MUCH TO SEE AT ADELAIDE!
Getting discount tickets to South Australia in a raffle was just the thing to turn our routine lives upside down. All of a sudden, there was much rushing around, planning, getting things in place, and constantly looking up tourist spots and Adelaide hotels on the Internet.
We did our hotel bookings first; after much debating, we decided on booking rooms at the InterContinental; a stylish, very classical option. With over 387 beautiful guest rooms, this luxury 5-star Adelaide hotel is located at the heart of Adelaide, overlooking the Torrens River. The hotel boasts of a well-equipped gym, and a spa area with steam room and sauna, plus a hydrotherapy swimming pool. I guess if I got tired of sightseeing, I would do well to relax in the spa, and make good use of their range of massages and treatments!
On my second day, I was keen to visit St Kilda, an extensive 1.7 kilometer mangrove ecosystem. As a student of ecology, I have always been fascinated by mangroves, with their unique fauna and fragile ecosystem. This trip gave me enough material for several term papers!
A visit to the South Australian Museum was definitely warranted, when I heard that it has many diverse exhibits, including Aboriginal and Pacific artifacts, an Ancient Egypt section and some of the world`s oldest fossils. An entire day of browsing this museum has only left me wanting to see more of it.
Adelaide is known as the City of Churches, and not without reason. You will get to see some beautiful historical churches, such as the Holy Trinity Church on North Terrace, known as the Pioneer Church of South Australia. The church`s clock is noteworthy, having been made by the clockmaker to King Edward IV.
It is not possible to visit Adelaide and not give the wineries a go. A wine city, Adelaide boasts of many excellent wineries. You can taste wine to your heart’s content, and buy a few choice bottles of vino at prices that would widen quite a few eyes back home!
All said and done, it was an educational trip for me, a history and nature buff. Adelaide has something to offer everyone; cultural events, arts and crafts, natural and historical artifacts, amazing scenery, and the best wines you have ever had. A visit to Adelaide is a must for those who want to take it all in!