Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, known to many as Australia’s wine capital. It’s the 5th largest city in Australia and nestles snugly between Gulf St Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Adelaide made the top ten of The Economists World’s Most Liveable Cities and has been voted the most liveable city in Australia for 2 years in a row by the Property Council of Australia.
If you are one of those considering a move to this friendly Australian city or even just a visit, you might wonder what there is to do in the South Australian capital? Well we’ve compiled a list of the top reviewed and rated sights in Adelaide to help you along!
Barossa Valley is a wine lover’s treat and since you are in the wine capital of Australia, you simply must make time to stop and savour some of the fine wine on offer. Reviewers on Virtual Tourist have rated Barossa Valley highly and recommend a tour of the wineries which includes the Whispering Wall at Barossa Reservoir.
Trip Advisor has the River Torrens Linear Park on top of its list. The trail runs from Henley Beach to the north east of the city taking in Adelaide Zoo, the Festival Centre and Torrens Lake. You can do the whole trail or just parts of it but it’s suitable for all levels of fitness and the wide easy paths can easily accommodate prams and bikes. It’s seen as an oasis of calm amidst the busy city and certainly the beautiful scenery is breathtaking at times, best of all it’s free!
ExperienceOz recommends Haigh’s Chocolate Tour. The chocolates may be expensive but the website claims that they are the best in Australia! The short tour of the factory is free but the scent of all that chocolate will no doubt have you reaching for your purse!
Port Adelaide is recommended by RoughGuides as a must-see Adelaide attraction. There are walking tours, cruises, attractions and a museum set in this living port that still acts as a hub for Adelaide’s trade. The port played a major part in developing Adelaide into the city you see today, largely thanks to Adelaide’s founding father, William Light. Today many of the buildings remain unchanged and are still used for their original purpose.
Places to Eat
Adelaide is awash with fine restaurants and cafes but the one that has the most favourable reviews on Lonely Planet is the Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante with an authentic Italian atmosphere and freshly cooked Italian food. Discover it for yourself tucked away just off Rundle Street.
To savour some of Adelaide’s culinary delights, Lonely Planet highly recommends the Central Market where you can get everything from Smelly Cheese to Gourmet Sausages. More than 250 stalls are waiting to tempt you with their wares so don’t give this one a miss!
If it’s souvenirs or designer gear you are after then head on over to Rundle Mall and Rundle Street. The Mall has over 1,000 stores whilst Rundle Street has quirky little boutiques and trendy cafes in a historical setting.
Of course there is so much to see and do in Adelaide that a short guide simply doesn’t do it justice, the only way to do that is to visit it yourself!