beautiful parklands (including the Adelaide Oval), and oodles of gorgeous old cottages. A walk through this historic suburb is a must.
Take in the Adelaide Hills, home to the Mt Lofty Ranges, rolling vineyards and unspoilt bush as you make your way to the historic German settlement of Hahndorf. Sample the local handmade produce as well as the arts and crafts of this beautiful region. Spend the day exploring art and craft stores, German bakeries, cheese cellars and cellar doors.
Travel the picturesque Adelaide Hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula, where the vines meet the sea. Pass through Goolwa and onto Victor Harbor, one of South Australia’s most popular seaside towns, before returning to Adelaide via the popular wine region, McLaren Vale.
Enjoy a food and wine journey to South Australia’s premium wine region. Sample some of the Barossa’s
finest wines and gourmet food that make this wine region so special.
Buzzing with life and colour all year round this is a great place to wander sampling the freshest of local ingredients. There’s a huge range of food on offer, all under one roof and surrounded by some great cafés. The market is open Tuesday – Saturday.
You can’t come to Adelaide without sampling the superb wine. There are household names like Penfolds, Wolf
Blass and Jacob’s Creek plus countless boutique estates. There’s the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale all just
an easy drive away, then Coonawarra 4 hours drive south.
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