Visitors to Australia often neglect Adelaide in favour of the bigger Eastern cities. The capital of South Australia is a city of about a million people and is located on the south coast of Australia, about half way across the country. Adelaide is worth a visit though, because there is much to see and do in this relaxed city. Here are a few ideas for a long weekend visit.
On arriving into Adelaide by plane, it’s a short 10-15 minute taxi ride into the city centre. There is also the JetExpress bus that will take you straight into the city for only a few dollars.
Adelaide Central Markets
Adelaide Central Markets are fully undercover fresh produce markets located in the CBD between Gouger and Grote Streets. They have stalls of local and other gourmet foods. There are places to eat and get coffee, and so this is a perfect place to wander for an hour or two taking in the sights and smells. Tastings are on offer and every stall will tempt you. I have yet to walk through there without taking home more than I planned.
The markets are open from Tuesday to Saturday, with live music on Friday evenings to add to the atmosphere. There are also cooking demonstrations and the popular “Producer in Residence” stall shows of different local businesses from week to week. To see our review and for further information please go to OurWorldinReview.
Adelaide Oval is one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. About three years ago the oval was completely redeveloped, doubling the capacity and turning it into not only a beautiful venue, but also one of the best in the world to watch cricket or Australian Rules football (AFL). It is also used occasionally for other football codes as well as big-name concerts. In the past Rolling Stones have played on the oval, and coming up are Guns ‘n Roses and Adele.
Before arriving in Adelaide be sure to look up if there is an event on at Adelaide Oval and get along and enjoy. If you are lucky you will see one of Adelaide’s spectacular sunsets as the sun sinks down behind the western stands. It is also possible to do a tour of the oval, or do a roof climb to see the playing surface from a whole new angle. For more information go to the Adelaide Oval website.
Get out of the CBD and head down to the coastal suburb of Glenelg. With pristine beaches, this is the perfect place to visit in the early evening to watch the sun sink into the ocean. Catch the tram from the city and it will drop you off at the end of Jetty Road, within metres of the beach. Spend some time wandering up and down the street and then browse through the shops. Grab a coffee or a snack in one of the many cafes along the strip, or as the sun goes down head to one of the beachfront venues to watch the colours. If you have kids with you, the popular Beachouse is a great entertainment area with waterslides, dodgem cars, mini golf and much more. Also on the beachfront is arguably the best playground for kids in Adelaide.
Adelaide Zoo is an easy walk north of the CBD along Frome Road. It is home to more than 2500 animals, including the only pandas in Australia. It is a leafy location and perfect to visit with a picnic lunch to enjoy while sitting on the central lawns.
During the day there are many animal displays and talks, including feeding the lions and panda talks. There are also extra activities that can be booked in advance such as Meet the Keeper, Animal Encounters and Behind the Scenes experiences. There can also be extra displays, usually during the Australian school holidays. This summer it is Dinosaurs Alive.
For more information, including opening times go to the Adelaide Zoo Website.
Adelaide Museums and Art Gallery
Next door to each other on North Terrace are both the South Australian Museum and Art Gallery. Both are free to enter and are a good way to while away a couple of hours. Both hold special exhibitions from time to time so check out their websites.
Just around the corner on Kintore Avenue is the Migration Museum which has displays based around immigration and the settlement of South Australia. Again, entry is free.
Don’t know where to start when looking for somewhere to eat in Adelaide? Why not try out a food tour so you can experience some places that would not have been considered. We recently did a Night Safari walking tour with Foodi, a full review can be found on OurWorldinReview. It was a great night out with some delicious food so now we are looking forward to trying one of the many other tours they have available in the future. There are cupcake and dessert tours, wine bar tours, craft beers, brunch or high tea, and more. Go to the Foodi website to find out more.
Gouger Street/Rundle Street
There are two busy restaurant strips in Adelaide, Rundle Street and Gouger Street. In either of these you will find many choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is not only a wide variety of food, there is also food ranging from takeaway to grab a quick bite on the go, to fine dining restaurants. A walk down either of these should provide you with something to satisfy the hunger pangs.
Adelaide is right in the middle of many different wine regions. It is almost essential to visit at least one while you are here. The three most popular regions are the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Access all three easily with a hop on hop off tour with TrailHopper.