Australian cities are famous, and this is also where the majority of the country’s population can be found. Whilst most people tend to focus their attention on Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane, by doing that you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful, varied, and natural cities around – Adelaide.
Located in South Australia, Adelaide is the fifth largest city in the country, and is surrounded by some of the most iconic wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley, which are easily reached by car or excursion. Combining a city break with something a little more countryside orientated and natural is the ideal way to enjoy everything the area has to offer.
You can make your break as cheap or expensive as you like, with a wide range of Adelaide accommodation on offer. You can choose to stay somewhere glamourous and five star, or you can head to somewhere a little more budget, as a clean and comfortable place to lay your head of an evening – it all really depends on the type of break you’re looking for, and what you’re planning to do.
If you are travelling with children, you will be spoilt in terms of things to see and do. A visit to Hahndorf is a must, as this is where you will find a chocolate factory to tour and enjoy samples, as well as a strawberry farm, where you can pick your own fruit. There is a playground here too, and BBQ facilities if you want a truly outdoorsy experience. Aside from this, Glenelg should certainly be on your list; this old-fashioned seaside down is great for beach days and fun, with a large jetty and plenty of cafes and restaurants – be warned that this town can get very busy during weekends and public holidays.
Sports-mad visitors should head to the famous Adelaide Oval and try and catch a football game, or head to Adelaide Casino for a spot of gambling, in an attempt to win big – you never know!
Aside from the usual city facilities, such as dining, shopping, and entertainment, Adelaide is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and landscapes, including the Adelaide Hill. The summit of Mt Lofty is a fantastic place to head for stunning views right across the city and further beyond, as well as visiting Elder Park and the Torrens River, where you can spot black swans and meander a few hours away in total relaxation.
Of course, no break would be complete without a little beach time, and the West Beach area is packed with fun to be had. There are several beaches which merge along this stretch, including popular Henley Beach, with many dining options and entertainment. The white sand beaches around here are great for a day’s splashing with the family, or simply to rest by the ocean.
Adelaide should not be forgotten in favour of its larger neighbours, and one visit here will show you the charm that this Southern Australian city holds.