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#1 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:06 PM

Over September/October holidays.  No kids.

Where would you stay?  What would you do?  Where would you eat?

#2 born.a.girl

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:11 PM

Mind if I follow? We're there for a few days in early Sept and I'm wondering the same thing, although have got some accommodation.

#3 Daffy2016

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:15 PM

Ooh no kids!

Depending on budget, I would spend a few days in the hills at wineries and eating. Mt Lofty House in crafers is gorgeous and a lovely treat for somewhere specia to stay.

Could you get over to Kangaroo Island for a few days? That’s gorgeous too. Or to fleurieau peninsula.

City can be done in a day or two, depending on what you like - museum and art gallery are next to each other on north terrace in the city.

Hire a car and pretty much anything is within driving distance.

What sort of things do you like to do?

#4 seayork2002

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:17 PM

We stayed at the Mantra Hindmarsh (with a child but perfect without) we paid for a studio and when we arrived it turned out to be a 2 bed bigger than some units I have lived in. (so we went back not long after and stayed again)

Next to a great Indian restaurant also

We loved the food market

Edited by seayork2002, 22 August 2018 - 04:17 PM.


#5 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:26 PM

Should add, by a week I mean during the week, so 5 days.  We'll have our car with us.

I was thinking it might be easiest to stay somewhere rather centrally and just do day trips instead of staying in a few different places?

What is parking like in/around the city?

Edited by Green Gummy Bear, 22 August 2018 - 04:27 PM.


#6 JinksNewton

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:30 PM

If you are staying in the city, I'd recommend being within walking distance of the Central Markets. Lots to see there and heaps of restaurants and cafes at every price point. Going along North Terrace there's the Museum, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens (I particularly love the Gardens) If you have a car it only takes 40 minutes or so to get up to Hahndorf, 80 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula, 50 minutes in the other direction you are in the Barossa.
If you have any specific questions feel free to ask :)

ETA parking is pretty good in town, lots of accommodation has onsite parking theres some street parking, lots of Uparks and honestly so much in the city is in walking distance or just grab the tram or bus...there are a couple free ones

Edited by JinksNewton, 22 August 2018 - 04:33 PM.


#7 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:42 PM

McLaren Vale and surrounds. Food and wine. And beach.

#8 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:46 PM

Our itinerary looks somewhat like this (middle days the order can be rearranged)

Day 1: arrive, check in, potter around city for the afternoon/evening

Day 2: Drive out to visit the toy factory and whispering wall (are these worth the visit - especially as we won't have kids with us?)

Day 3: Glenelg and the likes

Day 4: Museum, Zoo etc.

Day 5: Check out and drive home via Hahndorf.

Neither of us are wine drinkers so aren't heading toward the Barossa.  

Is there something spectacular we should see or do that I've not thought of?  Or better way to spend the time we have got?

#9 Let-it-go

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:21 PM

Blackwood bistro
Peel St Restaurant
Golden Boy
Gondola Gondola
Jolleys Boathouse
Concubine
Andres Cucina
Rigonis
Chianti
2KW is a must for a drink, even better for dinner.
Africola

Google all of those and see what appeals.  They are all fairly expensive but excellent restaurants.  

Parking in the city is fine.

Lol, I was just about to say everyone will tell you to go to Hahndorf but the place makes my skin crawl and is full of hideous junky tourist tat shops and horrible food places and then I saw your last day :ninja:.  

I prefer Henley and Grange to Glenelg.  Excellent walking paths.  The beaches are lovely.  Further south are even better.

Agree that Botanic Gardens are lovely as is our Art Gallery.
I’m a bit stuck if you don’t like wine, SA is all about wine :laugh:.

Edited by Ice Queen, 22 August 2018 - 05:22 PM.


#10 AdelTwins

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:22 PM

View PostGreen Gummy Bear, on 22 August 2018 - 04:46 PM, said:

Our itinerary looks somewhat like this (middle days the order can be rearranged)
Day 2: Drive out to visit the toy factory and whispering wall (are these worth the visit - especially as we won't have kids with us?)
Not really worth it, unless you are a collector of “big things” photos. Kids love it though.

I’d do a day trip to Kangaroo Island if your budget permits.

#11 AdelTwins

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:24 PM

Also, Monarto Zoo is far better than Adelaide Zoo. Check out the new Lion 360 experience.

#12 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:31 PM

View PostAdelTwins, on 22 August 2018 - 05:22 PM, said:

Not really worth it, unless you are a collector of “big things” photos. Kids love it though.

I’d do a day trip to Kangaroo Island if your budget permits.

Can that be done in a day?  What I've read looks like it's 2 hour drive plus 1 hour on ferry one way, so would be 6 hours total travel.

#13 born.a.girl

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:39 PM

View PostGreen Gummy Bear, on 22 August 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

Can that be done in a day?  What I've read looks like it's 2 hour drive plus 1 hour on ferry one way, so would be 6 hours total travel.


Neighbours who went said that you really need to spend five days there to be able to have good look around.  Plus the ferry's not cheap, I'd certainly not be spending that much money for one day.  You're right, too, it's a couple of hours drive from Adelaide.

We are going for two days from Melbourne (flying/driving don't know yet) and hoping to add the five days for KI.   (Revolving around a very frail, elderly parent.)

#14 hills mum bec

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:43 PM

I wouldn't bother with toy factory & whispering wall without kids.  Hahndorf can be a full day so I would do that instead of doing on the way home.  The Haus is great for a meal in Hahndorf.

The Central Market is a great place to visit.  The Zoo is really good but don't know if I would bother with the museum.

