Awesome Adelaide Campervan Holiday Adventures

Adelaide is not only South Australia’s capital, it’s also the cultural and culinary centre of the state. The city was established as a home to the region’s first European settlers. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s founder, helped in envisioning a “City of Churches” and gardens that could only be described as divine.  So if you’re planning to visit this sublime city,  a hired campervan can easily take you to any of the scenic destinations.

For a hassle-free tour of Adelaide, we have come up with a list of destinations guaranteed to inundate your senses with exceptional sights, sounds, and flavours.

  1. The Adelaide Central Market

Before travelling to any of the fantastic tourist destinations in Adelaide, why not buy some of the freshest produce in the city at the Adelaide Central Market first? Apart from being the cultural hub of South Australia, Adelaide is also one of the best places to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as premium cuts of meat at surprisingly affordable prices.

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Adelaide Central Market is also the oldest in the state, and has withstood several developments since 1869. From the first 500 farmers selling home-grown produce, the market is now known as the “Heart of Adelaide.”

The market even offers tours for first time visitors. You can meet locals as and observe their daily routine at the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and fully understand the local culture. 

2. The Adelaide North Terrace

Tourists and art connoisseurs are guaranteed to have a splendid time at the North Terrace. Its array of art galleries, memorials and libraries provide cultural immersion like no other. North Terrace is also home to Adelaide University, where South Australia’s young local talents are honed.

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Among the major bureaucratic buildings in the North Terrace are the State Library and Parliament House; as well as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the “Walk of Fame”. So whether you’re interested in the cultural, entertainment, and natural attractions of the city, you won’t run out of places to check out.

3. The Adelaide Oval Stadium

Popularly known as one of the prettiest cricket grounds, not only in Australia, but also the world. The first stadium was erected in 1871 but an agreement made within the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) paved the way for the oval’s redevelopment in 2011.

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Currently, the oval is host to several sporting events in the state like SANFL. Interestingly, the oval has also hosted several functions like weddings and other intimate celebrations thanks to the renovations made over the years.

Nonetheless, the true spirit of sportsmanship in the Adelaide Oval Stadium lives on. The earth still rumbles with the energy of the first sportsmen that honoured its grounds with their determination to claim victory for their team and their country.

 

4. The Adelaide East End

In the afternoon, buy a bottle of wine or a cup of hot coffee at Adelaide’s East End. You can get either and so much more in one area- the Ebenezer Place. The street has several independently owned shops that sell fine wines and exquisite food. 

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A trip to the Ebenezer Place is also a trip down memory lane. The area was originally a place where fresh produce was sold by local farmers. In fact, the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange stood in the area for more than 80 years. It was only in 1988 that the market was shut down and the structure was given a fresh coat of paint.

Amazingly, the East End withstood the test of time despite undergoing several changes. And as old habits die hard, Ebenezer Place remains a food haven. Only now, it’s a centre of fantastic restaurants and cafés that serve gourmet meals. Its shops serve strong flavoured coffee and crisp sweet wines.

5. The Adelaide Hills

Speaking of wines and spirits, Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grab a bottle of that sweet wine you’ve been craving. Amid panoramic views of the rolling hills, you can buy wines that would complement the sumptuous food served in any of the cafés in the area.

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Add to that, there are also shops that sell fresh local produce like olives and cheese. Both should never be absent on the served entrée. The seasons also bring different flavors like strawberries and other fruits that are ripe for the picking.

However, the greatest prize in visiting Adelaide Hills is the destination itself. There are several spots in the area where you can meet an occasional koala or feed farm animals when you visit any of the local vineyards.

Indeed, there are a lot of possibilities when you head out to Adelaide. From being a small community of European settlers, it has grown to include several national parks, art galleries, theatres and wineries. Its up to you how far you’d like to go on a hired campervan for a memorable vacation with family and friends.

