An underrated city that deserves a lot more recognition. This laid back city called Adelaide (even the name sounds romantic) is not always the top choice for travelers because some find this city of churches quite dull and ordinary. Although it is known to be quiet, friendly and peaceful, to me it’s just the right amount of perfection I needed after my hectic Eurotrip. Adelaide is also a stunning coastal city that deserves to be raved about. The other unique thing about Adelaide, it is famous for its vino and is often referred to as the wine capital of Australia.
I went there on January, which means the weather was rather dry and hardly rain but it was still quite cold and chilly at night. My one week trip started off with venturing around the city centre or the CBD. With its vibrant culture built on famous festivals, great food and wine, urbane Adelaide is an elegant city with a rich past and a passion for fine living. The CBD also has an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants and a large amount of these can be found on the eastern side of paved and pedestrian friendly area, the Rundle Street.
What instantly jumps to mind with Adelaide is its pure country charm and how it isn’t influenced by the hustle and bustle that usually comes with the package served up by Australia’s other capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne. So my local friend decided to rent a car for our day road trip down to the southern Adelaide. First stop was d’Arenberg, a family-owned winery producing internationally renowned red wines in McLaren Vale. I can’t stress enough on how breathtaking the view around the wine region is. It is a smaller wine region but that doesn’t hamper the choice of wines, there are so many small and friendly cellar-doors you can visit. Well worth the drive down here for the food, wine and views.
After some wine stops, we traveled down to the nearest beach called Silver Sands or Aldinga with fabulous wide pale sands, blue and clear water. Perfect if you just want a quiet stroll or to sit and watch the waves roll. It is safe for everyone to swim, with no rips and it has amazing views of the Sellicks Beach cliffs.
The next day we headed up to Adelaide Hills to visit Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hanhdorf. This lovely town has a diverse range of picturesque cottages, craft shops and restaurants – with some rustic elements to it. If you crave for a piece of Germany, this is the place to be. Dine out on sausage, sauerkraut and apple strudel with a stein of German beer!
I had a relaxing trip to Adelaide, the effortlessly chic city that deserves to be hyped about. Confined between mineral-rich Western Australia and the more populous Eastern States, South Australia has a less popular reputation but the best part about being unpopular, it is easier to maintain and it has managed to retain both an excellent quality of life and a keen sense of community. It has eclectic fare, paradisal beaches, excellent wineries, and festivals galore but with a scrap of tourists and for a whole lot cheaper experience.