Adelaide, the capital of South Australia (SA), vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage. Adelaide quickly became known as the City of Churches for the large number of churches erected in the city. It is one of Australia’s hottest destinations, offering a cocktail of sophisticated culture, heritage architecture, abundant natural delights and a vibrant food and drink scene.
Settled by Prussian and English immigrants, the Barossa Valley is about an hour’s drive from Adelaide airport and is one of Australia’s oldest grape-growing regions. Foodies will be in heaven here with the plethora of fresh produce and fabulous restaurants. In addition to all the gastronomic delights, you’ll find some cultural treasures in the region such as heritage trails, cookery schools, craft stores, galleries, and museums.
The South Australian capital is nicknamed ‘The City of Churches’, but its most famous cathedral is dedicated to sport, a venue that routinely draws a crowd of 50,000-plus to worship at the altar of cricket and Australian football. Rock up in summer for a game of cricket either the Australian national team or the Adelaide Strikers Big Bash franchise or in winter to see the city’s beloved AFL clubs the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power.
Within the picturesque Cleland Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully has seven spectacular waterfalls to see and experience. After trekking across a walking trail filled with steep hills and clawing through native vegetation, you’ll eventually find yourself at the Mount Lofty Summit with the most incredible view of Adelaide you will ever see. From there, you can refresh yourself at the only restaurant in Australia set at the base of a waterfall.
This is a fair trek, but if you’re keen on seeing Australian flora and fauna, then Kangaroo Island is your best bet by far. With only 4,600 people living on the island, it remains mostly untouched, and you’ll be able to see a full 891 species of native plants (with 46 endemic species). There’s also wallabies, seals, goannas, koalas, and of course, kangaroos.
Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market is the undisputed jewel in the city’s produce crown. One of the largest undercover markets in the southern hemisphere, it has more than 70 traders from over 40 nationalities under the one roof, selling a whopping one million kilograms of fruit and vegetables every month – not to mention meat, cheese, seafood, coffee, spices and smallgoods.
This classic Aussie chicken dish is a staple offering on pretty much every pub menu in the country. Originally eggplant based, it has evolved in to a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, melted cheese and, if you’re feeling fancy, prosciutto ham. This is typically served with salad and chips.