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Cultural Festivals in 2014 – Stay in a Campervan

There is no doubt that there are great opportunities to explore Australia’s nature and wildlife in a campervan. It is up to you whether you are going to dive in the Great Barrier Reef, pose for stunning pictures in front of Ayers Rock or be enchanted by the timeless beauty of Kakadu National Park.

But what about the cultural celebrations and music festivals that shape Australia’s character? There are numerous events throughout the country that are perfectly accessible by campervan – a must-see for young and old. Why go in a campervan? The answer is simple: use it as both transport and accommodation and stay at campgrounds wherever you go.

Take a look at our Australian culture and music festival compilation for 2014. You will find the highlights by month until the end of the year.

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May

Start your journey loud and loony in Darwin! The BASSINTHEGRASS festival will carry you off to the grounds of the Darwin Amphitheatre, a place where different musical tastes collide to create a unique atmosphere. Presented by the Northern Territory government, BASSINTHEGRASS is conducted in a safe and friendly environment. Souvenir caps instead of a conventional ticket and the provision of free bottled water which is available throughout the day is a cool innovation. This year’s line-up includes Allday, Karnivool, The Amity Affliction, Vance Joy and many more. Secure your camper for Saturday 24 May 2014 today, so nothing can go wrong!

BASSINTHEGRASS
Sat 24th May
Darwin, NT

June

Take off to another wicked festival in North Queensland. River Sessions returns to Mackay this June with another line-up chock full of Australian talent. An epic line-up featuring The Amity Affliction, Rufus, Art vs Science and oodles more will take to the Mackay Showgrounds.

You can plan your trip and hire a campervan in Brisbane one week before the event and head to north. You will drive through the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Visit Noosa, one of the top three beaches in the South Pacific. Drive along the famous Bruce Highway and stop in at Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, which is located only 3 hours from Brisbane by campervan. This heavenly place will charge you full of energy. Park your campervan at one of the campgrounds located next to the island, and take a day trip to Fraser Island.

River Sessions Festival
Saturday, 28th June 2014
Mackay, QLD

July

Don’t be afraid of winter. It’s going to be hot! July holds probably Australia’s most prominent music event. Of course it’s in the Sunshine State – where else? With over 170,000 likes on Facebook, Splendour In The Grass is an absolute must for every Indie, hip-hop and electronic music fan. Hiring a campervan in advance is certainly the best idea when planning to go insane on Friday 25 July 2014. With plenty of on-site camping, Splendour creates its own community for a weekend that is a heady mixture of coeval performing arts. From July 25 – 27 Splendour In The Grass returns with three massive days of sensational sounds from around the globe.
Book your campervan and reserve your tickets for this amazing festival! Here is all you have to know about camping on Splendour In The Grass.

Splendour In The Grass 2014
Friday 25 July 2014, 10:00am – Sunday 27 July 2014, 11:00pm
Yelgun, NSW

August

You can’t get enough of a good thing, but there are other festivals besides music festivals. If you want to take it easier, we have also got some cultural festivals for you. In case you have never been to the Northern Territory, The Darwin Festival is a must-do event for you. An 18-day feast of theatre, music, dance, cabaret and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin awaits you. Head to Darwin in August and catch a little of the northern Australian culture.

The festival was born out of the destruction and devastation caused by a natural disaster over 35 years ago. Don’t worry, this is the best time to go there – stay dry and avoid the hottest temperatures during the dry season. The 2014 Festival takes place from 7 to 24 August. Travel with your rental motorhome from Salamanda Travel across the tropical area of NT and experience the celebration of the town’s revival as well as the optimism of the locals.

Campgrounds are available next to the centre and the festival:

  • Hidden Valley Tourist Park
    25 Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah NT 0828
  • KOA Caravan Park
    460 McMillans Rd, Marrara NT 0812
  • Discovery Holiday Parks – Darwin
    11 Farrell Crescent, Winnellie NT 0820

 

 

Darwin Festival
7 – 21 August 2014
Darwin, NT

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September

September will bring you closer to Asia’s arts and culture. With the OzAsia Festival, Adelaide celebrates Australia’s multicultural civilization and position within the Asia Pacific region. Experience traditions and rituals in theatre and dance, food and film through to arts and music. Be enchanted by the sensational Moon Lantern Festival at sunset. This highlight is a free community event that will impress.

