Make the most of South Australia's capital city
Did you know that you can now jump on a direct flight from Newcastle to Adelaide with Qantas? That’s right, Qantas now flies direct from Newcastle Airport to Adelaide Airport three times a week!
Whether you only have the weekend or a few more days to play, it’s time to start locking in some holiday plans to Adelaide! To make your travel plans as easy as possible, we’ve curated three separate itineraries of all the best spots to eat, drink, explore, and more! For all the best city experiences read on, to explore the best of McLaren Vale click here, and for the ultimate foodie focussed adventure click here.
Start your Adelaide journey by getting up before the day starts to catch an iconic sunrise from atop Mount Lofty where you can see all of the city right before you. Head to the sprawling hills of Mount Lofty and take in the most beautiful panoramic views before you get started on your first day of Adelaide adventures.
Next on the list is to of course load up on a great breakfast and enjoy a good cup of joe. Over recent years, the foodie scene in Adelaide has absolutely boomed so you’ve got no shortage when it comes to choosing for brekky spots across the city.
Our first pick? None other than Crack Kitchen, this joint is housed in an old-inner city bank building. Having been transformed into a bright Scandinavian-inspired café with an in-house roastery, it ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a traditional Aussie breakfast experience.
Finish up with breakfast and take a stroll down the cultural side of Adelaide and make sure to drop into the State Library of South Australia looking out for signs to the Mortlock Wing. Trust us when we say it’s worth the wait.
Just next door you’ve got the South Australian Museum which you must take the time to explore, as well as the Art Gallery of South Australia well worth dropping into.
Continuing on your local cultural adventuring, do yourself the favour of planning a street art walk around the city. Dotted throughout the city you can explore the extensive colourful murals and sky-high portraits. Wander the city’s laneways and uncover the city’s street art created by both local and international artists.
Come midday your stomach will surely be looking for its next foodie fix. You’re greeted with cafes and restaurants at almost every turn throughout Adelaide, but an absolute must-visit is East End Cellars, an independently owned wine shop with an unexpected foodie offering from their Tasting Room.
Take to the footpaths of Adelaide after lunch and wander your way down Adelaide’s iconic Rundle Mall. This pedestrian street mall is home to global brands, local favourites, dining, and entertainment. To finish up your shopping, make sure to drop into another Adelaide must-visit, Haigh’s Chocolates!
Before heading back to the hotel to get ready for your first night in the city, travel down to the coastline and stretch those legs along the iconic Hallett Cove Boardwalk, or just a stretch of beach at either Seacliff, Brighton, Hove, Glenelg, or Henley Beach.
East End Cellars – 25 Vardon Ave – More Info: click here
Community – Sheridan Kiosk, Lot Fourteen – More Info: click here
Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar – Shop 1-2 Adelaide Central Market – More Info: click here
Your first night in Adelaide should be one to remember, and if you’re lucky enough to have booked a luxury room or suite at Sofitel Adelaide, launched in late 2021, you’ll be invited to enjoy the exclusive club lounge, Club Millésime. The private lounge serves eligible guests the perfect spot to enjoy evening drinks and canapes whilst enjoying the city views.
Keeping with the theme of Sofitel for the night, you would be mad not to enjoy the exquisite modern French fine-dining sensation, Garçon Bleu.
This exceptional dining experience with be sure to please your palate with a sensational seasonal menu featuring fresh local produce. The 90-seat dining room boasts an open kitchen, extensive wine wall, and an uplit oyster and raw seafood bar. Heard enough? Book your table ahead now!
Club Millésime – 108 Currie St – More Info: click here
Garcon Bleu – 108 Currie St – More Info: click here
Experience the very best of Adelaide by booking a room at the new five-star Sofitel Adelaide located right in the heart of city centre. With over 250 luxurious guest rooms and suites including the pièce de resistance that is the palatial Presidential Suite, alongside a grand selection of bars, restaurants, and guest amenities.
One little piece of knowledge worth noting is the artwork located in the lobby. Tying in with Newcastle, the lobby is home to an original piece by Newcastle-based fine-art photographer, Alexia Sinclair, titled Field of Dreams.
Where: 108 Currie St
More Info: click here
Spending the majority of the day wandering around the city, it’s not hard to get everywhere by foot, but if you’re after a quicker way to get somewhere, make sure to check out public transport system, Adelaide Metro. They’ve even got a range of free bus and tram services around the city.