A big city with a small town ambiance, Adelaide is a food, wine and shopping lovers paradise. Renowned for its colonial architecture, parks, museums, art and festivals combined with its fantastic public transport and an easily navigable grid layout makes it an astonishingly easy to explore on foot.
A 20(ish) minute drive will take you from the Airport to the heart of the City and a flood of well-located accommodation options. Markets, shopping at Rundle Mall and the “Eat Streets” are all within a 10 minute walk of the heart of the City.
The boutique beachside town of Glenelg is a 25-minute tram ride away and is a great day trip. With its white, sandy beach, heritage hotels and collection of shops, cafes and restaurants or take the opportunity to swim with the dolphins or go fishing, diving or snorkelling.
A twenty minute drive brings you to the oldest surviving German Village of Handorf nestled in the Adelaide Hills. Historic buildings, age old trees and vintage shopping are bound to whisk you back in time to the 1800’s. Teeming with Museums, Galleries and Art works there is plenty to delve into. Not forgetting the wineries, fresh produce and gourmet German goodies.
No trip to Adelaide is complete without a visit to the nearby Barossa Valley. You could hire a car and take a few days to call into some of the 160 Wineries or take a full day trip as it is around an hour’s drive from Adelaide. The hardest decision will be which Wineries to call into, but make sure you stop in to visit Maggie Beer’s Farm. She is a legend in Australia and it was a pleasure to wander around her property taking in the treats, demonstrations and produce this amazing woman and her Team has created.
A highlight for me was to gather a group of friends together and hire a Houseboat for three nights. Unforgettable Houseboats are a luxury crafts (ours had a spa pool) and they offer plenty of choices for sizes to suit couples, families and groups. We were met at the Airport and drove just over an hour to Mannum to board our vessel. The Houseboats are fully stocked with all the crockery, cutlery and mod cons you would expect in a modern house and you can pre-order produce to be delivered on arrival. Almost anyone can steer the Houseboat (once you get used to it) and we only needed a half hour lesson on the basics before we were cruising down the mighty Murray River. There are places to tie up and explore or you can choose just to motor along admiring the scenery before returning back to base.
I went for a week in total and thought this was one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had. I would highly recommend Adelaide as a destination and can't wait to return.