7 Best Things to Do and See in Adelaide

7 Best Things to Do and See in Adelaide

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Adelaide is a vibrant and culturally diverse city nestled between the stunning Adelaide Hills on one side and the wonderful and unique body of water of Gulf St Vincent on the other. At any time of the year, it is home to a wonderful array of festivals, award winning restaurants, trendy bars and boutique watering holes.

But, when you are not eating, drinking and being thoroughly entertained what are the best places to go in Adelaide on a day trip out? Here is a list of the 7 best things to see and do in Adelaide that we’ve found so far!

Parks and Wildlife

Adelaide is both surrounded and filled with beautiful green spaces such as Adelaide Botanic Garden; 50 hectares of pristine gardens and breath-taking architecture. Green also abound at Botanic Park and Elder Park. There are a number of other National Parks close by including Cleland Wildlife Park where you can hold a koala and Belair National Park.

Cultural Precinct

Walking the length of Adelaide’s cultural precinct with all of its impressive political, cultural and educational institutions would take a mere 5 minutes or so through the heart of the city but the truth is, this nineteenth century boulevard deserves time to experience. Just some of the buildings to be enjoyed is the Adelaide Festival Centre, the State Library of South Australia, the Migration Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.

Adelaide Gaol

As one of Australia’s longest continuously operated prisons, Adelaide Gaol housed some of the state’s most notorious and dangerous criminals from 1841 to 1988.  You can now take a tour through the hallways and cells, the hanging tower, yards and prisoner graves to get a unique glimpse of prison life.

National Wine Centre of Australia

Adelaide produces some of the best wines in the world, so what better place to enjoy the diversity of Australia’s 65 wine regions than the National Wine Centre of Australia. You can learn to blend your own wine and tune in your tastebuds to the characteristics of the key wine varieties grown in Aussie. Afterwards, you can take an appreciation Master Class in the Wined Bar with a wine sommelier.

Haigh’s Chocolates – Free Guided Viewing Tour

Just like wine grapes, cocoa bean varieties each have their own characteristics and what better place to find out more about the art of chocolate than a tour of the Haigh’s Chocolates Factory. In this free guided viewing tour, you can see Haigh’s team of confectioners creating and hand finishing their range of chocolates and get to taste some of their creations along the way. There are a few steps to navigate on the tour so those who are in wheelchairs or are mobility challenged will miss a little of the tour unfortunately.

Adelaide Ghost Tour

“The scariest and most real experience you will find in South Australia”. Recommended by paranormal TV celebrities, each ghost tour lasts around 2 hours. You can visit sites such as the Adelaide Gaol mentioned earlier, Adelaide Arcade and the National Railway Museum, Z Ward Asylum and the scariest of them all, Old Tailem Town. You can also choose to extend your experience with a paranormal or special event all night investigation.

Opal Mine

Who doesn’t love the beauty of opals? In the heart of Adelaide, you can visit a simulated underground opal mine and see the veins of real opal as they would naturally occur in the rock of Australian opal fields. You can even see a 100 million year old opalized dinosaur plesiosaur on display, one of only eight ever discovered.

There is so much to see and do around Adelaide that you will be spoiled for choice. I would love to know about your favourite things to do in Adelaide in the comments below. If you love our series on favourite things to do in Australia’s beautiful cities and towns, you can read more here.

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Looking for a Long Winter Retreat? Rottnest Island is the Perfect Destination

Looking for a Long Winter Retreat? Rottnest Island is the Perfect Destination

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Rottnest, the Island of a Thousand Stories and Ten Thousand Quokkas!

Sitting only 19 km off the coast of Perth is a beautiful little Island and protected nature reserve called Rottnest Island (known as ‘Rotto’ to locals) which earned its strange name in 1696 when Dutch explorer, William de Vlamingh thought that the resident marsupials, now known as Quokkas, were rats. The name Rottnest literally translates as ‘rats nest’.

Have you ever visited Rottnest Island? We’d love to hear what your experiences were and what you would suggest visitors ensure they see and do in the comments below.

Why Visit Rottnest in Winter?

If you have ever tried to book a summer holiday on this popular sun-soaked island, you’ll soon find that you need to save hard and book well in advance. With prices for a self-contained two-bedroom unit costing around $253 per night at the peak of summer, and no way to get caravan nor car onto the island if you wish to stay there, then you’ll need to expect these kinds of prices.

But if you’re looking for a long winter retreat and are willing to book for 8 weeks between June 5th and September 18th(2019), then you can secure one of these lovely units for just $75 per night. Perfect for those who can take the time away.

Getting to Rottnest Island

Ferries depart regularly from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour, or there is the option to get there by air with a seaplane, air taxi or helicopter. 

As cars are few and far between, the transport of choice once you are there are bicycles. You can either bring your own or hire them on arrival. The terrain is pretty flat, so it is an easy ride but, if you feel you’re not up to cycling or getting around on a Segway, there is excellent option to be had in the form of a hop-on, hop-off bus that runs daily.

Quokka Cuteness Overload

Rottness Island hosts what is undeniably the cutest and most photogenic animal in the world, the quokka. There is a small colony on the mainland, but they are found nowhere else on the planet.

Quokkas are tiny animals and are related to wallabies. They have no fear of humans so they will often come right up to you, but you must remember, as with any wildlife, you should not touch or feed them. Human food quickly makes these little guys malnourished.

You should keep a respectful distance and if you want to get a selfie, the best way to go about it is to use a selfie-stick. 

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