If you’re coming to Adelaide for the Lifesaving World Championships, here’s how you can play, stay, and #SeeSouthAustralia.
With the Lifesaving World Championships racing into South Australian waters from Friday 16 November to Sunday 2 December 2018, we’ve found the best experiences South Australia can offer you and your family while you’re in town.
Get the diary out and start scheduling your adventures between races with some of these Adelaide’s highlights:
Are you a thrill seeker? For a high-adrenalin experience try the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb at Adelaide Oval. Get that extra special family picture 50 (jaw-dropping) metres above the vivid green expanse of the Adelaide Oval turf. Take on this Adelaide icon, considered to be one of the most beautiful grounds in the world, day or night, and soak up the epic panorama of the coastline and Adelaide City.
Get lost in the flavours and smells of South Australia and discover why the Adelaide Central Market is one of the state’s most visited attraction. One thing’s for sure; the best way to explore the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere is with a tour. Mark Gleeson’s Adelaide Central Market Tours take visitors from stall to stall, sharing the history, stories and secrets of the market as you explore the freshest regional produce. Be drawn in by the colour, activity and food on offer, enjoy the sensory delights and go home with plenty of culinary souvenirs.
Take a night off to explore Adelaide’s small bar scene. Take your pick, place your order and toast to South Australia’s unique blend of craft beer, spirits and wine. Steeped in history and drenched in class, Adelaide’s East End bars are some of the finest you’ll find in South Australia. Spend the night sipping New Orleans-inspired cocktails, chilling in neon-lit lofts or wining and dining alfresco all from South Australia’s trendiest corner of town, Adelaide’s East End. Or if you’re in the west, why not mosey through the city’s cool laneways to discover a bustling hub for eating and drinking?
Stay a little longer to explore the best of South Australia.
With so much of South Australia available to explore, extend your stay!
Get out of bed before sunrise and meet some other ‘Australian Dolphins’ for a swim! Glenelg’s Holdfast Shores Marina is the starting point for Temptation Sailing’s incredible dolphin cruises. Offering a bucket-list-worthy experience of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, you’ll have to book in advance to play with these naturally curious and lively creatures.
Head further afield and experience some of Australia’s best seafood and scenic locations and get up close and personal with the wildlife on the Eyre Peninsula or the famous Kangaroo Island. Experience the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia: soak up sensational view from ancient cliffs; walk along long, footprint-free beaches bordered by massive sand dunes. Dip your feet into the crystal-clear waters of the Southern Ocean and taste fresh, premium seafood from the local fisherman and oyster farmers.
Sip your way through McLaren Vale wineries on the McMurtrie Mile, catch a wave at Middleton and Goolwa, keep an eye out for whales at Victor Harbor, or go horse-riding, diving, swimming, hot-air ballooning – the list is endless!
If you only have time for one thing then book in early and tantalise your tastebuds at South Australia’s newest icon – the space-age d’Arenberg Cube. Resembling an intergalactic Rubik’s Cube, this five-storey multi-functioning wine centre featuring several bars, a restaurant and private tasting rooms – you won’t soon forget your visit or the 360-degree views overlooking the beautiful rolling hills and the dramatic nearby coastline.
Experiencing the character and charm of Fleurieu wineries and cellar doors is also a must. Savour the best artisan coastal culture and take a seat at one of the Fleurieu’s craft breweries, try the array of small batch brews that have amassed a cult following and taste new-age apple and pear ciders. Let the kids explore the surrounds and relax on the verandah, drinking in the eclectic brewers and seaside-meets-country atmosphere.
Before heading home enjoy some of the Fleurieu’s finest food with a visit to one of the region’s authentic restaurants and cafes. Tantalise your tastebuds at one of the many McLaren Vale restaurants or stick along the coast and dine at the unforgettable Star of Greece Restaurant at Port Willunga. With an unassuming frontage this South Australian gem has exceptional seafood, local wine and a cosy ambience.
Spend another well-deserved day off to unwind and head a little north of Adelaide to sip world-class reds in the Barossa.
Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide is the world-famous Barossa wine region, full of rich history, fresh produce and, of course, wine. Be swept away by the wonders of the Barossa as you explore the many cellar doors and restaurants sampling world class products in a charming setting.
Visit Penfolds to make your own blend of wine, make a stop at Seppeltsfield and take a back-stage pass with a Segway ride through the vineyards before tasting a vintage of tawny port from your birth year, or take your love of the Barossa to new heights with a hot air balloon ride over the vines.
Our hot tip? Let someone else drive so you have the freedom to taste as much wine as you please! If no one puts up their hand to drive, no worries; hop on board a guided tour and relax the day away enjoying the Barossa’s finest and best kept secrets.
At day’s end, head back to Adelaide and indulge one last time at one of the city’s favourite restaurants – Africola, Shobosho, Peel St, Bistro Blackwood, Osteria Oggi… there’s a delicious morsel around every corner.
Want to see what South Australia has to offer in a snapshot? Check out the video below!