We’ve got it pretty good here in Adelaide. We’re a stone’s throw from idyllic beaches, as well as a short drive from some of the best winery regions in Australia. And within awesome destinations like this, there are some truly incredible spots that we wouldn’t believe are right at our fingertips: until now. Here are 8 of the most extraordinary places in around Adelaide.
1. State Library Of South Australia
If you’re a bookworm (like me), seeing aesthetically-pleasing libraries like this makes me want to sit and read in here all day. But not only does the State Library of South Australia attract readers. It’s also become a popular photography spot. And we can totally see why: the polished wooden interiors, the walls of books. You can’t go wrong. This may just be one of the most Instagrammable libraries in Australia, and we’re super proud that it’s SA’s very own.
2. Onkaparinga Gorge
You don’t need to go all the way to the NT to swim in a red rock gorge. Onkaparinga Gorge is just 40 minutes south of Adelaide and offers visitors a chance to cool off in the fresh water. The surrounding Onkaparinga River National Park is also a choice spot for cliff-top hiking with spectacular views, as well as camping under the stars.
3. Lake Bumbunga
Australia is home to a few sparkling pink salt lakes, which have become widely popular in the Australian travel sphere. Luckily for us, we have Lake Bumbunga a semi-short 1.5hr drive away. The lake, which goes a bubble gum pink at certain times during the year (when the water is extra salty), can be visited on a day trip from the city and is perfect for drone photography.
4. Adelaide Himeji Garden
Take a little trip to Japan without leaving Adelaide at all. A walk through Adelaide Himeji Garden gives you the feel for a true Japanese garden experience. The gardens feature elements of religious significance to Japanese people and express the beauty in the lush greenery all around you. Having a beautiful spot like this in our city makes us feel lucky to live here.
5. Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard
Over at Port Adelaide River, you’ll find one of the largest and most striking ship graveyards in the world, comprising of vessels dating back to the mid-1800s. The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard is a spot brimming with history, perfect for paddling around and exploring. The area is also home to dolphins, so keep your eyes peeled!
6. The Manor Basket Range
Ever wanted to step foot inside an actual stone castle? Well, you totally can at Manor Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills. This enchanting castle offers a choice spot for weddings, accommodation in one of the refurbished country estate-style rooms, and for trying some local wines in the Tasting Room.
7. Naracoorte Caves
These World Heritage-listed caves are a little bit further from Adelaide (around a four-hour drive away), but they’re totally worth the trip. Explore 800,000 years of history in the making as you walk through one of the world’s most important fossil sites, admiring the striking stalactites and stalagmites.
8. Blue Lake
No, it’s not the famous Crater Lake in the US. It’s Blue Lake near Mt. Gambier (around 5hrs from Adelaide). From November until February each year, this volcanic crater lake appears a stunning cobalt hue. Blue Lake is hands down one of SA’s hidden gems, and it can be enjoyed from a lookout and from a 3.6km trail that wraps around the edges of the lake.