Adelaide is a picturesque city known for its expansive parklands, historic stone architecture and feeling of openness and space. The elegant city is also host to a number of festivals and exhibitions and is a centre for culture and the arts. Visitors to this elegant capital are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see and do.
Escape to the Beach
Glenelg Beach, only 25 minutes by tram from Adelaide’s city centre, is one of the top things to do in Adelaide. The cosmopolitan beachside town is filled with trendy cafes, heritage buildings, boutique hotels and eclectic shops all located alongside a stunning stretch of white sand. Visitors can swim with the dolphins, go snorkelling or scuba diving, or stay on land and visit the local galleries and museums or take in the summer entertainment. The meandering walkways to neighbouring coastal towns are a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon and an assortment of local festivals are on year round.
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If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Adelaide in late February you can be a part of the largest fringe festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The usually peaceful city is transformed into a frenetic mix of live music, arts, theatre, dance, film screenings, street entertainers and more. The Adelaide Fringe Festival attracts festival goers from all over the country and the even the world and appeals to a myriad of people with a wide range of cultural interests. The Adelaide Film festival runs for a jam packed month with over 900 events from over 4000 artists. Most of the events are held at night leaving the days free to explore the city.
Head for the Hills
The nearby Barossa Valley is a haven for lovers of good food and fine wine. Only an hour’s drive from the CBD, nestled in the surrounding Adelaide Hills, the Barossa is the ideal location for a day trip. The Barossa has a stellar reputation for producing excellent wines from its fertile soils with conditions and climate lending themselves well to several wine varieties including excellent Shiraz, full bodied Cabernet, crisp Riesling and buttery Chardonnay. The locally grown produce is used to its full to create mouth watering meals at the local eateries and an extensive range of gourmet delights are available to take home with you. The surrounding countryside, local arts and crafts and signposted heritage trails are all worthy of exploration.
Commune with Nature
Adelaide is home to 29 parks that take up nearly half of the city. The parks are designed for a multitude of uses including sports such as archery, volleyball and even croquet, there are parks that focus on providing serenity and peace such as the Japanese Adelaide-Himeji Garden and the formal rose gardens in Rymill Park. Other parks are surrounded by walking and bike tracks or flank the shores of pristine waterways, ideal for kayaking and paddleboats.
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