16 June 2014
First XI Tourist Highlights: Adelaide
Known as the 20 minute city, Adelaide is a lively, compact city with rolling hills to the east, beaches to the west and wine country on its doorstep. In this feature we take a look at 11 must do activities in Adelaide.
The top XI things to do in the Host City of Adelaide
* If Australia qualifies for the quarter-final stage it will play in Adelaide.
Indulge in the best of South Australia’s famous produce at the Adelaide Central Markets, the largest undercover markets in the southern hemisphere. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the Adelaide Central Market is an international melting pot of food and culture, where you can experience award-winning produce and soak up the atmosphere and colours of one of Adelaide’s renowned culinary institutions. Visit website
Explore Adelaide’s cultural boulevard
Adelaide’s cultural boulevard of North Terrace in the heart of the city is a must-see for visitors wishing to explore the history of Adelaide and South Australia. The Art Gallery of South Australia holds one of Australia’s finest collections of Australian and international art and is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours before exploring the world-class natural history and cultural collections at the South Australian Museum. From here visitors can experience the tranquillity of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, an oasis in the midst of cosmopolitan Adelaide.
Adelaide Oval tour
A unique blend of old and new, Adelaide Oval stands proud as one of Australia’s premier sporting venues. Adelaide Oval has retained its charm with the heritage scoreboard, century-old Moreton Bay Fig trees and famous grassed hill still standing. The Adelaide Oval tour takes you behind the scenes of the iconic ground under the guidance of passionate volunteers who bring the stories behind the oval to life. Visit website
Explore Adelaide’s eat streets
South Australia’s reputation as the premier destination for food and wine doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the eat streets of Adelaide, where visitors can indulge in the state’s local produce cooked by some of the country’s best chefs. From the iconic Gouger Street in the heart of Chinatown in the city to Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End, visitors will delight in a melting pot of cuisines. Jetty Road in Glenelg and The Parade in Norwood offer a café culture for those venturing outside of the central business district. Visit website
When the sun goes down
Adelaide has embraced the concept of small bars and the result is a transformation of the city’s nightlife. Adjacent laneways Leigh Street and Peel Street are the heart of the action, with favourites such as Udaberri and Clever Little Tailor offering unique beverages in an intimate setting. Joining the growing small bar scene are Barbushka and Chihuahua Bar in Peel Street, Proof in Anster Lane, and The Editor Dessert and Wine Bar on Waymouth Street. From a relaxing drink with friends to a night out on the town, Adelaide’s small bars offer something for everyone. Visit website
Take the tram to Glenelg
The short journey from Adelaide city to the seaside is best taken by the tram that works its way from the central city to historic Glenelg, Adelaide’s major tourist beach. Browse the shops, cafes and restaurants on Jetty Road and discover why Glenelg is one of Adelaide’s most popular beachside towns just 12 kilometres from the city, and where visitors will love the chance to swim with dolphins.
A coastal escape
From the pristine beaches to the vineyards of McLaren Vale the Fleurieu Peninsula offers a coastal escape less than an hour from Adelaide. World-class wines and some of South Australia’s best produce are on the menu in the Fleurieu Peninsula against a backdrop of stunning scenery. Sit back and relax at the renowned Star of Greece Café overlooking Port Willunga beach and soak up the atmosphere of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Visit website
Explore the Barossa
With over 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries throughout the region the Barossa is a haven for any wine enthusiast. Paired with a rich passion for food and an abundance of fresh local produce, the Barossa serves a tantalising taste of South Australia’s premier food and wine. Just an hour from Adelaide the Barossa is the perfect destination for a weekend away and a chance to experience South Australia at its best. Visit website
Explore the Adelaide Hills
Visitors can discover the hidden treasures of the Adelaide Hills, just a stone’s throw from Adelaide, and indulge in South Australia’s fresh produce. Enjoy a long lunch at one of the many renowned restaurants and sample a drop of the region’s famous cooler-climate wines. Learn from the cheese masters at Udder Delights and Woodside Cheese Wrights or indulge in the perfectly paired wine and chocolate experience of ChocoVino at Handorf Hill Winery. Visit website
Hold a koala
Just 20 minutes from Adelaide lays Cleland Wildlife Park, a must-see for visitors who want to experience Australia’s wildlife, with over 130 species in the 35-hectare natural bushland setting. Visitors can interact with the native wildlife, many of whom are free-roaming, and can even hold a koala. For the chance to see Australia’s unique wildlife just minutes from the city, Cleland Wildlife Park is the perfect place for a family outing. Visit website
Swim with dolphins
Adelaide’s most popular beach, Glenelg, has the only vessel in South Australia to offer visitors the chance to swim with wild dolphins. Visitors can relax on the boat and enjoy the stunning South Australian coastline before jumping into the water to swim with the dolphins.Visit website
For more information on Adelaide, check out: www.southaustralia.com
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