My second semester in Sydney is well and truly under way, so I thought I would reminisce about one of my trips over the summer. Adelaide is only a couple of hours away by plane, so we thought we would go and explore.
We landed late in the morning, so after leaving our bags at the hotel we walked 5 minutes to Rundle Mall, which is an open air. There’s so many shops to explore, and after a coffee we hand a wander through the street to see what bargains were on offer.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon walking up North Terrace, which is where lots of the museums and the State Library are located. Adelaide is so easy to get around by foot and the weather was nice, so it was a great way to see the city.
In the evening we headed to the East End and had dinner at a Belgian bar before heading to a British pub with some family friends. Adelaide has such a European atmosphere, I loved it!
Our first stop on our second day in Adelaide was for brunch in the East End- if you find yourself on exchange in Australia I totally recommend Scoopon, you’ll find so many good deals! We then ventured out of the city to Hahndorf, a small town in the Adelaide Hills, which is only about an hour away by bus. South Australia is famous for its wine, so we went for a wine tasting at Somerled Wines.
Afterwards we shared some snacks from a German bakery then went to the Hahndorf Inn for German beer and wine. It was so interesting to learn about the history of the town, and the impact of its German roots. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday?
It rained on day 3, so we went to the Immigration Museum. As a history student, I was super excited to visit, but I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in how South Australia grew as a colony. Seeing where people come from all over the world to live in Australia was such an educational experience, and eye-opening.
We then used two scoopons: one for a beer tasting in Hindmarsh, north of the city, and one for a bottle of wine and dinner in the city. We then headed back to our hotel to watch the Australian Open, because it was still raining.
On our final day in Adelaide, we firstly walked to the Adelaide Oval and had a look around. From there, we walked to the zoo, so we also got a view of Adelaide Cathedral. I loved being able to walk around everywhere, everything is linked together and it makes it so easy to see as much as possible.
The zoo was probably my highlight of the trip. It’s Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Fu Ni are the only breeding pair in the Southern Hemisphere, so it was amazing to see them. There’s a whole other range of animals including sea lions, giraffes, koalas, kangaroos, penguins, tigers, lions and a giant tortoise, so it’s definitely worth going. We spent virtually the whole day there, it was the best!
I really wanted to see the sunset at Henley Beach, so after meeting our friend, we headed out there on the bus. It was incredible, Mother Nature was on fire, and it was a lovely way to spend our last night in Adelaide. We flew back to Sydney the next morning; I was quite impressed with how much we managed to see!
As you can see, Adelaide is a stunning place. I would totally say it’s worth visiting if you get the chance too. It’s not as busy as Sydney and Melbourne so it’s got a really relaxed atmosphere, which was great for a summer holiday!