So, you’ve booked your flights, locked in your accommodation and now you want to learn about the wonderful City of Adelaide before you arrive for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under?
Look no further!
Here is your guide to the very best that Adelaide has to offer in January (on top of Australia’s Greatest Cycling Race, of course).
It would be remiss of us not to point out the picturesque coastline of South Australia while you’re Down Under. From Henley Beach to Glenelg (pictured above), all the way to Port Willunga and Aldinga, a day of fun in the sun is always a good idea. Grab your swimmers, pack your towels and sunscreen, and throw in some tasty local treats to snack on after you’ve played a few rounds of beach cricket… It’ll be a perfect day.
Oh, and did we mention the fifth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under finishes in popular Victor Harbor and you can watch the final stage from parts of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Aldinga Beach, Snapper Point and Port Willunga.
Bars & Restaurants
Adelaide is a culinary playground with a smorgasbord of cuisines on offer. Our capital city is the proud home of world-famous chefs, serving game-changing dishes in stunning Adelaide restaurants and beyond including Restaurant Orana, Parwana Afghan Kitchen, Africola and Shobosho (pictured above).
Steeped in history and drenched in class, wash it all down in Adelaide’s booming bar scene. Leigh Street and Peel Street are packed with fantastic small bars; you’ll find some of our coolest spots in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways. We recommend a visit to the new Leigh Street Wine Room or Paloma Bar and Pantry.
Mere minutes away from the city lie some of the world's most renowned wine regions, from the Barossa and its bold reds to the cool climate Adelaide Hills.
A visit to Adelaide isn’t complete without a stop off at the Adelaide Zoo (pictured above) to see over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. You can also visit the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere – Wang Wang and Funi!
While you’re thinking of animals, a koala cuddle at Cleland Wildlife Park is a must for that coveted Instagram photo. As is a trip to Granite Island to explore the home of a small colony of magical Little Penguins.
If you’re stopping off at Stage 4 or participating in the Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser, we recommend a visit to Monarto Zoo – the largest open-range zoo in the world! The new Lions 360 experience is unmissable.
There are so many sights and sounds to explore across South Australia that it can be hard to simply pick just one to see.
We love taking the time out to explore the Adelaide Botanic Gardens (pictured above) in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find 50 hectares of landscaped gardens, stunning architecture and important pieces of history for our state. Entry is free and the gardens are open every day! You can also wine and dine at the fabulous Botanic Gardens Restaurant, lead by chef Paul Baker.
Close by is the Bicentennial Conservatory – which is the largest single span glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The Conservatory is home to an incredible array of tropical trees and plants, as well as some spectacular creatures you’ll want to keep an eye out for.
Take a trip to the Adelaide Hills to experience Gorge Wildlife Park in Cuddlee Creek. Throughout the park you can find some of your favourite Australian animals and a variety of exotic creatures. It’s also an ideal location for a picnic.
You can officially reach all new heights on your visit to Adelaide!
See the city from atop the state of the art Adelaide Oval with RoofClimb – an exhilarating climb along the curved roofline of the Oval’s Western Stand before sitting on one of the rooftop seats to take in the views.
Head for the city’s first inner-city, nature-based aerial adventure park – TreeClimb (pictured above) – to tackle over 70 obstacles on seven different routes. While you’re doing it, you can also learn about Adelaide and the history of our surrounding parklands.
Similarly, a visit to Mega Adventure Adelaide might be for you. Located in West Beach, this aerial SkyMate structure is the ultimate challenge, offering the chance to take a leap of faith on the ParaJump or climb to the crow’s nest viewpoint. Or, to take in some of the best views of the Adelaide Hills and Western Shorelines, explore the SkyWalk on the very top viewing platform.
There is so much to see and do while you’re here; we hope this has left you inspired to get out and explore all that we have to offer.
For more information, head to southaustralia.com today.
The Santos Tour Down Under runs from 14-24 January 2021 in Adelaide, South Australia.