Just four and a half hours’ flying time from Auckland, South Australia’s capital is a city that celebrates the art of living well. Every wine lover has heard of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, but not many realise that there are 270 cellar doors across South Australia and that Adelaide was recently named a Great Wine Region of the World. Many wineries complement their vintages with delicious local produce, and most are highly accessible from Adelaide city.
‘The 20-minute city’ is the kind of place where you never have to think too hard about your next excursion. There’s so much to do, and everywhere is easy to get to.
Feel like a trip to the beach? Jump on a tram to Glenelg, and 20 minutes later you’ll be walking barefoot in the sand. Stroll along the jetty, rummage through the shops and be tempted by one of the sidewalk cafés along Jetty Road.
Or perhaps you have an appetite for culture. Wander down North Terrace, checking out the State’s Art Gallery, SA Museum (home to Australia’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts) and the beautiful Botanic Gardens. All are free for visitors.
If you’d like to give your tastebuds a workout, make sure you visit Adelaide Central Market. Open Tuesday to Saturday in the early mornings, it’s ‘the pantry of the city.’ Grab a coffee and a bite at one of the nine cafés and restaurants, then stock up on deli products and freshly baked patisserie goodies for later.
There are free trams and buses around the city centre, and plenty of places you’ll want to check out. Rundle Mall is a magnet for shopaholics, and there are more than 700 restaurants in the ‘eat streets’ centred on Gouger Street, Rundle Street and Hutt Street. And don’t overlook the attractions just outside the city centre.
For a leisurely trip, head to the quaint German village of Hahndorf in the nearby Adelaide Hills. Lined with jacaranda trees, the main street’s historic buildings are filled with art and craft galleries, cellar doors, antique shops, German bakeries, chocolate shops, cafés, and the legendary Udder Delights cheese cellar.
Adelaide is also the perfect jumping off point for a Murray River cruise, a road trip to the stunning Flinders Ranges, or a day trip to the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island where you can walk amongst koalas and kangaroos.
Best time to go
South Australia has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. With an average annual temperature of 28.3 degrees it’s generally pleasant all year-round. South Australian summers can be challenging when the barometer nudges the high thirties. Spring (from September to November) and autumn (from March to May) appeal to many travellers.
How much will it cost
Whilst not a rock-bottom bargain destination, Adelaide offers good value for money. Expect to pay around AUD $82 for a meal for three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant. For getting around town, a three-day visitor pass is AUD $25 and gives you unlimited travel on the integrated bus, tram and train network. Your 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to the city centre should come in around AUD $30.
New Zealand has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, meaning New Zealanders are entitled to some subsidised health services. This covers free treatment as a public in-patient or out-patient in a public hospital. Regardless of this, comprehensive travel insurance cover is a good idea. Vaccinations are not generally required for travel to Adelaide.
New Zealand citizens can enter Australia without needing to apply for a visa. When you arrive in Australia you will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV), which is electronically assigned to your New Zealand passport. This entitles you to stay in Australia for as long as you need to. Note that foreign citizens who are New Zealand permanent residents cannot get an SCV – they may need to apply for a visa applicable to the passport they are travelling on.