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.
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.