The capital city of South Australia is enchanting, a treasure trove of shopping, fine arts, gastronomy and outdoor activity. Adelaide is the heart of the world's opal industry, selling gorgeous stones from South Australian mines.
For outdoor lovers, Adelaide is bordered by a seemingly endless coastline dotted with white sandy beaches, rippling swells and massive, rugged cliffs. Be sure to hike the aptly named Mount Lofty Ranges or enjoy the myriad of parks surrounding the city, with hundreds of kilometers of running and walking trails.
For food and wine lovers, the Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide hills are food and wine meccas, offering some of the most exclusive, unique and boutique drinking and dining experiences in the world. The town of Adelaide also abounds with multicultural eateries, a pumping arts and live-music scene, and the city's festival calendar assures there are no dull Saturday nights. To learn more about living, working and playing in Adelaide, South Australia visit www.cityofadelaide.com.au.
The Adelaide team’s picks for the top five things to do in Adelaide, South Australia
1. Barossa Valley: Barossa is an internationally acclaimed wine region encompassing the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa. Wander into 80+ cellar doors, tasting some of the most awarded wines in the world and digging into sumptuous local produce. Meet winemakers, chat with passionate staff and mingle with proud locals.
2. Credit Union Christmas Pageant: For more than 80 years, the Christmas Pageant has served as a can’t-miss event. Featuring the world’s 2nd largest parade, hundreds of thousands of people come together to celebrate the holiday and the region.
3. Glenelg Beach: Glenelg Beach draws families to its long, sandy beach, waterslides, rides and arcade games. Laidback pubs, cafes, eateries and indie boutiques give the area a trendy vibe.
4. Adelaide 500: For motor sport lovers and people who just love excitement, the Adelaide 500 is a must-attend. Every March, the streets of Adelaide come alive with the growls, roars and screeches of some of the fastest vehicles in the world.
5. Fringe Festival: As Australia’s largest ticket-selling outdoor art festival, the Fringe Festival completely takes over the town. Artists from all over Adelaide and the world, representing every type of imaginable art, gather to create 31 magical days each year.