You had your heart set on the land Down Under and everyone had one question for you - 'Sydney or Melbourne?' But you weren't so conventional as every other tourist – a cricket match at the MCG, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or catching a wave at Bondi Beach.
No – you were headed to the 'City of Churches', Adelaide, for an alternative look at Aussie culture. But before you dive into gastronomic delights, shopaholic dreams and enough wineries to satisfy even the most discerning of connoisseurs, why not check out a little enclave we like to call West Beach!
It's right next to airport!
So there's no need for a car (well, maybe you'll need one for all your luggage). But if you're imaging that this suburb is industrial, then think again. West Beach is one of Adelaide's most popular seaside spots and for good reason. Start where anyone would – the beach!
100 per cent free and perfect for the kids, this beach is especially popular with dog lovers. So if you're a fan of our furry, four-legged canine friends, this is the spot for you. Bonus – the beach hasn't been as developed as its nearby counterpart, Glenelg Beach, so it's easy to avoid the crowds. Pack some lunch, with the family in tow, and you're in for a treat of a day!
And if you want to keep the free activities going, then stop by River Torrens Linear Park Trail. Start at the mouth of the River Torrens at West Beach, where you can make your way along the bank towards the Adelaide CBD (that's Downtown for Americans!). The trail is extremely well groomed and is home to many River Red Gum Trees.
With a fairly negligible incline, the trail is perfect for people of all mobility levels and can be used by walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. Although the entire trail is 35 kilometres long, don't feel like you're obliged to complete the whole thing. With many playgrounds, picnic areas and ducks to feed, we wouldn't be surprised if you got distracted along the way – and isn't that the joy of a holiday after all!
But if you prefer some activity of the indoor variety
Then swing by Harbour Town. Over 130 outlet stores call this mall home, for all your grocery, fashion, homewares and outdoor set-up needs (and of course a plethora of cafes for when your legs ache and you need to rest!
You might think that the sport with the weird egg-shaped ball was the most popular…
(That's Australian Rules Football in case you were wondering). But actually the sport with the small white ball (golf and mini-golf) has an abundance of locations for a round. West Beach Mini-Golf is perfect and, accordingly to their tagline, "fun for the 'hole' family" (we're sure the pun was very much intended). Or if Dad wants to hit the driving range, why not get a two-for-one location with the Drummond Golf Driving Range and Mini Golf. Coloured balls, sunny weather and an assortment of decorative sculptures…what's not to love!
If you're feeling the full game, then right next to both mini-golf locations is the Patawalonga Golf Links course. Fairways lined with mature trees, along with challenging water hazards, make this the ideal course to test your skills.
You saved plenty on your seaside accommodation
But the stellar view had tempted you to hit the water. Allow us the suggest a finer way to explore the ocean – sailing. Never tried it before? Not to worry - the Adelaide Sailing Club has plenty of courses to teach you the ropes. You'll be on the open ocean in no time!
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Your Cheaperthanhotels Team
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