Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse during our trip to Adelaide, with very little sun and temperatures dropping to 15c. Yes we know this isn’t exactly cold, but we’re in Australia now!
Despite the disappointing weather we still found plenty to do in the capital of South Australia. Our first stop on Saturday morning was at the huge Central Market, which is the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere.
On offer was an incredibly colourful array of fresh local produce, including fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat, with locals busily going about their weekend shopping. There was also a number of coffee shops and cafes, which are clearly popular weekend brunch spots, and from the amazing smells of food and freshly ground coffee it was obvious why!We took several walks along Adelaide’s main shopping street, Rundal Mall, during our time in the city. There was a great atmosphere along the crowded, pedestrianised street, especially on Saturday morning, with lots of buskers, as well as food trucks and pop up shops.
Adelaide is known to be one of Australia’s greenest cities, with the centre surrounded by parks. While it wasn’t the best weather to explore them, we did take a walk along the banks of the River Torrens and across the impressive Riverbank Footbridge, as well as through Government House grounds.
Close to here is the recently renovated Adelaide Oval, a Test cricket ground as well as the home of the Adelaide Crows AFL (Aussie rules) team. The 53,000 seater stadium will host the first ever day-night Ashes Test in December this year.
Although there are paid tours of the stadium, costing $24 (£15) per person, most of the ground is open to the public, so we were able to take a walk around the stands and down to the pitch side.
There was also free entry to the Bradman Collection, an impressive exhibition including anselection of memorabilia donated by Sir Don himself, however by this point Rachael had started to lose interest so it was a very brief tour before we moved on.
Adelaide also seemed to have plenty of nightlife, with a number of the small streets in the central district filled with alleyway bars and cafes, serving a huge variety of different food and drinks.
We managed to catch some live music for the first time of the trip, spending our Friday night watching several local bands at the lively Wheatsheaf pub and microbrewery.
We had a great time in Adelaide despite the ordinary weather, and it would be great to return in the future, especially during the Fringe Festival or one of the many other festivals the city plays host to each year.