Things to do in and around Adelaide
While on your Grand Tour you should explore other places and activites around Adelaide. It is a city rich in history and has many interesting places to visit.
There's lots to do in and around Adelaide so, if you're planning on arriving early or staying a few extra days, have a look at some of these activities.
Your wonderful tour guides have already organised some post convention tours for attendees. We have organised a wine tasting tour and a gourmet food tourfor the day after the convention - that is, Monday, 7th August 2017. More information about the tours can be found here. Please note you must purchase a ticket for these tours, and that places are strictly limited.
There are five wine regions within visiting distance of Adelaide. The Barossa Valley (1hr north of Adelaide), the Adelaide Hills (20 mins east), McLaren Vale (1hr south), the Clare Valley (2.5hrs north) and the Coonawarra (2.5hrs southeast). The only difficulty for the serious connoisseur is choosing which one! And don't forget to visit the National Wine Centre of Australia in the city centre if you get a chance.
Hindley Street in where much of the night life in Adelaide occurs, and is also home to one of our sponsors, the University of South Australia. If you are after bars, nightclubs and the full force of Adelaide on a Saturday night, then Hindley Street is the place to go. Hindley Street is also a short walk to the Adelaide Casino.
Adelaide's East End is the slightly more upmarket alternative for night life in Adelaide city centre. Focused on Rundle Street, the East End has many quirky shops, restaurants, cafes and bars to tempt even the most jaded palate.
If you prefer your food and drink by the sea-side then check out Glenelg. Located only 12km from Adelaide City, Glenelg is a seaside suburb with sandy white shores, bustling shops and restaurants and attractions for all ages. Glenelg is the site of South Australia's original mainland settlement in 1836 and there is a free museum located in the Town Hall in Moseley Square with interactive exhibits detailing some of the area's history and heritage. Glenelg is abundant with wild dolphins and swimming tours are available. (Note, however, that it may be wet and windy during August so you can instead enjoy the beach from the inside of a cafe, sipping a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate)
North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre is home to many of the city's cultural institutions. The Museum of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Ayers House Museum are all located on this street, which is also close to the many cafes and fine drinking establishments of Adelaide's West and East Ends. The Art Gallery and Museum have some exhibitions that are unique in the world, such as Eric the opal pleisosaur, and many of Albert Namatjira's works. Ayers House is the preserved home of one of the early Premiers of South Australia and presents the fascinating social history of Adelaide in the Victorian Era.
The Botanic Gardens of South Australia comprises three beautiful public gardens - Adelaide Botanic Garden (and Botanic Park) in the city, Mount Lofty Botanic Gardenin the Adelaide Hills and Wittunga Botanic Garden in suburban Blackwood. These gardens have provided visitors with a range of cultural, recreational, educational and scientific facilities for over 160 years.
Adelaide Zoo, one of Adelaide's most iconic attractions, is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. And Pandas! Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the nation, it first opened to the public in 1883 and represents a significant part of South Australia’s heritage and social history.
The historic town of Hahndorf lies within the Adelaide Hills, 28 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. The regions original inhabitants dating back 2400 years were the Peramangk Aboriginal people who had named the area 'Bukartilla' in reference to the swimming hole which was created by several creeks emptying into the nearby Onkaparinga River.
On the 28th of December 1838 the 344 tonne ship Zebra carrying 187 German Lutheran immigrants arrived in Port Adelaide. The ships captain Dirk Hahn, a Dane, had grown to respect the passengers and promised to help them achieve their goal of settling and farming together. He was able to negotiate a parcel of land in the Adelaide Hills. The names of the 52 pioneer families are inscribed on the gates of the Pioneer Memorial gardens in Hahndorf. The new settlement was named Hahndorf (Hahn's village) in honour of Captain Hahn who had assisted the refugees to achieve their goal.
The town became a place to visit on tourist maps and today the historic town is one of South Australia's premier tourist destinations. Hahndorf is classified as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and each year thousands of people, young and old, enjoy its charm and the hospitality. From chutney, chocolate, fudge and apple strudel to Australia's largest hot-dog, to craft beers and boutique wines, there is a selection to entice every foodie.
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or 'KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. You'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
There are so many things to do on Kangaroo Island, cultural culinary and natural, if you have time it's worth spending a day or three there. You can get to kangaroo Island via the SeaLink Ferry or by flying from Adelaide Airport
The country around Adelaide is great for bush-walking, with dozens of trails and many different ecosystems. If going on a long walk strikes your fancy, we recommend you ceck out the Walking SA website. Please pay attention to the safety information and difficulty levels. Walking in Australia is not the same as walking in many parts of the world and people become lost and die of exposure easily and often.
If you have questions about any of the things that you can see and do around Adelaide, please feel free to contact us or post a question in our Facebook group and the locals will be sure to help you out!