Where not to go in Adelaide

Visiting Adelaide? We think that some of the tourist spots are over-rated and should be avoided. We have some suggestions on what you should and shouldn’t do on your next visit.

If it’s wet, avoid the beach suburbs. Head instead for the hills, the North Adelaide Hills that is, and spend the day in one of the many pubs, restaurants or wineries.

Instead of visiting the Barossa Valley and battling the crowds, consider heading out to McLaren Vale. It’s closer to the city and the coast, and a very pretty drive – and you won’t have to fight the hordes.

Be aware that many of Adelaide’s attractions outside of the CBD may be closed on Mondays. It pays to check the opening hours and days before visiting.

Aussie rules footy is almost a religion in South Australia with the city split into Adelaide Crows fans versus those of Port Adelaide. The newly refurbished Adelaide Oval is certainly worth a visit, but with capacity crowds nearly every week, securing a ticket may be difficult. If you must watch a game, an alternative option is to pull up a stool at a local bar and enjoy watching it on the big screen.

If you want to get up close and personal with some local wildlife, avoid Cleland Sanctuary which is a magnet for tour buses. Instead, head out towards Stirling and the smaller and more peaceful Warrawong Sanctuary.

Any visit to Adelaide should include the German village of Hahndorf, but give the Bavarian kitsch and souvenir shops a miss and indulge in the local delicacies at Udder Delights Cheeses, Chocolate @ No 5 and Harris Smokehouse, while browsing through Beads & Leadlight and the Hans Heysen studio at The Cedars.

Have you visited Adelaide? What are your suggestions for hits and misses?

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