Five surprising reasons why you should visit Adelaide

Five reasons why you should visit Adelaide now!

Not sure if Adelaide is worth being on your dream vacation list? Let me convince you!

A lot of people give Adelaide a bad wrap for being 15 years behind every other capital city in Australia and having absolutely nothing to do. Having said this, when asking my English dorm roommate what I should do on a Sunday he replied with “I’ve heard Coles is pretty fun”, I was determined to find something fun about the place. Surprisingly I had an epic time.

1. There are gorgeous international travelers everywhere(!!!)

Every hostel is overflowing with international travellers. Why? Because they’ve all finished their two year working holiday visa and in order for them to get their second visa they need to do three months regional work. Now hold your laughter…Adelaide city is classified as ‘regional’. Besides this being hilarious, it also means that there are young people from all over the world partying in this modest city.

2. There are great hostels and even more epic hostel parties

There seems to be less of an overpowering flat share culture in the city and these travelers often struggle to find permanent accommodation. As a result, most of them stay in CBD hostels for months at a time. They often have cheap long term deals; the place I stayed at advertised $120 for a week. I spent three days at a hostel in the CBD and due to this crazy family traveler vibe I barely slept a wink. Apparently this is how it rolls in Radelaide.

3. Public transport is really cheap and easy to find

There are loads of information centers in the CBD that are filled with maps, transport routes and timetables. There are two main areas where the bus stops are located and this makes it really straightforward. I got the bus to the airport for $5 (compare this with Sydney or Melbourne which is around $17)

Authentic German lunch

Authentic German lunch

4. German Hahndorf village

This is the last remaining German settlement town only 20minutes from the CBD. I spent about four hours there and could have stayed the whole day. I was lucky enough to score a free lift there from a friend in my hostel (see how awesome they are) and took the bus back (only $1.50 for a ticket).

There is a main road that encapsulates German culture with the architecture, churches, delicacy shops and restaurants. An information center gives out free maps and they detail every shop on the street and the free samples they give out. I managed to walk my way from one end to the other sampling all sorts of German sausages, cheese, beer, wine and cakes. There are also many German specialty restaurants where you can splurge on lunch, usually entailing a stein of beer and a collection of homemade bratwurst sausages.

German bakery in Hahndorf

German bakery in Hahndorf

Hahndorf main street

Hahndorf main street

5. Awesome beaches

Jump on the tram from King William Street in the CBD and 20minutes later you will get to the beautiful Glenelg beach. Here you shop, eat party and even swim with dolphins.

Glenelg beach

Glenelg beach

So what are you waiting for- embrace Adelaide!

For more information, I would recommend buying the Adelaide chapter in the Lonely Planet’s Australia guide by clicking below.
Australia - Adelaide & South Australia (Chapter) by Lonely Planet Discover Australia travel guide by Lonely Planet

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