Ready to start thinking about your next holiday?

This week I’m sure many of you have just started back at work after the Christmas break, so what better time to start thinking about your next holiday!  Maybe you would like to think about planning a few days in or around Adelaide to coincide with BILT ANZ.  If you’ve never been to Adelaide, or even if you haven’t been there in a few years, RADadelaide (as it has somewhat sarcastically been known) is great place to spend a few days.

Whilst there has always been plenty of things to see and do around Adelaide, the city centre itself has also undergone something of a revival in the last five years. With extensive construction projects underway or recently completed (Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval to name a few), the skyline of Adelaide has been changing. On the ground, trendy small bars and more and more new restaurants and cafes are making the city itself more than just the historic city of churches (and the shops are even open on Sundays now).

If you are in town for a day or two and want to check out some tourist sites there are a variety of things to see and do,  many of which are located in close proximity to the conference venue.

Many of the city’s cultural tourist attractions are located right along North Terrace, just minutes from the conference venue and accommodation. The South Australian Museum has a range of different permanent and visiting exhibitions, including Australia’s largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts.   If later Australian history interests you, the intriguing Migration Museum is a great small museum which tells the history of migration to South Australia right up to the current day, along the way you learn quite a lot about Adelaide’s local history.  The Art Gallery of South Australia has recently gone a little bit MONA with a few galleries displaying a mix of art from different periods, including some somewhat controversial style modern art pieces (think dead horses).  Even better – all of these museums and galleries are free for the main collections!

If you have little ones in tow (or maybe for that little one inside of you), Adelaide Zoo is an essential stop. Home to Australia’s only Giant Pandas and a jazz making orangutan, the zoo is a great place to spend a couple of hours, and is around 20 minutes walk from the conference venue.

Another popular destination is the seaside suburb of Glenelg. You can get the tram out from the city and enjoy some waterside dining and the beach. Maybe not quite so good a destination in May!

Feel like getting out of the city?  Just over an hour away from the city, lies one of Australia’s oldest and most famous food and wine regions – the Barossa Valley.  An easy day trip or even stay for a night or two.  With over fifty cellar doors open in the region, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes and farms produce for sale you could easily spend a week here.

If you want a day of wine tasting closer to Adelaide itself, Mclaren Vale is a wine region right on Adelaide’s doorstep (less than an hour from the city) with plenty of options for wine tastings and leisurely lunches.  My own personal favourite cellar door here is Mollydooker. You could also visit Hahndorf, a historic German village in the Adelaide Hills.

Want to try some of the region’s wines without leaving town? The National Wine Centre is located in the city, near the Botanic Gardens and is “Australia’s largest tasting room experience with visitors able to sample 120 different wines”.

Further afield, Kangaroo Island is another top food, wine and holiday destination for Adelaide locals. It takes around 3 hours to get there from Adelaide but I am told the trip is well worth it at any time of year.

BILT ANZ will run from Thursday 25 May to Saturday 27 May 2017. Registrations will open later this month.  So start planning your next holiday now!

Image Credit: “Adelaide hills vineyards” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by badjonni
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