If you’re travelling to Australia, or you’re a local who wants to get out and see the sites, then you’d be amazed at everything there is to see and do. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, it can be a good idea to travel Australia on a budget. Whilst everyone always visits Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast, Adelaide can often be forgotten. You may be surprised to learn that despite this, it’s actually the perfect destination for backpackers, with heaps of budget friendly accommodation and activities to suit everyone’s tastes.
A bit about the city
Only minutes from the beautiful Southern Ocean, Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. Consistently ranked in the top ten most liveable cities in the world, Adelaide combines city living with a much more relaxing pace – something its neighbours to the east could well adopt. Known for good food, great scenery, and a smattering of quaint country towns within easy driving distance, Adelaide is a city not to be missed.
The best time to visit
Those of us not familiar with Australia’s climate may be surprised to learn that Adelaide is great to visit at all times of the year. The only time you may want to avoid SA’s capital is during the peak of summer, where temperatures often soar above 35 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, temperatures sit around the high 20’s for most of the summer, and the mid-teens during winter. By packing layers, you’ll be comfortable at any time of year – just don’t forget the sunscreen.
Can’t miss activities
It’s true that time seems to move more slowly in Adelaide – prepare to sit back and relax – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. With some of the best beaches in the country to the west, and a magnificent mountain range on the east, there is sure to be something for everyone. Our personal favourites include:
Known for being one of the best beach-side towns in Australia, Glenelg is a must for any traveller. Relax on the beach or peruse the boutique shops and cafes right by the water’s edge. Easily accessible, simply take a half hour tram trip from the city centre. If you have time, rent a bike and cycle to the peaceful Henley Beach for a change of scenery.
Perfect for those who love staying active on their travels, a hike to the top of Mount Lofty is a must. While the 7.8 km Waterfall Gully summit hike will definitely take it out of you, the 3-hour return trip is definitely worth it. You’ll be rewarded with of panoramic views of the city. If you can’t make the walk, then good news, you can drive to the top as well – consider packing a picnic and heading up at sunset.
Like a piece of Germany in the middle of Australia, Hahndorf’s tree-lined streets are jam-packed with boutique stores and German-themed taverns. It’s definitely worth setting aside a whole day to explore this tiny town nestled in the Adelaide Hills, and the hour-long bus ride leaves every half hour for your convenience.
No trip to Adelaide would be complete without a day spent wandering the city. Visit Rundle Mall for shopping, the countless cafés for good coffee and delicious food, the (mostly) free Art Gallery of South Australia, or the Adelaide Botanic Garden – wherever you go, you’re sure to be amazed.
Though it’s often overlooked in favour of its glamorous, glittering sisters to the east, Adelaide can be an ideal destination for backpackers, and has left an imprint on hearts across the world. If you’re still wondering what makes this quite city so remarkable, then book some accommodation and pack your bags.