Adelaide has been voted Australia’s most liveable city for three years in a row. It’s clean, affordable and the beaches are less than a half-hour drive away. This is also Australia’s wine capital, a laid-back place with a diverse cultural scene, known for staging Womadelaide and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Explore the city with an Adelaide Airport car rental, touring from beaches to foothills and into grape-growing territory like the Clare Valley.
With its 140-year history, Adelaide Central Market is a much-loved institution and there’s no better place to kick start your visit. With over 80 stallholders specialising in everything from cheese, yoghurt, olives and pastries to coffee beans and sushi, you’ll be sure to find something delicious to snack on or to pop in your picnic basket.
Adelaide Arcade is a beautiful building in the city centre, housing over 100 speciality shops and its very own museum. Order a coffee at Ciao Coffee Bar while enjoying the beautiful 120-year-old interior with its tiles, marble and cast iron details.
Discover the region’s indigenous heritage at Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, which has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, culture and history. The Kaurna people are the original inhabitants of the Adelaide plains, and Tandanya is the Kaurna word for ‘place of the Red Kangaroo’.
The Art Gallery of South Australia is the place for art buffs to get their fill. For gifts or souvenirs, check out the local South Australian art scene at Urban Cow Studio. The Cow’s three rooms are packed with paintings, designer jewellery, handmade ceramics and glassware, textiles, t-shirts and hoodies.
If you have little ones in tow, Adelaide Zoo is a must and is even easier to visit with an Adelaide car hire. It’s also Australia’s second-oldest zoo and home to Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. After the zoo, head to Glenelg Beach, just 10 km from the city centre. Grab an ice cream and walk along the boardwalk or go swimming or surfing.
The lush Adelaide Botanic Gardens are home to Womadelaide, one of Australia’s longest-running music and dance festivals with local and international acts.
Just a 20-minute drive from the city, Hahndorf, is the oldest German settlement in Australia. Stroll along its quaint streets, browsing antique stores and the work of local craftsmen, before popping into the German Cake Shop for a pot of afternoon tea. Later on, tuck into a hearty German feast of Bockwurst, pork knuckle and sauerkraut at the Hahndorf Inn, washed down with a stein of Bavarian beer.
Head for the Barossa Valley, just 60 km north of the city, with your car rental. Adelaide is striking distance from so many different wineries with so many varieties to taste, you’ll want to take a couple of days to explore. If you feel the urge to get back into nature, head to Kangaroo Island for some four-wheel driving action on Australia’s third-largest island. Visit the Lavender Farm, the Parndana Wildlife Park and look out for the local ‘fairy penguins’.