Adelaide was on my Australia list because I met some lovely people during my travels that live there. With everything the country has to offer—and it’s a pretty big country—Adelaide would have been easy to overlook, but I’m glad my personal connections kept me from doing so. Not only did I spend the week visiting with my friends and sampling the best wine that Southern Australia has to offer, but I got to explore a beautiful city filled with history and art, with a love for “footy” and with very kind people.
a little about adelaide
Adelaide brags the fact that it doesn’t have a convict history. Where other early cities in the country were established as convict colonies, Adelaide was establish by Western immigrants who wanted religious freedom and a chance to help build the city. Adelaide is a coastal town—as most populated areas in Australia are—with the Adelaide Hills to the north. Surrounding the city are lush, green hills filled with kangaroos and ripe for wineries.
things to do in adelaide
- The State Library of South Australia, specifically the Mortlock Library
- The Migrant Museum—free and beautiful
- The Art Gallery of South Australia—free and beautiful
- The Adelaide Arcade and the Renegade Arcade (don’t miss the “Mall Balls”)
- The Beehive Building
- Victoria Square
- The Central Market
- Walk along the River Torrens
- The botanical gardens with paths and building as old as the 1880s
- Explore Melbourne Street
- St. Peter’s Cathedral—and the modern stain glass is beautiful
- Take the tram about 45 minute west from the CBD (central business district) to Glenelg Beach
- Explore the wine countries of McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Barossa. I have specifically tried K1 Winery and Primo Winery.
- Carrickalinga and Myponga for beaches
- Ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island
- Bushwalks around Deep Creek and Blowhole Beach
- Port Lincoln is a six hour dive north-west-south. You can go cage diving with great white sharks, so I’m told.
- Melbourne is an easy distance to the west… and can be made into an adventure by driving the Great Ocean Road