Image: Tapestry Winery - McLaren Vale
Earlier this year in January 2015 the New York Times published an article naming the top '52 Places To Go In 2015'. Adelaide ranked in at No. 24 and was the only Australian city to be mentioned. With incredible architectural designs, an energetic atmosphere and home to some of Australia's most prestigious food and wine it is easy to see why this vibrant city is quickly becoming a top tourist destination.
Not only is Adelaide known for it's premium food and wine, Adelaide promotes an artsy culture which treats visitors to outstanding festivals year round. Check out my favourite and world famous Fringe Festival between mid February to mid March annually!
For sports enthusiasts Adelaide has you covered. The Santos Tour Down Under and V8 Super Car Championships are both held here annually. In recent news the newly renovated 2014 Adelaide Oval is set to hold Australia v Pakistan quarter-final for the Cricket World Cup.
If food, wine or sport isn't your thing check out one of many Adelaide attractions. For a unique experience discover the old Adelaide Goal in Thebarton. For a fun family day out visit the Adelaide Zoo located in the city. It is Australia's 2nd oldest zoo and is home to the only 2 Panda's in the southern hemisphere. The Beach House at Glenelg is Adelaide's largest games arcade and is fun for people of all ages.
For 20-30's you can't leave Adelaide without trying out our unique nightlife! The Gallery on Waymouth Street is one of my favourite picks. Classy, sophisticated and an intimate environment all on a roof top terrace with city views! For a more laid back atmosphere check out the Union Bar also located on Waymouth Street. For something different Casa Bla Bla is a trendy latin inspired bar located on Leigh Street just off from the main clubbing strip, Hindley Street. If you're looking to drink until the sun comes up you can't go past Zhivago. A urban trendy vibe club that plays party tunes and is never short of drink specials. To recover the next day check out The Coopers Ale House. It is home to Adelaide's best Snitzel and plays every sport imaginable!
Not only is Adelaide home to all of the above but it is a gateway to some of South Australia's most pristine beaches, wine regions, and authentic Australian experiences. To the west you will arrive at the Eyre Peninsula, home to one of Australia's largest population of Great White Sharks. To the south you will discover the River lands including Australia's longest River, The Murray. To the north you will uncover the outback beauty of the Flinder's Rangers and to the east you can taste award winning wine in the Adelaide Hills. Don't forget the Borossa Valley and McLaren Vale are both under an hour away also!
What are you waiting for? Become one of an estimated 400,000 annual visitors to SA now!
If you're from Adelaide or have visited my favourite Australian city I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!