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Adelaide travel guide

Hedged in by a perimeter of eucalyptus-packed Park Lands, Adelaide salivates the palates of food travellers, festival-loving partygoers and free-spirited culture lovers alike.

Compact enough for easy, on-foot navigation, the city still has an air of enormous space. It’s flanked by the European-like Adelaide Hills to its east and world-renowned wineries to its north and south, and garlanded with a dune-draped coastline.

Its majestic boulevards, cobbled laneways and quaint parklets ooze charm and grace. It is refined with some of the country’s most handsome colonial architecture.

Being Australia’s food capital, Adelaide has perfected the art of oiling taste buds. Find local produce on the stalls of the city’s markets; savour it through the hands of expert chefs in the city’s hotels or the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

From cheese specialists to ChocoVino winery tours at German-settled Hahndorf, join the slow-food movement that the Adelaideans have passionately embraced. Take a ride out to the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale to sip South Australia’s finest vintages.

Adelaide has a menagerie of museums, galleries and shops, showcasing local artworks and installations, precious Aboriginal relics, railway and shipping artefacts and early settler migration memorabilia.

Flash your wallet in Adelaide’s gleaming department stores, or find quirky boutiques selling one-off designs, hidden down hip alleyways.
Craving some salt on the skin? The vibrant seaside village of Glenelg is just a quick tram-ride away. Swim with wild dolphins in Gulf St Vincent, before satiating yourself at the seductive restaurants of Holdfast Shores’ glitzy strip.

Northwest of the city is North Haven, where you can expend some adrenaline kiteboarding. Or head southwest to Waitpinga and get your cool on by surfing the wild crests and challenging sets of this untamed beach.

Dubbed ‘the Festival City,’ Adelaide is awash with world music, theatre and dance. She keeps all who visit on their toes and in her palm.

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