What are some interesting things to do and see in Adelaide over a weekend? I want to get a flight down from Sydney and check it out for a weekend. Should I get a hire car?
Hire a car, and check out McLaren Vale. Great wines, beautiful countryside, and then you can drive up north into the Adelaide Hills to see the cool German town and drink more wine. Very non-stressful day trip, and everything is so close compared to Sydney. about 10 years ago
Assuming you have two full days, spend one of them on a Kangaroo Island trip. I haven't been there but it's photogenic enough. Go with friends though unless you like to throw away your money as I hear the ferry ride is a rip-off.
On your other day, you can zoom around Adelaide, eat at BBQ King, drink bubble tea, eat at the original Hogs Breath, eat raw oysters at Glenelg Beach and/or visit the German village, the hills and the Barossa Valley. Two days is obviously a squeeze.
As Jared says, Adelaide is easy to navigate. For the petrol heads out there, you'll get quite bored in Adelaide, so head farther out. The traffic is also close to zilch most of the time, even compared to Hobart.
One good thing about Adelaide: catching a bus to the airport cost me $2.10 from the city. about 10 years ago
Hire a car for one day and head north to the Barossa wine region for good food and great wine.
But remember, only buy wine that you can't get in the bottle store back home - not everything at the cellar door is cheaper!
Drive back to Adelaide via Mt Pleasant, Birdwood and Chain of Ponds for interesting scenery. about 10 years ago
I lived in Adelaide for 20 years... there's a lot going on there, but it's often under the surface. If you know any locals, or can Couchsurf, you'd probably see a different side than on a tourist's long weekend.
There's great eating and wine bars along Rundle St and Gouger St, near the central markets (which are also really worth a visit).
Along North Terrace are some interesting spots - the Art Gallery and Museum are good, and just behind them is the Torrens River. You can take a nice walk along there.
Everyone else has suggested wine tours - even if you're not the biggest wine buff, McLaren Vale and the Barossa have some beautiful countryside and are easy to drive to.
I'm not sure about Kangaroo Island as a day trip? I have been there and think it's totally amazing, but my experience several years ago was a 2 hour drive to the ferry, then a short-ish ferry trip and then you'd need to drive further still to get to the seal colonies and wild national parks. If you had longer than two days in total, this would make a great nature addition to a city-based experience. (Maybe travel times have improved a bit??)
The other thing worth considering, is holding off until the Adelaide Festival and Fringe (26 Feb - 14 Mar 2010). The city comes alive then and Fringe tickets are plentiful and cheap. Or go crazy at Womadelaide (5-7 March, 2010) - awesome, endless live music under the huge Morton Bay Figs of the Parklands. That'd be my pick! about 10 years ago
go out with a friend to KIPO forest about 8 years agoAnswered by mryan via Travellr.com
A day on Kangaroo Island is totally unrealistic. You need at least three nights. Yes, the drive is two hours from the city, and the sights, once there, are spread out. Yes, the ferry is expensive, but the Island is beautiful! Only go there if you have the time, otherwise plan to do KI on its own, another time.
McLaren Vale for an easily accessible winery district - you can even take a wine tour on camel. Victor Harbor/Goolwa/Port Elliott,are buzzing in the holidays and on long weekends, and are around an hour from the city.
The Adelaide Hills are beauitful, especially in May when the leaves turn. Duck into Stirling for a coffee and check out Matilda, an awesome bookshop there. Drive on to Hahndorf, the German Village; check out the German bakeries, beerhouses and shops. Buy some apples from an orchard on the way back or pick strawberries from Berrenberg Farm in summer.
Glenelg has an awesome vibe, with shops, restaurants and a great holiday feel. Brighton is a lovely beach with nice cafes, but less busy and free parking!
Along the River Torrens is a nice walk, behind the Fesitval Theatre. Rundle Mall and Rundle Street are fab for shopping, and the Museum, Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens are on North Terrace and are free! The Zoo is a short walk behind the botanic gardens along an avenue of Morten Bay Fig Trees, go see the Panadas and the other beautiful animals at this smallish but pretty zoo or drive to Monarto to the open range zoo, about 45 minutes from the city.
Barossa or the Clare Valley are reknowned wine districts with other attractions in there own right. Go hot air ballooning in the Barossa, checkout Tanunda for lunch; the whispering Wall on the way back; the National Motor Museum at Birdwood.
If you are into bush walking, try Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty, Belair National Park or Morialta. These are just some of the things that are there to visit anytime of year. about 8 years agoAnswered by Kate via Travellr.com