Though it’s often overlooked in favour of more populated and bustling Australian cities, people throughout the entire globe have come to consider Adelaide to be one the nation’s most desirable destinations. In fact, South Australia came in at number five on a Lonely Planet list of the world’s best travel regions for 2017 – with no other Australian state making the cut.
So, whether you’re hosting international clients, or planning a business trip for you and your colleagues, you can rest assured that Adelaide has plenty of exceptional entertainment options for you and your guests to choose from. If, however, you’re feeling too spoilt for choice, here’s a list of the top 5 things to do around Adelaide…
Housing one of Australia’s most esteemed Art Galleries, it’s no wonder that Adelaide is lovingly known as South Australia’s artistic capital. Established in 1881 and hosting over 780,000 visitors each year, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to some of the state’s greatest art collections. On display in the gallery is a comprehensive collection of Australian colonial art, dating back to the time of European settlement, as well as one of the nation’s most important collections of Indigenous Art; making it a must-see attraction for any art enthusiasts visiting the city.
A mere 50 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, Barossa Valley is an internationally renowned wine region, which encompasses local towns Tanunda, Angaston, and Nuriootpa. Known for producing some of the planet’s most coveted and award decorated wines, Barossa Valley is bound to win the popular vote with even your most distinguished guests.
Start your exploration of the Barossa by choosing from more than 150 different wineries. Ranging from local boutique to internationally acclaimed, you can be confident that you’ll find a wine to suit any palate. (But be sure not to miss the region’s most esteemed cellar door, Penfolds.)
Alternatively, you could leave it up to the experts to show you the best of what Barossa Valley has to offer by arranging a tour with one of Hughes Limousines’ experienced chauffeurs. Their drivers will gladly share unique local insights, and act as your own private tour guide as you relax and enjoy the comfort of a luxury vehicle.
Only 120 kilometres out of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a major Australian tourist attraction. Renowned for its wildlife and picturesque scenery, Kangaroo Island perfectly encapsulates the best of Australia’s nature.
A place like no other, Kangaroo Island enables you to get up close and personal with much adored Australian animals, including echidnas, wallabies, bandicoots, and – of course – an abundance of the nation’s most revered marsupials. The oceans surrounding the island are also home to a stunning selection of fish, leafy sea dragons, and everyone’s favourite furry amphibian; sea lions.
One-third of the island is dedicated to conservation and the preservation of a range of endangered species. The island houses and protects native goannas, bats, snakes, and frogs – all of which are becoming increasingly rare to see elsewhere in the wild.
If you’re still not won over by its rustic charm, then the island also hosts a range of luxurious private retreats for you to choose from. With fertile lands encompassing the island, Kangaroo Island also harvests some of Australia’s finest foods, and several wonderful places to wine and dine your guests.
If you’re hosting a party of sports enthusiasts, make their day by treating them to a game in the stunning Adelaide Oval Stadium. Located in the heart of the city, the Adelaide Oval is considered to be one of the most iconic and attractive sports grounds in the world. Since its establishment in 1871, the Adelaide Oval has hosted many historic cricket matches and world-class sporting events, such as: The Ashes cricket test series and AFL football. Cricket legend, Sir Donald Bradman, has played at the Oval on many occasions, and now has a dedicated museum display in his honour – a must see for any cricket fanatic. If you’d prefer to avoid crowds, Adelaide Oval Tours offer a private, unique, and highly sought after behind-the-scenes look at the history of this iconic stadium.
South Australia is fondly referred to as the ‘festival state’and has a prominent art and culture scene. If the timing aligns, you may also want to consider treating your guests to one of Adelaide’s music, food, or film festivals – many of which are hosted at the Adelaide Oval.
Hahndorf is a historic and iconic town filled with colonial charm, and it’s located just 25 minutes out of Adelaide. It remains Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, and still fosters strong ties with its German roots through its food, beer, and small goods. A place where diversity thrives, Hahndorf will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Australia and straight into Europe.
Visitors come from afar simply to stroll through the streets of this remarkably well-maintained township. With its awe-inspiring architecture and fascinating ancestry, Handhorf comes highly recommended for anyone visiting South Australia.
Hughes understands that, when you’re travelling for business or entertaining distinguished guests, it’s crucial that everything runs smoothly, and on schedule. Why not commence your journey with a pre-booked chauffeur service? That way, a friendly and dedicated professional will be there to welcome you and your guests on arrival, and to ensure that you get to all of your chosen destinations on time; and in style.