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luna_cat Adelaide - A travel report by Nina
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Adelaide,  Australia - flag Australia -  South Australia
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Not just a city of churches!!!

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Yes we all know all the stereotypical aspects of Adelaide, though in all due respect, how many times are these wrong??? Adelaide is a really nice and peaceful location and one in which you most certainly will have a relaxing holiday.


View of Adelaide from Mt Lofty Lookout
View of Adelaide from Mt Lofty Lookout
Set about 20 min away from the coast and only an hours drive away from the world reknowned Barossa Valley wine district, Adelaide is the perfect location to begin discovering what South Australia has to offer. There are of course lovely churches and parks to see and wander through aimlessly, however, for those desiring something a bit more energetic it is quite simple to take a trip south to Kangaroo Island or to one of the many beaches where conditions for activities such as jet skiing or windsurfing are ideal. For a relatively small place Adelaide offers a great array of things to see and do that are both close in proximity to the city itself as well as being quite affordable.

Favourite spots:
View of the Barossa Valley
View of the Barossa Valley
Some favourite spots which i would consider things to check out include the gorgeous Henley Beach which is located just west of the city centre. Unfortunately unlike Glenelg Beach it is not easily accessed by public transport though there are likely to be buses going to the area. It is though worth the effort because once you arrive you see the beautiful colour of the sea in contrast with the almost white coloured sand. It is a personal favourite due to its quiet and peaceful nature, whilst still providing some facilities such as eateries. Further another recommended place in Adelaide would be of course the Barossa Valley. Two particular wineries i would recommend are named SChild and Rockford. These and of course many others produce some great tasting wines which in some cases though the wine may be a reserve it is quite easily able to be drunk straight away. The little towns found in between the various wineries are also treasures onto themselves and should also be discovered

What's really great:
Myself at the Shutzenfest
Myself at the Shutzenfest
A special location for dining and shopping would be Melbourne St in North Adelaide. On Sundays people come here for all day breakfasts and particularly they come to a place called The Store. Even to just have a wander through the actual store part of this place is a food lovers heaven. You like I will wish you were able to buy everything in the shop. For dinner in this street I recommend a Japanese restaurant named Sato. It is really authentic in terms of its food and the service is just excellent. Also have your meal on the floor tables for a more authentic experience. For those however of the more partying Spirit attempt a night during mid January at the festival known as Shutzenfest. It is a real experience unto itself and particularly if you like beer or Cider as these are the two main products available at the festival. As it is a German festival there are however a wide selection of sausages available as well as mounds of saurkraut.

Sights:
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Check out My Lofty Lookout for a great view of Adelaide city. There are also some really great walks you can do from here minding that there is no risk of fires for that day. This is located south east of the city as you head towards the German originated town of Hahndorf. There are some really good food stores and cafes there as well as really tempting lolly and chocolate shops. MMMM!!!!

Further on the foody path have a look at Central Market. It is however not open as of a Tuesday so keep that in mind when planning. It is however great to see all the produce available. Again there will be great temptation to just buy a lot to either eat right there or try to take home.

There are also the Botanic Gardens to see including The National Wine Centre where you can sample an array of wines and cheeses in the comfort or airconditioning. The Botanic Gardens themselves are a sight however on their own and whilst there time just seems to slip away due to its peaceful nature.

Published on Monday January 22th, 2007


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Sat, Jan 27 2007 - 01:13 PM rating by marianne

Nina,
a terrific report, would love to go and eat sauerkraut and all other goodies

Fri, Jan 26 2007 - 12:11 AM rating by eirekay

Beaches and Wine Tasting! Great combo! Thanks for a terrific report!

Wed, Jan 24 2007 - 06:16 AM rating by downundergal

Hi Nina,
Enjoyable reading - my brother lives in Adelaide & I am ashamed to say that I have never visited there!
Cheers,
Kerrie

Tue, Jan 23 2007 - 08:28 PM rating by st.vincent

Nice report, the Schutzenfest sounds fun

Mon, Jan 22 2007 - 02:19 PM rating by mrscanada

Thanks for the wonderful information on Adelaide. I'd love to visit the wine country. My favorite picture is of you.

Mon, Jan 22 2007 - 07:27 AM rating by rangutan

I like it! Wow, also a "Sch├╝tzenfest" :-)

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