Exploring Adelaide 

Adelaide is delighted to welcome delegates to AHICE 2022.

Adelaide is a friendly, contemporary and vibrant city, surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful beaches and world-renowned wine regions. There are over 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of the city centre! Adelaide is a city of contrasts with elegant 19th century sandstone architecture standing side-by-side edgy bohemian laneways, wide boulevards, swathes of parks, gardens and open spaces. Adelaide is the gateway to amazing Australian wildlife experiences, from cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos, to swimming with sea lions and cage diving with great white sharks. We boast a full calendar of world-class events, taking full advantage of our great climate; there is something to see and do all year-round.

Adelaide’s restaurants and cafés are among the best in the country. A new breed of renovated pubs, small bars and pop-up eateries have added an exciting new dimension to the city’s food and wine scene. Laneways such as Leigh Street and Peel Street, where locals congregate day and night, feature great coffee, restaurants and quirky bars. It is a vibrant capital city with an endless calendar of festivals and events. There’s always something happening. Adelaide boasts amazing wildlife, pristine beaches and significant Aboriginal cultural experiences. It’s known as the ‘20-minute city’ as a lack of congestion means you can generally get to beaches or the rural Adelaide Hills in a 20-minute drive. If you’re on foot, the city’s attractions, innovative museums, art galleries and the famous Adelaide Oval are within walking distance and will take you 20 minutes or less to reach.

In the city and surrounding suburbs, you’ll find artisan markets, fashion boutiques, large shopping malls and gorgeous heritage arcades. Rundle Mall has over 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly shopping strip, right in the heart of the city. It’s Adelaide’s busiest, most popular shopping destination. Discover boutiques selling local designs and higher-end clothing stores on Rundle Street, one-off, luxe homewares on King William Road and major shopping hubs at Burnside and Glenelg. Harbour Town, near the airport, is the place to find all your favourite brands in one outlet mall, while the Adelaide Central Market offers a smorgasbord of tastes from around the globe.

Here are some must-see Adelaide attractions:

  • Rundle Mall for shopping.
  • Adelaide Zoo – one of the best in Australia.
  • South Australian Museum (free entry).
  • Art Gallery of South Australia (free entry).
  • Adelaide Oval and tour the grounds.
  • Adelaide Oval and embark on the Roof Climb experience.
  • Catch the tram to Glenelg Beach. Do some shopping, stroll along the jetty, walk on the beach, visit cafes and swim with dolphins with Temptation Sailing.
  • Take a Segway tour around the Riverbank Precinct.
  • National Wine Centre.
  • Hire a bike and explore the city.

 

Beyond Adelaide 

 

Adelaide is a gateway to many different experiences within an hour of the city. Some regions are a little further away but worth the time and effort. Famed wine regions, stunning coastlines and the mighty Murray River are all within  a few hours drive from the city centre. The ancient landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and Outback are a bit further away but offer unique experiences to visitors, like living underground in Coober Pedy. Check out our suggestions:

Adelaide Hills 

 

  • Work on your cooking skills at Sticky Rice Cooking School.
  • Jump on a bike tour with Bike About.
  • Explore Hahndorf for cafes, restaurants, art galleries, distilleries, cellar doors, bakeries, and lots of retail therapy!
  • Spend the day wine tasting at Adelaide Hills cellar doors such as The Lane, Golding Wines and Pike & Joyce.

Beaches and McLaren Vale Wine Region 

 

  • Explore McLaren Vale’s cellar doors for some wine tastings. A few favourites: Oliver’s Taranga, Shottesbrooke, Gemtree, Mitolo, Hugh Hamilton and Alpha Box and Dice.
  • If wine isn’t your thing, enjoy gin tasting at Never Never Distillery.
  • Go to The Cube at d’Arenberg Wines – a must see experience.
  • Have lunch at one of many great restaurants: Star of Greece, Maxwells winery, The Currant Shed or a café in the McLaren Vale main street.
  • Visit some of the regions iconic beaches including Port Noarlunga, Moana and Aldinga.

Barossa

 

  • Lunch at El Estanco or Hentley Farm.
  • Take to the skies in a Helicopter flight with Barossa Helicopters or a Balloon flight with Barossa Valley Ballooning
  • Hit the food trail with visits to Barossa Valley Cheese Company and Barossa Valley Chocolates.
  • Visit a few of our favourite wineries: Artisans of Barossa, Gibson Wines, Henschke & Poonawatta.
  • Head to Seppeltsfield for wines tastings, Birth Year Port tasting and fine dining.

