Looking for a last minute weekend away? Australia's 5th largest city can sometimes be overshadowed in favour of the bigger cities in this country, but with a population of 1.2 million, Adelaide is larger than Amsterdam, San Francisco, Athens, and Detroit - to name just a few. Adelaide springs to life at this time of year with natural beauty and community events to delight all visitors, and of course Adelaideans know this already.
Festivals are well and truly underway at this time of year, with the Fringe, Art, and Cellar Door Wine Festivals, the touring event Clipsal 500, and this year even the Cricket World Cup taking place. With a line up like that, there's something for everyone.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights, along with Gluttony in the park opposite and the Royal Croquet Club in the centrally located Victoria Square make up some of the nearly 40 Fringe Festival supervenues to see Australia's best comedy, music, cabaret, and theatre acts. Soak up the atmosphere from local food stalls, fairground rides, and entertainers.
Small bar licences were introduced in 2013 and the evening scene in the CBD has been transformed. Diverse venues have been popping up all over the city, with the main hub of quirky liquor and foodie aficionados gathering around Peel Street and Leigh Street. You can bar hop between venues and stroll through the alley which joins the two parallel streets, all the while enjoying great local produce and music genres: From African drumming and tapas in Casablabla, to some rocking 60s throwbacks and cocktails in the hideaway bar Maybe Mae.
To see the heart of the wine industry, pack the car and head out of the city to the Clare and Barossa Valley wine regions. The drive is an easy 45 minutes to the closest wine region, and here in the Adelaide Hills vineyards produce some of this country's best Riesling and Shiraz tipples.
To the west are the beautiful sandy beaches. For the families, Glenelg Beach is a short tram ride from the city centre but if you are staying for the day and packing supplies, there is plenty of parking on Elizabeth, Cowper and Partridge Street.
To the south is best for surfing, either protected beaches such as Aldinga Beach 50 minutes down the coast, or the exposed Victor Harbour just over an hour's drive south on the other side of the headland. Summer can mean less predictable surf, but looking at the silver lining there's just another reason to return to the Festival State again in winter.
For a trip longer than a weekend, Port Augusta to Broken Hill is a great outback drive to see more of South Australia and cross in to New South Wales. Book your car hire for either one of these drives either online or call us on 1300 656 601 today!