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TRAVEL / Oct ‘2017

City of Churches

Feeding the Ducks - River Torrens
TRAVEL / OCT ‘2017

City of Churches

Want to travel in Australia, but don’t know where to go that is family-friendly? The city of Adelaide offers a range of activities for your family from a trip to the zoo, day trips to the Barossa Valley and Glenelg! We’ve also compiled the best places to stay and how to get there.

Words COLLEEN WILLIS

Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, well known as the “City of Churches”, has become so much more than that. After all, it has been voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2014. The city is situated on the River Torrens which starts in the Adelaide Hills and  empties into the Gulf of St Vincent.

Families are well and truly catered for in our southern state as there’s lots for everyone to do.

Highlights include:

  • Popeye boat rides on the River Torrens
  • The South Australian Maritime Museum
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • The River Torrens Linear Park Trail – you can walk it, ride it and have a picnic on the way!

 

For more information visit

www.southaustralia.com

 

Image purchased from Wayne Smith Visual Asset License Deed 2013

Adelaide Zoo

A trip to the Adelaide Zoo is quite exciting because you can get to see firsthand Australia’s only giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. They are terribly cute and gorgeous.

For more information

 visit www.zoossa.com.au

Cleland Wildlife Park

Glenelg

A ride on the tram to visit the seaside suburb of Glenelg is a fun way to travel. There are loads of activities for the kids, the main one being the Beachouse. It has a 120 year old carousel, dodgem cars and arcade games, to name a few.

For more information

visit www.glenelgsa.com.au

Pandas at Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills are approximately 30 minutes from the city and are packed with family fun, ranging from cuddling koalas to climbing The Big Rocking Horse, which is 18 metres high.

Highlights include:

  • Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Hahndorf Farm Barn
  • Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Heritage Village (educational and delicious!)
  • Lobethal’s Fairyland Village
  • The Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory
  • Beerenberg Strawberry

For more information visit

www.adelaidehills.org.au

Ye Olde Icecreamery & Cafe

Barossa Valley

Every two years the Barossa hosts its Tasting Australia event.  If you’re a real Foodie then this is worth visiting

For more information visit

www.tastingaustralia.com.au

Accommodation

There are plenty of choices to pick from, ranging from hotel rooms, apartments, budget to five star.

A central location is recommended, however, I would suggest staying away from parts of Hindley St as it does cross into the nightclub area. I’ve stayed at the Mantra Hindmarsh Square apartments and found them to be clean, quiet and central.

For more information

visit www.mantra.com.au

www.discoverthesouth.com.au

Feeding the Ducks - River Torrens

Getting there

The quickest way is by air with flights leaving every day. If you choose to drive, the distance is just under 2800 km’s so plan appropriately.

For more information visit

www.nullabornet.com.au (this lists the distance between each town)

www.qantas.com.au

www.virgin.com.au

 www.jetstar.com.au

COLLEEN WILLIS

Colleen has roamed the world for many years on her own and with her husband and daughter, Rebekah. During this time, Colleen has been a teacher and an award-winning recipient of Flight Centre both in Australia and overseas. Colleen will guide you through family travel the way she knows best!