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”
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”
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”
Each year I love attending Writer’s Week because of the variety of authors it attracts and the inspiration they bring. This year’s theme: “the only constant” opened a discussion or us to think about how things changed, or did they? Continue reading “Adelaide Writer’s Week”
A couple of weeks ago I took a spontaneous bus trip north of the city to a small regional town rich in history. Laura is located 230 kms from Adelaide approximately 90 minutes drive away. If you keep travelling beyond the wine region of Clare Valley you will discover a small picturesque town of history and beauty. Continue reading “Lovely Laura”
It has been a few weeks since I last posted on my blog, but it has been a productive break as I have been gathering and developing new stories and material to share with you in the coming weeks. But now it is that time of year again when Adelaide comes alive with the sound of festivals. There is much happening and you are quite literally spoiled for choice. Whichever event you decide to attend, you can be assured of an entertaining day or night out with friends and family. Continue reading “Adelaide – Festival City”
As the temperatures soar in the city, the coolest place to be is on Granite Island at South Australia’s (SA) regional city of Victor Harbor. A day trip to the south coast is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Continue reading “Beauty of the South”