Named after the wife of William IV, Adelaide was declared the capital of South Australia in the early 1800s, a province of free citizens which grew out of a British colony. Today, this city of just over a million people is proudly multicultural with a superb range of arts and live music venues, beautiful heritage buildings and a packed calendar of notable festivals throughout the year.
All within the neat grid of Central Adelaide, you’ll find excellent gastronomic and cultural delights like the Adelaide Central Market, home to more than 70 traders of fresh produce and gourmet offerings, with Adelaide’s Chinatown just next door. Art galleries abound in which to while away the day, including the Art Gallery of South Australia showcasing the best of well-known Australian and international artists.
On the rare rainy day, head indoors to the South Australian Museum with more than 3,000 artefacts from Aboriginal cultures as well as exhibits on Australia’s natural history. Or visit Coopers Brewery and take a tour of the brewhouse, bottling hall and history museum with the obligatory sampling of stouts, lagers and ales, of course. The century-old Penfolds Magill Estate Winery near the Adelaide Zoo also puts on tastings and tours.