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This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space.

 Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated ‘eat streets’ or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city.  Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg or fish from the jetty in Henley. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.


MY TRAVEL AGENT'S suggestions to immerse yourself in Adelaide: 

Adelaide, SA1. HIT THE "EAT" STREETS
 
Sample everything from Asian fusion to Argentine cuisine in the exotic, bustling foodhalls of Chinatown. Embrace the alfresco ambience of Rundle Street in Adelaide's East End or live it up in one of the city’s many elegant wine bars and fashionable restaurants. Enjoy a beach sunset with your meal in the coastal suburbs of Glenelg and Henley Beach or wind down with a wine at the National Wine Centre. If you’re a fresh food addict, Adelaide Central Markets offer premium produce from growers across the state.
 

2. EXPLORE KANGAROO ISLAND

 

Sea-lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons...

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness, a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.  Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you'll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
  

3.  SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT RUNDLE MALL

 

Rundle Mall is the shopping heart of Adelaide. It was created in 1976 as Australia's first pedestrian mall. You'll find more than 600 retail stores, three major department stores and 15 arcades there. There are also outdoor cafes and bars to relax in.  The Rundle Mall Discovery Trail allows you to experience the pedestrian strip's many quirks and features, from sculpture and art to the history of its buildings. Highlights include the mall's 19th century buildings such as Beehive Corner. Public art is plentiful in Rundle Mall, from classics such as the Mall's Balls and four resident bronze pigs - Truffles, Oliver, Horatio and Augusta.

 
Torrens River, Adelaide, SA4. FEEL GREEN AND SERENE IN ADELAIDE'S PARKS

Hire paddleboats and bikes in Elder Park or row past formal rose gardens in Rymill Park. Picnic in the local’s beloved Botanic Park or cycle from the hills to the coast in River Torrens Linear Park. For serious tranquillity, head to the classic Japanese oasis of Adelaide-Himjei Garden. Adelaide’s 29 parks take up almost half of the city, and come with walking trails, quiet spaces and sporting fields for everything from football to archery.

 

5.  GO WINE TASTING IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY

The Barossa has a rich food and wine culture that is reflected in its premium wine production, abundant seasonal produce and specialty food products which include artisan cheese and breads, unique smoked and cured meats. Come visit to experience our great premium wine, fabulous food, heritage architecture and warm, friendly community. Enjoy a wealth of diverse activities including festivals, special events, the arts, bushwalking, golf, cycling and shopping amid a stunning Australian landscape of rolling hills, manicured vineyards and closely linked towns and villages.

Glenelg, SA6. HEAD FOR THE COAST

Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg, which bustles with sidewalk cafes, alfresco dining and summer entertainment. In the beach suburb of Henley, you can fish from the jetty or go on a culinary world tour at the ethnic food stores and eateries. Explore the museums, markets and historic harbour of Port Adelaide, the city’s maritime heart. Or see heritage buildings and colourful summer sideshows in family-friendly Semaphore. Further along the spectacular Le Fevre Peninsula, you can swim on protected beaches and walk one of the state’s few heritage-listed jetties at Largs Bay.

Art Gallery of South Australia, SA7. SOAK UP ABORIGINAL AND EUROPEAN HERITAGE

Do a cultural tour of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with traditional custodians the Kaurna people.  You’ll learn how native plants have been used for sustenance, shelter, ceremonies and medicines for thousands of years. Browse the world's largest collection of Aboriginal antiquities at the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum and visit Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Adelaide also has a proud European heritage for you to explore -in the museums and libraries of North Terrace, in Adelaide Town Hall and in Port Adelaide, the state’s first declared heritage area. 

8. SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR CHOCOLATE

 

Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Centre is conveniently located just five minutes drive from Adelaide's city centre. This world class facility combines excellent viewing and tour facilities along with heritage displays and a spacious retail area.  Join them for a free 20 minute tour and find out about the history of the company and get a peek at how they turn a bitter cocoa bean into delicious chocolate. Afterward, enjoy a complimentary chocolate, tea and coffee.

 

 

Adelaide Hills, SA9. ESCAPE TO THE HILLS

Drive to the Adelaide Hills, where the picturesque farmlands and charming villages have inspired many generations of artists. Stay in Bavarian-inspired chalets and browse the bakeries, craft shops and galleries of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German village. Visit The Cedars, once the gracious old home and studio of famous landscape artists Sir Hans Heysen.  Then hit the markets of Lobethal, a fairytale town which celebrates Christmas with metres and metres of colourful lights.


 

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