I wasn’t born in or even raised here in Adelaide, in fact I moved here when I was 24 with a six week old baby and the Huz. Coming from sunny Queensland I thought moving to Adelaide was going to be like moving to the arsehole of Australia, way down south and hot, but boy was I wrong! I fell in love with Adelaide and am super proud to call it my home state. Adelaide is beautiful, bustling and full of amazing beaches. It’s rad…which is why it’s also known as Radelaide!
Adelaide has all the amenities that you would expect of a thriving city but we are a chillaxed state, and why wouldn’t we be when surrounded by wineries and pristine beaches for days. Of course there is sooo much more to Radelaide (that’s what we call our rad city) and I want to bring you more of that, but today let’s scratch the surface and explore some fun things to in my gorgeous state.
Oh, and read through because I have a ripper giveaway for six readers! Right let’s get started…
1. Head to the hills for family fun.
Take a wander through the strawberry patch at Hahndorf’s Beerenberg Farm. Grab a container and pick the plumpest, juiciest strawberries you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. You can devour as many as you like while you fill your bucket for the way home! Cost to enter the strawberry patch is $4 per adult, kids free, and your haul will set you back $9.95 per kilogram.
Lately one place keeps cropping up in conversation and I have been hearing some pretty tasty stories about Sticky Rice Cooking School Rice Cooking School at Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills. Restaurant quality cooking with the masters of Asian Cuisine. And you get to sit down to a feast at the end. Yes please! Most classes range from $145-$155. They also have some very cool accommodation available
The trek to Mount Lofty summit (in the foothills) is a fab way to get some exercise and fresh mountain air. There are 10 different starting points, and whichever one you take, the view from the top is amazeballs, as is the coffee!
2. This one is for little and big kids.
Adelaide is a mecca for kids play spaces and parks. If you’ve got young ones, instead of doing a pub crawl, take a playground crawl – it’s free, but I can’t promise you still won’t come with a headache!
Thrill seekers can check out St Kilda Adventure Playground in the north. The new $1 million Cobbler Creek playground at Salisbury has tree houses and tyre swings (what more could a child want!) and Glenelg Foreshore has popular interactive water fun plus a new playground with a pretty spesh view. For more family fun take a trip to the rolling greenery and running water at Tusmore Park. This place is a hit for special events and even has a free public wading pool in the summer months.
A hot tip, there are playgrounds galore dotted up and down the coastline close to the beaches so you can make a real day of it with water and park play…. and really wear the little buggas out 🙂 If you feeling energetic and like to hike try the Marion coastal boardwalk, it’s a trek along the seaside, from Marion to Marino. Boardwalks and pathways line the way, and the view of Adelaide’s suburban coastal strip is breathtakingly beautiful.
3. Explore the city.
We have one of the oldest and most beautiful ovals right in the heart of the city, Adelaide oval. It’s brimming with tradition but in recent years has undergone a fancy and modern upgrade to cater for football, cricket and concerts. Don’t worry it still has charm, book a tour and take it all in including a history lesson and fabulous memorabilia that would make a lad weak at the knees. You can also take an Adelaide Oval Roof Climb, it takes in some pretty impressive views of the city and beyond to the hills and coast. It’s also an unreal venue to take in a game or concert. You can catch the 360 degree views from $99 or take a tour of the grand new stadium from $24.
Shop and eat your way through the Central Markets – one of Australia’s largest produce markets. Fill your retro pull-along trolley with exquisite fruits, cheeses, smallgoods and fresh flowers!
Adelaide’s dining choices are some of the best in the country and we are spoiled for choice. The city is now dotted with restaurants and cafe to suit every palette but have fun exploring the laneways and side streets, they have come alive with fine dining and bars. If you head into the city check out Leigh Street, Peel Street and the Station Lane at Adelaide Casino
4. Did you know our city is built around a river?
A picturesque spot in the heart of Adelaide is the River Torrens. Watch the Popeye cruise up and down the river, or even better jump on board for a scenic tour, prices $8 for kids and $16 for adults. If you have a rush of energy you can put it to use pedaling and hire a paddleboat. There are plenty of cafe and restaurant options with some pretty cool new ones now open in the redeveloped Festival Theatre precinct. Pack a picnic if you’re on a budget, but don’t forget to pack extra bread for the resident ducks.
A STYLING CURVY COMMUNITY CATCH-UP GIVEAWAY
AND, shut the front door…. you can hire a floating BBQ Buoy and bob up and down the Torrens, sipping champagne and nibbling on amazing cheese boards brimming with SA produce. Nominate one person to be skipper and steer the boat that has a small engine, while you take in the views, conversation, food and drink. You can even cook your own BBQ if that’s what floats your
boat Buoy 🙂 Hire a BBQ Buoy for one or two hours prices start at $119, cater for a couple or group of up to 10 and there are awesome packages available. All prices include esky with ice, bluetooth speaker, cutlery, plates, BBQ or table. See more and check out packages and booking options HERE
In good news I am hosting my first Styling Curvy Community Catch-up for 2018, and I am inviting 6 of you to join me to enjoy A BBQ BUOYS EXPERIENCE! Event will be held on Friday 9th Feb at 11:30 am for 2 hours (or there abouts)
All you have to do is comment below and tell me what your fave food for a cheeseboard is.
This could be us!
Winners announced Sunday 28th here and on Styling Curvy Facebook page. Entrants must be aged 18+ and available to join the event on date specified. Prize is not to be exchanged for cash.
5. Our coastline is magical.
The coastal suburb of Semaphore is perfect all year round. In the summer holidays it comes alive, with beach side fun and great family parks on the foreshore, water slides and amusements overlook the ocean and the iconic Semaphore carousel is magical. If you are after some shopping and yummy eats then head down the nearby main strip Jetty Road, my pick is Mr Pilgrims cafe.
You can also explore my backyard (not my actual backyard) and head to Henley beach and the delightful Henley Square. Filled with cafes, restaurants, a surf club, shopping and kids water play feature there is something for everyone. Oh, the beach is spectacular too! Pop in for brunch and a cuppa at 303 by the Sea, a healthy salad bowl at Bowlsome and afternoon cocktail and Tapas at Malobo. Who knows, we may even bump into each other, say ‘hi’ if we do 🙂
6. Fringe Festival is brimming with talent and fun.
There’s no better vibe in Adelaide than when the Fringe Festival comes to town. A unique festival playground pops up, known as the Garden of Unearthly Delights, showcasing theatre, circus, dance, comedy and family entertainment. Not to mention some temporary world class food venues. The energy in Adelaide when the fringe comes to town is electrifying! You can meander around the garden for free, there’s lots to see and do. Or you can catch a show from as little as $5. See more HERE
Have you ever been to Adelaide? Who wants to catch up for fun on the BBQ BUOYS?
Til next time,
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with BBQ Buoys in line with my disclosure policy