It's absolutely fabulous waking up in Adelaide. With a slew of amazing activities within close vicinity to each other, Australia's capital of food and wine offers tonnes of things to do the moment you get up from bed and step out from your accommodation.
Gorgeous rolling hills and fantastic wine lands populate one side of the city while long stretches of gorgeous sandy beach form the other. And at the heart of the metropolis - the River Torrens precinct and North Terrace - there are historic treasures, lush parklands and the world-renowned Adelaide Oval.
In other words, there's absolutely no chance of you getting caught in boredom when you're in Adelaide!
All these oh-so-awesome places make Adelaide ever ready to captivate visitors with tantalising dining experiences, immersive arts, fun shopping and exciting entertainment.
If you think Adelaide is a concrete jungle, well, think again, mate. Despite the sophisticated city atmosphere, you'll totally experience a relaxed vibe when travelling across Adelaide. To top things off, complimentary public transport, bike hire and WiFi - for those occasional Facebook updates and Instagram selfies - are all available in the city. How cool is that?
Kickstart your day at the Adelaide Central Market. The variety of produce and souvenirs found throughout the 250 shops and stalls will knock your socks off. There is simply no other market such as this place Down Under! Life and energy buzzes through the market all year round. If anything, the place holds a special place among its regulars - the locals - who wouldn't shop for produce anywhere else.
But honestly, why would they? Roaming through the market, you'll find an extensive range of fresh food, meat, poultry, sweets, nuts and health foods under one roof. The Adelaide Central Market provides a scintillating view into local life. Sit back, order a cuppa at the city's hippest cafes within the area and just soak in the sights and sounds.
And while you're in the city, make your confessions as a shopaholic at Rundle Mall. It's a breeze getting to the place that is easily accessible from most hotels or on the tram. With over 600 spectacular shops on display, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to picking up iconic South Australian products like Haigh's Chocolates, Jurlique or RM Williams.
After exhausting yourself from all the shopping, follow the delicious whiffs of tantalising food into one of Adelaide's many restaurants. Make your way to Rundle Street, Gouger Street, Hutt Street, O'Connell Street and Leigh Street. All these streets are food havens devoted to the finest cuisines you could possibly imagine. Leigh Street, for one, has recently turned into a bustling "eat street" that offers exciting dining experiences as well as contemporary pubs and bars.
About 20 minutes away from the central business district is Holdfast Shores Marina. Over here, Temptation Sailing, which operates dolphin swim or dolphin watch cruises will absolutely delight you. Watching the mammals up close is an absolutely unforgettable experience that would make you exclaim, "Awesome" or words to that effect.
But what's the best thing about Adelaide? The fact that it neighbours a greater expanse of nature! Nearby the city are the picturesque Adelaide Hills, world-renowned wine region Barossa, the coastal playground of Fleurieu Peninsula and wildlife sanctuary Kangaroo Island.
A 20-minute drive east of the city will bring you to Adelaide Hills, a storybook-pretty countryside. Hahndorf, Australia's oldest German village, will offer a taste of little Germany that's truly unique. While roaming the main streets and exploring the many quaint shops around town, chances are you WILL lose track of time marvelling at the beautiful surroundings.
And while you're at Adelaide Hills, be sure to make a stop at the many fruit farms. Have a jolly good time picking fresh seasonal fruits at The Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, Forest Range Cherries and The Olde Apple Shed.
Another must-visit farm is the magnificent Jurlique Farm where many herbs, flowers and plants are grown for Australia's much loved skin care products. Make bookings to join a 90-minute tour for a behind-the-scenes look into one of the world's most recognised beauty brands. It's a tour that would absolutely blow the mind of beauty enthusiasts.
But if cuddly animals are more your thing, then visit the Cleland Wildlife Park. Cuddle a super adorable koala while you're here. It's one of the few places in Australia where you can cuddle the cute animal. And with spectacular views of the city, make a day of the trip by bringing your own scrumptious picnic.
Want more of Australia's wildlife? Then visit Seal Bay at Kangaroo Island. It's the only place in the country where you can walk on the beach close to a colony of endangered sea lions.
Of course, no visit to Adelaide would be complete without a trip to Barossa for its winery tours. Hop onto a trike from Barossa Unique Tours and cruise the region's scenic spots, attractions and wineries in style. This is the most exhilarating way to see the Barossa, which is located an hour's drive north of the city. The valley is also home to Lyndoch Lavender Farm, which features over 90 different varieties of the flower.
But for an off-the-beaten-track kind of vacation, Fleurieu Peninsula is the place to be. Off Piste 4WD Tours gives guests a chance to explore beyond the city limits through rugged 4WD tracks throughout Fleurieu Peninsula. Here, guests can discover the myriad of attractions the beautiful region has to offer.
And while you're at the Fleurieu Peninsula, take the Big Duck Boat Tour to watch whales (July to September), dolphins and seals (all year round). Located at Victor Harbor, the tour is a spectacular ocean adventure experience that explores inaccessible areas of coastline in 7.3m expedition-style rigid inflatable boats. While in Victor Harbor, be sure to also take a ride to Granite Island on board the Horse Drawn Tram.
And before you depart back to the city, don't pass by the opportunity to discover the unspoilt beaches, breathtaking coastlines and pristine bushland hidden throughout the region. It's truly a spectacular place that would leave your heart gladdened and memories filled.
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