Stuff To Do

Bridezilla will need this information as much as everybody else as she is not an Adelaide local.  This information is a collection of useful information kindly provided by Kristen and sister-in-law Jo.

Everything is close to you in Adelaide! Its a long city, about 2hrs to drive north to south, but only 40-50mins wide, so wherever you are, its easy to get to either the Hills or the beach.

Adelaide Central Markets:  not only can you browse or buy gorgeous produce, cheeses, breads, and coffee, there is a cheap and cheerful food court and the neighborhood outside the market is ringed with restaurants.

The Parklands: The Parklands ring the central business district; each has its distinctive flavour. The West has a huge old cemetery, the South is mostly empty but for some sports grounds; the East has a racecourse. The River Torrens runs through the North, which is also home to some of Adelaide’s attractions, including the Botanic garden and the zoo. The North Terrace road is where you’ll find the museums.

The new Giant Pandas arrive at Adelaide Zoo in late December - Come and see what all the fuss is about (but only if you can handle Japanese-style crowds), and check out the South-East Asian Rainforest area while you are there.

Rundle Mall: a pedestrian shopping district in north central Adelaide. Visit the Mall’s Balls, drink Coopers at one of the many pubs, or buy the shoes you forgot to pack. The mall sometimes has buskers and street performers for added entertainment.

Haigs Chocolate: home to Adelaide’s famous chocolate frogs. They have shops around town including in the Markets, Rundle Mall and Glenelg. You have no excuse to miss them.  They even have a factory tour.

The East End of the city square is a vibrant hub consisting of the Botanical Gardens, International Rose Garden, Bicentennial Conservatory, Ayres House, Tandanya - the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the National Wine Centre.

Adelaide in January is pretty warm, and the best part of the holiday season is heading down to one of the golden beaches. Being so far up the Gulf, we don’t get many waves so the water is warm and calm pretty much all the time, and all the main beaches have jetties. Glenelg is the closest and easiest to get to from the city, you can just jump on a tram in the city centre. Glenelg is a popular city beach with shopping and movies, a great range of restaurants and a fun, public water play area for little kids in the middle of the square. Make a day trip out of it by walking the two hours from Glenelg to Brighton along the beach and Esplanade. If you are looking for something less busy, you can take the train to Brighton or Semaphore, or a bus to funky Henley Beach - all of them are faves. The best thing about Adelaide beaches is the shade the jetty provides, and the restaurants nearby. Some beaches have markets on during the weekends, especially Semaphore and Henley.

Glenelg: From the center of Adelaide, you can take a tram to the beach. Glenelg offers up the delights of a typical seaside town: boutiques, beach and bars.

That’s not the end of the beaches though - the country beaches are not too far away, and if you feel like combining a drive in the countryside with a picnic and lunchtime swim, there are a few lovely spots further down south. Victor Harbor is a not so sleepy little town with cafes and antique shops, Whaler’s Point, and a horse-drawn train across a bridge out to Granite Island that operates on the weekends. If there is no train, you can just walk across. Over on the island, if you want to wait until sunset you can go searching for the Fairy Penguins that come out in the evening. Seals and dolphins are frequently spotted nearby at Pt. Elliot’s Horseshoe Bay, which is a very picturesque beach all by itself, with some rocky coastline thats great fun to climb. Look out for seals and dolphins off the rocks.

Interested in a bit of eco-tourism? The kayaking dolphin tour through the mangroves is only 30 mins from the city centre, near Semaphore, and if you are in the car the St. Kilda playground is just on the other side of the mangroves at the end of St. Kilda Rd. (You can get a good view of the whole area and the mangroves from Google Maps - search for Torrens Island.)

Wine Tours: Get out of Adelaide to see the wineries. If you want to drink as you go, there are tours & car services for hire. Barossa Epicurean Tours offer small group tours and come recommended.
Wine areas: 
Barossa Valley
McLaren Vale
Coonawarra
Adelaide Hills
Clare Valley

Kangaroo Island: Located 126kms south of Adelaide in South Australia is one of Australia’s finest nature based destinations and best kept secrets (110kms road trip from Adelaide to Cape Jervis and 16kms ferry trip from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island).  SeaLink provide excellent website for transport and all things related to the Island.

Tour Down Under: 17-24 January 2010.  The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in exhilarating style. The week-long event brings the top ProTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January. So expect to see lots of cyclists around as they arrive early to prepare.