With international travel off the cards this year, it means more holidaying at home and exploring more of what Australia has to offer. From the bush to the beach, there are many sides to this large island that we have overlooked in our quest to head overseas. These Christmas holidays are the perfect time for Australians to become reacquainted with their own backyard. Continue reading “Five Aussie Christmas Holidays”
Following a long year in of ups and downs, we have made it to December. In Adelaide, the city has emerged from its lockdown state. Decorations are visible in stores and along our premier shopping strip – Rundle Mall. Continue reading “Christmas in the City”
Since March, the festival state has been less festive than it usually is with online events taking over from live ones. However, as the weather warms from spring to summer, Adelaide is once more coming alive to reclaim its title of the Festival State. Continue reading “Adelaide: The Festival State”
In South Australia you can go overseas without leaving the State. Overseas at least to Kangaroo Island – this means you have to cross a stretch of water by ferry to get there. Once you are there, there is a natural, remote paradise to explore. Kangaroo Island is one of the most popular destinations in South Australia and top of the tourist list. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Kangaroo Island”
South Australia is blessed with miles of beautiful, natural and often rugged coastline. Most of them can be found south of Adelaide where the crowds thin out and and at times you can have the beach to yourself. Perfect for self reflection and resetting yourself before or after a busy day. Continue reading “Walking the Calming Coast”
Winter in Australia can get cold, but that is the best time to head for the south coast and try an spot some playful whales. From as early as mid May head south to glimpse any of the 30 species of whales found in South Australian waters. The whales usually hang around until early September before heading off again. The most popular places to catch a glimpse of the whales Victor Harbor through to Goolwa. Continue reading “Whale Watch Adelaide”
This month the theatre made a comeback in Adelaide after months of lockdown. It was also the month that our historic, heritage listed Her Majesty’s Theatre reopened after months of restoration. It’s grand opening with the State Theatre of South Australia’s production of Gaslight last week saw theatregoers happily return. Continue reading “Adelaide’s Theatre Revival”
The city of churches is often overlooked by its eastern seaboard neighbours, but it has so much to offer if you are looking for a different kind of vacation. With so much wide open space, a laidback community, world class wineries and best festival in the world; Adelaide has something for all.
As Australia slowly begins its journey towards a new normal, to get to Adelaide you can either fly, drive or take the train from most capital cities.
There are lots of accommodation options in and around the city. Hotels and apartments are centrally located and can be booked through your favourite online booking website such as Booking.com, Hotel.com, Trivago or even TripAdvisor.
As restaurants, bars and cafes begin increasing their opening hours, there are a range of options along Rundle Street or Gouger Street to satisfy your hunger. You can choose from Italian, Asian, vegetarian or vegan. While you are on Gouger Street check out the Central Markets next to Chinatown for daily fresh produce.
Things to Do
Free Walking Tours
Explore the city at your own pace with your mobile device as a local guide. Simply download the State Library of SA Walking Tour App and choose from several walks around the city. Choose the democracy walk which takes you along North Terrace passed the museum and galleries or delve into the cities dark past and discover some shady characters.
While it is not as high as climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb is still a must do. Once on top, you can get a Birdseye view over the River Torrens before gazing down at the playing over below. If you are in town during football season check out the ticket options for roof seating.
BBQ on the River
Indulge in an Aussie BBQ while enjoying a cruise with a difference on the River Torrens. BBQ Buoys are a floating round boat with a barbecue in the middle. Perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner on the water.
Hahndorf Day Trip
Day trip to Adelaide Hills – being so close to the hills take a trip by car, or bus, to the historic German town of Hahndorf. Buildings and shops still retain their old world charm in a modern day society. Enjoy lunch at a traditional German pub of schnitzel and German beer.
Head to the Beach
The beach in South Australia is popular all year round. A short drive from the city centre will have you at Henley Beach in the west or jump on the tram and head south to Glenelg Beach. While they may be quieter during the winter months, it makes it perfect for exploring without the crowds. However, during summer take advantage of the cafes for lunch, dinner or simply a sunset cocktail.
People are curious creatures. The thought of dark hidden tunnels and secret passageways underground fuels an adventurous spirit. There is on such building in the Adelaide central business district which can fulfil your adventurous curiosity. The Old Treasury building is oldest colonial and most historically significant building in the city with a mysterious tunnel system beneath. Continue reading “History Beneath the Streets”
A trip to the Art Gallery is more than just an experience in viewing fine art and sculpture. It is an activity in the art of mindfulness. As you walk through an art gallery, take your time and allow yourself to connect with it. Let yourself get lost in the different genres until you find a piece that speaks to you. Continue reading “Mindful Art”