Explore the Down Under Classic
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The Down Under Classic takes place in the centre of the Adelaide CBD and is a gateway to the relaxed nightlife of the city's east end bar scene.
A wonderful combination of world-class metropolitan culture, wine and food with the physical and emotional space to breathe, in Adelaide you can explore the vibrant restaurants, cafes and bars while you enjoy the fast-paced racing action. Relax and meander your way through the picturesque parklands and botanical gardens which surround the city. Adventure through the playgrounds, bike ways, and local haunts. Whether you want a fast-paced escapade or a laid-back soak in the sun, you can choose your own adventure around the Down Under Classic.
Eat and drink
Whether it's a leisurely breakfast in the morning or get your caffeine fix on the go, you'll find stylish, upbeat hang outs with passionate foodies serving savvy dishes all day long throughout Adelaide.
Rundle Street features an eclectic mix of earthy and sophisticated chic cafés and boutiques - pep yourself up with artisan coffees and teas and sneak in some shopping while you’re there.
Planning your post-race dining? For a truly South Australian experience within the city centre, visit Australian bistro, Restaurant Blackwood on Rundle Street, owned by chef Jock Zonfrillo of world-famous Restaurant Orana. Native and wild ingredients along with locally sourced produce form the heart of the exceptional menu. Or experience Chef Duncan Welgemoed’s edgy masterpieces at Africola. As the name suggests, the carefully crafted barbequed meat delights are inspired by Welgemoed’s South African heritage. If you’re looking for more options later in the week, local favourite Peel St and new-kid-on-the-block Shobosho should be at the top of your list for lunch or dinner.
Above: The Collins Bar [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Who says you can’t have it all? The Hilton Adelaide’s Coal Cellar and Grill offers the best of South Australia’s produce skillfully prepared using a variety of cooking methods. The Collins Bar, a vibrant classy cocktail bar, still within the Hilton Adelaide, is only a step away for an aperitif and digestif, to complement your experience before and after your meal. Although the lively atmosphere may see you there until the wee hours of the morning.
Explore the heartbeat of Adelaide’s small bar scene. Scattered from east to west, on rooftops or down alleys each with their own atmosphere, charm and cult following. Hugging the People’s Choice Classic route are Bar Torino on Hutt Street, or try your luck at a hub of new eateries and nooks in Ebenezer Place, Vardon Avenue and Rundle Street. Cast your eyes over the rooftops and beyond at 2KW or Hennessy Roof Top Bar above the Mayfair Hotel. These roof-top treats expose Adelaide’s treasures from a penthouse view. From here, pop into modern French inspired La Buvette on Gresham Street before delving into the laneway culture of Peel, Leigh and Bank Streets.
See and do
Treat the kids to free entertainment and lots of cycling-themed fun while you sit back on a picnic rug and enjoy the racing action at the Down Under Classic.
Rundle Street is rich with sleek, high-end boutiques and niche alternative stores. This unique mixture underpins this vibrant shopping, café, and bar district. Moving west you’ll hit Rundle Mall where shopping is most definitely not a sideline sport. Enjoy the open-air mall and variety of outlets and fashion houses. Uncover the chic Rundle Place with a haven of over 60 stores and a plush hub of eateries. Or sit back and relax with a coffee in hand and listen to one of the many buskers fill the air with exotic sounds.
Above: National Wine Centre, South Australia [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? Or just like a sip or two? As one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World it’s no surprise that The National Wine Centre calls Adelaide home. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of this award-winning, state-of-the art wine museum and storage facility in beautiful parkland surrounds. Open yourself to the world of wine and learn about its part in shaping South Australia and the diverse regions.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in one of the many surrounding parklands. Adelaide is surrounded by parklands in every direction, with hidden beauties to stumble upon everywhere you turn. Step into the beautiful Botanic Gardens on North Terrace, home to stunning flora, picturesque lakes, wide open spaces, and remarkable architecture. Just through the back gates is Botanic Park, host to the Moonlight Cinema after sundown throughout summer.
Calling all cricket gurus, sporting buffs and thrill seekers! Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Adelaide Oval and visit the Bradman Collection, currently on loan from the State Library of Australia. For a birds-eye view, strap yourself in for an Adelaide Oval Roof Climb. Not for the faint hearted, you’ll need to book in advance for this exceptional, highly sought-after experience.
Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka has a great playground, barbeque, walking trails and bike paths, and even a little island with a bridge. You can hire paddle boats and stop in at Arnie’s At Rymill Park for snacks or a cheeky ice cream to cool off.
Above: The Adelaide Zoo [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
The Adelaide Zoo is within close walking distance of the race route in the East End of Adelaide. With its entrance nestled in the beautiful Botanic Park, pop in for a pre-race peek at the animals, with giraffes, hippos, monkeys, birds and the famous giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni. For an added pick-me-up, grab a Grinders coffee at the Zoo Café and keep the energy flowing as the kids explore the animals and wonderful new nature playground the complex has on offer.
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