Holidays to Adelaide, Australia

Consistently ranked in the top ten of the world’s most liveable cities by the UK’s Economist Intelligence Unit, South Australia’s coastal capital has a seductive mix of cosmopolitan sophistication and old world charm. You don’t have to live there to appreciate its quality of life, of course; its expansive beachfronts and vibrant cultural life make it not only a great base of operations for exploring this part of Australia’s vast coastline, but a memorable destination in itself.

One of Adelaide’s defining characteristics is its layout, which makes it wonderfully easy to get around and perfect for exploring on foot. Originally set up as a colony of free immigrants promising civil liberties and freedom from religious persecution, in accordance with the progressive ideas of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Adelaide was a planned city from the very start. It was designed by the first surveyor-general of South Australia, Colonel William Light, whose layout – known as ‘Light’s Vision’ – organised Adelaide in a grid with five squares in Adelaide city centre and a ring of surrounding parks known simply as the Adelaide Parklands. At the city's heart is Victoria Square and vibrant, 19th-century Central Market, specialising in produce, which is well worth a visit.

There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do. As it has developed from its liberal beginnings, Adelaide has also – perhaps not surprisingly – become a key centre for the arts, spawning a huge number of festivals. Music is especially important here, and you’ll find everything from World Music to opera. The city's Adelaide Festival – an annual international arts gathering taking place during ‘mad March’, with multiple spin-offs including fringe and film events – brings it all together. Adelaide is also known for its many sporting events, including Australian rules football, motor sports and tennis, and its oval stadium has hosted cricket matches since 1871.

The ring of parklands – which also encompass the city section of the River Torrens (also known as Karra wirra-parri) – is home to many renowned museums, such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, with expansive collections of noted indigenous art, and the natural history museum South Australian Museum. Looking further afield, the Glenelg beach neighbourhood on Holdfast Bay has native dolphin and seal populations plus cycling trails, and Adelaide is also a great base for exploring the treasures of the Barossa and Clare Valley wine country, the Adelaide Hills where the Mt. Lofty Summit overlooks the coast, and Kangaroo Island's stunning wildlife and beaches. And while you’re here, don’t forget to enjoy a cruise along the River Torrens on the wonderfully named (and famous) vessel ‘Popeye’.

 

Highlights

  • Hike to the top of Mt. Lofty Summit

  • Shop for local produce at the 19th Century Central Market

  • Enjoy festival season during ‘mad March’

Emilie
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I love spending my days barefoot or in flip flops, so laid-back Melbourne was the perfect place to live. My favourite adventure from my time living in Australia was the 3-month campervan road trip along the East Coast – full of sun, sea and scuba diving!

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