Many destinations try and describe themselves as a ‘city with everything’, but many of them fail in that regard. If you truly are looking for somewhere which can tick every box, then you really should be looking in the direction of Adelaide.
This might not be the first place to spring to mind, but Adelaide has a large amount of chic shopping, architecture, history, culture, amazing beaches, art, vibrant nightlife, gastronomy, and a true pavement café vibe, which is reminiscent of that seen on the Mediterranean.
Because we are talking about a large city, Australia’s fifth largest in fact, there is plentiful Adelaide accommodation on offer, with something to suit every budget. Where you base yourself really depends on what you want to see, and in this city, there is plenty to take in!
Within day-trip distance you can head out into some of the most iconic wine regions on offer, such as Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale. If you want to stay in the city however, Adelaide Oval is a must visit spot; this is a popular and historic cricket ground, with a restaurant on-site. Adelaide Zoo is also one of the few spots in the world to see giant pandas, and a great day out for all the family. If you want to see something truly special, head to the Rundle Lantern Light Display, or alternatively, just outside the city, around a 6 miles’ drive away, you will find Morialta Conservation Park. This is where you can walk around many different trails, of varying ability, as well as checking out three different waterfalls, and stunning views across the city itself. The Adelaide Hills and Montefiore Hill are two other spots of panoramic views too.
Wandering around the city is a great way to experience the pace of daily life, whilst also spotting a few areas you might not have thought to factor into your visit. Port Adelaide is the historic harbour area of the city, where you will find dolphin spotting cruises, as well as historic architecture and pubs. The North Terrace area is also packed with museums, galleries, and the peaceful botanical gardens.
Put simply, a visit to Adelaide can be as busy or relaxing as you like, with plenty of opportunities to head out into the nearby countryside if you see fit. The surrounding vineyards are also a great chance to learn more about the wine-making industry, and also try a few bottles out for yourself!