Cool, cultured and casual are the words that aptly describe South Australia’s capital city – Adelaide. When here, keep these at the top of your list
LET A BAMBOO TREECYCLE TAKE YOU AROUND
These eco-friendly bicycle tours (starting $5) are cheaper than catching a bus, train, or taxi
When in Adelaide, travel slow, literally. How about going around the city in an eco-friendly passenger bike built from bamboo? The treecycle is run by young, fit and charismatic home-grown caddies who know the city well and promise to show you around with all their passion, providing interesting insights now and then. All you got to do is download the Eco Caddy app and choose your favourite caddy to pick you up. With Adelaide being the 20-minute city – it’s called so as everything is pretty close and easy to get to – with a flat terrain, it’s perfect for bike rides. Plus, there’s so much buzz that if you move through it too quickly, you’re likely to miss out on the fun. When travelling in this treecycle, you can easily hop on and hop off wherever you like!
GET ON THAT ROOF
If you’re a cricket-loving Indian, you’re definitely in for one of the most exhilarating adventures at the picturesque test cricket ground – Adelaide Oval. Register for a 2-hour guided climb across the stadium’s unique roofline, put on your suit and safety harness and enjoy stunning views of Adelaide, stretching out to the Adelaide Hills on one side and the coast on the other. Or book an evening climb to see the city bathed in magical twilight glow. At the end of the tour, you not only return with an achievement certificate and a printed snap for memory, but also knowing a lot more about the city.
RoofClimb Day ($99); RoofClimb Twilight ($109)
TIP: Don’t forget to browse through Bradman Collection Museum that is home to Sir Don Bradman’s personal memorabilia. It includes 52 scrapbooks documenting his cricketing career as well as photographs, menus, balls, trophies, items of clothing and telegrams.
PICNIC AT ELDER PARK
Elder Park is home to the Adelaide Festival Centre, Convention Centre, railway station and casino; enough to keep you busy all day!
While India lacks the culture of picnicking and barbecuing at scenic landscapes; we miss out on the simple pleasures of people watching while biting on a chicken sandwich or sipping on a cup of coffee. However, Adelaide is blessed with good weather on most days, so you can consider hanging around Elder Park, located near Lake Torrens, bang in the heart of the city. Laze in the sun, lay out your picnic blanket on one of the grassy knolls, rent a paddleboat or simply hire a bicycle and enjoy the beautiful views of the lake. You can also go for a 20-min cruise upstream to the zoo in Popeye – a 25-foot boat holding up to 20 passengers.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE BEACHES
With some captivating beaches so close to the city centre, it’s hard to stay away from sand and surf.
Ø Hop on the tram that takes you to Moseley Square, a few metres away from the family-friendly Glenelg Beach. While its easy reachability and Victorian architecture are major draws, you can also go for a dip or walk down the Jetty Road which is a bustling mix of cafés, clothing boutiques and restaurants.
Ø Brighton has a similar relaxed vibe with eclectic cafés and restaurants lit up with fairy lights.
Ø With its art deco theatres, vintage clothing shops and original buildings from 1850s (Semaphore Palais, Federal Hotel and Town Library), Semaphore beach provides a rare glimpse of pre-war Australia.
Ø While Aldinga Beach and nearby Sellicks Beach provide decent snorkelling and scuba diving spots, Henley is a great option if you wish to take a 40-minute cycle trip from the city and indulge in a delicious meal of fish and chips.
Ø For some quiet time, head to Grange Beach, a pleasant 20-minute walk from Henley.
If you have some free time…
FEEL ARTSY IN ADELAIDE
Walk towards North Terrace that marks the edge of the city centre, and on the way drop into the GPO (General Post Office), a masterpiece designed in the 1870s. Marvel at the beautiful architecture, carved columns and fine stonework. Also, keep an eye out for the two clock towers over the GPO and the Town Hall. Every art lover’s dream, the JamFactory at 19 Morphett St exhibits Adelaide’s most exciting ceramics, furniture, glass and other contemporary craft work. Appreciate fabulous pieces of art by emerging local artists, learn something new at a craft workshop or pick up a stylish souvenir.
RELISH A LOCAL MEAL
Taste the true flavour of this land by grabbing lunch/dinner at Blackwood restaurant, 285 Rundle St. It embraces Australian culture, ingredients and low-intervention wines. Kangaroo crackers and scallops with lemon, mayonnaise, ice plant and karkalla are must haves.
VISIT THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM
National Motor Museum, Birdwood is a pleasant 60-minute drive from the city centre, through the picturesque Adelaide Hills. With more than 400 vintage vehicles on display, the collection documents the history of road transport in Australia as stories behind the vehicles.