Adelaide

South Australia has a number of great destinations for weekend getaways; not least it’s charming capital, Adelaide. Whilst less celebrated than it’s brasher big sisters, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, Adelaide has loads to see and do, especially if you like culture, sport and food, and it’s layout means that everything is easily accessible, either by foot or a short trip on public transport.

If you like art and exhibitions, you’ll be spoilt for choice during a weekend away in Adelaide. The South Australian Art Gallery is a gem with a superb Aboriginal Art collection and extensive works from South-East Asia, amongst other permanent exhibits. Similarly, a visit to South Australian Museum will keep you busy for hours, especially in you’re interested in Australian Aboriginal history, and it’s well worth taking one of the excellent guided tours of the Adelaide Gaol Historic Site and Museum.

South Australia is called ‘the Festival State’ and it’s an apt name as the city’s calendar is jammed full of concerts (from rock through to opera and classical), exhibitions, film festivals, cultural events and big sporting carnivals. A great way to fix on a date to visit this dynamic city is to pick an event that appeals to you and plan your trip to coincide with it. Amongst the most popular dates are the Womadelaide World Music Festival, the Adelaide Film Festival and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. If you decide to choose this method to plan your weekend escape to South Australia, make sure you book well ahead of time as many of the events that Adelaide hosts have a strong international reputation and so you won’t be the only person wishing to attend!

And if you’re into sport, during the winter months both the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power AFL teams play plenty of home matches between them, whilst in the summer the Adelaide Oval is one of the most attractive grounds in the country to sit and watch a game of cricket. January also sees the flash of Lycra when the Santos Tour Down Under, a UCI WorldTour cycling competition tears through the state.

Then there is the fabulous food that South Australia is rightly famous for. In the city, Adelaide Central Market is the heart of all things gastronomic and is a must for anyone serious about the thriving food and wine scene of the area with producers vying to sell their delicious wares. And which foodie could resist a drive out to the glorious Adelaide Hills as part of their getaway? Lying only half an hour out of Adelaide itself and embracing such renowned gourmet hot spots as the exquisite Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, the region is definitely worth a day trip, if not a couple of nights short break in a boutique hotel at a swish winery!

Adelaide has a laid back feel making her ideal for both romantic escapes and relaxing weekend breaks, but don’t let her chilled vibe fool you – this is one Australian city that packs a big punch in terms of tourist attractions and things to do.

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