Discover Adelaide & South Australia
Area: 984,377 square kilometres
Adelaide population: 1 203 200 in September 2010
State population: 1 647 800 in September 2010
Coastline: 4800 kilometres (with 100 islands)
Adelaide combines exceptional food and wine with art, shopping, culture and fantastic weather. Adelaide has had a resurgence in the past few years with a vibrant small bar scene reinvigorating the city’s laneways. Famous chefs and high-end boutiques have made Adelaide their new home.
It’s full of vibrant cafés and eclectic restaurants as well as a strong events scene that incorporates all manner of tastes – from the Adelaide Fringe to the Santos Tour Down Under. There are always things to do in Adelaide – it just depends on what tickles your fancy!
One of the many great things about Adelaide is its accessibility. One minute you’re in a bustling, exciting city, and then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Following is a list of places to explore while you are in Adelaide
The Adelaide Oval
Long regarded as the prettiest cricket stadium in the world, Adelaide Oval has recently undergone an AUD $610 million make-over. The result is pretty spectacular. Join a guided tour which takes you behind the scenes of this iconic ground. Visit the Bradman Collection, featuring objects and photographs from the private archives of Sir Donald Bradman, the world’s greatest batsman.
Adelaide’s Central Market
Marvel at South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – from farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood. It’s all at the Central Market, where you can stop for an espresso or a bite. Better still, join Mark Gleeson’s early morning tour, sample the produce and chat to the people behind the market stalls.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
In the heart of the city but another world away. Take time out to explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world. Spend an hour or spend the day among the 50 hectares of magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. Relax in the shade or enjoy a coffee among some of Australia’s finest plant collections.
National Wine Centre
The National Wine Centre’s ‘Wined Bar’ boasts Australia’s largest tasting room experience with visitors able to sample 120 different wines thanks to the installation of state-of-the-art Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines. The Wined Bar is part of the Centre’s Cellar Door where you can choose, pour and taste every wine – from Penfolds’ famous Grange to the boutique wine labels. With all the best Cellar Doors in the one place, visitors are able to find the perfect wine suit their taste and budget. Friendly, educated staff are on hand to help you discover the perfect drop.
Penfolds Magill Estate
A story of design and mastery, as told through Australia’s most iconic wines. Unravel a wine experience of grand proportions at Penfolds Magill Estate. Expand your palate with celebrated wine and food, or explore the spiritual birthplace for some of the most famous Australian winemaking stories, dating back to 1844.
Wirra Wirra Winery (McLaren Vale)
The ironstone buildings that have been at the heart of Wirra Wirra, have recently been refurbished to create a world class tourism facility that shows off what we and our beautiful region have to offer. So if you’re interested in learning more about wine, our history and McLaren Vale in general, we now offer a wealth of attractions for all types of visitors.
The revitalised Seppeltsfield Cellar Door has been welcomed with a number of awards highlighting the estate’s reputation as a wine, food and art paradise, including being awarded 2017 Global Best of Wine Tourism by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Further complementing, Seppeltsfield’s Cellar Door is a multiple year winner of Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine’s ‘Star Cellar Door of the Barossa Valley’ and more recently, being acknowledged as winner of the ‘Wineries, distilleries or breweries’ category in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The Lane Vineyard, near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, is 400 metres above sea level. Shaped by this altitude and southerly latitudes the cooler climate is ideal for growing grapes destined to become wines of distinction, wines with impressive structure, minerality and natural acidity. North facing single vineyard sites maximize autumn sunlight for later ripening varietals, South facing sites favor aromatic whites and sparkling wines.