Hear about travel to Adelaide as the Amateur Traveler talks to James Schomburgk about places to visit in South Australia, his home.
James says, “Adelaide is in the State of South Australia which is in the center of Australia. It’s the only state that’s surrounded by all the other states. The reason I love my home city is the lifestyle, the climate, and the varied scenery and opportunities all within such a close distance. It’s a very sophisticated city. It’s got festivals. It’s got a lot of art. But as well as that it’s got beaches. We’ve got literally 50 kilometers without a break of beautiful white and yellow sand beaches. We’ve got hills which are 20 kilometers away on the other side, which run parallel to the beach and are full of waterfalls and wildlife and great wineries. The wine is pretty hard to beat. The food is fantastic as most wine areas are. The weather is fantastic. It has four seasons that we’ve got very hot, dry summers. But we also have very mild, pleasant winters with some rain, and in between the spring and autumn. They’re fantastic.”
“What separates us from perhaps other cities in Australia is the wildlife. It literally is one place, and I’ve had it happen to me, where kangaroos have hopped down my street. We have koalas in our trees in our homes at times. When I lived in the US, some of the Americans who I met and made friends with thought that that was standard in all the parts of Australia, but it’s not. We don’t usually have kangaroos hopping down the streets, but we do actually where I live. And that’s the great thing accessing the real wildlife is so different to any other part of the world. It’s literally in the suburbs.”
James lays out a 7-day itinerary including Adelaide, the nearby beaches, the wine region with a side trip to the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound.
Adelaide has 1.4 million people. It’s the fifth-largest city in Australia. It was founded in 1836. Australians will often say it was the only free state all the other states were colonized by convicts. Named for a German princess, the area has a very strong German influence.
In the city, James suggests some of the popular museums which are all free such as the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the beautiful State Library of South Australia. Set aside your fear of heights and climb to the top of the Adelaide Oval or just go to watch Australian Rules Football. Then relax at a restaurant or a rooftop bar. James suggests a few. You can get around the city on buses and trams, also free.
On day two, we head out to Mount Lofty and to Morialta Falls. Besides the falls, this is also a great place to spot the local wildlife. Explore the cute German town of Hahndorf, and try a wine tasting at a local winery before you end the day on a local beach.
On day three, James sends us down to the Fleurieu Peninsula where you can surf, enjoy the local seafood and see fur seals and penguins. Ride the historic Cockle Train which is a steam train.
Then we head out to the outback in the Flinders Ranges. Here you can stay in an old sheep station and spend your days hiking the amazing landscapes of Mount Remarkable, Alligator Gorge Walk, Bunyeroo Gorge, or Wilpena Pound. Wilpena Pound looks like a giant meteor crater (but isn’t). Ride the Pichi Richi Railway or take a plane ride over the Pound for some great views. Keep an eye out for euros, rock-wallabies, wedge-tailed eagles, kangaroos, and emu.
Whether you come for the festivals, the wine, or the wildlife, see if James can’t add Adelaide to your bucket list. He added it to mine.
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Travel to South Australia (Podcast)
City of Adelaide Trains, trams, and buses
North Terrace, Adelaide
Botanic Gardens of South Australia
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia
State Library of South Australia
Australian rules football
RoofClimb Adelaide Oval
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
2KW Bar and Restaurant
Peel St Restaurant
Kafana Kitchen and Bar, Adelaide
Cleland Wildlife Park
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Pike & Joyce Wines
Glenelg, South Australia
Grange Jetty Cafe
King George whiting
Brown snake (Pseudonaja)
Victor Harbor, South Australia
Guided Nature and Penguin Tour
The Cockle Train
Chapel Hill Winery
Common wallaroo (Euro)
Mount Remarkable – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Alligator Gorge Walk
Pichi Richi Railway
Wilpena Pound Resort
Wilpena Pound Tours
Graffiti on Arkaroo Rock
St Mary Peak
Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorge
Ediacara Fossil Site
Mad March Adelaide
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