Civilised Adelaide is smaller than Sydney and Melbourne, but beautifully formed. As a perfectly-turned out Edwardian garden city, it has made mercifully few concessions to the skyscraper, preferring low-level grandeur. As the gateway to the Barossa Valley, it’s a town that knows its wine – and every one of its million-plus inhabitants can tell you a thing or two about Wolf Blass, Petaluma and the other world-class wineries within easy reach.
The Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to Melbourne is one of the world’s great drives. Plan to do it in three days and stop off at Port Fairy and the legendary 12 Apostles (huge outcrops of rock) and you’ll have memories (and photos) for life.
Must eat at:
For hearty seaside bistro/gastropub food, head to the Grange Hotel on the Esplanade. It’s got fabulous views and the one-time accolade of Best Bistro in Australia.
Must be there for:
WOMADelaide draws world music and dance fans from across South Australia and far beyond every February and March, when the climate is clement and the beats are for real.
· If you’ve a couple of hours to kill in transit at Changi Airport, pack your trunks and head straight to the transit hotel in Terminal 1 for its unique outdoor pool.
· If it’s shopping you’re after and you don’t have time on your hands – head straight to the Bugis district, for pedestrianised retail heaven.
British citizens need a visa to enter Australia, and several options are available if you’re going on holiday or business. For full information, visit www.immi.gov.au
|Time zone:||GMT +9.5 hours (+10.5 in summer)|
|Good for:||Singles, Families with pre-school children, Over 60s, Couples, Families with school age children|
|Holiday type||Winter sun, City break|
|Weather||Average maximum temperature: 22°C
Rainfall: 600.5mm a year