Thinking of spending some time in Adelaide, South Australia? Here’s how my friends and I spent the recent long weekend in the city of churches.

Get a taste of Germany in Hahndorf – one of the biggest German settlements in Australia. We arrived in Adelaide at roughly 9am and headed straight to Hahndorf. In autumn, this town is absolutely gorgeous, with dry golden leaves flooding the streets and bright orange trees lining up the main road, known literally as Main Rd. Hahndorf isn’t a secret. It is bustling with tourists and locals, everyone wanting to immerse themselves in German culture. In Hahndorf, you can enjoy a delicious meal or a beer at one of the many eateries available, or browse and purchase a souvenir in one of the quirky stores. My friends and I had a satisfying brunch at the cosy Café Assiette, followed by a wander up and down the main road, shop-hopping and photo-snapping as we walked. I’d recommend taking your time in Hahndorf. It’s a lovely community.

Glenelg – a bright yet relaxed beach town roughly 20mins drive from Adelaide’s city centre. We spent one of our mornings in Glenelg, eating a scrumptious breakfast at Pure Boutique. It was the only place open on an early Sunday morning but eventually, everything else began trading. It didn’t disappoint. They serve a selection of healthy green juices, and I definitely needed a bit of a detox after my mammoth brunch in Hahndorf the day prior. After we were well fed, we went for a walk along the pier overlooking the beautiful blue water. I personally could have walked along the beach all day, feeling the sand on my feet and taking the scenery. If you are a souvenir buyer, there are plenty of shops to take your pick at buying a piece of Glenelg to take home with you.

Barossa Valley – it’s the most popular winery that everyone wants to visit. I’m actually not much of a wine drinker but I love the scenery that a winery provides, and the food that is associated with the wine (yes, I am talking about food again!). One of the girls on this trip is actually an appreciator of wine so she educated the noobies in the group. We started at Maggie Beer’s Farm, enjoying a rustic meal by the lake, followed by a cooking demonstration using Verjuice, a sweet wine made popular by the amazing Maggie Beer herself. Even more exciting was the fact that we could eat the food at the end of the demonstration #nomnom I also ate the best ice cream there! It was burnt fig, honeycomb and caramel flavour and it was mouth-watering! This was followed by a visit to Penfolds Wines, where my friends – the wine expert and the noob-turned-wine-enthusiast, enjoyed a session of wine tasting before we all roamed around the actual winery field, which seemed endless! You definitely need a car to get to Barossa Valley if you’re staying in Adelaide, as the drive is over an hour from the city. Exploring Barossa Valley can be a big day so make sure you plan ahead.

Have you been to South Australia? I certainly want to return as there is so much more to see. Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments field!