Best things to do in South Australia and sightseeing in South Australia
Adelaide - South Australia
The grace of Australia's colonial history is perhaps best preserved by Adelaide. With its many churches, museums and libraries, the city has a certain intellectual air about it. But it is a lot more than just being erudite and the stylish restaurants, pubs and its rich live-music scene massively help in bringing out its modern character. The boulevards of Adelaide are as wide as they could possibly get and walking, therefore, is a dream.
We stopped in Adelaide for a few days, couchsurfing with Tony C. He’s a good guy, but like many Australians, he’s quite the character. Adelaide is one of those cities that at first glance is pretty, well-ordered and gives every outward appearance of a comfortable prosperity. People still say, “thank you” to the bus drivers here when they reach their destination. And indeed, Adelaide is in a bit of a bad spot. There isn’t enough water for South Australia’s growing population, and the economy isn’t growing as fast as it could be. It has the lowest average wage of all of Australia’s major cities and the highest unemployment rate. Young people have been moving to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in search of better opportunities. Part of the problem is the country’s location. While Perth is often called the most isolated big city in the world, it’s still got a thriving port, a vibrant mining industry and access to world markets via the Indian Ocean. Likewise, Sydney and Melbourne are both closer to Pacific ports than Adelaide is. South Australia and Adelaide is an inconvenient distance from both hubs and from Darwin on the northern coast. There’s little incentive for companies to locate near Adelaide. I guess that’s why they make such good Shiraz and Riesling wines in the region. I managed to pick up a bottle of excellent Wolf Blass Shiraz when Tony, Julia and I popped into the winery one boozy afternoon.
Hahndorf - South Australia
Hahndorf is located 28 kilometres south-east from Adelaide.I went to German Village shop and 3 wishes candle barn to buy some souvenirs. For wine and beer tasting I suggest you go to Somerled Cellar Door, Gulf Brewery and Rockbare Cellar Door along Main Street. We went to Beerenberg Strawberries farm, you can pick you own strawberries and the kids enjoyed it. Aside from Strawberries you can visit the Udder Delights for cheese tasting: In the Pickle – Pickle and mustard Honey Lady Products – Honey and condiments FruChoc – Confectionary The German Cake Shop – Sweet treats The German Pantry – Hahndorf mettwurst Harris Smokehouse – Fish products A Taste in Hahndorf – Smallgoods
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - South Australia
Mount Lofty Summit Restaurant & Cafe - South Australia
Cleland Wildlife Park - South Australia
Army Museum - South Australia
Noodle Kingdom - South Australia
Adelaide Zoo - South Australia
After the fixtures at Adelaide Oval don't you dare step back to your hotel room. Adelaide Zoo Pandas. Well we all agree that they are the cutest. Make some time for these adorable bamboo suckers after your date with cricket.At the center of the city, Adelaide zoo is the second oldest zoo of Australia and is the only non profit one. It is the home for Australia's Pandas and is also a major attraction with over two thousand species.
Fowlers Bay - South Australia
Salt, decomposing meat and uprooted seaweed – that distinctive odor of the ocean - flooded my nostrils as I climb out of the truck. After 3.5 weeks at Nundroo Roadhouse, my boyfriend and I finally left the few square kilometers we were calling home. It wasn't the job we were temporarily fleeing, but a small scene that has become all-too-familiar. Ceaser’s vehicle had carried us only 32 kms, from our staff room to the coast. This was the closest I had ever lived to the ocean, and there it was: the rhythmic lapping of the tide, the overwhelming scent. No beach had ever smelled so inviting as Fowlers did that night.
Nundroo - South Australia
From our room, the passing road trains sounded like swooping aircraft, not the earth-bound rush of mighty 18-wheelers bearing their goods eastward. The highway sustained life out here. It is a straight and lonely stretch of asphalt – or bitumen, the Aussies would say – stubbornly crossing the barren Nullarbor Plain. It’s the unpredictable suicide route of too many short-sighted wombats; the stark yet exotic touring line for patient road trippers; the demarcation zone between roadhouses, these isolated outposts of civilization. 150 kms from Nundroo Hotel Motel to Nullarbor Roadhouse. In the other direction, 150 kms to Ceduna. Instead of losing my mind to extreme loneliness, I was surprised by a sense of gumption. Like pioneers, we refused to let the environment wear us away.
Coober Pedy - South Australia
How does one even begin to talk about this small moon base in the middle of the Australian outback? It’s the Opal Capital of the World, as it grandly bills itself, and it has suffered the boom and bust cycle that is so common of extractive economies. But what is most interesting, besides its surreal desert landscape, is that 40 percent of its people live underground in “dug-outs”, many of them quite modern and spacious. Going down into one is like going down into a bomb shelter of the 1950s, or perhaps the underground lair of a Bond villain, as Bill Bryson wrote in his book. There were a number of underground hotels, but we pitched up at a caravan park, Riba’s, on the outskirts of town. It allowed underground camping, but I didn’t like it. It was too creepy, too claustrophobic and too hot. It was cooler outside — and I had cellular signal. I offered Julia my spot in the underground camp site, but we couldn’t peg the tent, so she declined. The town was, as someplace like it should be, full of “characters.” By far my favorite — other than creepy Barbara, at Riba’s, who seemed deaf and totally lacking in social skills — was Terry Kuss, who was married in the outback. He says he was mentioned by Time magazine in a 1990 story on Rev Malcolm Thomas, who traveled Australia as an itinerant preacher. I looked for the article, but haven’t been able to verify his claim to publicity.