Summer In Adelaide – The Forgotten City

The cities of Sydney and Melbourne are Australia’s most well known and popular for exciting travel and exploration. Often overlooked is Adelaide, in South Australia. Unfortunately Adelaide has developed an undeserved reputation for being boring with nothing to do. This is simply not so and here’s why.

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One big plus of visiting Adelaide, and much appreciated by young professionals just getting started or families looking for a holiday getaway, is that it’s the cheapest city to visit and stay in all of Australia. But don’t let the lack of overpriced hotels fool you. Adelaide is quickly becoming the place to see and be seen.

Go to the beach 

In Adelaide, you can do what Aussie’s like most, go to the beach. Henley Beach has transformed in recent years from a quiet area to a trendy hotspot with excellent cafes, restaurants, shops and more. With a very long stretch of white sand and a jetty, Henley Beach is a wonderful place to spend the day. If your favourite traveling companion is Fifi and Fido, bring them along. Henley is a pet friendly beach so furry friends are welcome.

Take in some culture

The Art Gallery of South Australia, located in the heart of Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, is not only a beautiful historical building but home to a fine collection of must-see art pieces. Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery’s collection includes close to 40,000 works from Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Sculptures, prints, photographs, ceramics, textiles and numerous other mediums are represented. Admission is free with the exception of special events or shows. If you find yourself in Adelaide on a particularly rainy or hot day, spend some time strolling and gazing about The Art Gallery. Top off your visit in the gallery’s cafe with a light but delicious meal and a glass of South Australia wine.

Shop ’til you drop

Are you among those who insist good shopping only happens within a Sydney or Melbourne zip code? Not so, check out Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s amazing retail destination and corporate meeting place. With over 700 retailers, 15 arcades, plus a gargantuan food court, this mall alone is worth a trip to Adelaide.

Bring the kids along too. Rundle Mall boasts The Interactive Playspace. This area depicts oversized objects such as a dog’s bone and giant blades of grass and kids can roam and run among them expelling their pent up energy.

Don’t forget to have your photo made with The Bronze Pig or The Mall’s Balls which should be intriguing enough to pique your curiosity.

Wine and dine 

Due to a conversion of Adelaide’s Leigh Street to a traffic-free al fresco dining area and fast-tracked small bar licenses, a once ordinary street is now a wonderful place to stroll, dine and taste wine. Adelaide is the heart of Australia’s wine country and Leigh Street is now a trendy social centre with several quirky old businesses mixed with new wine bars. Casual and fine dining restaurants serving a myriad of foods from Australia and around the world can be found as well. If you enjoy live music, there are plenty of places to enjoy the coming together of delicious food, fine wine and pleasant entertainment.

It’s time to put to rest the unfair misconception that Adelaide is boring. Belinda Bracale, marketing executive for the Crowne Plaza Adelaide, insists that once you arrive in Adelaide and experience the laid back lifestyle of the people and the city you may never want to leave. With the hotel having an amazing summer sale, it really is your time to get in and experience what this city has to offer this summer. Overlooking this wonderful spot in South Australia means missing out on true Australian adventure and culture, not to mention fine wine.

Fashion, Food and Wine Time – The Perfect Mix In SA

One of the best parts about South Australia is its diversity. Just one hour from Adelaide you can be at any one of three fantastic wine regions. Plus, in recent years, the city of Adelaide itself has quickly become home to fantastic foodie, fashion and art scene.

The experts at leading travel and lifestyle website lastminute.com.au have prepared the ultimate guide to a short break in South Australia, whether you are keen for a girlie weekend, a romantic escape or a big group getaway.

Be a fashionista in Adelaide

Paris has arrived in Adelaide this summer with the launch of Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris at the Art Gallery of South Australia. This incredible exclusive exhibition travels through the decades of Parisian style in 1947 to current day, with over 90 stunning garments, including designs from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Pierre Cardin, Valentino, and Alexander McQueen.

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Dolce & Gabbana, Spring-Summer 2007 from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

As well as the exhibition itself, there are many other Fashion Icons events and workshops on at the Art Gallery of South Australia from now until 15 February 2015.

While in Adelaide, stay at the five-star (self rated) Clarion Hotel Soho located on the city’s East End which is named after London’s colourful Soho district. This eclectic hotel is the perfect place to base yourself and is in walking distance to some of Adelaide’s coolest bars and restaurants.

Wine time in the Barossa

A mere 90 minutes from Adelaide, the beautiful Barossa was recently named Australia’s favourite wine region according to lastminute.com.au research.

If you like your reds, then the Barossa is the place for you. Be sure to pop by Hentley Farm Winery, which was recently named as the best winery in Australia by renowned wine writer James Halliday. Other top Barossa wineries worth a visit include Yalumba and Yelland & Papps.

Don’t miss the Barossa Farmers Markets held each Saturday in Angaston. Here you will find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, organic olive oils, pickles, dukkah and more, which will accompany a glass of Barossa wine perfectly.

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Cute, boutique winery, Yelland & Papps.

Beaches (& more wine time) on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Head one hour south of Adelaide and you’ll find yourself on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. This region is home to McLaren Vale’s world class wineries, stretching beaches, rolling green hills and fresh produce farms.

Spend your morning wine tasting at beautiful wineries such as d’arenberg, Lloyd Brothers Wine & Olive Company and Penny’s Hill and Mr Rigg Cellars.

Retreat in the afternoon to any one of Fleurieu Peninsula’s seaside villages. Our pick is to stay at The Bluff Resort Apartments located overlooking Victor Harbor, you may even spot a seal or two!

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d’arenberg Winery, McLaren Vale

Don’t miss the Adelaide Hills

Before finishing your ultimate South Australian weekend, take the scenic route back to town and drive through the rolling Adelaide Hills, made famous in the landscape art of Sir Hans Heysen. If you get the chance, pop into on of the many art galleries or find time for one last spot of wine tasting at any of the roadside wineries. Be sure to visit the cute quaint town of Stirling, home to beautiful fresh produce cafes and the Stirling Markets (which occur one Sunday a month).

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*According to lastminute.com.au’s 2014 Travel + Lifestyle Report which surveyed 5700+ Australians.