Welcome to South Australia and to the beautiful city of Adelaide. This gorgeous destination is located right at the mouth of the Torrens River and sits in the most strikingly beautiful location imaginable. Food and wine are always a key factor in deciding your cruise and the same applies for many when choosing destinations. Just beyond the city you will find the Barossa and Eden Valleys that together make up the Barossa region to produce some of the world’s most impressive wines. Not only is Adelaide perfect for oenophiles, it ticks every box for foodies as Adelaide is also famous for its exquisite range of restaurants and cafes. So if you’re looking for a friendly and vibrant city full of world-class beaches and an unhurried lifestyle with great food to match, Adelaide is the place to be.
Located in the heart of the city, spend an hour or all day to explore the beauty and diversity of plants at The Botanical Gardens. With 50 hectares of maintained gardens the Botanical Gardens is home to an array of colour and also home to the Bicentennial Conservatory, famous for being the largest glasshouse in all of Australia. Many passengers enjoy a visit to the South Australian Museum, particularly to see the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts.
Of course a visit to Adelaide as we mentioned before, would not be the same without a little culinary and winery indulgence. Many cruise lines will provide wine based excursions and these primarily revolve around the wineries along the Murray River and Barossa Valleys. These areas are prime grape growing regions and certainly worth experiencing when docking at this charming city. The wineries are a maximum of an hour’s trip outside the city and an excursion is always recommended to achieve the most from your day. Barossa Valley wine and scenery tours are always popular so it is certainly wise to pre-book and the same applies to wildlife parks.
Alternatively, wildlife lovers will relish the chance to take in Kangaroo Island where you can experience kangaroo, wallabies, koalas and platypuses up close in their natural habitats. Kangaroo Island is accessible via a convenient ferry crossing and even more can be seen at the Cleland Wildlife Park and in the Coorong National Park.
Adelaide delivers a fantastic cultural adventure with a thrilling and diverse range of sightseeing opportunities. The heart of the city remains the focal point and this is where the main history and highlights can be found. The former railway building has now been restored and now stands proudly once again whilst the many colonial buildings show off the city’s architectural prowess not forgetting the Holy Trinity Church.
Whether you wish to explore the inner city or head further afield, there is so much to choose from during your time in Adelaide. Should you feel like doing something completely different with your time in port, one exciting option on offer is the chance to enjoy a kayaking eco-adventure through the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. This experience takes you through sheltered creeks to see the fascinating wildlife that call the mangrove forests home. Here you can also explore the Ship’s Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail dating right back to 1856 also a haven for marine creatures.
Australia is always an exciting destination to visit during British winter months as of course they are celebrating their summer period. The hot, dry summers of Adelaide create a Mediterranean atmosphere amongst the streets, making it the perfect excuse for you to discover Adelaide on your next cruise.