Where to go and things to do in Adelaide this summer
Best Beer Gardens in Adelaide
Great for: Glenelg Football Club fans. This friendly bar, beer garden, restaurant and gaming room is across the road from the club house.
Details: 83 Brighton Road, Glenelg. (08) 8295 2051; http://www.theholdy.com.au/
Gilbert St Hotel
Great for: Musos. Jazz twice a week and DJs on Saturday nights. This bar and terrace garden buzzes all week.
Details: 88 Gilbert St. (08) 8231 9909; gilbertshotel.com.au
Garage Bar and Dining
Great for: Clubbing. The dance floor spills out into this loud beer garden.
Details: 163 Waymouth St. (08) 8212 9577; garagebar.com.au
Best Al Fresco Dining
Great for: Secluded lunches. Adelaide Convention Centre’s refined dining venue is open to the public who don’t seem to take full advantage of the quiet and waterfront location.
Details: North Terrace. (08) 8210 6785; adelaidecc.com.au
The Daniel O’Connell
Great for: Summer lunch. Sit in the shade of this historic peppertree, planted in 1847, and while away the afternoon.
Details: 165 Tynte Street North. (08) 8267 4032
Best Picnic Spots
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Great for: Panoramic views of Adelaide from this vantage point just out of the city centre.Details: Summit Road, Crafers.
Great for: Weekday lunches in vast grounds right in the centre of Adelaide. Choose from landscaped gardens, fields and shaded areas.
Details: West Terrace.
Great for: Picnics by the lake. Hire a paddleboat or just chill out on the grassy south bank of Torrens Lake.
Details: King William Rd. southaustralia.com/en
Great for: Concerts such as WOMADelaide.
Details: Between the Botanic Gardens and zoo. southaustralia.com/en
Great for: Lucky Adelaide workers who get to come here for gourmet weekday lunches. There’s fresh food year round.
Details: Victoria Square. adelaidecentralmarket.com
Rundle Street Markets
Great for: Handmade local goods from fashion designers, jewelers, milliners and more. The East End of Rundle St is taken over by stalls and buskers.
Details: 9am-4pm Sundays. Rundle St. southaustralia.com
Gilles Street Market
Great for: One-of-a-kind pieces. Young and emerging designers showcase their wares in this über cool monthly market.
Details: Sundays 10am-4pm. Gilles Street Primary School, Gilles St. gillesstreetmarket.com.au
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Great for: Botanists and amateur green thumbs will love the exotic
plant collection scattered along walking paths.
Details: North Terrace. (08) 8222 9311.
River Torrens Linear Park Path
Great for: Families or fitness lovers who want to run, cycle or walk along a 35km path that reaches from the sea to the Adelaide foothills. Don’t do it all at once – unless you’re really fit.
Details: From Henley Beach. www.southaustraliantrails.com