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Adelaide is South Australia’s cultured and elegant capital.  If you’re looking at escaping Melbourne for the weekend, there are plenty of things to do – checking out the stalls at Central Market; shopping along Rundle St Mall; and if you’re a foodie like me, I am happy to report back that there’s plenty of great cafes and restaurants! and if you’re a beach go-er, South Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.

About a one hour drive from Adelaide, you can visit the picturesque Adelaide Hills where you can soak up the beautiful scenery, or go on a wine and cheese tasting tour or a relaxed lunch at the vineyards. Further out, you can also visit the many award winning wineries in Barossa Valley and Clare Valley.

Travelling to Adelaide

Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide is approximately 1 hour, with frequent flights from all domestic airline carriers – Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger (I flew with Qantas). Upon entering Adelaide airport, you will see Adelaide city from a short distance and also the modern facilities of their newly rebuilt airport.

There are a variety of transport options available to and from Adelaide Airport ranging from – taxi, shuttle bus, rental car, bicycle hire and SmartCar.

During my visit, I was picked up by a SmartCar. SmartCar is a chauffeured luxury car service that caters to all transportation needs in Adelaide. My driver Daryl was very knowledgeable and was quick to personalise the service to meet my needs. Knowing that it was my first visit to South Australia, he provided a detailed map of Adelaide city and took me on a tour and pointed out the major landmarks and tips in getting around the city.

Places I visited

Adelaide City Centre

The Adelaide city centre’s layout and location was planned by Colonel William Light back in the 1830s. His plan was that Adelaide City was laid out in a grid, where there are squares in the centre and squares in North, South, East and West, which are known today as North, South, East and West terrace. I was told that the location of the city was planned based on Colonel William Light’s military back ground.

During my visit to Adelaide, I visited the following places:

Restaurant Orana 
Restaurant Orana, is one of Adelaide’s upscale modern Australian restaurant and is run by owner and chef, Jock Zonfrillo. I was extremely lucky to experience the Grand Gelinaz shuffle. You can read more about my experience here.
Abbots and Kinney
In one of the many conversations we had at the dining table, Jess, lifestyle and food editor of The Advertiser highly recommended Abbots and Kinney for their amazing almond croissant and rated it as the best in Adelaide. I was very keen to try. Click here to read my review.
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market is the largest undercover market in the Southern Hemisphere that operates from Tuesday to Sunday. There’s plenty to see and buy including fresh South Australian produce, cooking classes, demonstrations and guided walks. If you’re a fan of Masterchef, check out Poh’s stall, ‘Jam Face’
Rundle Street Mall
Rundle Street Mall is Adelaide’s premier shopping precinct. It’s incredibly spacious and has 5 arcades and centres, and more than 700 retailers. It’s the equivalent of our Bourke Street Mall, or Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall. It’s open daily from 9am and open late on Friday until 9pm.

During my 48 hours in South Australia, I also visited the picturesque Adelaide Hills. You can read about my experience here.

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