The city itself celebrates food with a produce market that stretches over two acres, the Botanic Gardens that feature the largest collection of Australian wine in the country, plus any number of restaurants serving the best of both.
Just outside Adelaide lie the famous vineyards of McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, whilst a slightly longer drive – about an hour – will take you deep into the viticulture heartlands of Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, both with acres of wineries and welcoming places to stay.
There are many sights to delight the visitor to Adelaide, but if you’re a lover of good food, the two-acre produce market beside the Law Courts in the heart of the city has boundless attractions; ranging from authentic bushtucker for those with an adventurous palate, to irresistible homemade chocolate. As a wine connoisseur you’ll also like a stroll around the Botanic Gardens – they’re home to the National Wine Centre offering the largest collection of Aussie wines in the country. Adelaide’s other attractions include vintage tram rides to the seaside, walks along the prom and lunch in one of the swish waterside restaurants. You can even take a day tour of the vineyards of McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
Stay: Three nights in the converted historic North Adelaide Heritage Group’s Bishops Garden Hotel.
Collect your hire car and head out of the city. Within an hour – unless you stop often at the many photographic opportunities along the way – you’ll come to one of Australia’s best known wine-growing regions. The Barossa Valley has vineyards stretching away from you as far as your eyes can see; many of them established in the middle of the 19th century by Prussian settlers. Their presence is still felt in the Lutheran churches and the weekend festivals featuring oompah bands, but you’ll also enjoy historic houses, golf courses, walking trails, galleries and visits to alpaca farms.
Stay: Choose to stay one night in the warm and welcoming Abbotsford Hotel, or the upmarket Louise.
If you have a taste for Rieslings, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon you’re in the right country. Similarly, if you enjoy rolling countryside and switchback roads you’ll love the Clare Valley. You’ll find 40 boutique wineries within a 15 mile stretch – many featuring superb restaurants with fine food and great views over the wooded hillsides.
Stay: One night in the Thorn Park by the Vines – a delightful restaurant with rooms.