Swimming with dolphins
It’s an early start for a trip to the beachside suburb of Glenelg to board Temptation Sailing's 58 - foot catamaran on a journey out to sea in search of dolphins. You can either stay on board the catamaran as the animals approach, or you can jump into the water to frolic alongside them.
“We’re the most successful wild dolphin cruise in the world,” says the owner of Temptation Sailing, Stephen Waites. “The reason I say that is because we’ve never gone out and not seen dolphins. In 15 years, operating every day, we always see them.”
On average people spend around 25 minutes in the water with the curious creatures, he says.
While the dolphins generally love playing around the boat and swimmers, the interaction is different on each cruise.
“It depends on the time of year, but people are in the water with an average of 43 bottlenose and common dolphins around them. It can be a lot more in November, when there can be a couple of hundred. They come very close to you, but you’re not allowed to touch.”
Swimmers wear wetsuits, facemasks and snorkels, and hold onto a floatation line while in the water.
Waites is so confident that you will see dolphins that he offers a full refund if you don’t.
Daily Swim with Dolphin cruises leave Glenelg Harbour at approximately 7.40am and return around 11.15am.
Foodie heaven at Adelaide Central Market
Since 1870, Adelaide Central Market has been at the epicentre of the food and lifestyle culture of South Australia.
It’s a vibrant, busy place filled with cafés, cheese shops, bakeries and patisseries, fruit and vegetable stalls, meat and seafood outlets, and dozens of artisan food producers selling everything from local olive oil to old-fashioned lollies.
“It’s a real melting pot of cultures, with old Italian and Greek families being here for generations and new waves of immigrants setting up shop too,” says guide Mark Gleeson from Adelaide Central Market Tours.
Lunchtime options include long-time Adelaide favourite Lucia’s Pizza Bar, which serves up traditional pizzas, pastries and pastas.
Then there’s Sunmi’s Sushi for sushi and Korean noodle dishes, and Zed’s Café for great coffee, lemon tart, salads, soups and more.
There are plenty of other lunchtime eateries for a hearty lunch (or a fry up breakfast) too.
A crawl of Adelaide's Laneway Bars
Adelaide’s laneway scene is making its mark on the map these days, with both vibrant Peel Steet and al-fresco Leigh Street showing the way.
If you fancy dinner in one of these side-by-side alleyways, the choice is huge. Moroccan, Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Korean, Serbian … the list goes on.
But now it’s bar hopping time.
Start off standing around a wine barrel at the Clever Little Tailor on Peel Street. This popular little watering hole has great cocktails and exotic whiskeys.
Then head to Leigh Street for a special gin and tonic in Udaberri, a smooth and moody hole-in-the-wall tapas bar with music.
Can you handle another brew, or a wine or cocktail with a jug full of atmosphere? Then slip into Leigh Street’s Pink Moon Saloon, a funky wood-cabin chalet tucked in between two multi-storied buildings.
Don’t stop now. There are plenty more bars and eateries around here to make more than one night of it.
A tasting at Penfolds Magill Estate
When you mention great Australian wine, Penfolds always comes to the tip of the tongue.
This legendary grape-wrangler has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia since it was established in 1844, just eight years after the foundation of South Australia.
Luckily for you, the iconic Penfolds vineyards and its Magill Estate Cellar Door are just a 15-minute-drive from the centre of Adelaide.
It offers you the opportunity to taste some of South Australia’s finest wines.
Don’t worry, the cellar door closes at 6pm, so you have just enough time to sip and slurp, and pick up a few prize bottles too.
If you are in Adelaide for an extra morning you could join a 45-minute Magill Estate Heritage Tour and explore the buildings, see how the wines are made and stored, and enjoy a taste test.
Another morning option is the two-hour Ultimate Penfolds Experience. Delve deeper into the estate, plunge into the storage cellars, visit the original home of co-founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, and savour some of the best wine that Penfolds has to offer.
Check out Adelaide's art scene
In premier position on the art scene chart in Adelaide is The Art Gallery of South Australia, located on the cultural boulevard of Adelaide’s North Terrace. It was founded in 1881 and houses one of Australia’s best art collections.
There is plenty of influential Australian art from the time of European settlement to the present day, and an extensive assortment of Indigenous works, as well as European, Asian and Islamic art.
An alternative option is the University of South Australia’s Samstag Museum, which collects works from South Australian artists from the 1970s onwards. Also here is an important collection of Aboriginal bark paintings.