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Despite a population of over a million, Adeliade is a spacious and welcoming city full of public spaces, outdoor activities, and excellent nightlife. Australia’s southern capital is parted by the Torrens River and circled by parks, to the east are the mountains of Mount Lofty Ranges. Don’t be surprised if you’re taken by more than just nature—a cosmopolitan resurgence has led to a splattering of restaurants and wine bars that offer wine produced in the vineyards of Barossa Valley.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Central Market
Morialta Conservation Park
North Terrace Adelaide
Enter the Palm House in the Adelaide Botanic Garden and step inside a Victorian-era building full of tropical flora. Among 50 hectares of landscaped garden, an array of lively plants awaken your senses. Join a tour and take a walk to the First Creek Wetland and Amazon Waterlily Pavilion.
The museum houses the world’s largest Aboriginal artefacts. The goal of this expressive venue is to engage you with Australia’s nature and culture heritage. For more than 150 years, the museum has been wowing and moving visitors with national and international exhibitions that engage and provoke. Check out the wildlife photography, which features truly moving works of art captured from around the world.
Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere. Over a million kilograms of fresh goods are sold here each month, and it isn’t hard to see why. As you walk the 70 stalls, have a couple of bags on hand, as you’ll surely pick up several tasty treats. Check out a cooking demonstration with tasting at one of several barbecues.
A public square with wetlands and a mosaic garden, while away a couple of hours at Victoria Square, a place with an illuminated fountain and lovely picnic spots. People watch at the end of a sunny day in a charming central spot full of local charm, and in the evening, illuminating lights.
Six miles from the city, Morialta Conservation Park has been a getaway for Adelaideans for a century. Popular activities include rock climbing, bird watching, and bush walks. But the sight of gullies, flowing water, and gorges make your time navigating these fascinating cliff faces, truly special. Boot up and head across a conservation park full of natural wonder.
Adelaide’s most popular beachside hangout Glenelg Beach is a suburb on the shore of Holdfast Bay. Why not try a bit of beach cricket before cooling off in the water? Hire a bike or paddle boat and then, eat fresh seafood and enjoy a sunset that attracts locals year-round.
If you’re a fan of the hopping kangaroo, you’re in the right place. Seventy miles from the mainland, Kangaroo Island is home to kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. It’s also home to a dozen wineries that invite you on tasting tours. Supervised sessions can be arranged so you can handle some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife in this idyllic setting.
You could sit back and admire the mazy vineyards of Barossa Valley for days. This rolling landscape of plump grapes produce some of the finest Shiraz on earth. As you explore some of the 80 wine cellars and meet with the winemakers, be sure to visit Tanunda or Angaston for a sumptuous meal after a day lost in this natural wonderland.
Approximately 100 miles north of Adelaide is Clare Valley, home to 30 wineries that include the first regionally established and Jesuit owned, Sevenhill Cellars. Spread across a rolling valley, explore the countryside, and enter inviting local pubs to chat with friendly locals on your arrival. Clare Valley, a place to relax and unwind after city living, enjoy a glass or three of regional wine in this serene location.
Home to several of Adelaide’s cultural institutions, North Terrace is lined with significant buildings that include the Government House, a State Library, and the Art Gallery of South Australia. This charming boulevard in the heart of downtown is perfect for a full day or afternoon of cultural indulgence after a day of active outdoors living.
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