Lonely Planet named Adelaide one of ten cities in the world to visit in 2014. The New York Times shortly followed suit naming Adelaide as the only Australian city to make their list of top fifty two places to visit in 2015. It's time to find out what everyone is raving about!
1. HAIGH'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Possibly the world's best chocolate, Haigh's is Australia's oldest family-owned chocolate producer. For chocolate lovers a trip to the Haigh's chocolate factory is a must. What's even better then sampling chocolate you ask? Guided tours of this factory are free!
Situated in the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest German town and a real local gem. European inspired gift shops and boutiques combined with German pubs gives Hahndorf visitors an authentic European experience to remember.
3. MONARTO ZOO
The Monarto Zoo is the world's largest open-range zoo and offers visitors what I would describe as the closest experience you can get to an African Safari. Get up close to the extremely rare White Rhino, marvel at the incredibly fast Cheetah and appreciate Australia's very own Tasmania Devil.
4. STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The State Library of South Australia is perhaps my favourite spot in Adelaide. The Mortlock Wing was rated in the top 20 most beautiful libraries in the world by Travel & Leisure and simply does not disappoint! Located conveniently next to the University of Adelaide on North Terrace, the library is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD while enjoying the architecture and knowledge kept within the walls.
5. BOROSSA VALLEY
If there is anything that South Australia does well it's wine! The Borossa Valley is located a convenient hour drive from Adelaide. Popular wineries Jacobs Creek, Penfolds and Wolf Blass can all be found in one of Australia's most famous wine regions.
6. MUSEUM OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Museum of South Australia draws you in from the moment you lock eyes on it. Much like the majority of Adelaide, the victorian style building is a masterpiece in itself. Explore inside to discover animals from around the world and an in-depth discovery into the culture of aborigines and pacific island regions.
Glenelg or as locals call it, ‘the bay’, is a stunning beachside strip located 20 minutes from the city centre. White sandy beach that actually squeaks - check! Crystal clear waters - check! Jetty for fishing, jetty jumping or simply taking in the views - check! What more could you want? Mm actually, maybe fish and chips!
8. GOUGER STREET
A culinery lovers delight! Goucher Street is one of Adelaide's best places to eat. Whether you are after a well cut steak from an Argentinian Steak House or looking to treat yourself to world renowned desserts, Gouger Street really does have it all!
9. ADELAIDE GAOL
For a unique glimpse into Adelaide's history you can't pass up the opportunity to explore the Adelaide Gaol. Journey into the past to the site where 45 people were hung and over 300,000 prisoners were detained. For those who believe in the supernatural, why not opt for a night ghost tour?
10. MOUNT LOFTY SUMMIT
If you aren'y shy of hills and want to wear in your Nike's, head to Mount Lofty Summit for a challenging but rewarding climb. There are two trails available, of which I would recommend Waterfall Gully. Complete your adventure with stunning 360 degree panoramic views on top of the summit while enjoying a beverage or light meal at the summit cafe.
For more information about Adelaide please refer to my 'Adelaide Uncovered' and 'Eat your way through Adelaide' guides!