Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city in South Australia with about one million people. It is unique because unlike the other big cities on the continent, its original settlers were European entrepreneurs rather than convicts. It is famous for its multicultural cuisine and is regarded as Australia’s dining capital. Regardless of when you visit, Adelaide will most probably be holding some cultural celebration. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Winters are best for traveling around the city and finding things to do. When you are in and around Adelaide, there are eight places to visit that you don’t want to miss.
Adelaide Central Market
Located between Gouger and Grote Streets, Central Market is a fresh food market that was established in 1869. A walk past the 80 stalls or so lets you experience the multicultural heritage of Adelaide. From European cheeses and German sausages to Asian vegetables, Swiss chocolates and Turkish bread, the market offers quite a collision of tastes.
The Barossa Valley
Home to some of Australia’s best known wines is the Barossa Valley. It is 70 kilometers northeast of Adelaide. You can stroll through the vineyards and the stone buildings, sample the wines, or stock up on homemade jams. While the region can be explored within a day’s trip, if your budget permits it, I would suggest you spend a night in one of the many beautiful resorts.
This mega-mall on the outskirts of the city is a shopper’s dream come true. It is full of factory outlets with rock bottom prices. Brands like Esprit, Dolce & Gabanna, Polo Ralph Lauren, Converse, and Gazman are available here with them slashing their prices up to 60%.
Another heaven for a shopper, it consists of over 300 retail stores ranging from the biggest department store to the coolest fashion labels! It is a rather convenient strip to cruise since it is right in the middle of the city.
After 20-minute journey from the CBD, you will likely find yourself in the middle of rolling hills. In Adelaide hills, the German village of Hahndorf is the hottest tourist attraction. You could also drop by Stirling for home cooked cookies, or head to Bridgewater Mill, home to the famous Petaluma Winery. If time permits, it is worth driving to Melba’s Chocolate & Confectionary Factory in Woodside.
The island is teeming with wildlife and spectacular scenery. Even though it is just 45 minutes of ferry ride away, I suggest you don’t try to squeeze it into only one day. Choose a long weekend and check out Remarkable Rocks, Vivonne Bay, and Seal Bay Conservation Park.
Most visit Glenelg for the museum that showcases the underwater experiences of the shark expert Rodney Fox. However, if that does not appeal to you, you can always hit the Jetty Road where you’ll find plenty of lively shops, cafes, and restaurants.
This last option may not appeal to everyone, but thrill seekers must take a ride on the jet-boat. This spectacular boat does not just jump up the waves, but also takes 180 degree turns, breath taking twists and instant stops. A 20 minute ride will cost adults A$59 and the kids A$39.
This article was supplied by Swati Varma.
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