You would be hard pushed to do Kangaroo island as a day trip.  You are right, two hour drive to Cape Jervis then 1 hour on the ferry.  There is so much to see and do on Kangaroo Island that a day  trip would only touch the surface.

Victor Harbor is really nice and it's a nice walk over the causeway to Granite Island or you can catch the horse drawn tram. Glenelg is nice to visit.

We don't really eat out a lot but one of the places we do love in town is Concubine if you like Asian food.

#15 AdelTwins

Posted 22 August 2018 - 05:45 PM

If you a big seal fan it’s worth it ;)

I’d only recommend the one day tours as you can relax on the bus. If I was driving, I’d want a minimum 3-4 days.

https://www.sealink....urs/1-day-tours

Or just do Monarto Zoo and dinner on the river at Mannum?

ETA - ++ to PP - I totally forgot about Victor Harbour!

Edited by AdelTwins, 22 August 2018 - 05:46 PM.


#16 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:10 PM

View PostIce Queen, on 22 August 2018 - 05:21 PM, said:



Lol, I was just about to say everyone will tell you to go to Hahndorf but the place makes my skin crawl and is full of hideous junky tourist tat shops and horrible food places and then I saw your last day :ninja:.  

I prefer Henley and Grange to Glenelg.  Excellent walking paths.  The beaches are lovely.  Further south are even better.

Agree that Botanic Gardens are lovely as is our Art Gallery.
I’m a bit stuck if you don’t like wine, SA is all about wine :laugh:.

+1

#17 Expelliarmus

Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:48 PM

I was wondering why all the recs for KI instead of Victor!!! You can’t do KI in a day.

I would switch out Day 2 for Victor Harbour and Granite island. Toy factory and whispering wall not much chop, really and won’t take all day either. If you do those, then you’ll need to also drive the Barossa or do Hahndorf.

By Glenelg etc do you mean other beaches? Semaphore? Grange? Henley? Or southern beaches?

Personally I would do Morialta Falls and Mt Lofty over beaches in September/October.

Ultimately I would (also not being a wine drinker):

Day 1: check in and potter in city.

Day 2: Victor Harbour and Granite Island

Day 3: Morialta Falls/Mt Lofty - that’s a hefty walk so a restful arvo

Day 4: Monarto Zoo unless you are absolutely dying to see the Pandas in which case I would do Adelaide Zoo and Glenelg for the late afternoon evening.

Day 5: checkout and home through Hahndorf.

I have heard Adelaide Oval tours are good and you can do a roof climb there if you are so inclined. You could do Adelaide Zoo and Oval in one day (subject to Oval booking) and do afternoon beach after Morialta/Lofty.

Edited by Expelliarmus, 22 August 2018 - 06:50 PM.


#18 MurderBritches

Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:59 PM

There is a fabulous little Italian Restaurant just down from the Hilton that does the most amazing food. I think it is called Trattoria? Anyway it was walking ditance for DD and I when we were there last year. It was so good we went back again.

#19 Toddlerandme

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:05 PM

Definitely central market. Something for everyone there.

The zoo, art gallery and botanic gardens are all good. Adelaide also has a lot of smaller museums (not just the main state one) if you have a particular interest - art, cricket (Bradman collection), history, trains, maritime history, etc.

If by toy factory you mean the rocking horse at Gumeracha, I’m another who wouldn’t visit there without children. It is a great place to visit with kids though.

If you go to the Adelaide Hills, the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens are beautiful. There are also lots of walking trails in the hills, and cheese makers and chocolate places.

#20 AdelTwins

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:30 PM

I’ve forgotten how many things there are to do here!

#radelaide ;)

#21 seayork2002

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:32 PM

I love adelaide and have great memories of there as a kid but i have to admit i too am not a handorf fan really

#22 cvbn

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:40 PM

Out at Port Adelaide, Semaphore Marine wild life park to see the dolphins but take your own lavatory paper.

#23 Let-it-go

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:41 PM

I was coming back in to mention Morialta as well!  I bushwalk there quite regularly and the view never fails to take my breath away.  The 2nd falls hike is my favourite, takes 1.5hrs, pushes you but wonderful views and you’ve had a serious workout.  

An idea with the central market is to head in, have breakfast at one of the many spots (I love Lucia’s but there are trendier spots), grab lots of picnic food - Dough for bread, Smelly Cheese Shop for cheese and then head to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens for a picnic lunch and a wander.  

My dad did the Adelaide Oval tour with my nephews and they all loved it.  If you’re a cricket fan.

View PostAilurophiliac, on 22 August 2018 - 06:59 PM, said:

There is a fabulous little Italian Restaurant just down from the Hilton that does the most amazing food. I think it is called Trattoria? Anyway it was walking ditance for DD and I when we were there last year. It was so good we went back again.

La Trattoria I think.

#24 BBC

Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:57 PM

Motor museum at Birdwood if you like old cars.
Berenberg

#25 born.a.girl

Posted 22 August 2018 - 08:14 PM

Another who's not a fan of Hahndorf, but that's because I saw it in the seventies, when tourists came to see it as it was, before shops specifically for tourist became so common.  ETa: But if I'd never seen it before, it would certainly be on my list.

Did the Glenelg beach trip on the tram, which was fun.


Also last trip, did the Adelaide Oval Roof climb.  Good chance for any daredevil to show their stripes leaning out over the goalposts held by a steel rope.  I couldn't bring myself to let go of both hands on the rope, but my husband did - great shot.  Really interesting experience, and fantastic view of 'the hill'.

Edited by born.a.girl, 22 August 2018 - 08:26 PM.





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