• Colleen Deere

4 Days in Awesome Adelaide

Updated: Feb 27

Explore the fabulous hills of Adelaide, picturesque wineries, historic town, stunning South Australian beaches, and experience city-life; fitting all of this into a 4-day long weekend! From tour-booking recommendations to an App to download, read my detailed itinerary which means your days will be filled from morning to night, allowing you to tick off your ultimate Adelaide bucketlist!


Glenelg Beach

Glenelg is a beautiful location to visit, even in Winter months. It was the first spot we checked out to kick-start our 4-day weekend, and it didn't disappoint! Jump on the Tram from the city, to see the beauty of this coastal town. Take a walk on the prom, stroll along the jetty and admire the views. With plenty of cafe's, bars & restaurants you'll be spoiled for choice - whether it's Happy Hour or Brunch time.


Hahndorf - German Village

Immerse yourself in this historic German gem! Wander around the town that's got boutique shops, cozy log-fires, a Christmas store (all-year round) strudels & pretzels, and if you fancy tasting German beer - I recommend visiting The Haus Hahndorf. The town was established back in 1893, and it was part of a Day Trip that we booked with 'Get Your Guide'. (Click link to visit website) Following this, our next stop was the renowned Barossa Valley.


Barossa Valley

The highlight of the trip was ticking this wine region off my bucketlist! My favourite Cellar Door was - @CimickyWines - (Click for Instagram Handles for all @'s throughout blog) so picturesque it blew me away - even on a dull day. @KiesFamilyWines has such a nice authentic family-feel, serving the most delicious cheese platter. @ChateauDorrienWinery is simply stunning, truly instagram-worthy! The castle on the way in was absolutely amazing - it actually felt like I was in a French Winery. The famous @MaggieBeersFarmshop ended the day off on a very special note, visiting the filmset.


Please read the link above for the day-trip inclusions of pick-up & drop-off, prices and inclusions etc. I definitely recommend booking a day tour during your weekend away so you can explore as much as possible without worrying about driving, parking, missing out on any favourite places and most importantly - we enjoyed having a tour guide who knew all the best spots to visit in such a short amount of time.

Tip: Book well in advance, don't wait until you arrive on your trip to see the weather etc. You'll likely be left disappointed - and we have had enough of that over the last couple of years.


Botanic Gardens

Escape from city-life and experience these gardens to step into nature. We spent some time wandering through these enjoying the calmness, reading & learning about the history, you will feel like it is a world away. Guided walks are also on offer, or pop into the visitor centre for a map to take you around. There's also architecture worth checking out if you have some time or if you're peckish, there's Kiosks/Cafes.


Museum of Discovery - MOD

A popular future-focused museum was a pleasant surprise on a Saturday afternoon. It's basically a free science-exhibition for the young & old to be entertained. It's interactive, informative, and a pretty cool attraction. The idea behind it stems from research that shapes the understanding of the world. Please note it's only open Tuesday - Saturday, if you're planning on squeezing it in on your weekend trip!


Peel Street Pub Crawl

If you're after some fun, why not take part in an interactive Pub Crawl which is like a Scavenger Hunt. We done this by downloading a Roam App and completing a series of challenges to move on to the next spot! We visited some of the most popular venues on Peel Street & surrounding streets such as; @CleverLittleTailor, @PinkMoonSaloon, @Hains & Co. and ended the tour at @MemphisSlimsHouseofBlues.


SkyCity Casino Rooftop Experience

This Casino was actually once was an old Railway Station, on the banks of the River Torrens. Inside the building you will find old telephone boots still intact, but also sky-high ceilings and a buzzing atmosphere across multiple levels. @Sol is a Rooftop Bar you need to see while at this venue. Stunning skyline views located on Level 9. If you are lucky enough, I would imagine the sunset backdrop would be incredible.


Henley Beach

Visiting this gorgeous beach ended our weekend on a perfect note. We took a local bus trip there from our hotel which was less than 30 minutes, and spent the day walking along the jetty, enjoyed breakfast, relaxed in the sun as people gathered along the grass watching the family entertainment on display. I recommend taking a walk along the sand to visit nearby Grange Beach, & be sure to stick around for the sunset views.



Accommodation

We stayed at Soho Hotel Adelaide - which is part of the Choice Hotels chain, however we were a little disappointed overall. The location was great, the room was nice, check-in was fine but the reason we booked this location was because of the Heated Rooftop Pool overlooking the city's skyline. For a winter city-break this was key for us and our trip! Without any warning or notice we didnt know until Day 2 that it was closed and it wasn't communicated to us. Hopefully during your stay it will be back open again and you can enjoy some quality downtime relaxing in the pool.


Cafes/Restaurants

@MessyTomato - Italian vibes in the city centre. This was a bustling little cafe with fantastic friendly service and a delicions breakfast on our first morning - hungry to eat & hungry to explore!

@HogsBreathCafeGlenelg - We've tried this before in Queensland and knew it would be reliable to return to for a tasty feed! Lots of options from Steaks to Prime Ribs, relax with a red wine or cocktail overlook the stunning sea-side Glenelg from above at a balcony view.

@XpressoonFlinders - The prettiest decor, located opposite our Hotel on Flinders Street. If you are after a quick coffee fix, fancy some breakfast or pastries this was a great find for us!

@PeterRabbitHindley - Peter Rabbit - Brunch that Tells a Tale. A unique breakfast experience in the heart of the CBD. Step into this charming venue that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner/drinks on certain evenings. It boasts a cosy courtyard, the cutest resident rabbits (real-life) a tasty food & cocktail/wine menu. Full of colour and quirkiness, you will enter a surprising wonderland with very friendly staff to welcome you.

@StellaRestaurantHenley - Another Italian gem by the Sea! We loved our final breakfast here with amazing views of Henley, sitting outdoors soaking up the atmosphere to the sounds of waves, seagulls, live music and basking in the sunshine.

@SeamoresHenley - Catch a South Australian sunset on your trip from this stunning venue! Grab a balcony seat, order some food and watch the sun descend over the ocean and the iconic jetty! This was a busy location - being it a long weekend also with various food options available along with Bottomless Brunching if that's what you're vibing!


We visited Adelaide in June - a winter month in Australia, for the long weekend. I would love to return and see the gorgeous beaches for summer months and hot days. There is so much to explore and discover. Jetstar offered cheap discounted flights when we booked during a sale period so if you're lucky you might also get some deals for your holiday too no matter what city you're travelling from!














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