Prepare your face for the ache of a permanent smile as you head out to explore a natural richness and beauty you never knew existed...
Adelaide is the gateway to South Australia's many world class attractions, manmade and natural. They include the Flinders Ranges, whose jagged, dramatic mountains shift in colour throughout the day. The Eyre Peninsula stands out for its seafood, including scrumptious oysters and delicate tuna, its surfing beaches and the opportunities for encountering the southern right whales and sea lions that breed here.
South Australia is renowned as a producer of excellent New World wines. The Barossa Valley can be reached in two hours from Adelaide, which makes day trips a reasonable proposition. You could always check into one of the region's top hotels if you don't fancy a four-hour round trip in one day (though by Australian standards, this is nothing).
Within four hours, you could drive from the heart of Adelaide to the stunning nature reserve of Kangaroo Island - a place bursting with native Australian species such as koalas, wallabies, echidnas and, of course, kangaroos. You can even stroll beside a colony of endangered Australian sea lions. Further afield, an eight-hour drive will get you to Australia's vibrant and colourful second city - Melbourne. Here, you'll find endless reasons to want to return to the land Down Under.
The weather remains pleasant all year round in Adelaide with annual mean daytime temperatures ranging from 7C to 29C. When you pick up your car hire in Australia you'll often be told to carry drinking water with you in the vehicle; Adelaide is one of the driest cities in the country.