Adelaide – the capital of South Australia and one heck of a city. It’s one of those places that has often been naturally overshadowed by the cities to the east of Melborne and Sydney. Although they should rightly stand out as being some of the best destinations in Australia it’s Adelaide that caught out attention as it enjoys something of a Renaissance.
The reason for this is that Adelaide was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2014 sitting comfortably between Chicago, USA and Auckland New Zealand. So why should you go? Well, there truly is something for everyone.
Here’s just some of the things you can do…
In the City…
Founded back in 1836 by Colonel William Lightfoot the overall layout of Adelaide was originally designed around a one square mile city centre with plenty of green open spaces. Nowadays although the city has expanded it still retains the natural laid back feel which are now the State Heritage Listed Parklands.
Originally known as the ‘City of Churches’ the old image of Adelaide is forever gone as it now boasts and electic mix of arts and culture – not to mention the excellent food and drink is on the menu from some of the leading restaurants.
As well as the day-to-day cafe culture, you can also expect the city each March to go wild for ‘Womadaladie’ the outdoor music festival which offers an amazing family friendly variety of music, food and dance.
If you want to see some highlights of the festival plus everything else this amazing city has to offer then you have to check out this video:
Out & About
If you fancy heading out of the city for a spot of relaxation then venturing into the Adelaide hills is the perfect option.
Wine tasters will love the Barossa valley located roughly 60km north east of the city. It’s home to some world class vineyards and wineries. As well as exploring the fantastic landscapes which produce the perfect vintage, then there are plenty of places where you can sample a bottle or two. Plus if you come along at the right time of year you can head to the Barossa Gourmet Event to bring some of the gastronomic delights all together in one place.
Almost always mentioned in the same breath as Adelaide is the fabled Kanagaroo Island. Although it’s a short flight or ferry ride across the ocean it’s well worth making it part of your vacation.
Alternatively there is more than enough to do here to make it the base for your whole stay. Naturally there is an abundance of amazing wildlife; everything from sea lions and seals to koala’s and of course kangaroo’s can be seen here.
It’s truly a place to get away from it all. However, if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury experience then we would have to recommend Southern Ocean Lodge which offers the most exquisite accommodation, fine dining and activities – all in a dramatic clifftop setting. Plus, did we mention that it’s rated as this year’s 4th best hotel – in the world by travel and leisure.
If you want to see what you’re missing out on then take a look at this video of Kangaroo Island from Lonely Planet here:
In fact if you just watched that then it well worth just spending some time browsing through some of the videos on the Australian tourism YouTube page which holds an undoubtedly stunning collection of visual beauty that will have you booking flights to the country the moment you can peel your eyes away from the gorgeous landscapes shown in the videos.
So with such an awesome mixture of good weather, food, drink, wildlife, landscapes and culture, how could you not visit?
Just head over to their channel here.