16 Oct 2019
There’s more than one reason to celebrate completing the incredible 3,000 km journey!
Not only have you finished this adventure, but you’ve arrived in – in our humble opinions – the best city in Australia, Adelaide!
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment.
You can taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or indulge in some of Australia’s most award-winning restaurants in the heart of Adelaide.
Throughout the year there are so many immersive festivals and events, or all year round you can spend the night exploring Adelaide attractions and a thriving restaurant and bar scene.
Here is your guide to some of the best Adelaide has to offer up for the BWSC community. But don’t take our word for it; you be the judge. If you can’t fit it all in this weekend, you’ll just have to come back!
In the City
Adelaide is a culinary playground with a smorgasbord of cuisines on offer. Our capital city is the proud home of world-famous chefs, serving game-changing dishes in stunning Adelaide restaurants and beyond including Restaurant Orana, Parwana Afghan Kitchen, Africola and Shobosho.
Steeped in history and drenched in class, wash it all down in Adelaide’s booming bar scene. Leigh Street and Peel Street are packed with fantastic small bars; you’ll find some of our coolest spots in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways. We recommend a visit to the new Leigh Street Wine Room or Paloma Bar and Pantry.
Of course, you can’t forget a visit to the famous Adelaide Central Markets, especially when they are so close to the City of Adelaide Finish Line!
Shobosho. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission/Food & Wine Collective
On the Coast
It would be remiss of us not to point out the picturesque coastline of South Australia while you’re Down Under. From Henley Beach to Glenelg, all the way to Port Willunga and Aldinga, a day of fun in the sun is always a good idea.
While there are some world-class spots up the coast at Aldinga Beach and Port Willunga, the beaches near the city are just as good!
Down at Henley Beach you'll find the thriving Henley Square precinct, with some great restaurants where you can pull up to ocean views with a drink in hand and some delicious food.
A visit to Adelaide isn’t complete without a stop off at the Adelaide Zoo to see over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. You can also visit the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere – Wang Wang and Funi!
While you’re thinking of animals, a koala cuddle at Cleland Wildlife Park is a must for that coveted Instagram photo. As is a trip to Granite Island to explore the home of a small colony of magical Little Penguins.
We also highly recommend a visit to Monarto Zoo – the largest open-range zoo in the world! Their new Lions 360 experience is unmissable.
There are so many sights and sounds to explore across South Australia that it can be hard to simply pick just one to see.
We love taking the time out to explore the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find 50 hectares of landscaped gardens, stunning architecture and important pieces of history for our state. Entry is free and the gardens are open every day!
Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission.
Close by is the Bicentennial Conservatory – which is the largest single span glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The Conservatory is home to an incredible array of tropical trees and plants, as well as some spectacular creatures you’ll want to keep an eye out for.
Take a trip to the Adelaide Hills to experience Gorge Wildlife Park in Cuddlee Creek. Throughout the park you can find some of your favourite Australian animals and a variety of exotic creatures. It’s also an ideal location for a picnic.
You can officially reach all new heights on your visit to Adelaide!
See the city from atop the state of the art Adelaide Oval with RoofClimb – an exhilarating climb along the curved roofline of the Oval’s Western Stand before sitting on one of the rooftop seats to take in the views.
Adelaide Oval RoofClimb. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission.
Head for the city’s first inner-city, nature-based aerial adventure park – TreeClimb – to tackle over 70 obstacles on seven different routes. While you’re doing it, you can also learn about Adelaide and the history of our surrounding parklands.
Similarly, a visit to Mega Adventure Adelaide might be for you. Located in West Beach, this aerial SkyMate structure is the ultimate challenge, offering the chance to take a leap of faith on the ParaJump or climb to the crow’s nest viewpoint. Or, to take in some of the best views of the Adelaide Hills and Western Shorelines, explore the SkyWalk on the very top viewing platform.
There is so much to see and do while you’re here; we hope this has left you inspired to get out and explore all that we have to offer. For more information, head to southaustralia.com today.
Header image via SATC/Food & Wine Collective