The best thing you could do in Adelaide

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

Compact enough to never get lost, the city still has an air of enormous space. It’s flanked by the European-like Adelaide Hills to its east, world-renowned wineries to its north and south, and garlanded with a dune-draped coastline.

Its majestic boulevards, cobbled laneways and quant parklets ooze charm and grace. Refined with some of the country’s most handsome colonial architecture, visitors can comfortably explore the city on foot.

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’s passionately embraced by Adelaideans. 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 the 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 seductive restaurants on the glitzy strip of Holdfast Shores.

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

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

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