The Adelaide Oval, which has hosted several adrenalin pumping cricket matches, including the recent opener between India and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is open to the public on a tour. If you love cricket and football, then this stadium offers you an opportunity to relive some of the best sporting moments. There is a separate museum dedicated to the Don of cricket, Sir Donald Bradman showcasing his priceless collection. Given a chance, do not miss walking through the flight of rickety steps right inside the scoreboard, where even today, scores are changed manually.
Sip sangria, grab a beer, try some seafood and soak in the sun at one of Adelaide’s oldest suburb, a seaside retreat called Glenlg. Take a 1920’s tram from the city centre, which is just ten kms away and ride into this charming suburb, which was the site of the original mainland settlement in the 19th century. Surf, sail or go swimming in the pristine waters or relax in the white sands. But if I were you, I would book one of the tours that will take you swimming along with the dolphins in the sea—one of the must dos if you are in Adelaide.
Drive 60 kms from Adelaide and in an hour, your eyes will get accustomed to a green fabric of vineyards that surround you. This is the Barossa Valley, where history and traditions meet in wineries and cellar doors. Famous for its reds, you must try the Shiraz here. Many cellars are open here for winetasting. You can opt for a guided tour and visit some of the oldest towns in the valley that still have an old-world charm.
A wildlife haven with virgin beaches, Kangaroo Island is a ferry and a bus ride away from Adelaide and is best experienced as a weekend getaway. Meet kangaroos and wallabies in the wild, walk on the beach and watch the Australian seals enjoying an afternoon nap; sight the largest pelican species in the world or gaze lovingly at the koala curled up asleep in the branches of an eucalyptus trees. And after you’re done with all this? Simply take a breather on the spectacular beaches here.
Limestone Coast of South Australia is an ideal getaway from Adelaide. Start your journey along Coorong National Park and visit little beach towns like Robe or Beachport and head to Mount Gambier if you have the time. South Australia’s only World Heritage Site, the Naracoorte Caves is located in this region. And if you want to try a bit of wine, then head to the Coonawarra Wine Region in this locale.
Written By : Lakshmi Sharath