This winter, explore a new city with our Winter Bucket List series. In Adelaide, perch yourself at cocktail bars with sunset views, venture on wine-themed day trips and watch whales migrate across the ocean.
Drive along a beach
Once the water temperature drops, the ocean isn't all that appealing for a dip. But jump in the car and drive along the beach instead! Aldinga and Silver Sands are popular spots and only an hour from the CBD. Pack a picnic or fishing rods and make a day of it.
Bar hop in the CBD
Adelaide's bar scene is more than healthy. In fact, it gives big sisters Melbourne and Sydney a run for their money. Don't miss the super chic 2KW rooftop bar for a glimpse at sunset or venture down Peel street for moody laneway-style bars and cocktail lounges.
Take a long lunch at a winery
Wine tastings and long lunches go hand in hand and nowhere does this pairing better than the cellar doors around Adelaide. Go all out with a 5 course food and wine manifesto at Bird in Hand in the Adelaide Hills or, if you want to dial things down a bit, try Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale. They have the perfect outdoor facility with a shelter, seating and barbeques so you can bring your own food and put your savings towards more of their excellent wine.
Watch the whales
In winter, Southern Right whales start to appear off the Fleurieu and Eyre Peninsulas. Those further west are usually giving birth in early winter so you might be lucky enough to spot a mother and calf. Remember to pack your binoculars for a closer look.
Hop to the island
Take the Sealink ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island. The fishing is fun, kangaroos are plentiful and the views are outstanding. On the first Sunday of each month, the Penneshaw Farmer’s Market adds to the fun, providing a mouth-watering selection of regional produce as well as boutique arts and crafts.
Discover the farmers’ markets
The Adelaide Central Market is famous for its wares, offering everything from creamy cheeses to farm-fresh berries and Latvian lunches. Head there early each Sunday to secure the best of the bunch. Other, smaller offerings include Kalangadoo, Barossa, Mount Pleasant and Willunga Markets on Saturdays and the Adelaide Farmers Market in Wayville on Sundays.
Find your flavour at Fork On The Road
Fork on the Road is a celebration of unique, local, gourmet food and beverages served from food trucks, bikes and vans of all shapes and sizes. From gourmet hotdogs to craft beer and fresh produce, there’s always something exciting at each themed event.
Talk to the animals
Get you wildlife fix at Adelaide Zoo, home to almost 2000 animals, including kangaroos, koalas and other native species. Check out Wang Wang and Fu Ni, the Giant Pandas and meet Obi, the Zoo's Pygmy Hippo calf who celebrates his first birthday this year.
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Head to Hahndorf
Marvel at the colonial German charm of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Shop the main street's boutiques and pick up everything from toys to minerals, handcrafted leather and beauty products then satisfy your cravings with a beer and schnitzel at one of the many cafes or restaurants.
Find the best brew
Adelaide may be famous for its wine but here’s a little secret: its craft beer scene is also booming. From small microbreweries in the city like Brewboys to the more established brew houses like Barossa Valley Brewing up north, there are plenty of places to test out some fresh lagers.