Rent your campervan in Adelaide and plunge into the amazing colourfulness of the largest continent of the world, shaped by ancient traditions and customs. Discover the OzAsia Festival in your campervan and meet Australian artists who identify with an Asian heritage, as well as traditional artists from Asia. A diverse program of excellent shows for a broad range of tastes and budgets is on offer.

In your motorhome from Salamanda  you’ll be able to self-cater, and you’ll save money on accommodation. Moreover, there is the Adelaide Caravan Park right in the city, next to the Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. There is no better place to stay; it will take you no longer than 10 minutes to go to the city centre.

OzAsia Festival
5 – 21 September 2014
Adelaide, SA

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October

Let the summer begin with thunder! Be ready for the new #1 DJ in the world – Hardwell. During his I AM HARDWELL world tour he is coming to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney – in that order. This is a golden opportunity to listen to probably best electronic dance music this style of music has to offer. Be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible!

Hardwell’s sounds will move you to a different dimension and the unique beats will stir your blood. While traveling to each corner of the world, Hardwell has found fans from all around the world and keeps on amazing them.

Satisfy yourself by planning a marvellous holiday with your rented campervan. You have all three opportunities– Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Brisbane: Pick-up a motorhome on Friday, 3rd October over the weekend and start with Hardwell’s upcoming performance. The capital of the Sunshine State offers you a lot of sights and entertainment. You can start travelling with your campervan around Brisbane on Saturday and visit popular places like the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Noosa and Fraser Island. Put the finishing touches to your unforgettable weekend on Sunday and pay a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or head to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens or Mt Coot-ha.
Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

Melbourne: If a visit to the most liveable city has always been your dream, now is the time. Combine your experiences by travelling in a campervan in and around Melbourne with peerlessly electronic tunes. Feel the dancing mood atmosphere all over Melbourne on Saturday, 4th October. Be inspired by the youthfulness and cosmopolitan nature of Victoria’s capital city.

Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

  • Gladstone Park Motel
    196 Mickleham Road, Gladstone Park
    Phone: +61 3 9338 3533

Sydney: Hardwell’s last but not least I AM HARDWELL Australia tour destination is at the same time the biggest city Down Under. Many fans will make their way here and leave Sydney after the performance. But a much better idea is to hire a campervan and explore the region around Sydney – before or after Hardwell’s show on Sunday 5th October.
Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

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// AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES //
October 3, 2014 – Brisbane, QLD
October 4, 2014 – Melbourne, VIC
October 5, 2014 – Sydney, NSW

November

The Double Bay Street Festival 2014 should be an exceedingly successful day. In 2013, over 60,000 people participated in the fun of the day. Expect gourmet food, vintage, designer fashions, clothing and children’s toys. This festival is perfect for young families as it provides lots of entertainment for kids. Bring some joy to your infants and take them with you to Double Bay – only 10 minutes to the city of Sydney. They will be amused by a plenty of stalls, rides, crocodile encounters, camel rides and many different acts. Be flexible, explore beautiful Sydney and stay with your family in a campervan. It’s much easier to find a campervan park in Sydney than you think!

Please check this website for more information about campervan parks:

Double Bay Street Festival 2014
Sun 2 November
Double Bay, NSW

December

Slowly but surely, the year comes to an end. There is midsummer, hot temperatures and Christmas coming, followed up by New Year’s Eve. You can hardly wait and that’s why December is a special month – you can choose between various festivals where you can celebrate the best time of year.

Let’s get started with the Woodford Folk Festival. It’s an annual music festival held near the town of Woodford, Queensland. Hire your campervan in Brisbane and head 76 km to the north to arrive at the town, which is famous for major events. The Woodford Folk Festival is one of the biggest annual cultural events of its type in Australia.

