Top Things to Do in Adelaide
Adelaide Wine Tour
Barossa Valley is the better known region and is most famous for its red wines particularly Shiraz, with the most notable producer being Penfolds and the coveted Penfolds Grange.
Clare Valley is best known for Rieslings and is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. The Riesling Trail is a cycling / walking trail from Auburn to Clare following the old railway line.
The McLaren Vale region is also known for their dry red wines, although with a proliferation of small boutique wineries other reds and now white wines are becoming popular.
The closest wine region to Adelaide is the Adelaide Hills, with not only wineries but micro breweries and cider houses. If you are interested in stepping away from the traditional types of wines then Adelaide Hills has plenty of progressive wineries to choose from.
Adelaide is well set up for Enotourism (tasting, consumption and purchasing of wine) with a variety of operators and offerings. You can take a self-guided tour although it is hard to beat a snooze in the back of the bus as your guide takes you back to your hotel after a hard day at the various cellar doors. Also the tour operators usually know the better wineries to visit or can tailor a tour to suit your tastes.
Hahndorf (Hahn’s Village) was named after Dirk Hahn, the Captain of the ship the immigrants arrived on, who was instrumental in the negotiation of purchase the land where the town now stands. Hahndorf architecture is an interesting mix of traditional German design and construction with Australian style verandas. In August 1885, in a show of civic pride, Cork Elms, Chestnuts and Plane trees were planted along the main street, many of which still survive today.
The area has a strong German influence that culminates at Hahndorf (see above), this influence extends to the bakeries, small goods and retailers in the area.
To the north there is the Whispering wall near Williamstown, a parabolic dam wall constructed over 100 years ago where your whisper can be heard over 140m away on the other side of the dam.
Birdwood is the home to the National Motor Museum, which has over 400 vehicles and automobillia on display as well as toys, models and over 30,000 images.
For the smaller children why not visit the Toy Factory which home to the Big Rocking Horse. As well as seeing how wooden toys are made you can visit the wildlife park and feed the animals.
For unbeatable views of Adelaide City and the surrounds visit Mt lofty. At 727m the peak is the highest point on the range and with a restaurant and café to allow you to relax and enjoy the view. For the more active you can walk the 4 klm track to the summit , a popular exercise trail.
Of course there are great wineries, cider houses and breweries and a strong German heritage in an area with a natural beauty that attracts artisans from many different disciplines.
Make sure you book as the free tours regularly book out and you wouldn’t want to miss seeing how these chocolates are created and hand finished.
Adelaide Central Markets
Fresh market produce is the key reason people flock to the markets although there is much more to the markets than this. The markets were started in 1869 by a group of market gardeners and now has expanded to include meat and seafood. Children will love the Old Lolly Shop and there are enough cafes, patisseries and specialty retailers to keep everyone interested.
In a fresh new trend the markets now have a ‘Producer in Residence’ stall that changes every two weeks. Here, every fortnight, you will find a new retailer showcasing their products.
National Wine Centre
Within the centre is the ‘Wined Bar’ which is Australia’s largest wine tasting room with 120 different wines available. Featuring wines from the famous Penfold’s Grange to boutique wines on their way to be famous.
Take the Wine Discovery Journey or ask the staff on hand to help you find the perfect wine from all the best Cellar Doors. Open 7 days a week and with dining options the National Wine Centre will make you appreciate a tour of the vineyards even more.
The Adelaide Zoo is famous for its bird collection and displays and has a rainforest wet land walk through aviary. The Gondwana super-continent (Africa, Australia, India, South America and SE Asia) species are a key zoo feature.
Australia’s only two Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Fu Ni currently live at Adelaide Zoo, and are expected to remain on loan to the zoo until 2019.
For a more immersive experience go behind the scenes, including an opportunity to interact with the Giant Pandas or or spend a night camping at the zoo.
Adelaide Oval – Bradman Collection
The display includes a collection of Sir Don’s trophies, bats and other memorabilia, film footage of his career and interactive displays.
Entry is free.
You can also take a tour of the Adelaide Oval, a behind the scenes look at the inner sanctum. An expert volunteer guide will take you behind close doors and relive some of the memorable moments at the Adelaide Oval.
The River Torrens
The city was located where it was because of the river and it weaves through the heart of Adelaide both literally and figuratively. There are walking and riding trails for 35 KLM along the rivers length and to complete a circuit you can cross the river and return on the other side.
You can also cruise on the famous Popeye boats to cruise from Elder Park to Adelaide Zoo. A part of Adelaide’s fabric for 75 years they are now recognised as a South Australian Heritage Icon.