Unusual for an Australian city in that it was created as a colony for free settlers rather than convicts, Adelaide’s genteel beginnings are reflected in its tidy, grid-like centre, wide streets and stately Victorian architecture. The sprawling Adelaide Parklands and Botanic Gardens are two further enduring legacies of clever town planning, providing welcome peace and greenery in an otherwise concrete urban environment. Famed for religious tolerance, the South Australian capital was known as “The City of Churches” for decades.
The world-renowned vineyards of the Barossa Valley are just 90 minutes outside Adelaide. Unique in that it was settled by a mix of both English and German pioneers, the region features continental elements in the local language, architecture and cuisine. Incredible wines are part of this special heritage– the product of generations of winemakers whose knowledge of soil, grapes and conditions is second to none in Australia.
Adelaide and the Barossa Valley can easily be incorporated into a tailor made Australia holiday.
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Sample the many delicacies South Australia has to offer at the bustling Central Market. Adelaide’s pubs now outnumber its chapels; be sure to stop for a pint at an historic hotel on or around Rundle Street, the city’s main drag. Aside from fabulous wineries and restaurants, the Barossa Valley is threaded with picturesque cycling and walking tracks. Tee off at one of the several beautiful golf courses, or take home handmade souvenirs from the many shops and galleries in the region.
- Lovely Adelaide, known for decades as “The City of Churches”
- Fast-emerging dining scene on Rundle and Granger streets
- Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, the country’s oldest family-owned confectioner
- Adelaide Hills, a national food bowl
- Bountiful seasonal produce and a multitude of lively farmers’ markets
- Pristine beaches, minutes from the CBD
- The Barossa Valley, home of Australia’s best shiraz
- Unique Anglo-German history, language and culture
- Charming heritage towns
- Mouth-watering gourmet food and wine trails
Accommodation – Adelaide and the Barossa Valley
Suggested Tours Featuring Adelaide and the Barossa Valley
There are direct flights into Adelaide from all major Australian cities, and from many international hubs including Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. The legendary Ghan and Indian Pacific rail services also stop in the South Australian capital. The Barossa Valley is a 90 minute drive outside the CBD, or you could charter a private aircraft – some upmarket vineyards have their own airstrip or helipad for direct air transfers.
Unspoilt Kangaroo Island is just a short flight from the South Australian capital, and brims with natural, historic and gastronomic attractions. For an authentic outback experience, head north into the ancient Flinders Ranges, home to historic homesteads such as Arkaba, great multi-day walking trails and a host of endangered native wildlife.