Adelaide – South Australia’s cultural capital | Private jet charter
Adelaide, the capital of sunny South Australia, boasts an exceptional food and wine scene, a thriving cultural life as well as magnificent natural attractions in its beaches, hinterland and wildlife.
Here are five Adelaide attractions to visit during a trip to the city.
Acknowledged as the wine capital of Australia, Adelaide offers visitors more than 200 cellars to explore – either in the city or a short drive away. In addition to the famous Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale there are many smaller wineries making excellent vintages. Visit the city’s National Wine Centre for tastings, then head out into the countryside to Penfolds Magill Estate, Patritti Wine Cellars and the Adelaide Plains. Join a guided tour or make your own way with a winelands map available from tourist information offices or online.
Rundle Mall shopping
Adelaide city council has invested greatly in the restoration of its heritage buildings, fine examples of which can be seen in and around Rundle Street in the centre. A pedestrianised street, Rundle Mall is a great location for people watching and retail therapy and offers a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Just a short hop from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a stunning nature reserve – with more kangaroos than people. As well as the kangaroos you’ll come across short-beaked echidna, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum and southern brown bandicoot. Sunset Food and Wine is the island’s newest foodie heaven offering visitors incredible ocean views and delicious local seafood. Easily explored in a day trip but why not stay overnight at one of the five spectacular seaside homes at the Lifetime Private Retreat.
Adelaide farmers market
Adelaide is surrounded by farms which means an abundance of fresh weekly produce at the city’s fabulous farmers markets. Head to the Adelaide Farmers’ Markets Showground and sample fruits, veggies, flowers, craft beer, speciality breads, charcuterie, sushi, cheeses and much more. On Sunday’s load up with organic produce at The Market Shed on Holland Street and grab a seat on one of the old sofas, listen to some music and enjoy the community vibe.
Buddhist Temple Wat Ratanaprathib Vihara
Adelaide’s Buddhist temple on Smith Street is a beautiful place to escape the hustle of the city. One of Australia’s oldest Buddhist temples it holds courses in meditation and is open daily. Visitors often bring food and drink for the monks.
Lake Bumbunga, Clare Valley
As well as some seriously good wines, Clare Valley – under two hour’s drive from Adelaide – is also home to the amazing Lake Bumbunga. Located in Lochiel, the lake changes colour from bubblegum pink, to white and blue, depending on the saline content of the water. Head to the Clare Valley afterwards for some succulent wine tasting.
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