On holidays but stuck in SA? Here is a guide of things to do in our own backyard this university break. (Image Source: South Australia)
By Meika Bottrill | @meikabottrill
As COVID-19 restrictions ease in South Australia, more events have been given the go-ahead, just in time for the university mid-year break.
However, if (like me) you had already booked a warm European getaway for this time of year, the fact that international borders will remain closed until further notice might be a little disappointing.
Fortunately, state borders being closed presents the perfect time to explore our own great state and, in turn, circulate some money into local businesses that have been doing it extremely tough.
Here’s a list of places to go and activities to do this university break, right here in SA.
Visit Plant 4 Bowden
On Monday 29th of June, Plant 4 Bowden welcomed back the public to enjoy three weekly nights of food and entertainment.
From Pizza Tuesdays, Wednesday Night Markets and Fridays from 5, you are more than likely to find something to suit your taste.
Due to its spacious area, Plant 4 Bowden is one of the few locations in the state that don’t need to stress too much about breaching capacity regulations.
Expect live music, artisan markets and delicious local South Australian food stalls such as Fun2seeya Pizzeria, JoeDumpling and Cakeboy Donuts.
Explore South Australia
Just because we won’t be travelling overseas anytime soon, doesn’t mean we can’t get away for a weekend or two.
While a certain Victorian premier may not agree, South Australia is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders of Australia. These include Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Second Valley and the Yorke Peninsula, just to name a few.
In particular, due to raging bushfires earlier this year, Kangaroo Island has been suffering twice as much and are urging South Australians to make the trip by offering accommodation and ferry packages.
So, now is the perfect time to pack your bags, load the car and explore SA while interstate borders aren’t open to tempt us elsewhere.
Eat or drink your way through Adelaide’s best cafés and restaurants
The hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, so a great way to support local would be to dine out with some of your closest friends or family.
For breakfast, cafés such as C.R.E.A.M, The Coffee Institute, Fred’s Eatery and Bond and Lane Canteen are just a few of my favourite places for a coffee and some delicious food.
Meanwhile, Seamore’s on Henley Square offers two hours of bottomless pizza and cocktails every day. With a gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean, and endless drinks, what more could you want?
Another culinary gem is Oar Lakeside, which offers a unique picnic experience with lakeside views. Bring your own picnic blanket and Oar will deliver your food straight to you, whilst you soak in the live music and picturesque surrounds. This innovative dining experience has enabled Oar to increase their capacity during COVID-19, all the while providing an atmosphere you won’t forget.
Discover South Australia’s best hiking and bike trails
Less than a 30-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, the Mount Loft Summit hike will reward you with a view that overlooks the entire city and its surrounds. If you’re after a challenge, you can start the track at Waterfall Gully where, true to its name, you can take in the breathtaking waterfall as you make your way the summit.
If you wanted to venture further South, Hallet Cove’s boardwalk spreads 5.1km across the coast, so you can enjoy the stunning ocean views as you walk. Better yet, the boardwalk is dog-friendly and leads you to the Boatshed Café, where you can stop for refreshments before heading back home.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to appreciate what we have here in our own backyard.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out and appreciate the wonderful state that we live in.