Australia’s fifth largest city, Adelaide is home to around 75% of people in South Australia. It has an innovative grid-layout with wide boulevards and a surrounding ring of parklands, combined with a pleasant climate and a penchant for festivals and fine food and wine. It’s both relaxing and vibrant destination, where highlights include cultural and produce festivals like the huge Adelaide Fringe in February and March when you can catch one of the thousands of shows around Adelaide and South Australia. Unwinding in Adelaide is easy – stop by the extensive Adelaide Botanic Garden and spot the difference between the succulents and cacti, the roses and dahlia; take the tram to the seaside suburb Glenelg and spot dolphins; or explore the intensely green Adelaide Hills.
Stunning scenery, award-winning wineries and historic villages lure visitors to the beautiful Adelaide Hills region, just half an hour from the city centre. Follow trails through the Laratinga Wetlands in search of birdlife, and enjoy panoramic views from the Mount Barker Summit. The charming town of Hahndorf – Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, has original architecture, craft shops, galleries and restaurants and pubs serving traditional German fare.
Adelaide is an excellent base for a round-trip self-drive to explore the famous Barossa Valley wine region and Kangaroo Island, or you can combine it with Melbourne for a Melbourne to Adelaide road trip so you can get a taste of Australia’s art capitals and staggering coastal landscapes via the Great Ocean Road in between.