Postcard from Adelaide

February 7, 2013 in Australia,Places

Adelaide is a city that a) I wish I had more time to explore and b) I think is one of the most underrated destinations in Australia. The capital of South Australia maintains that “big country town” vibe while still offering beaches, sunshine, parks and plenty of street art. Bonus: they give you free bikes and there’s an annual “tidiest street” award. Yup.

Bike trail to Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia

There are definitely seven reasons why it’s Radelaide, even if it’s not quite as cosmopolitan as Melbourne or flashy as Sydney. Unsurprisingly: I just really, really loved the gorgeous stretch of coastline (even if it’s riddled with sharks and rip tides). If (when!) I make it back to Australia, the Riesling bicycle tour through the Clare Valley wine region is top of the list, as is plenty more time soaking up the sunshine in Glenelg. Oh, Adelaide–you’re just too pretty.

Horses along the bike trail to Glenelg in Adelaide, South Australia

Bike trail to Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia

Sand volleyball on Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia

Bike trail to Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia

Pelican and blue sky on the beach in Glenelg, South Australia

The tidiest road in Adelaide, South Australia

Computer street art in Adelaide, South Australia

Albert Einstein bike mural in Adelaide, South Australia

Bicycles and street graffiti art in Adelaide, South Australia

What’s your favorite photo of Adelaide?

  • özlem öztürk

    Hi,

    I just read a book about letters between Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee. So I learned that, Adelaide is also a city that J.M. Coetzee lives:) It is fantastic to see a post here about this city at the same time with the book. Loves

  • Lindsay

    I’m putting Adelaide on my lists (both my travel list and a future baby name list)! I love the third photo, with the quiet stretch of road alongside the white beach and blue sky. So alluring! Also reminds me a bit of the gorgeous Florida panhandle beaches close to home!

  • Briel79

    100% horses! :) Sounds great there! I love Riesling so that tour sounds fun too!

  • JulikaSarah

    Blue skies!! Gosh, how much I miss them! :)
    The street art and beach photos are amazing!

  • My favorite is the stretch of beach next to the bike path. I just want to ride a cruiser bike for hours along that beach. I always crave beaches in February!

  • camorose

    So glad you enjoyed it!

  • camorose

    Actually a favorite in both of those categories :)

  • camorose

    I really want to go back–it sounds like it’d be super fun, and the region is just beautiful!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Totally missing Australian summer :)

  • camorose

    It’s the best! Can’t wait to get back to Adelaide someday :)

  • purplekat99

    I too wish I had spent more time in Adelaide! I sometimes wish I didn’t get swept up in the awesome beauty of Sydney and budgeted a little different. Oh well, just another reason to go back!

  • camorose

    So true! Adelaide is so underrated and it’s so beautiful!

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