5 cheap things to do in Adelaide

Pickers at work during the grape harvestClare Valley. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Pickers at work during the grape harvest
Clare Valley. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Continuing in our series of “cheap things to do” in Australian cities (see Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane entries), here’s five things to do in Adelaide, South Australia on a shoestring.

Get your fill at the Central Market
Adelaide’s principal market has some 80 stall holders in the one area and is run five days a week (Tues 7-5:30, Wed 9-5:30, Thurs 9-5:30, Fri 7-9, Sat 7-3). Find your cheap fruit and veges, meat, eggs, seafood, cheese, bread and cakes all here.

Free visit to the National Wine Centre of Adelaide
If you know anything about South Australia it should be that they make excellent wine, particularly in the Clare and Barossa Valleys. The National Wine Centre of Adelaide offers free guided tours called the Wine Discovery Journey every day at 11.30am where you can learn all about the wine making process. You can also do a self guided tour on your own between 9am and 5pm. Tastings are an additional charge but well worth it, starting at $17. Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day down under

Irish Shamrock. Pic: wikimedia.

All the madness and mayhem of the greenest day of the year is fast approaching. And that means lots of Guinness, live bands and green clothing.

If you find yourself in the land down under for this year’s St Pat’s day rest assured all things Irish are celebrated here. But do note not all take place right on the 17th March – some are held the weekend before or after the official date. But there are plenty of Irish people to celebrate with given the nation’s heritage. With that in mind we’ve got a list of events from the major cities in Australia. It’s also worth checking out all the Irish pubs in these cities for details of festivities:

Adelaide:

“Celebrate St Patricks Day with the best tasting Guinness in Australia, Irish stalls, traditional food, live bands all day and comedian Mickey D as MC. Then make it a Paddy’s day to remember and party into the night at their East Terrace Street Party.
P.J. O’ Brien’s, 14 East Terrace, Adelaide. Saturday 17th March. Open from 9am for breakfast and the street party kicks off at 5pm.” Continue reading

Tropfest short film festival to hit Aussie cities on February 19

One of the must see events happening in Australia this February is TROPFEST – the world’s largest short film festival.

It’s taking place on February 19 in Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Surfers Paradise and also in New Zealand. See http://tropfest.com/au/ for all the details about times and when you should get there – we recommend you go early for a good spot. It’s great fun.

Entry is free!

Take a look at the 2011 winner.

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Check out Adelaide’s Lighthouse Markets

If you’re in Adelaide this summer, join the fun in the historic port district on Fridays and Saturdays for a chance to buy local products, get your face painted and enjoy what the community has to offer.

Here’s some more information:

Twilight Markets set on the river in Historic Port Adelaide Precinct

Exciting markets every Friday night 6pm till 10pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm

FREE & Family Friendly this cultural & community event showcases unique products, food, arts, crafts clothing accessories, face painting & more

Location: The Lighthouse & surrounds on the river-end of Commercial Rd. Port Adelaide

Contact jill@thelighthousehotel.com.au or 0414284849

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

What’s all the fuss about “The Ashes”?

Action at The Gabba, http://www.visitedplanet.com

On my way to VIP Backpackers in Brisbane this morning I drove through Wooloongabba which was a big mistake – a jam of cars, police, buses and people everywhere. And they were not just ordinary people but oddly dressed people with yellow wigs, huge sombrero hats, yellow shirts or hats, Aussie flags, white zinc and board shorts.

Yep it was the Gabba precinct, Brisbane’s hallowed cricket stadium. So what else could it be but a cricket match? And not just any ordinary cricket match, but the Ashes itself. A lot of my friends went to the opening day yesterday so it has been all the talk in Brisbane of late, on the radio, on the telly, in the streets… cricket fever has hit this country hard! And probably in England too, in fact there quite a few red English shirts in the crowd too, dotted between the yellow and green. And the Barmy Army is here too – England’s patriotic cricket fan base.
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