Prepare yourself mentally and physically for six days and nights of a mix of performance styles, different genres and nationalities. Start celebrating on 27 December after your Christmas holidays and stay to 1 January with the most all the best folk, rock and roots artists. About 130,000 patrons attend annually. Some fans camp on-site overnight, but many stay for the full festival experience. So stop wondering why a campervan is such a brilliant idea. Shower and toilet facilities are available in all campgrounds. However, you should book your motorhome in advance! You’ll find more important information about camping here.

Woodford Folk Festival
December 27 to January 1
Woodford, QLD

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An alternative is the Falls Festival in Tasmania. A perfect occasion to discover this stunning isle in summer is to rent a campervan in Hobart and see the best of the natural state. Spend your Christmas holidays in Tasmania while travelling around and discovering beautiful destinations. On 29 December head to Marion Bay and experience the Falls Music & Arts Festival. You will be surprised by contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and some art forms. Of course, camping out at the event belongs to the local tradition. Enthusiasts will find beautiful beaches next to the festival.
Click on the link for more information on travelling and camping in Tasmania.

Falls Festival
DEC 29 2013 – JAN 01 2014
Bream Creek, TAS

Australia has amazing cultural events year round. They are a great opportunity to experience unforgettable moments to share with your loved ones. You’ll soon realise that travelling in a rented campervan is simply a part of Australia’s lifestyle. At the festivals, you will most probably meet new people with the same passion for the easygoing lifestyle while having fun as well as saving money with a campervan hire. Your best memories will last – whether you’re from abroad or a local.

Australia in a Campervan – Our Guide to Festivals in Australia

Music gathers people, and that is one of the main reasons we love festivals. Festivals are a great place to meet up with like-minded individuals from around the country and the world. There are many festivals of all kinds, sizes and music and lifestyle directions in Australia year-round, so there will always be something to suit you.

This isn’t your normal “Top Ten” list with the best festivals held in Australia, simply because there are too many festivals in too many places. So we have ordered them into categories.

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Modern Sounds
If you are looking for a lot of young people, beer, sun and current popular artists, it won’t be hard to find a festival that suits you.

Some festivals in Australia are held in different places at the same time, such as the Big Day Out and Stereosonic, which are good examples of this kind of national festival.

Big Day Out is held in January simultaneously in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. The line-up features some of Australia’s best live rock bands as well as top international artists. The headline acts for 2014 are Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer.

Stereosonic focuses on House and Techno sounds and is held in December in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Here you’ll find some of the biggest DJ’s from all around the world, especially from Great Britain and The Netherlands, like Armin van Buren and Calvin Harris. Talking about Dutch music, one of the biggest festivals in The Netherlands has also come to Australia since 2009. Defqon 1, founded by the Dutch powerhouse Q-Dance is one of the biggest festivals of its kind featuring House and Hardstyle music and it grows in size every year.

Some other festivals of popular current music that are worth considering are:

  • Field Day – Sydney Festival (January)
  • Homebake (December)
  • Bass in the Grass, Darwin (May)
  • Soundwave in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (February).

Jazz, Blues and Classical
If those hard bass sounds aren’t really your thing, try one of the Jazz and/or Blues festivals. Combine some of the best nature in Australia with delightful music and enjoy a day out with a music adventure. Probably the best known of its kind is the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in June. With more than 300 Australian and international musicians and a rich program with club gigs, film screenings, master classes and evening sound walks, this is a festival for families, youth and even seniors.

The Byron Bay Bluefest is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. That means 2014’s Eastern Weekend will be very special this year at Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm with over 200 performances on 7 stages. The Bluefest welcomes international artists like Jack  Johnson, John Mayer, Passenger and Dave Matthews Band.

