Travel South Australia and Adelaide

Travel South Australia and Adelaide

Adelaide is a big city – it has more than a million people living there, but you won’t really notice that when you visit. In terms of outlook and attitude, Adelaide is the biggest village in the world. Guidebooks would also have you believe that it is the most English of Australia’s cities, but when we visited we didn’t notice everyone fighting outside the pubs because everywhere shuts at eleven or anyone under the mistaken impression that UK garage is a pleasant musical genre.

For the traveler, Adelaide is often unfairly regarded as an unwanted stop-off on the way to Perth or Alice Springs and Uluru, but it does have enough to keep you occupied for a few days. However, if you’re expecting the full-on festivities of Sydney, or the achingly cool nightlife of Melbourne, you may be disappointed. Still, lovely churches, for all you admirers of ecclesiastical architecture out there.

Attractions & Activities

Glenelg:

Glenelg is to Adelaide what St Kilda is to Melbourne or Fremantle is to Perth. It’s the main beachside suburb, and half the city will flock there at the weekends. A tram ride away from the city, it’s got all the ingredients for a good day out – beach, pubs and shopping.

Adelaide Hills:

If getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city (although hustle and bustle aren’t two words you’d generally associate with Adelaide) is your thing, then the Adelaide Hills is the place to go for a whiff of the country air. This charming, scenic area is just a thirty minute drive from the city, or a slightly longer bus ride.

Haigh’s Chocolate Factory:

OK, so there are no Oompa Loompas or child-murdering owners, but this is the place to go if you’ve ever harboured any Willy Wonka-style ambitions. Haigh’s chocolate is a South Australian institution, and the factory (and choccy-laden shop) is a short walk or drive from the city centre, by the parklands. Tours are free from Monday to Saturday, but booking is essential – call (08) 8372 7077

North Terrace:

This is the place to go if you’re wanting to look cultural. Along the North Terrace you’ll find the Art Gallery, Museum, Wine Centre, State Library and Botanic Gardens, so you can easily spend a day getting to grips with your inner sophistication.

Adelaide Oval:

One of the world’s most picturesque sporting venues, this is the setting for South Australia’s Rugby World Cup games. It’s located fairly centrally and can be reached in a short walk from the city centre over to the north side of the River Torrens.

Drinking:

There are plenty of places where you can give yourself a hangover in Adelaide, but most of the nightlife concentrates around Rundle Street and Hindley Street in the city centre. Get there and it’s a case of pick a pub, any pub.

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