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What to do in Adelaide: our top five


Adelaide is the southern hemisphere’s Brighton. It's gritty, arty and full of charisma.

Matt spent a long weekend here with a friend, drinking a belly full of red wine in the day and molesting carrots at night (more on that later...)

If you find yourself heading to this South Australian city, here's how best to spend your time.

Nº 1 - Take a bike tour of the McLaren Vale Wineries

Wine, beer and the great outdoors... what’s not to love? The McLaren Vale has incredible vistas of rolling hills right down to the Southern Ocean. Getting on a bike keeps you in the open air and amongst the action.

EscapeGoat even make sure that you don’t have to cycle uphill! The route starts at the top of a long winding road and includes stops at three wineries. To find out more, check out our Wheels & Wine post.

Nº 2 - Use AirTasker visit the Barossa Valley

If you are even remotely interested in wine, you’ll want to get out to the Barossa Valley. Tours can involve large groups and won’t go to the specific wineries you want to visit, and private tours can cost an arm and a leg!

Enter: AirTasker. We hired a very reliable and helpful chap that picked us up from central Adelaide at 8am and dropped us back at 6pm for $250.

Need recommendations on what wineries to try? We'll be posting more info on our favourite Barossa wineries in March.


Nº 3 - Eat breakfast at Central Market

The best bacon and egg rolls in Australia are served at Big Table cafe in Adelaide’s Central Market. Think runny yolks, crispy bacon and the most amazing homemade chilli jam!

Nº 4 - Visit the Adelaide Fringe

Time your trip to coincide with 'Mad March' for a taste of world-leading fringe artists, fast cars (in the form of the Clipsal), a celebration of writing (the writers’ festival) and the high-brow Adelaide Festival in the cities' theatres.

The biggest fringe outside of Edinburgh, Adelaide's festival is like a mini Glastonbury. There's numerous pop-up venues and almost every pub and bar in town participates with comedy nights, gigs and other special events. Be careful what shows you go for - Matt spent an evening in a tent with a bottle of lube and a carrot.

Nº 5 - Grab a beer on Hindley Street

Hindley Street is a popular local haunt. With the best bars and clubs in town, it's the perfect spot to go for a leisurely afternoon beer that has the potential to turn into 2, 3 or 4...

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