Places of Interest near Adelaide
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth largest city in Australia. Adelaide is often misinterpreted as laid back and slow city. Thus, I find the city relaxing and also another city of art (similar to Melbourne).
So, where are the Places of Interest near Adelaide?
A visit to the Barossa is a taste of the good life. Premium wines, including the world famous Barossa Valley Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling, regional product and acclaimed restaurants are all paired together to provide a gastronomic experience second to none.
The picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards and picture book villages, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings and cottages beckoning visitors to explore. The Barossa’s rich natural environment is all within easy reach, boasting lush trails, reserves and forests. www.barossa.com
*Barossa Valley is just within two hour drive from Adelaide.
Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, built by a tight-knit group of Prussian settlers in 1839 fleeing religious persecution in Eastern Europe. Popular with visitors from all over the world, Hahndorf has plenty of quality gift and speciality shops, craft outlets and galleries.
Hahndorf is also renowned for its local gourmet produce, having steadily built on its unique ‘food bowl’ heritage. Indulge in cheese tastings, pick your own strawberries or sample local chocolate, jams and pickles. There is a great winery loop with several cellar doors in the area that produce quality cool climate wines, each located on grounds of stunning natural beauty.
*Hahndorf is just within two hour drive from Adelaide.
Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s great natural wonders, as well as one of its best, and most surprising, tourism destinations. It’s a wildlife sanctuary without fences, where visitors can see Australian animals in their natural habitat. Around 30% of the island is protected as parks, and its 541-kilometre coastline includes excellent swimming and surfing beaches, a spot where visitors can walk among sea lions, spectacular cliffs and amazing rock formations such as Remarkable Rocks.
The island also has a growing reputation as a food and wine region, renowned especially for its honey, eucalyptus oil, marron and sheep dairy farms. www.tourkangarooisland.com.au
*The best way to travel to Kangaroo Island is by flying with Regional Express (an hour flight)
The Eyre Peninsula offers a brilliant blend of wildlife, landscapes, fishing and seafood. The coastal waters are home to magnificent giant cuttlefish, playful sealions, bottlenose dolphins and the awesome southern right whales. Inland experiences include close encounters with kangaroos, emus and soaring eagles.
The varied landscapes range from secluded beaches to towering limestone cliffs, ancient granite outcrops and the vast emptiness of the Nullarbor Plain. Famous for fishing, the seafood offers a tantalizing smorgasbord of shellfish gathered from the pristine waters surrounding the Peninsula.
*The best way to travel to Eyre Peninsula via Port Lincoln is by flying with Regional Express (an hour flight)
Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines offer direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide, South Australia.