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Attraction,Travel ian 1/5/2014

Choosing the best things to see and do in any neck of the woods can be a very personal decision so I asked Jolanda from Rydges South Park in Adelaide for her Top 5 things to do if visiting SA. Jolanda went for these:

  • The Wine Regions
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Adelaide Oval
  • City of Churches
  • Kangaroo Island


Your humble blogger has visited SA many, many times and I think that’s a darn fine Top 5. Here’s a bit on my personal experiences on each of them.

wang-wang-and-funiThere are actually 18 wine regions in SA and over 200 cellar doors in Adelaide’s doorstep. The main wine regions are the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Coonawarra. Over the years I have enjoyed many SA wines in restaurants (it’s actually a good measure of any wine you may not be familiar with – your will rarely go astray with a Barossa or Clare Riesling or a Coonawarra red). I have been lucky enough to visit many cellar doors in SA and somehow the wines somehow seem even nicer in their own backyard.

Adelaide Zoo is compact but very rewarding. You can get their by road or by boat on the Torrens. There are more than 1400 exotic and native animals, birds, reptiles and fish but the stars of the show are undoubtedly the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere, Wang Wang and Funi.

The Adelaide Oval is my favourite cricket ground in Australia – it is green, intimate and kind of polite. It is a far cry from the busy and imposing MCG, the party feel of the SCG and the wild, wild west of the WACA. It is newly renovated but with the old scoreboard remaining the new stands still have the old atmosphere. It is accessible via the footbridge over the Torrens.

Adelaide is known as the City of Churches and they do give the place a lot of character. I have enjoyed most of them from the outside and one from the inside when I walked my sister down the aisle in a stunning piece of architecture in North Adelaide. While they give the city a bit of a conservative feel, they also give some historical style and class with the steeples almost tutt-tutting at the exciting buzz that coexists in contrast.

And Kangaroo Island is simply unique and a ‘must do’. It is my other half’s favourite place in Australia from the ferry ride across to the unique flora and fauna, the sand dunes and picturesque beaches. There are no introduced species like rabbits and foxes so native wildlife abounds. There are platypus in the creeks, koalas in the gum trees, penguins in their rookeries, fur seals on the rocks, ospreys in the cliff tops, pelicans on the water, sea lions on the beach and, of course, kangaroos!

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