You need a weekend escape but can’t decide where to head. You want the culture and history of Melbourne, the meandering wine country of the Hunter Valley and the nightlife of Sydney. The answer is right under your nose – Adelaide!
While it's a hop-skip-and-a-jump by plane from most Australian capitols, this vibrant hub of history and culture is also the perfect place for a staycation!
Here are some tips on how to maximise your visit in Adelaide:
You’ll need a comfortable base to start your day’s activities from, and if you’re only away for the weekend, why not live a little and book into a luxury hotel for a night or two. The Intercontinental is Adelaide’s leading luxury hotel and, being the only hotel located on the river Torrens, it boasts unmatched river and city views and a one-of-a-kind outlook over the historic Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground.
Enjoy your spacious and elegantly appointed room, luxurious amenities and delicious food, before stepping out for a day of sightseeing and making the most of Adelaide’s beautiful cuisine.
For a twist on the classic high tea, book into the Intercontinental’s High Coffee experience, with each savoury and sweet course matched to a unique coffee blend by expert baristas. To find out more about the High Coffee experience, and to book a great deal on your stay at the Intercontinental, head to http://www.icadelaide.com.au/
In Adelaide, you’re always at the doorstep to fine food and wine locations. Why not hire a car and drive the short distance to the Adelaide Hills, or just an hour south to the famous McLaren Vale wine region.
Here, you can sample the best of famous Australian wineries such as Wolf Blass, Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek and many more. Or, if you're a fan of adventure, go off the beaten track to find a hidden gem. If wine is really your thing, check out the National Wine Centre, where you can learn about winemaking, sample a range of wines and stay for an a la carte meal.
Once you’ve picked up a case or two of South Australia’s finest wines, you’ll need some gourmet chocolates to match. Haigh’s Chocolates began in Adelaide 100 years ago and is Australia’s oldest (and arguably best) family-run chocolate business. You can pick up some gourmet artisanal chocolates from one of their six stores in Adelaide.
You can’t stay in Adelaide without indulging in at least one amazing dining experience. At Penfolds Magill Estate, try the eight-course degustation menu, with matching wines, including the legendary Penfolds Grange.
For a more urban feel, check out Peel Street Restaurant, with a slightly more casual vibe – its simply prepared dishes have a focus on quality and seasonal produce.
To really explore the city's CBD, why not make use of the city’s free daytime bike hire at one of the several bike depots. Cruise the (mostly) flat streets, or ride down North Terrace and stop off at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian museum or the Botanic Gardens. For a bit more sightseeing, take a 40-minute ride to beautiful Henley Beach.
If you’re only in Adelaide for a couple of days, make the Zoo one of your first stops. Only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, kids will love seeing Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni, as well as meeting baby animals and Aussie native wildlife. Thrill-seeking grown-ups can hand-feed Sumatran Tigers and African Lions in the Big Cat Interactive Experience.
Funi having a bite to eat.
If you’re a sport lover, you can't go past Adelaide Oval, long regarded as one of the world’s best cricketing venues. A guided tour will give unparalleled insight into the historic venue.
See the Bradman archives while you’re there, featuring Sir Donald Bradman’s personal objects and photographs.