Score: 8 So far, the list has been notably lacking in festivals, which makes Adelaide’s February-March duo, the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, all the more outstanding. Between them they have cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, writing, visual art and design covered. Phew. So which events to attend? “Reliable highlights include the louche and irreverent festival hubs, notably the Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony (Adelaide Fringe) and the Festival Club (Adelaide Festival) for after-show revelry,” tips Max Anderson. Schedule in a little sleep somewhere, too. More info: see 'Adelaide Fringe Survival Guide' and South Australia...
What to do, what not to do... Here are some tips to help you surf the fun frenetic chaos of the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Words: Steve Madgwick). 1. Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in The Fringe is all about staying up late, with many feature shows starting well into the PM. There is always some post-performance action at either the usual or festival-specific venues to distract you on the way home so don’t be surprised if you turn into a pumpkin at some stage during your stay. 2. Beware ‘Mad March’ Almost inexplicably, Adelaide concentrates most of its cool festivals...
Adelaide used to be considered as just a stopover before you would head to South Australia’s got-to-get-to tourism spots such as Kangaroo Island or the bevy of wine regions only a daytrip from its wide, calm streets. But Lonely Planet now places Adelaide as its 9th top city to visit in the world for 2014 (that’s right, in the world, ahead of both New York and London), listing it as a “cultural tour de force” particularly because of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide. The transformation has had a lot to do with its culinary and vinous credentials, flowing down the hills from the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra....
We love a local success story, and this home-grown beauty brand fits the brief. Best known for its rosehip oil products, Kosmea has now ventured into spa territory, opening their first heavenly retreat in the city of churches. Until the end of the year, they’re welcoming us with a one-hour facial and one-hour massage for $89 – nice.
A fleet of food trucks has arrived in Adelaide of late – up to 40 of them are now doing the city rounds (who knew Adelaide was so hungry?) Among the first was award-winning Burger Theory, which will soon open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant, and while it’s worth a look at, we’re particularly taken with seriously cute newcomer Myrtle & Mae – a retro 1950s caravan serving cracking coffees, tarts, and all sorts of naughty treats. For something more savoury, the new La Chiva truck is all about hearty South American dishes like chorizo burgers, while Papa’s Gourmet Hotdogs serve, well,...
Budget airline AirAsia X has announced it will operate a direct service from Adelaide to Malaysia. The first flight to Kuala Lumpur is scheduled for October, increasing to five flights a week from the end of November. "We have been working hard to attract a low-cost international carrier and AirAsia X is a very welcome addition," said South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill. "These low-cost flights will make South Australia a more affordable and appealing destination to tourists in our key Asian markets." The South Australian Tourism Commission forecasts the new route will create more than 170 jobs and generate around...
For those who want to know whether a train holiday is for them, The Ghan will be open for public inspection for the first time in four years. The Ghan Open Day will be held at Adelaide Parklands Terminal on Saturday, June 1. Entry is a gold coin, to be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The trains’ recently refurbished Gold Twin carriages will be on display, and there will be a sausage sizzle and free face painting for children. For more information see www.greatsouthernrail.com.au...
Clementine Ford uncovers a hidden gem in Adelaide As a former South Australian with a particular fondness for divine indulgence, I have great memories of nights spent on the Chinatown strip of Gouger Street. Accompanied by friends with an equally robust appetite for cheerfully cheap Asian food, we’d settle in for feasts of shantung chicken and e-shand eggplant, washing the lot down with the kind of carafe wine that can really only be justified because you’ve spent the previous three hours having pre-dinner drinks at the bar next door. But the best part of these nights were how cheap...
AT’s Alissa Jenkins finds a stay with a twist in Adelaide’s north. I am surrounded by fire engines. But there hasn’t been a house fire, an accident or the handiwork of a local pyromaniac. Rather, I am spending the night in a restored fire station. The Fire Station Inn is located in the affluent suburb of North Adelaide, within walking distance to a smorgasbord of great cafes, restaurants and bars. And staying true to its former glory, it offers boutique accommodation that is furnished in all kinds of fire-engine memorabilia – but more on that later. This historic landmark -...
If you thought the Adelaide hinterland was all about Devonshire teas and lace doilies, think again. The Hills are alive with art, fine food, great wine and cool, contemporary interiors, writes Elisabeth Knowles How do you get here? The Adelaide Hills are in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, a mere half-hour drive up the South Eastern Freeway (M1) from the heart of the Adelaide CBD (or 45 minutes from the airport). You’ll drive through the Heysen Tunnels, which are named after respected local landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen (more of him later). Why are the Adelaide Hills so great? Because...
Where is it? West of Adelaide city, overlooking Gulf St Vincent How to see it for yourself? At the northern end of the beach is Grange Jetty (pictured). The beach is just south of Henley Square -– a popular Adelaide dining spot. Why I love it “Sunsets are always different on one of Adelaide’s most beautiful beaches.” – Ann Clarke Image by Ann Clarke...
Adelaide sometimes gets a bad rap as a tourist destination with allegedly little to do. But just like in any city, there’s good stuff to find if you care to look. Elisabeth Knowles discovers a local secret. “Are you here because of John?” asks the waiter. It’s not what I am expecting to be asked, so I’m stymied for a moment. “No, I’m sorry. Who’s John?” “A reviewer from The Australian newspaper,” says the waiter. “He wrote something about us last week and now we’re getting lots of people in from Sydney.” The waiter gives me the impression this is...
South Australia's affordable beach accommodation - caravan park Where is it? Adelaide, SA East Coast. Located on the shores of Adelaide’s West Beach, Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park is in prime position to soak up the beach and explore the capital city. As part of a 135-hectare tourism and recreation reserve, it is surrounded by conveniences such as golf, boating and skating facilities and dining venues. What’s it like? The caravan park boasts a licensed café, laundry amenities, on-site tourism information and bookings, barbecues, bike hire, games room, playground, jumping pillows, heated swimming and wading pools, and a half-sized tennis...
Tim Morris laps up Adelaide's Central Market with his whole heart...and stomach They say that home is where the heart is. They also say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well I say that I am home (and in love) when at Adelaide’s Central Market. Located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, the Central Market is one of the city’s great iconic treasures. It is one of the best fresh produce markets in Australia, and from what I have seen, the world. With the added convenience of it operating six days a week, the Central Market...
The South Australian capital has loads of affordable accommodation on offer for business travellers. But what if you want to go five-star? Quentin Long finds out. Evenings can be lonely times for business travellers. Nowhere is the solo nature of a business trip more cruelly reinforced than on a Sunday night in Adelaide, when the small city’s wide, lamp-lit streets hold no-one but you and your taxi driver. (To be fair, even Sydney CBD resembles a country town on a Sunday.) Adding to the melancholy mood is the fact that the hotel scene in Adelaide is not great. Its CBD...
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