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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.