We are all very excited for WOMADelaide which kicks off this weekend if you haven’t checked out the amazing line-up, head over to the website here. For those making the yearly pilgrimage for the Down Under version of WOMAD, keep reading for some other fun activities Adelaide has to offer whilst you’re visiting.
Long sunny days, blue skies and a seemingly never-ending party. ‘Mad March’ – as the locals call it – is in full swing. A whole host of Adelaide’s major events happen during March, ranging from motor racing to theatre, comedy and street parties. This is the time to be in Adelaide!
Adelaide’s Summer Festivals – Mad March!
- Adelaide Festival
For more than 55 years the Adelaide Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.
The Adelaide Festival includes the Adelaide Writer’s Week with events happening at multiple locations around the city.
- Adelaide Fringe
Running concurrently to the Adelaide Festival, this is the second largest fringe festival in the world after Edinburgh, and the largest arts and cultural festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The Fringe literally takes over the city with over 1200 events taking place during the month. Expect comedy, physical theatre, music and much more.
- Superloop Adelaide 500
The Adelaide 500 is Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event and widely regarded as one of the best touring car races in the world.
The race takes place on a shortened version of the former Formula One grand Prix circuit in the heart of the city itself. After enjoying adrenaline-filled days, keep the party going with high-energy rock concerts each night across the four-day event. Super-rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining in 2019.
Sandy beaches, great food & wine and fun activities – Adelaide and Surrounds
Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events, and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches.
- Adelaide Central Market
The Adelaide Central Market is one of Australia’s largest undercover fresh produce markets providing a wide range of fresh and multicultural products.
With more than 70 food stalls, the Central Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods; along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.
- Jump on a bike
Each January Adelaide plays host to the Santos Tour Down Under, the first event of the UCI World Tour calendar. The good news is that any time of year, Adelaide and surrounds are a fantastic cycling destination for both the enthusiast and the casual cyclist.
Adelaide has a free bike hire program which is an efficient way to get around the city. For adventures further afield into the hills, coast or wine regions, join a guided tour for maximum exploration enjoyment.
- Take the tram to seaside Glenelg
Adelaide is a short tram ride from the beachside shopping precinct of Glenelg, Adelaide’s most popular city beach, best enjoyed on one of Adelaide’s many sunny days. Renowned for its wide, white-sand beach, stunning sunsets, rich heritage, charming hotels and bustling shops, cafes, and restaurants, Glenelg has something for everyone.
Take a dip, stroll the jetty, grab a bite to eat and watch the sunset over the ocean. Complete your beach sojourn with an ice-cream or gelati (or two). It is the perfect option for a relaxed day out.
- The Wine Regions – Adelaide Hills, Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley
Most visitors to South Australia usually plan to partake in the state’s world-famous wine. Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia, producing 80% of the country’s wine – and rightly so, one of the ten Great Wine Capitals of the world.
There are four key wine regions a close drive to Adelaide: the Adelaide Hills (20 minutes), Barossa (1 hour), McLaren Vale (45 minutes) and Clare Valley (90 minutes). All have their own distinct local character and feature specialist wine varieties. A great day trip out, the regions are even better experienced as overnight or multi-night stays to fully immerse yourself in the food, wine, and culture.
Further afield – The Outback and Beyond
- Kangaroo Island – Untouched Wilderness
The aptly named Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia. It is a natural paradise abounding with native flora and fauna. It is the perfect location for wilderness lovers, with over 24 protected areas, 19 national and conservation Parks and five Wilderness Protection Areas.
Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for many animals, birds and plant life, and as the name suggests, absolutely teeming with kangaroos.
- Flinders Ranges – The Outback on your doorstep.
The Flinders Ranges is the true Australian Outback within easy reach of Adelaide. From rocky gorges to sweeping vistas, the Flinders Ranges is like nothing else in the world. Explore by 4X4, camp under the stars, or even enjoy 5-star luxury accommodation. The choice is yours.
Adventurers, photographers and nature lovers alike will rejoice under the biggest sky you’ll ever see, with hiking trails larger than some European countries. The local fauna is abundant in their natural habitats, among ancient mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, and sheltered creeks. The Flinders Ranges has it all.
- Eyre Peninsula – a sea-lover’s smorgasbord
A 40-minute flight to the Eyre Peninsula will have you thinking you’re in another world, with experiences second to none. This is the place to take a dip with the friendly locals – Australian sea lions and dolphins abound in the pristine waters along the 1200mi coastline. For the more daring, try shark cage diving with Great Whites to get your heart pumping.
Once you’re back on solid ground, gorge on a sumptuous buffet of oysters, King George whiting, abalone, Southern rock lobster, Spencer Gulf king prawns, and more, all plucked fresh from the ocean at your doorstep. It’s a seafood lover’s delight.
Watch the video below to see all of the bands at this years #WOMADL19: