ROCKING THE SOUTH

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Published on January 12, 2017 with No Comments

Adelaide, South Australia’s coastal capital, is changing at lightning speed. Make a beeline for its most distinctive experiences now.

Words GRACE OOI

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Adelaide was once Australia’s invisible city – overshadowed by the more chic-and-upbeat cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and the all-year-round, fun-loving Brisbane. But its isolation and compact size, including its extremely relaxed lifestyle, has certainly changed its appeal. In this quick guide to the city, we tell you the essentials of where to go and what to see for the best experience.

 

Hold a Koala at Cleland Wildlife Park
Everyone knows about the kangaroos, the sea lions and the incredible view, but not to be forgotten is the one-of-a-kind experience of holding an adorable koala. Just 20 minutes from the centre of Adelaide, Cleland Wildlife Park is home to many of Australia’s beloved animal citizens like kangaroos, emus, dingoes, wombats and potoroos. It’s day trip with fun sights for everyone for sure.

 

Hot Air Ballooning over Barossa
Visitors from all around agree that a hot air balloon ride over Barossa Valley is an unforgettable experience. You can gaze over the rolling vineyards, rich countryside and the beautiful Barossa ranges, right to the ocean. Lose yourself to the beauty of Barossa Valley as you float for an hour, but be sure to schedule in more time to discover what’s on the ground as well!

 

Roof Climb and Bradman Museum at Adelaide Oval
The RoofClimb is the perfect place to take in the breathtaking view of Adelaide as well as see the spectacular cricket pitch. Heralded as a happy hunting ground for India cricket batsman, Virat Kohli, Adelaide Oval holds a special place in the hearts of cricket lovers across the world. Don’t miss a chance to watch a match seated at the viewing deck. Additionally you can check out the Bradman Collection featuring personal cricket memorabilia of legendary batsman, Sir Donald Bradman, at the Bradman Museum. Following Bradman’s last wishes, the collection has found a home at Adelaide Oval.

 

Swim with the Dolphins
More than a thousand common and bottlenose dolphins call the coastal waters near Adelaide home. You can enjoy a swim with the dolphins with Temptations Sailing at Glenelg beach in Adelaide. Operated by experienced crew members, visitors can observe wild dolphins in their natural habitat and get a chance to swim and interact with them.

 

Swim with Sea Lions and Cage Dive with Sharks
Eyre Peninsula is the perfect place for your next aquatic adventure. For adrenaline fanatics, a cage diving experience with the sharks may be just right for you. Did you know that South Australia is the only destination in the country where travellers can get close with one of the most feared beasts; the great white shark?

For those who want to enjoy a less daring adventure you can swim with the sea lions. Known as the puppy dogs of the sea, brace yourselves to play, jump and twirl underwater. Your pictures will be overloaded with cuteness guaranteed.

 

Horse Drawn Tram
Take a trip from a bygone era and hop onboard a horse drawn double deck tram. Known as the Victor Harbor Tramway, it is the only horse-drawn tramway in all of Australia. People come from all around the world to see the majestic Clydesdales pull the tram along the causeway from seaside Victor Harbor to the beautiful Granite Island. The journey takes just under 20 minutes. On Granite Island, you can take the leisurely walk around the walking circuit and enjoy nature at its best. On some days, you can spot penguins and seals – so keep your eyes peeled out for them.

 

Take a Photo at the Remarkable Rocks
Feel like you need a break from the city? Why not explore the wild beauty of Kangaroo Island and see the iconic Remarkable Rocks that will leave you spellbound. It took approximately 500 million years for rain, wind and battering waves to create the granite boulders. As part of Flinders Chase National Park, it’s the perfect place to take a trek with the family and experience Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty.

 

Walk Along Seal Bay with Fur Seals
Also located on Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay is one of the few places you can meet one of the rarest creatures in the world. It is home to one of the largest wild colonies of Australian Sea Lions. Make sure to squeeze in enough time to take the 45 minute walking tour, where you can walk alongside sea lions taking a nap after a long swim or just playing with each other on the pristine, white sands.

 

Family Outing at Beerenberg
When it’s strawberry-picking season (November to April), a visit to this farm makes for a wonderful excursion. Even outside its fruit season, the farm has plenty more to offer. It produces jams, condiments, pickles, chutneys and sauces and is still being run by the Paech family who founded the farm in 1839.

 

Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
The iconic chocolate factory has been around since May 1915. As the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia, the famed chocolate-covered fruit centres are a must-try. Join the free guided tour for a look at how the chocolates are handcrafted and discover secrets to chocolate-making. The 20-minute tour may be short, but it’s enough to let you appreciate the skill that goes into making these chocolates. Then, don’t forget to visit the Visitor Centre at the end of the tour to pick up some mouth-watering mementoes to bring home.

 

 

Royal Brunei flies Melbourne daily for connections to Adelaide.

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