If you’re coming to Adelaide for the Pan Pacific Championship trials, here’s how you can play, stay, and #SeeSouthAustralia.
With the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championship Trials diving into the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from Saturday 30 June to Wednesday 4 July 2018, we’ve found the best experiences South Australia can offer you and your family while you’re in town.
Get the diary out and start scheduling your adventures between races with some of these Adelaide’s highlights:
Are you a thrill seeker? For a high-adrenalin experience try the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb at Adelaide Oval. Get that extra special family picture 50 (jaw-dropping) metres above the vivid green expanse of the Adelaide Oval turf. Take on this Adelaide icon, considered to be one of the most beautiful grounds in the world, day or night, and soak up the epic panorama of the coastline and Adelaide City.
Get lost in the flavours and smells of South Australia and discover why the Adelaide Central Market is one of the state’s most visited attractions. One thing’s for sure; the best way to explore the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere is with a tour. Mark Gleeson's Adelaide Central Market Tours take visitors from stall to stall, sharing the history, stories and secrets of the market as you explore the freshest regional produce. Be drawn in by the colour, activity and food on offer, enjoy the sensory delights and go home with plenty of culinary souvenirs.
If you have an eye for art or curiosity for history, The Art Gallery of South Australia has raised the curtains on its exclusive exhibition Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay until 29 July. Charting the revolution of colour in the Impressionists' radical reshaping of painting in the 19th century make a stop by this North Terrace icon and see master works as painted by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others.
Take a night off to explore Adelaide’s small bar scene. Take your pick, place your order and toast to South Australia’s unique blend of craft beer, spirits and wine. Steeped in history and drenched in class, Adelaide’s East End bars are some of the finest you’ll find in South Australia. Spend the night sipping New Orleans-inspired cocktails, chilling in neon-lit lofts or wining and dining alfresco all from South Australia's trendiest corner of town, Adelaide's East End. Or if you’re in the west, why not mosey through the city’s cool laneways to discover a bustling hub for eating and drinking?
Along with the small bar scene there’s also a thriving late-night dessert culture in Adelaide. From Glenelg to Norwood, to Adelaide and in between, think luxurious dessert kitchens, intimate sweet cafés, decadent delis, and contemporary ice cream parlours. With menu selections like ‘choc mint dream bomb’, ‘cannoli gelato doughnuts’, and ‘praline indulgence hot chocolate’, it is gastronomic seduction and you'll be hard-pressed to know which one to choose.
Stay a little longer to explore the best of South Australia.
With so much of South Australia available to explore, extend your stay until the Sunday!
Get out of bed before sunrise and meet some other ‘Australian Dolphins’ for a swim! Glenelg’s Holdfast Shores Marina is the starting point for Temptation Sailing’s incredible dolphin cruises. Offering a bucket-list-worthy experience of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, you’ll have to book in advance to play with these naturally curious and lively creatures.
Officially kick-start the day and fuel your body with a good coffee and delicious late breakfast in the upbeat, beachside café culture of Glenelg. There’s an abundance of contemporary cafes around Moseley Square and along the Marina so you won’t have to travel at all. If you are looking to stretch the legs then a stroll down Jetty Road will curb your shopping cravings, or take on The Esplanade for ocean vistas and a seabreeze.
If you’ve brought the family, keep them entertained in Glenelg at The Beachouse, South Australia’s premier amusement park. Entertainment includes wild waterslides, an indoor playground maze, a mini train, dodgem cars, bumper boats and arcade games. Catering for babies through to teenagers, there is something for everyone. With food and drinks available, you can easily sit back and drink in the vibrant seaside energy.
Why not hire a car and self-drive or take a tour down south and explore nature’s playground that is the Fleurieu Peninsula!
Sip your way through McLaren Vale wineries on the McMurtrie Mile, catch a wave at Middleton and Goolwa, keep an eye out for whales at Victor Harbor, or go horse-riding, diving, swimming, hot-air ballooning – the list is endless!
If you only have time for one thing then book in early and tantalise your tastebuds at South Australia’s newest icon - the space-age d’Arenberg Cube. Resembling an intergalactic Rubik’s Cube, this five-storey multi-functioning wine centre featuring several bars, a restaurant and private tasting rooms – you won’t soon forget your visit or the 360-degree views overlooking the beautiful rolling hills and the dramatic nearby coastline.
Experiencing the character and charm of Fleurieu wineries and cellar doors is also a must. Savour the best artisan coastal culture and take a seat at one of the Fleurieu’s craft breweries, try the array of small batch brews that have amassed a cult following and taste new-age apple and pear ciders. Let the kids explore the surrounds and relax on the verandah, drinking in the eclectic brewers and seaside-meets-country atmosphere.
Before heading home enjoy some of the Fleurieu’s finest food with a visit to one of the region’s authentic restaurants and cafes. Tantalise your tastebuds at one of the many McLaren Vale restaurants or stick along the coast and dine at the unforgettable Star of Greece Restaurant at Port Willunga. With an unassuming frontage this South Australian gem has exceptional seafood, local wine and a cosy ambience.
Spend another well-deserved day off to unwind and head a little north of Adelaide to sip world-class reds in the Barossa.
Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide is the world-famous Barossa wine region, full of rich history, fresh produce and, of course, wine. Be swept away by the wonders of the Barossa as you explore the many cellar doors and restaurants sampling world class products in a charming setting.
Visit Penfolds to make your own blend of wine, make a stop at Seppeltsfield and take a back-stage pass with a Segway ride through the vineyards before tasting a vintage of tawny port from your birth year, or take your love of the Barossa to new heights with a hot air balloon ride over the vines.
Our hot tip? Let someone else drive so you have the freedom to taste as much wine as you please! If no one puts up their hand to drive, no worries; hop on board a guided tour and relax the day away enjoying the Barossa’s finest and best kept secrets.
At day’s end, head back to Adelaide and indulge one last time at one of the city’s favourite restaurants – Africola, Shobosho, Peel St, Bistro Blackwood, Osteria Oggi… there’s a delicious morsel around every corner.
Wanting something a little more casual to complete your stay? A few minutes east of the city you’ll find the Beer and BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showgrounds from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July. Tune into The Preatures or Holy Holy and taste your way through craft beers and smokey barbeques.