Adelaide Botanic Garden#1 in Best Things To Do in Adelaide
Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).
The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.
Adelaide Botanic Garden can be reached on foot from the Adelaide Zoo. If you are coming from downtown, you can drive and park in one of two lots or ride one of Adelaide Metro's buses to the area.
This attraction opens on weekdays at 7:15 a.m. and on weekends and public holidays at 9 a.m.; the property closes between 5 and 7 p.m. daily, depending on the month. Some areas (like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion) have reduced hours and are only open on select days. The property – including all of its gardens and buildings – is free to visit, and facilities like restrooms, a visitor center, a garden shop and three sit-down and grab-and-go eateries are available on-site. You can explore the area with a map, a guide or the free audio guide provided on the MyParx app. Complimentary guided tours depart from the visitor center every day at 10:30 a.m. To learn more, check out Botanic Gardens of South Australia's website.
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Adelaide boasts an array of top-notch wine regions, but for some of Australia's best vino, visit Barossa. Located about 40 miles northeast of the central business district, Barossa features more than 150 wineries, as well as multiple farm-to-table eateries and two farmers markets. Family-friendly activities like cycling and hot air balloon rides are also available.
Barossa's vineyards are the highlight of a visit to this region. Recent travelers suggested checking out Château Tanunda, Rockford Barossa and Murray Street Vineyards, citing the beautiful grounds, delicious wines and knowledgeable tour guides as reasons to plan a visit. Barossa is famous for its shiraz and riesling, but local vineyards make other varieties like grenache and cabernet sauvignon as well. For those in search of nonalcoholic activities, try a hot air balloon ride with Barossa Balloon Adventures or Barossa Valley Ballooning. One-hour flights are available every day at sunrise and cost 300 Australian dollars ($227) per adult and AU$195 to AU$240 (approximately $148 to $182) for each child.
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