Adelaide is known locally as the ‘20 minute city’ and is one of the only cities in Australia where you can be swimming in the ocean, meandering through the vineyards or enjoying internationally acclaimed food, all within a short drive.
In Australia, Adelaide is unusual in that it was settled entirely by free settlers. Those who came to Adelaide chose stone to create a dignified city that stood for both civility and calm.
Today, Adelaide remains a city dedicated to refined taste, extending from its elegant buildings and boulevards to its restaurants and galleries.
Adelaide has a compact cultural core, surrounded by rolling hills and world-class beaches. Suburban parks and private gardens are dotted throughout the city, making Adelaide one of the most beautiful and serene cities of Australia.
Yet it is also a city with a soul. As, arguably, Australia’s cultural capital – it is home to the biennial Adelaide Festival, WOMAdelaide, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Adelaide fashion Festival. It is with good reason that South Australia is widely known as ‘The Festival State’.
Within Adelaide city’s square–mile, you’ll discover well over 100 restaurants with a diverse offering that is certain to cater for every taste and budget. With a climate that’s ideal for alfresco dining, the streets of Adelaide come alive every evening with the sounds and smells of food from the Mediterranean, Asia and modern Australia.
Since 1869, The Adelaide Central Market has been an institution for food lovers. Today it’s the biggest covered produce market in the Southern hemisphere, abuzz with colour, passionate personalities and all things delicious.
Adelaide is also the gateway to a host of attractions in South Australia. Enjoy a country drive through the Adelaide Hills, home to Cleland Wildlife Park and the authentically German town ‘Hahndorf’.
The Barossa is about an hour north of Adelaide. It’s one of the world’s most famous wine regions. You’ll find revered wineries like Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass and Penfolds, along with a number of boutique wineries, great bakeries and country pubs.
Around two hours north of Adelaide is the Clare Valley. Explore the area by cycling or walking along the Riesling Trail. Drive north of Clare and you’ll be heading to the outback.
The Flinders Ranges dominate this area and will have you marvelling at their beauty and the animals they provide a home for. Look for opals, stay in an underground hotel and fly over the spectacular Wilpena Pound.
About 40 minutes from Adelaide is the Fleurieu Peninsula, home to some of Australia’s most stunning beaches. Go whale watching or surfing at Middleton. Visit Victor Harbour and take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island. There, you’ll discover little penguins and other native animals.
The Limestone Coast is great for diving and cave exploration. You can also kayak along Glenelg River if something a little more active takes your fancy.
Or why not take a trip to Kangaroo Island, a local ‘natural wonder’ with dramatic cliffs and pristine, secluded beaches. Take a four-wheel-drive tour and discover the magnificent fauna of this well-known wildlife sanctuary.