G’day Travelers! I recently had the chance to duck over to Adelaide again to cover another motorsport event. If you’d like to know more about it, you can find out about that on my other blog (http://vandersyde.com/2016/03/11/v8-supercars-clipsal-500-adelaide-2016/). But the trip gave me a chance to spend the day exploring more of what Adelaide had to offer.
I know last year I mentioned I wanted to spend a bit more time in Adelaide the next time I covered the Clipsal 500, so I could check out some of the Adelaide Fringe Festival (you can read that blog post here). Unfortunately my schedule didn’t allow me to spend any more time in the city than just the day. With a bit of rain on the forecast picked out a couple of things to fill in the day around the city.
After a quick stop into Rundell Mall to grab a coffee, the first proper stop of the day was the South Australian Museum. The museum has great variety of local and international exhibits, with an extensive gallery of indigenous Australian Aboriginal history from all around Australia. It’s also home to a uniform of Australian Astronaut Dr Andy Thomas from his record breaking time on the Russian Mir Space Station (pictured below) hidden in its geology section. Best of all the South Australian Museum is free.
To find out more about the South Australian Museum, check out there website – http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au
The second stop of the day was Adelaide Oval, being a sports fan I thought I would be good to do the tour of the venue that played host to the first day night Cricket test match. It was interesting to get a look behind the scenes of world class sporting venue.
The Adelaide Oval is not only home to Cricket, it’s also the home to Adelaide’s two AFL teams during the winter. Being between sporting seasons the oval was transitioning between the two with the cricket pitches being swapped out for the football field. With the fortunate timing of tour, it was good to see how that transition took place.
The tour itself is very insightful, getting into parts of the oval that are usually only accessible to the competitors and the media. Especially a look inside of the old scoreboard. The Adelaide Oval is also home to the Bradman Museum with a collection of sporting memorabilia from Sir Donald Bradman’s illustrious career in Cricket.
For more information about the Adelaide Oval Tour’s visit their website – http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/107/adelaide-oval-tours.aspx
I was hoping to get down to Glenelg beach and it’s famous jetty, to take a photograph of the sunset on the day I arrived, however I didn’t have enough time. I’ll have to try again next year. But here is a shot I managed to snap from my flight back home.
As I said this was my second trip to Adelaide, but with these short trips, there is always more to explore. Have you been to the Adelaide before? Feel free to leave your suggestions or tips of your own with a comment below so I can check them out next time I’m in town.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Adelaide, I stayed in The Grand Apartments in North Adelaide. While just outside of the city, these self contained apartments were conveniently located for the Clipsal 500, just a short drive. It was also handy that Melbourne Street has plenty of restaurants and pubs to grab dinner each night. The city was a short 15 minute drive away.
If you’d like to see more of my tips for about Adelaide, check out these posts.
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