DESTINATION: South Australia



Seven great things to do in Adelaide

1. Browse Adelaide Central Markets and see how strong your resistance is to great produce

I’ve long-regarded this as Australia’s finest food marketplace — a place that has a very European feel to it, that’s right in the heart of the city and, in ways, is indeed the very heart of the city.

The great produce is there — succulent fruit and vegetables from the fertile Adelaide Hills, delicious salami and mettwurst from the Germanic barons of the Barossa Valley and beyond, smelly cheeses from the next suburb and around the world.

But it’s the characters in these stores who really make the place — characters such as Mark Brosnan, who’s been operating The Mettwurst Shop and specialising in Riverland smallgoods for nearly 20 years.

44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide | phone (08) 8203 7494 | http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au

2. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia

This grand old building, which houses one of Australia’s pre-eminent collections of traditional art, really epitomises the high-brow, some would say stuffy, side of the country’s cultural capital.

But it isn’t all conservative stuff. Right now, and until 30 April, the gallery is premiering RED, the controversial short film by figurative painter del kathryn barton in her film directorial debut. It stars Cate Blanchett and is based on the mating rituals of the female red-back spider.

North Terrace, Adelaide | phone (08) 8207 7000 | http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au

3. Catch the tram to Glenelg

Glenelg has been a recreational magnet for Adelaide residents since the city was founded nearly 200 years ago and it remains a major tourist drawcard.

It has an excellent museum and visitor centre, a pristine beach and delightful pier to wander along, and a promenade of bars, cafés and bistros from which to choose your dining and drinking experiences.

And there’s a nostalgic touch that has me drawing mental images of a suitably modestly clad ‘Gert by Sea’ promenading along the boardwalk.

Glenelg Visitor Information Centre | phone (08) 8294 5833 | http://glenelgsa.com.au

4. Take a daytrip to the Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills rise steeply and visually spectacularly on the western and south-western edges of the city, and many residents choose to live with the ever-present bushfire risk in exchange for cooling breezes and a stunning environment.

It’s also a great magnet for visitors, and easily reached by regular bus services from the city. Features include historic towns, wonderful wines and restaurants, and, of course, scenery that really does leave you gaping.

Even the twee towns such as Hahndorf, with all its Germanic pretence, have a certain charm about them.

Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre | phone 1800 353 323 | http://www.adelaidehills.org.au

5. Catch a free bus and do some sightseeing

Do a loop of one of Australia’s most beautiful cities and take in the quaintness of North Adelaide on free bus services (Metro routes 98 and 99) that run about every 30 minutes. It really is one of the great ways to experience Adelaide. And because it’s free and regular you can get on and off as you please and explore all day.

Adelaide Metro | phone 1300 311 108 | https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au

6. Experience an arty adventure at JamFactory

JamFactory is a not-for-profit warren of purpose-designed studios housing established and budding artisans such as ceramicists, glassblowers, jewellers and furniture designers.

It’s open to the public and there’s always something to see, whether it be browsing one of the regular exhibitions or watching a glassblower sweat over a precious creation. A genuinely exciting place to visit. There’s also a JamFactory at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley.

19 Morphett St, Adelaide | phone (08) 8410 0727 | https://www.jamfactory.com.au

7. See some of modern Australia’s beginnings at the National Migration Museum

Modern Australia was built on migration and the excitement of travelling half-way round the world to grab fresh opportunities is excellently portrayed in this well-put-together museum in the heart of Adelaide’s cultural/intellectual precinct, alongside the State Library, the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide.

The collection, housed inside a beautifully restored and historic bluestone building, aims to foster multiculturalism and provides plenty of thought-provoking material.

82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide | phone (08) 8207 7580 | http://migration.history.sa.gov.au

Glenelg … a promenade of bars, cafés and bistros.

The Art Gallery of South Australia … not quite as conservative as it looks.

The JamFactory … a genuinely exciting place to visit.

Mark Brosnan … one of the great characters of Adelaide Central Markets.

Dining in the Adelaide Hills … focal point of a great daytrip.