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10 Points of Interests – Why South Australia Is So Great!

South Australia

1. The ’20 minute’ city  

Adelaide has a reputation for being highly accessible. They say that one can reach any point in the city within 20 minutes, hence, the ’20 minute’ city nickname. This suggests that any high profile location in Adelaide including the airport, city center, and beaches, can be accessed within a 20 minute drive. Additionally, one can walk to any of the hotspots within the city in 20 minutes from any of the hotels in the city. Parking in the CBD is also easier and cheaper in comparison to other larger Australian capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

2. Real natural beauty! And there’s plenty of it 

South Australia has many contrasts with rugged outback wildernesses, scenic mountain ranges, an extensive coastline, offshore islands and a large meandering river. There are also national parks and world heritage areas to explore and an outdoor adventure to suit everyone. 

3. The weather is pretty darn good as well! 

South Australians enjoy a healthy Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. The average summer temperature is 29 degrees Celsius, although each year brings in one or two hot periods (generally with low humidity). The average winter temperature is a mild 15 degrees Celsius. About 2,500 hours of sunshine a year means locals enjoy outdoor living almost year round. Outdoor sports, eating and events are easy to enjoy because of the weather, excellent facilities and easy accessibility. 

4. Wine and dine til you drop

South Australia is famous as a wine and food centre with 13 wine regions and a higher ratio of cafes and restaurants to residents than any other city in Australia. That means there are restaurants, cafes, and bars to cater to everyone’s varying tastes and budgets.

5. You gotta come and check out the picturesque Adelaide Hills 

The wine industry in South Australia benefits from a variety of terrain, character and climate. Few other regions in the world can match our range of warm and cool-ripening conditions. South Australian wine is famous the world over and is one of the high demand origin of wines in top restaurants in New York City for instances. The Adelaide Hills is a barely 20 minute drive from the city and is truly a story-book pretty region. The village of Hahndorf. It is the oldest German settlement in the country and is a great place for a hearty. authentic German feed. 

South Australia

6. Take a gastronomic tour of the Adelaide Central Markets 

The Adelaide Central Markets is a local icon and is famous for boasting fresh produce of the highest quality. There are also many delights to taste from its many product stalls and cafes. Buy some delicious gourmet goods for a picnic one of Adelaide’s beautiful parks such as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

7. Real culture of Adelaide

Adelaide widely known around the country for its lively annual calendar of events which includes: the ‘Mad March’ period which sees the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, cabaret artists performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Clipsal 500, to name a few.

8. Fifth-most livable city in the world

In 2015, they voted Adelaide fifth-most livable city in the world, being one of only two Australian cities (the other being Melbourne) to make the top five. The survey considers the issues such as stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

9. Adelaide is home to Australia’s largest open range zoo

Monarto Zoo is the country’s largest open range zoo and is just a 50 minute drive from Adelaide. A wide range of animals including cheetahs, lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, antelopes and more, can be viewed from a number of spectacular viewing platforms. The Adelaide Zoo in the CBD is also home to a wide range of fascinating species with over 1800 animal and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

10. Really, there’s just sooooo much nature!

We know we have mentioned it already but South Australia truly is a magnificent haven for all nature lovers. Walk amongst Australian sea-lions at Seal Bay, hand feed Kangaroos and wallabies or hold a koala at Kangaroo Island.  Take an adventure and explore the beautiful Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Kelly Hill Caves or Little Sahara sand dunes. Or take a relaxing cruise along the River aboard the iconic paddle-wheeler PS Murray Princess. How about taking a day trip to check out the natural formations in the Finders Ranges?

(Source: Weekend Notes, About South Australia, Adelaide Sightseeing, Adelaide Now ) 

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