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Seeing Adelaide Awake


Formerly referred to as the City of Churches, Adelaide’s sleepy reputation is no more. Today it’s the City of Festivals, and a gourmet festival is what I sought with eyes wide open during the Tour Down Under week.

While the cyclists raced around the wine regions, I drove to the region just vacated by the elite racers for a quiet food and wine experience with a local mate and wine aficionado.

Tour de force

It was a gruelling week – for the cyclists and wine lovers.  Nevertheless, Barry and I tasted some beautiful white wines, handcrafted beers, and world-class shiraz from Clare Valley.  We came away with our fair share of bottles, and could have bought a vineyard (like the For Sale Mt. Surmon Wines where I’m seated over the vines.)

Thinking of visiting South Australia via Adelaide?

First timers should consult these local GLBT online resources.  Some events, listings are suspisciously outdated on the official SA Tourism site, so save your time, and go directly to the only gay and lesbian news sources:

Gay Life

Adelaide hosts one of the country’s most extensive arts events, and the Fringe Festival runs parallel with performances from the bizzare to seriously intellectual.  It is a very popular gay agenda item and the Fringe Fever is evident a month ahead of this event.

Need help with accommodation?

  • Adelaide Paringa Motel, 3.5 star comfort and charm hotel in the heart of the CBD. Rainbow Tourism Accredited.
  • Clare Valley:  Hillsview Country Estate (1850s cottage), Auburn, and Thorn Park Country House (new location), Clare.

Further afar suggestions

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Paradise – a 45 min. Sealink ferry ride to experience natural heritage on Australia’s 3rd largest island, from pelican feeding to penguin walks.

Port Lincoln Seafood Capital of Australia – 45 min. by air or 650km drive from Adelaide.  My kind of town, fresh fish and wine at every meal!

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