To finish off our Great Ocean Road trip we hit up the City of Adelaide. After spending five nights camping, we chose to opt for a little luxury before another few weeks camping en route to Darwin. After struggling to find nice accommodation at a reasonable price that wasn’t already booked up on my regular sites, Adam found us a beautiful Airbnb right at the edge of the city. The host had a keypad lock on her front door, which was brilliant as we could let ourselves in when we were ready despite her not being home. She’d put together lots of information booklets about the city and the house itself, and the whole place was modern and nicely decorated. We loved it after spending the past few nights in a tent!
After lunch at Prancing Pony Brewery as I mentioned on my GOR post, we arrived in Adelaide mid afternoon. We enjoyed an afternoon chilling out and settling in, before heading into town for a few drinks as it was a Friday night. I’d done some research on nice bars in the city, and we opted to try two; Maybe Mae and Clever Little Tailor. Maybe Mae was jam packed, and while it seemed like a great place to drink, it was just way too full with no where left to sit or stand that felt comfortable. After one quick drink we moved on, and headed for Clever Little Tailor instead. We luckily managed to nab two seats as soon as we walked in, and enjoyed great drinks with great service from the staff too. After a couple of drinks despite really liking the bar, it was time to move somewhere a little cheaper to drink! We ended up at Rocket Bar and sat out on their rooftop bar before heading downstairs for a dance. It was alright, but nothing special as far as nightclubs go.
The next day we finally got to meet our host who was lovely and we spent some time chatting with, before heading out to a local market at The Market Shed. We had a wander around but nothing called out at us so we didn’t end up purchasing anything and instead headed to the city centre to look around the shops there, before having a late lunch at Bread and Bone, situated above Maybe Mae. The service was very slow considering how quiet it was, I think our order had been forgotten about and didn’t appear until we asked, however it was delicious when it did arrive so that kind of made up for it.
To travel around the city there are two bus loops, one running clockwise and one anticlockwise which you can hop on and off completely free. Luckily our accommodation was very near one of the free stops, so we didn’t pay for transport around the city which was great. That evening we just headed back and enjoyed an evening in with a takeaway making the most of being indoors while we could!
For our last full day we felt it was time to hit more of the tourist spots before we left. We had a look at the State Library, which was beautiful inside and full of really old books which was pretty cool. Next we headed to the National Wine Centre of Adelaide. Every morning at 11:30am they do a free guided tour of the centre, and we arrived in time to take the tour which was very informative and definitely worthwhile, however if you miss it you can do a self guided tour at any time. Once we were done and had taken some time to play with the interactive exhibits, we headed to their wine bar. It’s the largest wine tasting experience in Australia with a range of 120 wines to try, with all the bottles in a kind of vending machine style. You can pour yourself a taster, 1/2 glass or whole glass from the dispenser. I had tasters of around nine different wines in the end, and finished with a glass of my favourite. Adam being the bigger drinker had 1/2 glasses of most of the wines he tried! Feeling a little tipsy, we took a stroll through the Botanic Gardens, which was beautiful with the falling Autumn leaves, before heading back to our Airbnb for the night.
The next morning it was time to check out and get on the road. Before leaving the city, we headed to the Central Market to check it out and grab some lunch. It would be a great place to buy food from local suppliers with loads of meat, cheese, fruit and bakery stalls, but impractical for us about to get on the road again without a fridge so we just enjoyed lunch before heading off. Our final activity was to visit the Mt Lofty lookout, a viewpoint where you can see all around the city. I believe there are walking trails around you could do too, but we chose to just take in the great view before getting on our way.
Overall we felt Adelaide was a pretty average city. We did some nice things and had a good time, but I guess the problem was that arriving straight from Melbourne we were comparing it to a much bigger a city we love with so much more to do. Worth stopping for of course, but I don’t feel desperate to go back.