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Barossa Valley

Adelaide and the surrounding area

Adelaide is more like a big country town than a city, it is very compact and is blessed with a lot of lovely parks. On the surface the city can look like a concrete jungle, but once you get exploring theres a lot to be seen and done. Adelaide also has some great countryside nearby, including the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.

Places to Stay

We stayed with friends in Adelaide so I can't recommend anywhere specific, try checking on the Hostel Adelaide site.

Places to Eat/Drink

Central Market Chinatown Food Hall - Bustling foodhall with a wide range of asian fast food eateries including self service, very good value for money.

Griffin's Head (38 Hindmarsh Square) - Large pub in the town centre with 3 bars, bistro and a very friendly atmosphere. Gay friendly.

Grace Emily Hotel (Waymouth Street) - About 10 mins walk from the centre, this old pub has great live music, pool table and is open till 2am on the weekends. Entry is free

The Gov (59 Port Road, Hindmarsh) - About 50 mins walk from the centre by road, so its best to catch a bus heading to Port Adelaide, although you can cut through the park. The Gov is disputably Adelaides best live venue with 4 bars including a large concert venue at the back.

Tandanya - Aboriginal Cultural Centre has live performances some lunchtimes, learn digeridoo, also has an art gallery, cafe and a shop.

Things to do

Central Market - Bustling Market in the centre of Adelaide, a great place to buy fresh fish, fruit and lots more

Hahndorf - About 15kms from Adelaide, this German village has a street full of gift shops, cafes, and Hillstowe (a winery).

Barossa Valley - Explore this world famous wine making area with it's vineyards set amongst rolling green countryside

Kangaroo Island - About 45 mins ferry journey from Port Jervis (1-2 hrs from Adelaide), Kangaroo Island is a great place to see some unique wildlife. I recommend the Kangaroo Island Coach Tours, you catch a bus from Adelaide in the afternoon and get to KI early evening, you get a room in the youth hostel, which has a mixture of shared and private rooms. There is a night tour of the fairy penguins right opposite the hostel. In the morning you get a day tour of the Island taking in Seal Bay where you can see Sea Lions up real close, Vivonne Bay, the Hansen Bay Koala Sanctuary, Flinder's Chase Park Centre, Admirals Arch and the fur seals aswell as the Remarkable Rocks. You get the ferry back at 7.30 arriving back in Adelaide at 10.30pm. The price costs around £110 and is well worth it, they also run 2 day tours.




Info supplied by Andy Webb and Helen Barlow


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