Have you ever considered visiting Australia? If so, you may be tempted to only visit well-known cities such as Sydney and Brisbane. While these cities are great places to visit, I recommend that you also consider adding my hometown, Adelaide, to your list of places to go. Adelaide is not the most famous city in Australia, but there is so much to see and do there and in the surrounding areas. Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and has a population of approximately 1.3 million. From the city center it only takes about 20 minutes by car to get to beautiful beaches with soft white sand and gentle waves. Glenelg is one of the best-known and easy to get to beaches. There is a street lined with shops and restaurants located within walking distance from the shore and I definitely recommend that you enjoy some ice-cream while going for a stroll along the beach. While I do like Glenelg, if you prefer a quiet and relaxing time down the beach, I highly recommend Grange beach. There are still some shops nearby but it is much less crowded than Glenelg. During summer, my family often buys fish and chips and then heads down to Grange beach to enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean.
Adelaide does not only have beautiful beaches but also rugged wilderness areas that are great for hiking and seeing Australian wildlife. I personally recommend Morialta Conservation Park, which is once again only around a 20 minute car ride from the city center. Morialta has many different hiking paths of varying difficulty, some of which are family friendly, and it affords stunning views of cliffs and majestic gum trees. As you explore this amazing area, don’t forget to look up – you may be lucky enough to see wild koalas enjoying a nap or an afternoon snack. For those who are happy to travel further, I highly recommend Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula, which is a 2-3 hour drive from Adelaide. Other than the pristine white beaches and giant waves, it is very common to see wild kangaroos and emus at this park. There are many campsites and I recommend staying at least one to two nights.
While the beaches and parks are amazing, Adelaide is actually most famous for wine. There are two famous wine areas within an hour and a half drive from Adelaide city: the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Traveling to either will enable you to enjoy delicious wines while overlooking seemingly endless vineyards. Some wineries are quite modern in appearance while others have a rustic or cottage-like feel. You can make a day of it by visiting several wineries and stopping off at a local bakery for a pie or pasty for lunch. While some of the larger wineries export their wines overseas to many countries including Japan, some of the smaller wineries only sell their wines from their own cellar doors.
Adelaide is not only a wonderful place to visit as a tourist, but is also a great place to live. It offers the many conveniences of a city while also being within an easy distance to nature. How would you like to live somewhere you can stretch your legs down the beach after work and enjoy some locally made wine or a hike on the weekend?
majestic (adj.) – large and impressively beautiful
pristine (adj.) – in its original condition; perfect; unspoilt
seemingly (adv.) – to give the impression of having a certain quality
rustic (adj.) – simple and often rough in appearance; typical of the countryside.
make a day of it (idiom) – to spend the whole day, not just part of it, doing something enjoyable
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