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UnDiscover Adelaide and surrounds
Adelaide combines exceptional food and wine, art, shopping, a bustling bar scene and world-class events. We’ve also been award as a great wine capital of the world. No matter what season you visit, Adelaide and its regions allow you to sample the best of Australia.
Connect with wildlife in the Yorke Peninsula
A favourite with Adelaide locals, the Yorke Peninsula is a great place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life. The peninsula is located an easy two-hour drive from Adelaide, but with coastal landscapes and spectacular cliffs, you’ll feel a world away. Visit Innes National Park, set on the southwest tip of Yorke Peninsula, where you can drive through yellow canola fields before reaching rugged coastline. The island is home to an abundance of local wildlife, and you’re almost guaranteed to see animals such as emus, wallabies, dolphins - sometimes even seals come close to shore. Don’t miss Ethel Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand with the ruins of a 1900’s Norwegian ship named “The Ethel” still laying at the base of the coastline. At the tip of the Yorke Peninsula you’ll find Inneston Lake, which features crystal clear waters perfect for an Instagram snap.
Taste Adelaide’s fresh produce
The Adelaide Central Market brings all of South Australia’s most delicious produce to one place. With over 80 market stalls, you’ll find everything from fruit and vegetables to seafood and smallgoods. As one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the southern hemisphere, the Adelaide Central market is bright and bustling all year round. Peruse the shops before taking a seat at one of the nearby cafes and eateries. For insight into South Australia’s freshest ingredients, take a market tour with a knowledgeable local. The Early Risers Breakfast Tour is perfect for discovering the best of the market before indulging in a local brunch.
Marvel at Adelaide’s pink lakes
Pink lakes have become a must-see for photographers, nature-lovers and adventurers alike. In South Australia, you can visit vibrant pink lakes across the state. Located on the Eyre Peninsula, a short flight and drive from Adelaide, Lake Macdonnell boasts a bright pink hue due to a high salt concentration. The drive to Lake Macdonnell is unlike any other, with the dirt road splitting the lake’s pink water on one side and green water on the other. At the end of the road, you’ll find the beautiful Cactus Beach, known for powerful waves and picturesque coastline. Lake Macdonnell isn’t the only pink lake you’ll find in South Australia. Tick off a pink lake bucket list when you visit the Clare Valley’s Lake Bumbunga, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Lake Albert or the outback’s Lake Hart and Lake Eyre, all of which show off impressive shades of pink.
Enjoy a seasonal degustation dinner
A trip to McLaren Vale is sure to serve up fine wines, but you’ll soon discover much more than the region’s top drops. The d’Arenberg Cube, an architectural anomaly and restaurant built in the shape of a twisting cube, sits tall among the vines by day and glows atop the McLaren Vale wine region by night. Each of the five levels have been designed to entice and excite the senses with truly unique experiences like a wine sensory room and virtual fermenter. Choose from an impressive selection of over 400 world-class wines before tasting the degustation-only menu, which changes daily and serves as an ode to all things local and seasonal. Afterwards, ascend to one of the balconies on the top floor for post-prandial reinforcement and views of the surrounding area.
Head out of the city and explore on your own
South Australia’s Riverland along the Murray River offers a range of experiences, from wildlife to wine. Drive the Mighty Murray Way from Adelaide to discover the abundance of local produce, distilleries and vineyards. Twenty Third Street Distillery operates in a repurposed fruit factory and offers both award-winning spirits as well as tours about the art of distilling. Visit Caudo Vineyard to sip wine right on the bank of the river. Murray River is also home to Australia’s largest open-range zoo, spanning 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres). Monarto Zoo offers unique wildlife activities like Lions 360, where you climb into the cage instead of the lions. Take your stay up a notch at luxury accommodation, like a floating pod at Murray Bridge, private villa overlooking the river or a spacious houseboat that cruises on the water.