With a Mediterranean climate, South Australia is simply good all year round. The state offers more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, making the summer months spent in South Australia nothing short of a dream. Frolicking by the beautiful beaches that dot the coastline is what living down under is all about. Come autumn, vibrant hues of orange and red take over, while the cooler winter months bring in the opportunity to get cosy with a glass of the local drop.
Consistently ranked amongst the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, it’s not hard to understand why! Located close to the state’s coastline, South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, was once considered a sleepy city. Having experienced a tremendous transformation in recent times, complete with a vibrant, emerging bar scene; award-winning food and wine; and a festival calendar which is arguably the best in Australia, Adelaide is a city full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Nicknamed the ’20 minute city’, everything within Adelaide is at an arm’s reach – well not literally – but it is super close! Thanks to the tram system which connects the city to the beach, you can go from exploring Adelaide’s hidden gems to relaxing in the sun at Glenelg Beach within half an hour! The gorgeous Glenelg is one of Adelaide’s favourite spots, for locals and tourists alike – with quaint cafes, restaurants and shops forming the main street.
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About an hour from Adelaide, you’ll stumble across some of South Australia’s best kept secrets. The picturesque German heritage-listed town of Hahndorf is a must-see, where it’ll make you forget what country you’re actually in! Traditional German buildings call the main street home, with cafes, bakeries, boutiques, and artists inhabiting these charming spaces.
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The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most well-known and highly regarded wine regions – and it’s right here in South Australia! Located on the outskirts of Adelaide, some of the world’s oldest vines and spectacular cellar doors are only a short, scenic drive away. It’s neighbour, the Clare Valley, is another award-winning wine region, boasting strong heritage and delicious Riesling. There’s no need to go to Tuscany when this spectacular region is in your backyard!
With a plethora of things to do and places to see in South Australia, it truly is a destination just waiting to be explored. Combine perfect year round weather, delicious food and wine, glorious beaches and so much more, South Australia makes for the ideal travel destination!
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