It’s famous for being the first Australian province to be freely-settled. Named after William IV’s consort, there’s a very regal feel to Adelaide’s grid layout and colonial architecture. However, early inhabitants of SA did struggle, particularly to find food, which explains why they’re known as the Crow Eaters!
After what could be an exhilarating start to the Ashes, you’ve a few days to spare in Adelaide between tests. So it’s time to make the most of a range of Adelaide activities and attractions. Head for the Barossa Valley and raise a glass to Australia’s finest wine region. Get up early and revel in the bustle of Adelaide Central Market. Explore North Terrace’s grand houses, stop for coffee or just soak up the culture.
Go wine tasting in South Australia
Think South Australia, think wine. SA is the wine capital of Australia and most wineries are virtually on Adelaide’s doorstep. So if you’re partial to Shiraz head for the Barossa. Got a liking for Riesling? Make tracks for the Clare Valley.
The really big reds beckon in the Coonawarra. Aussies love exploring their ‘cellar doors’ and we think you will too!
Kangaroo Island is a hugely popular Adelaide attraction. A two-hour drive and a short ferry trip from the city you’ll find all that’s great about Australia in one place. Pristine beaches and golden pastures teem with sea-lions, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
Historic buildings and gourmet food outlets litter the countryside. Wash it all down with a glass of South Australian wine against the backdrop of an awesome sunset.
Days out from Adelaide
From whale watching on Fleurieu Point to ballooning over the Flinders Range, there’s a lot going on around Adelaide. You can go fishing on the Eyre Peninsula or take in a festival in Henley. You can experience the thrill of close encounters with great white sharks. Or simply choose a beachfront restaurant and savour the freshest seafood. Adelaide promises, and delivers, great days out.
Take a tram to Glenelg beach
Hop on an Adelaide tram and a 25 minute ride to the coast brings you to Glenelg. Adelaide’s favourite seaside resort features a white sand beach and sun-kissed sidewalk cafes. Glenelg offers the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins or get hooked on fishing. It’s also the perfect venue for an ocean-going diving or snorkelling expedition.
Visit Germany in Adelaide
Historic Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Set in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, it harks back to the days when Lutherans fled persecution in Prussia. Just twenty minutes from Adelaide you’ll come across eine kleine slice of Germany. It may seem a little kitsch but there’s something quite fun about seeing Aussie men in lederhosen yodelling heartily.
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Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground
Adelaide Cricket Ground, the Adelaide test, second stop on the 2017 Ashes tour, takes to the crease in December. The scene has been set at the Gabba, who will be inspired here in the ‘city of churches’?
The Adelaide Oval has been home to cricket in South Australia since 1871. In that time it has witnessed Bradman’s 299, Bowie in concert and the nadir of the Bodyline series. Nestling against a city skyline backdrop, the Adelaide Oval is one of the world’s most picturesque cricket grounds.
Central to its charm is the Adelaide Oval Scoreboard, still manually operated and complete with clock and weather vane. The ground is having a facelift in 2012, with extra capacity being added for AFL games and the World Cup, but should retain its unique character. Of note – England ran riot here in 2010 to go one up in the Series.
From the Adelaide Ashes archives
Bodyline’s body blows – “There are two teams out there. One is trying to play cricket and the other is not”. The sound and fury of 1931-32’s Bodyline series reached its peak as Larwood felled Woodfull in Adelaide. Intimidating or inspired? Douglas Jardine’s tactics opened wounds on the pitch and in Anglo-Australian relations.
Swann on song – It was a hammer blow to Aussie hopes and another defining moment of the 2010-11 Ashes series. Graham Swann’s 5 for 91 confirmed his place as the world’s leading spin bowler. It also consigned the Australians to an innings and 71 run defeat and the Ashes were in sight.
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