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This city has been voted many times in the top ten of the world's most liveable cities. With over 40 kilometres of stunning suburban beaches all accessible by public transport (and some by Adelaide's FREE bikes) you can enjoy the calm waters, historic jetties and amazing sunsets that come with a west-facing coastline. The view from Mount Lofty over the city is a favourite spot where you can see the city centre buildings, ocean views and suburbs extending along the north and south coasts.
Central Market is one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere, with 1 million kilograms of fresh produce delivered to the Market and sold every month. The Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide's most frequented cafes and eateries. With more than 9.5 million visitations every year, Central Market remains the food mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce. In 2019, the Adelaide Central Market celebrated 150 years of continuous operation, making it the oldest food retail market in its original location in Australia.
When you go to Mount Lofty, take a look at the hills townships close by, many of which are reminiscent of European villages. Stirling has the best display of gardens, its streets lined with flowering bulbs in spring, a magnificent display of annuals in summer and stunning colours in autumn. Hahndorf is a must see place if you love German food, wine and culture. For art lovers, you can also find the home and studio of Hans Heysen. There are some great walking and cycling trails in the Adelaide Hills, and of course a wide range of Hills wineries and world class restaurants just waiting to be discovered.
A great producer of red wines, and particularly noted for its Shiraz, this wine region is around 45 minutes drive from the city centre. There are an estimated 74 cellar doors and over 160 vineyards in the region. The wineries are centred around five main areas: Currency Creek, Old Reynella, McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Willunga and Aldinga. This is a great place to stay a night or two and discover the fabulous restaurants located aroudn the region. Rolling hills and coastal cliffs, vineyards all around you - this is a great place for food and wine lovers!
To the north of Adelaide is the famous Barossa Valley, another of the regions where you can taste delicious wines. Wine has been a way of life in Barossa since 1842. Fast forward to today, and Barossa is home to more than 550 grape-growing families, many with the sixth generation still working the same plot of land, supplying quality grapes to more than 170 wine companies. An interesting bike and walking trail also makes this a good place to enjoy a little exercise between wineries!