Classy, elegant and refined are just some of the words used to describe Adelaide. The vivacious and vibrant capital of South Australia is known for its contemporary architecture, boutique shopping, sun-drenched beaches, sparkling night-life and exquisite fine dining. Australia's fifth biggest city proudly showcases its affluent heritage and glorious history.
Nature lovers can kick-start the trip by heading towards the Botanic Garden of Adelaide. Stroll around tree-lined avenues, rose gardens, palm houses, herb gardens, lily ponds, duck ponds and rare and endangered plants. One of the highlights include the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion encompassing the gorgeous Victoria amazonica waterlily while the First Creek Wetland is home to over 60,000 plants, several being native.
Animal lovers can take some time out to visit the Adelaide Zoo, situated close to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens on the northwest. Set up in the late 19th century, it is known for its wide array of animals and is particularly famous for its giant pandas. Children will enjoy visiting the petting zoo where they can cuddle, kiss and feed a variety of furry farmyard animals including kangaroos, quokkas and wallabies. Don't miss out on the Cleland Wildlife Park that houses animals in a naturalistic habitat. One can wander around, feed and enjoy close-up encounters with kangaroos, wallabies, potoroos and emus. If one wants, they can pay an extra fee and cuddle a koala and take a souvenir picture.
If you're a chocoholic, be sure to visit Haigh's Chocolate Factory. Set up in 1915 by Alfred Haigh, he is one of the few chocolatiers in the planet to develop a chocolate straight from the raw cacao bean. Visitors can a take a delicious and syrupy tour of the factor and watch the journey of how chocolates are prepared. Witness these artistic chefs craft their chocolate gems. Wine connoisseurs will be delighted to visit the National Wine Centre of Australia and sample the tasty sparkling wines on display.
There are plenty of museums and galleries in Adelaide. Some of them are: Art Gallery of South Australia ( features nearly 40,000 pieces including Australian, European, Asian and North American collections), National Railway Museum (interactive railway museum; the biggest of its kind in Australia) and the Migration Museum (talks about early Australia and the mass migration from Britain).
When it comes to shopping, be sure to visit Rundle Mall - a pedestrian-only shopping strip, with several arcades. Be sure to explore the Adelaide Central Market which is brimming with South Australian produce and international delicacies. Walk around the fresh fruits, gourmet cheeses, freshly-ground coffees, olives, pickles,charcuterie meats and fish. As for cuisine, do indulge into local fare served in restaurants dotted in the city.
The stay options in Adelaide are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Adelaide experiences Mediterranean climate with warm to hot dry summers and mild short winters. The best time to visit would be during autumn (March to May) when the weather is not only pleasant but is also packed with festivals and events such as Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Tasting Australia.