Once I had got my fill of sunshine (just kidding, I can never have enough sunshine and warm weather) in the Gold Coast I decide to hit another Australian city. This time it was Adelaide in Southern Australia. I knew it was going to be colder again down there so I got stocked up on some more warm weather clothes and headed back to the airport. It was a pretty quick flight and I was actually asleep before the plane even took off, getting pretty good at this whole travel thing.
I hadn’t really heard much about Adelaide before I went there and I didn’t know a single person before I got there. It turned out to be a great place. I was a little bit concerned because it seemed so small compared to the other places that I had been to and the weather was pretty bad the first few days that I was there. I ended up doing a walking tour put on by the hostel where I was staying on the first Friday night and met some great people. The girl who I hung out with on the tour was from Canada, it was honestly a bit shocking to hear a Canadian accent again after going so long without hearing it…although she was from eastern Canada, which has what I would say is the typical embarrassing Canadian accent that people make fun of.
I think meeting local people made such a difference for my time in Adelaide. The two guys who lead the tour lived in Adelaide all their lives and I ended up hanging out with one of them, Lucas, for most of the time that I was there. One of the big things I’ve noticed this trip is most of the times I’ve really enjoyed have been while hanging out with locals. I feel like I came to Australia to hang out with Australians, not just other travellers. Not that I haven’t had a good time with other people who are traveling, it’s just that I find locals know more of the places to go or fun places to hang out.
Adelaide has a small downtown core that is super easy to get around, the downtown area is basically set up in a square based around King William Street. I loved being able to walk around the whole place, I think that’s the best way to get the feel for a city, as opposed to watching it whiz by in on a bus or in a cab. Apparently Adelaide is also pretty famous for it’s festivals and I’m pretty tempted to spend more time there to see some of them later on in the year!
It might not be the most popular town in Australia but I think that more people should make their way down to Southern Australia to check it out. The region around has some of the best wineries in Australia, the Barossa Valley, (clearly the highlight of most travel destinations) and the town is full of super friendly people, plus overall I found it a lot cheaper than the other cities, which in such an expensive country like Australia, it’s a real perk.