For Opera you should definitely visit ‘Opera in the Paddock’ and ‘Opera in the Vineyards’. These festivals are organised respectively in March and October and bring the best of opera to stunning outdoor locations so you can bask in world class music while enjoying some great scenery.

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Folk and Country
Experience country music like it should be. With a number of festivals organised year round in Australia we’re quite sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.

The Gympie Muster is held over 4 action-packed days and nights in Queensland’s most beautiful and normally peaceful National State Parks: Amamoor Creek State. Here you’ll find the true spirit of Country in Australia during the end of August each year.

This year the Tamworth Country Music Festival will be opened by two of Australian superstars in Country Music, namely Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley, that and lots of other performances makes the 42nd Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth in January 2014 one that absolutely cannot be missed.

A great festival for the whole family is National Folk Festival in Canberra, hundreds of the world’s best musicians are showing their best music tracks during this five-day festival in March and April.

WOMAD
WOMADelaide is the Worldof Music, Arts and Dance, founded by musician Peter Gabriel in 1982. Over the last two decades it has grown into one of the biggest outdoor festivals in Australia and is held over four days in Adelaide. Participants can experience world class music performances as well as workshops, cooking programs and dancers.

A popular way to enjoy festivals is in a motorhome. Most festivals offer powered sites and a camper with your own bed, kitchen facilities and even shower and toilet are a very comfortable way to enjoy a stay at a festival campground. But do make sure you book early, because we get a lot of people booking well in advance to secure their campervan for a festival.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Try the Australia Tourism website.

Australia in a Campervan – Our Guide to Cruising South Australia

Obviously, Australia can’t be seen in one day. Planning a trip through Australia means making a lot of choices. No need to panic, we can help you with making these choices and get you familiarised with the world Down Under.

In this blog post we’ve included some ideas for a round trip through South Australia. Drive your campervan along the beautiful wine valleys up to Mount Gambier.

Barossa Valley

Wine Tasting
A superb place to wake up in your own motorhome and enjoy Port Augusta to the fullest is Hancock Lookout. From here, you will start your self-drive holiday with panoramic scenic views that you will find driving towards the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa Wine Valley, with Jacobs Creek, is one of the most famous wine growing regions in Australia. The vineyards are extensive, so make sure you stop by to taste a couple of these delicious free wines, just to make sure you have tasted the best ones!

Biking and cruising
Once you have found your favourite wine it’s time to hit the road and drive further through the Adelaide Hills, which is also a popular bike route. It’s an ideal setting to imagine yourself in a dream world where you’re cruising a classic convertible, wearing outsized sunglasses. But a campervan will do just fine to soak up the beautiful views of the forested slopes and magnificent scenery here.

Adelaide

City rush and city hiking
And all of sudden, deep in the valley, there’s Adelaide. With a million residents it’s quite a busy city, but with its relaxing parks it still offers a lot of green space. If you want to get away from the city rush, Glenelg is a charming coastal township, a suburb of Adelaide set on the ocean. Here you can take a walk along the beach, sink in the soft sand and contemplate eternity.

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Penguins at Granite Island
From Adelaide drive your campervan further south towards Fleurieu Peninsula and stop at Waitpinga beach, the aboriginal name for Windy Beach¸ and yes as the name suggests, it’s quite windy here. Next stop: Victor Harbor, known for Granite Island, this island was once part of the mainland but is now connected with a causeway. You can cross the causeway on foot or a by a horse-pulled tram. At dawn you can indulge in some penguins spotting at Granite Island.

Mount Gambier
The last stop will be Mount Gambier, but first visit Umpherston sinkhole, once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone. The sinkhole is shaped as a hole since the top of the camber collapsed downwards. Now it is an ideal location for a botanic garden. Mount Gambier is known for its Blue Lake, a lake formed by a volcanic crater. Every year in November, the lake changes from its grey colour to a clear blue tint for a couple of days. Later during the day check out Caves Gardens, a waterfall right in the centre that falls down into the underground limestone caves.

Convinced? Now book your self-drive holiday yourself!