Adelaide, often cited as one of the best places in the world to live, was also named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 “must visit” cities for 2014. Thus, it was on our “must-visit” list and we just returned from 5-days there. The city of Adelaide was founded in 1836 and was designed around a simple plan: a one square mile city center surrounded by parklands. It is a blend of new and historic buildings (lots of churches), wide streets, narrow pathways with hidden cafes and lots of green spaces. The transportation system makes it very easy to get around the CBD (Central Business District) and further extends east to the Adelaide hills and west to the beaches (both less than a half hour tram or bus ride). We only needed to rent a car one day to visit the vineyards. Adelaide is Australia’s wine capital – your choice of reds (north) and whites (south) are an hour in each direction. The population of Adelaide is just over 1 million people. We stayed downtown, which was crazy busy on weekdays and all but closed up on the weekends (aside from the malls and restaurants). The Rolling Stones were in town so there were, as Frank put it, lots of pot bellied guys in Stones t-shirts accompanied by women dressed up like they were still twenty years old! Yikes! All in all, it was a fun trip to a friendly and very beautiful city!
Our hotel, the Ibis
View from hotel, CBD, park and Adelaide Hills
Mixture of old buildings
and new buildings.
Narrow side streets off wide main roads.
Roses were in bloom all over the city.
Flowers all around the city.
Our hotel was next to the old Adelaide Arcade.
Iconic corner of Rundle Mall
First Southern Hemisphere Santa sighting
The Adelaide Oval can hold over 50,000
The Stones were in town and fans were everywhere
Rolling Stones fans
The City of Churches – St. Francis Xavier was where we went.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide was very artsy and laid back
As in Melbourne, posters advertise everything and anything
Even political candidates use colorful posters.
The old railway station has a casino on the top floors
Botanical Gardens in the city
Frank tried carving our names
Mount Lofty view of Adelaide and ocean
Hahnford, German settlement
Grange Beach north of the city
Grange Beach area north of the city
McLaren Valley wine region
Wirra Wirra Vineyard
They had music and paella outside
The Paella guys were so nice. They loaded us up with lots of seafood
and treated us to a free dessert!
We drove down to Victor’s Harbor and took the horse-drawn tram across the bridge to Granite Island
We thought these were penguins but no, just birds.
Our final meal in Adelaide was at Jamie Oliver’s Italian.