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When it comes to shining bright, Adelaide can now compete with the star duo, Melbourne and Sydney. A cosmopolitan renaissance has taken place in Australia’s southern capital of late—one you might consider a spillover from renowned wineries that invite worldly visitors year-round for a taste of the finer life. As far as beautiful cities go, whether it be the pinked tops of the Adelaide Hills or the bustle of chic backstreet bars that takes your fancy, a multitude of eye-catching sights are here for your taking.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Central Market
Morialta Conservation Park
North Terrace Adelaide
50 hectares of landscaped gardens found in Adelaide’s center have become a popular retreat. Open 365 days a year, the gardens have seen plenty of development since their 1850’s growth spurt, which is reflected in the array of plant life and healthy foliage on offer. Join a tour and take a relaxing walk through this stunner-setting of historical buildings, and lively plantation.
The South Australian Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts and is held in high regard for its world-class cultural collections. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery brings in to focus the wildlife of the region. Buying a ticket to the South Australian Museum is one you’ll surely hold on to.
Adelaide Central Market is an exceptional undercover market that offers a wide range of fresh produce. The largest in South Australia, it’s also the most visited attraction in Adelaide—and for good reason. There are over 70 market stalls to be found here. Cooking demonstrations and barbecues occur throughout the year and are open to the public.
Known dually as Victoria Square and Tarndanyangga, this square includes flourishing wetlands and a mosaic garden. Readily understood as the city center, Victoria Square offers a fine spot for a picnic on long summer days. Unique lighting and an illuminated fountain give this calming space a special atmosphere.
Morialta Conservation Park has been a preferred getaway for Adelaideans for over 100 years and is located six miles from the city. Craggy rock faces, gorges, forest and spiraling waters make you feel a world away from city life. Activities include bush walking and rock climbs, as well as an intimate wildlife viewing. To avoid a rush of crowds, plan your trip during the week.
In the suburb of the same name is Glenelg Beach, Adelaide’s most popular beach. Pedal cars and bikes are available for hire, encouraging you to cruise the coastline path and look out to see if you can catch a glimpse of passing dolphins. Board a 58-foot catamaran and take a sailing tour along the St. Vincent Gulf, stretch out in a hammock, and watch as the sun sets over the horizon.
Known locally as "KI", and located 70 miles from the mainland of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of wildlife (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and more) and superb wineries. Each day presents an opportunity to deeper explore the unordinary plantation found here, as well as take part in supervised sessions that allow you to handle wildlife.
The Barossa Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and one of the most renowned in the world. Known for its Shiraz, the region includes the cities of Tanunda, Angaston, and Nuriootpa. Take the time to explore over 80 wine cellars and meet with winemakers while, of course, enjoying some of the finest grapes on earth.
Take a moment to indulge in some of the good life on offer at Clare Valley. 30 wineries provide suitable amounts of tasting opportunities, and a chance to talk with locals at family run wineries. The first established winery in the region is Sevenhill Cellars, the only remaining Jesuit-owned in Australia. Smaller than the Barossa Valley, ultimate relaxation is a given when visiting this delightful community that’s spread across the valley.
A charming cultural boulevard in the heart of Adelaide, North Terrace features several attractions and institutions that ensure your time here will be worthwhile. Statues and war memorials line the street and lead to the Government House. The National Wine Center of Australia, Botanic Gardens, and South Australia Art Gallery and Museum can be experienced here. Allow a full afternoon to explore this cultured street.
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