Victor Harbor and South Coast 

 

  • Work on your cooking skills at Sticky Rice Cooking School.
  • Jump on a bike tour with Bike About.
  • Explore Hahndorf for cafes, restaurants, art galleries, distilleries, cellar doors, bakeries, and lots of retail therapy!
  • Spend the day wine tasting at Adelaide Hills cellar doors such as The Lane, Golding Wines and Pike & Joyce.

Monarto Open Range Zoo 

 

  • Visit Monarto Zoo: a 1,500-hectare (3,700-acre) open range zoo, the largest outside of Africa, it features several unique attractions.
  • Experience the up-close and personal Lions 360 walk-in cage experience. See the drive-through cheetah habitat, a southern white rhinoceros habitat and Australia’s largest giraffe herd.

Adelaide’s Food and Wine 

Adelaide is fast becoming a culinary hub for its local, sustainable and revolutionary food practices with dining experiences set in some of the country’s most stunning surrounds. South Australia’s restaurants and chefs regularly feature on some of the world’s most respected award listings. Locals revere and celebrate what is produced in their own backyard: organically grown heirloom varieties, artisan and handmade delicacies, and small boutique wineries, breweries and distilleries. As a hub for food in the city, the Adelaide Central Market is the oldest undercover produce market in Australia. Locals and visitors alike search the colourful aisles for the freshest fruit, vegetables, smallgoods, meat and seafood. It’s a cacophony of colours, smells, tastes and fun.

Here are some Adelaide’s most popular dining experiences:

Africola

Africola is a bright, colourful restaurant serving African-inspired vegetables, grilled and smoked meats, flatbreads, pickles and natural wine.

Fino Vino

Fino Vino is an urban representation of the iconic Barossa restaurant. Their philosophy is focused on season produce and supporting local producers.

Fishbank

Fishbank offers sustainably sourced seafood and use every part of the fish possible. Diners can create their own dining experience with the multi-faceted seasonal menu.

Golden Boy

Located in Adelaide’s East End, Golden Boy is a traditional Thai eatery with a contemporary twist. The menu is designed for sharing, using the freshest seasonal produce available and the authentic sauces, pastes and relishes are all made in-house.

Madame Hanoi

Aromatic smells and a funky fit-out greet every patron as they enter the doors of Madame Hanoi. This French-Vietnamese Espresso Bar & Bistro serves fresh full-flavoured Vietnamese dishes, best enjoyed in a shared grazing style.

Merry Maker

One of Adelaide’s newest roof top bars, showcasing the best of South Australia with view over Adelaide CBD and Adelaide Hills.

Peel Street

Peel Street serves simple, fresh and delicious food. Dishes are generous and buzzing with robust flavours.

Press* Food and Wine

A popular Adelaide eatery, Press* Food and Wine is all about sharing locally grown and prepared ingredients in a casual, modern atmosphere.

Osteria Oggi

Sophisticated Italian food, inspired by tradition and using the best available produce. Freshly made pasta and a carefully chosen wine list, make this a popular option in the CBD.

Sean’s Kitchen

Sean’s Kitchen serves fresh produce and delicious wine. The restaurant is based on New York bistros and mirrors the style of Adelaide’s historic Railway station next door. Local South Australian produce is the hero on the menu.

Shobosho

Shōbōshō, which literally translates to ‘fire station’ in Japanese, centres itself around fire and flames. The menu draws its inspiration from various Japanese ingredients and cooking styles.

2KW
Perched high above the Adelaide skyline, 2KW offers an amazing dining experience with the views to match.

Exploring South Australia’s Regions

When you come to Adelaide, allow some extra time to experience its amazing landscapes, food, wine and wildlife encounters. There’s a variety of suggested itineraries which can assist with your planning:

Tasting Australia 2022

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel is a showcase of all things South Australian: our people, our produce and our place. Each autumn we invite audiences to step beyond a standard food festival and discover deliciously different experiences that feed their curiosity. Indulgent lunches with friends, boutique beverages served fireside in Town Square and menus created by world-class chefs are just a taste. The festival began in 1997 and continues to deliver both innovative events and the informal excellence our state does so well.

Tasting Australia will be running from 29 April to 9 May 2022, so will be perfect to add as a must do during your Adelaide visit.

For the full program, visit Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel | South Australia | Tastingaustralia.com.au