Named after the wife of King William IV, Adelaide sits on the bottom coast of Australia. In the state of South Australia, some 2 hours flight from Sydney, it has the unusual quirk of being half an hour behind Sydney. Where else in the world do we get increments of 30 minutes between time zones? Just for clarity, this is rhetoric. I’m sure it happens elsewhere in the globe, I just didn’t have the time to Google it. My free 30 minutes wifi allowance was quickly running out.
|Beautiful cottages of Adelaide|
|On the banks of the River Torrens|
Our Jetstar flight from Sydney landed on time at 11.40am, after accounting for that spurious 30 minutes, and being only about 6kms from the city centre, we were in our cosy, no frills Air BnB a short time later.
Looking down the roads, east to west, you feel you can see all the way to the horizon. In the distance loom the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. And despite the lack of traffic, people appear to not be in a rush, actually waiting for the green man. How very novel. It took some getting used to. Slowing down to this place of life. But when you do, you feel a sense of calm, and a wish that only every day could be like this.
|Keeping the coffee warm at Fawn cafe|
The same goes for breakfast and brunch. And it is not all smashed avo and vegemite. Two highly recommended options are “Coffylosophy” on Hutt Street, and “Fawn” on nearby Gilles Street. Great food continues into the evening. I would give a nod to “The Greek” on Halifax Street, where else for a boy from Halifax?, and the many options around Leigh Street and Peel Street. I would highly recommend pre dinner drinks at “Clever Little Tailor”. Or an afternoon sharpener at “Proof”. Both great bars.
|In the Barossa|
I have got all this way without mentioning one of the main draws of a visit to Adelaide. The world class wineries. We took a full day trip to one of them, the Barossa Valley, with Taste the Barossa. The full day trip starts from your pick up in the city and ends approx 5pm back in the same place. The drive takes you up through hills, and into the valley, where you visit some great wineries, and have a fabulous antipasto board lunch. All in, a wonderful day.
And what is a place in Australia without a beach? Well, Adelaide has you covered on this front too, with a long, wide beach at Glenelg, which you can easily reach in less than 30 minutes, on one of the many trams trundling between the city and the beach.
Adelaide is a small city with a big personality. It has everything you need for either a visit, or for those looking to settle somewhere a little more personable than one of the bigger cities in Australia.