To wrap up my time in Adelaide I wanted to talk about the other activities I did. One fantastic thing about the city is that the museums and art gallery are free to visit!
One of the days that the weather wasn’t so nice I headed to the museum with a friend to wander around for a little while. It was nice to get out of the crazy wind and I also didn’t realize how huge the museum there was! There were tons of really cool exhibits and it was a great way to spend a morning. I got to learn quite a bit about the aboriginals of Australia and a multitude of other things. They had a lot of natural history exhibits that I really enjoyed, especially noting the difference between Australian natural history and North American.
It’s a little bit ridiculous but I swear I have been following the school holidays around Australia, it feels like everywhere I’ve gone the two week holidays have just been beginning. The museum was no different. We got there about 15 minutes after it opened in the morning and somewhere I think every child in Adelaide managed to get there before us. It wasn’t too bad but I just think it’s pretty funny how often this has happened since I’ve been in Australia.
The other place I decided to go to in Adelaide was the Art Gallery of Southern Australia. Again this was free which I thought was fantastic and great for a backpacker budget! I went there by myself and probably spent about two hours walking through. It was nice and quiet and there were lots of different and really interesting pieces. Definetly worth it to pop in if you have some time while visiting Adelaide.
After the Art Gallery I decided to wander around the Botanic Gardens. The area around the museum, art gallery and gardens is really gorgeous. Lots of really pretty old architecture and is right next door to the University of Southern Australia. The gardens were really nice to walk through and it was a beautiful sunny day. I think all of the cities that I’ve been in while in Australia have these large botanic gardens and I love it. It’s so nice in the middle of the city to have the huge green spaces, and although I have only been here during the winter so there hasn’t been a lot of flowers, they have all still been really pretty and a nice break from the busy city streets.
I also spent a lot of time with the group of friends from Adelaide that I met and had a great time with. They were super welcoming and it was so nice to have people to get drinks with or ask about what some of the good local things to do or places to go were. When you’re only spending a couple weeks in a place at a time it can be hard to meet many people but that wasn’t a problem for me there. I think that a big part of that is putting myself out there to things I might not normally do or situations where maybe I’m a little bit uncomfortable, but you don’t often meet too many people sitting in your hostel room.
Finally I decided it was time to move on after being in Adelaide for about two and a half weeks and I headed back to Melbourne. Side note on that – I had been planning on renting a vehicle to make the drive and check out the Great Ocean Road (<– my post about the 12 Apostles) again but I ended up flying. The day before I wanted to leave I went to rent a car online and I saw that the price had gone up to $700 for a 4 day rental…holy crap. Realizing that it would be way out of my budget and a little bit ridiculously priced I thought I just booked a plane ticket. I’m glad that I already did the highlights of the GOR when I was in Melbourne with Matt but I might try and get back down there again to spend some more time, but at that point it was just not feasible to rent a car to drive myself.
Have you ever been to a city that you weren’t sure about but it ended up surprising you?