Spend just 48 hours in Adelaide and you’ll have no qualms with why this spirited city stakes claim to the lifestyle capital of Australia. It’s sophisticated, cultured, hip and creative. All at once.
Renowned for years for wine, food, arts and world-class festivals, Adelaide’s recent cool reinvention was founded on the vibrant small bar scene that’s reinvigorated her laneways and re-purposed long-forgotten heritage buildings.
Sitting pretty between the Adelaide Hills (also so hot now) and beautiful beaches (perennial favourites) the city is easily discovered – she’s not called the 20 minute city for nix.
Here’s a taste of what you could pack into 48 hours in awesome Adelaide.
EcoCaddy Tour & Central Market graze
The vibrancy of the Adelaide Central Market is hard to miss (credit Tourism SA)
Jump in at your CBD hotel, then sit back and relax as your pedal-powered chauffeur takes you on tour of landscapes, architecture and history with a deliciously large serving of Adelaide’s legendary Central Market, the epicentre of South Australia’s foodie culture. The highlight of this eco-tour is a 60 minute feast of ‘the Market’ where you’ll meet artisan food producers, graze on delectable morsels and enjoy lunch and coffee at a market-icon café. Then your EcoCaddy will whisk you back to your hotel. Tour is around 2 hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. From $145. Find out more>>
Commonwealth Bank Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
Adelaide Oval is rightly known as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world, but the view from the roof eclipses all. Clip on your safety harness and prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you climb ladders and flights of stairs, then inch over metal grate walkways and bridges between the stands. You can even lean out over the goal posts for the ultimate football point of view.
50 metres above the playing field lies your reward, an expansive view of Adelaide from hills to coast. You’ll score a group photo, certificate and cap for bragging rights too. This is truly Adelaide Oval on a large scale. 2 hour guided day and twilight RoofClimb Tour on non-playing days. From $99. Find out more>>
Shopping, bar-hopping and dining
A short walk from Adelaide Oval and you’re in Rundle Mall for some retail therapy, fuelled by a choc-stop at Haigh’s. Then you’ll be right in the midst of Adelaide’s laneways and side streets where small bars and hip restaurants buzz with foodie heaven-induced energy. Hit the Peel Street-Leigh Street precinct, but save room for a cocktail or night cap eight floors high at rooftop sensation 2KW Bar and Restaurant, where you’ll be gob-smacked by views of the River Torrens, Parliament House and Adelaide Oval.
Barossa & Hahndorf Highlights Tour
This full day tour firstly takes you to Australia’s most famous wine region to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines at Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre (including morning tea) and Saltram Wine Estate. At Mengler Hill Lookout the beautiful valley, sprawling with vineyards, farms and gentle hills, lies spectacularly below you. Lunch and more wine tastings follow in Angaston at the South Australian Company Store before you marvel at the huge hollow gum tree that the pioneer Herbig family called home until 1860. Next a picturesque meander through the Adelaide Hills to the historic German settlement of Hahndorf where you’ll have free time to explore the boutique shops and galleries, artisan food producers and taste more wines if you wish. Morning pick-up and evening set down at selected Adelaide hotels. From $139. Find out more.
Rundle Street, the place to see & be seen
Take a quick nap or shower to freshen up before you hit Rundle Street, the pulsating heart of Adelaide’s East End. Between Frome Street and East Terrace and including Ebenezer Place and Vardon Ave tucked behind Rundle Street, spend the evening exploring bars and restaurants, hotels, bistros and cafes while window shopping Australia’s cutting edge designer fashion brands, eclectic shops and funky boutiques (don’t miss Miss Gladys Sym Choon). Some of the world’s most famous chefs have moved into this district recently – for good reason… it’s hot. We recommend checking out Orana for award-winning modern cuisine, Africola for something a little bit different and BRKLYN for all your cocktail delights.
Words by Alison Bennett and Georgina Smerd for Holidays of Australia & the World.