The Best Things To Do In Adelaide
Over the last few years, Adelaide has gone from being sort of a forgotten city in Australia to being one of the most popular destinations in the country. It’s getting a reputation for being the place to go for lifestyle and entertainment — massive festivals are coming to town, the art music scene is growing by the year, and it’s also becoming known as a popular place to check out some of the newest bars and brews.
Located in South Australia, Adelaide is easily accessible by both international and domestic flights arriving into the airport which is only a short drive away from Adelaide’s centre. If you’re looking for a chill place to go, a trip down to Adelaide is highly recommended. Many of the side streets throughout the city are undergoing a revitalization that includes hidden eateries and unique bars. Pop in to any number of establishments on Gilbert Place or Peel Street, or indulge in a classic cocktail at one of the most popular bars in town on Anster Street, called Proof.
Adelaide’s location makes it a prime spot to enjoy a plethora of fresh produce and artisan treats. If you’re interested in sampling all of the tasty foods that Adelaide has to offer, make it a priority to wander around Adelaide Central Market. This market has been in town for over 140 years and has always been considered as the epicentre for the city’s popular foods and trends. Whether you want to sample some of delicious fresh coffee and a pastry, or you prefer to try local cheeses and flavoured oils, there is no end to what you can experience in the Adelaide Central Market.
Once you’ve filled up with some delicious foods, head over to beautiful North Terrace, which has stunning buildings and historical institutions. One of the most popular points of interest is the art gallery of South Australia, featuring an expansive collection of work from around the world. If you want to learn more about Australian culture and natural history, the nearby South Australian Museum will give you an immersive experience that will leave you understanding more about the region than you could ever imagine.
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This zoo takes you on a tour of Australia, and to the far reaches of the world. With over 1800 animals – native to Australia and selected from a round the world – there is so much to see and do. There is a rainforest, a jungle (where the tigers hang out) and Giant Pandas. For the littlies, there is the Children’s Zoo, where they, and mum and dad, can pat kangaroos and koalas.
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
When it’s time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Adelaide city, right on the door step is the River Torrens Linear Park Trail. Take your time and unwind as you take in the waterfront, enjoy some open space and have some quiet time. You can even stop for a picnic between wandering around sights such as the Convention Centre.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Whether you’re a botanist or just want to relax, a visit to the botanic gardens is a great day out. Take a picnic and a book, and just take a break. Explore the stunning architecture of the conservatory and the Palm House, and see examples of wetlands and the International Rose garden. Did we say relax? You may not have time!
Adelaide Central Market
Local markets are very popular in Australia, and new ones pop up regularly. The Adelaide Central Market is a great, great grandparent to these new markets, and has been in operation for 140 years! Experience food shopping as it used to be – fresh food with advice as to what is in season and what is tasty. Maybe some haggling will even help you score a bargain!
South Australian Museum
The long-standing South Australian Museum introduces itself to you with a magnificent foyer housing the skeleton of a whale. It’s the start of a fascinating voyage through Australia’s natural history, a visit to the mystique of Antarctica, and an introduction to Australia’s indigenous culture. The museum’s collection is complemented by artefacts collected from around the world and includes Egyptian history. If you enjoy history and museum’s this attraction is well worth the visit.
Kangaroo Island is a bit of paradise off the coast of South Australia. 96 miles (155 km) in length with a population of just 4,400 people, it is an unspoiled haven for Australia’s native birds and animals. Kangaroos and koalas abound, and on the beaches sealions bask while pelicans fly overhead.
The Barossa Valley is world-renowned as a wine producing region. Northeast of Adelaide in South Australia, it was first settled by European immigrants in the early 1800s. They built towns and churches modeled on their hometowns and even today the Barossa has a distinctly European look and feel.
Just 40 Kilometres from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is heaven on earth for lovers of both food and wine. Ideal for a day trip or weekend away, there are endless wineries to visit, picturesque villages, amazing markets and some of the most beautiful walking trails and scenery you will ever see!
Forming the border between Victoria and New South Wales, the Murray River is not only Australia’s longest river, but is a hotspot for recreational fishing and boating. Departing from several locations along its banks; riverboat tours and private houseboats are plentiful, and are a fantastic way to experience the region.
Located 80 kilometres south of Adelaide, Victor Harbour is a fantastic option to get away from the city for the day. Surrounded by wineries, national parks and the crystal clear water of Encounter Bay, the area is filled with historic buildings, boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Come, relax, explore and enjoy!
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