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23 Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Are Actually In Adelaide

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1. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

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Like something out of a fairytale, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is blooming with beauty all year 'round. Packed with gardens and gullies, trails and tours, and an abundance of local artwork, this gorgeous landscape is only a 30-minute drive from the heart of Adelaide.

2. Kutchi Deli Parwana

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This riot of colour can be found nestled inside Ebenezer Place along the city's eastern edge. The Afghan-style eatery is family-run, offers up totally delectable Middle Eastern dishes, and has become a fast favourite for hearty street food.

3. The State Library of South Australia

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Listed as one of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world, the Mortlock Wing of the State Library is a sight for sore eyes. The Harry Potter-esque exhibition space was built in 1884 and houses countless artifacts documenting South Australian history.

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4. Onkaparinga Gorge

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This swimming spot among the trees is every nature lover's dream. The hidden dam can be found along one of the Onkaparinga River's many walking trails – so you'll need to lace up your sneakers and get those legs moving if you want to reach this stunning hideaway.

5. Henley Square

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Recently-revamped Henley Square is the ultimate seaside destination, no matter the season. The metropolitan beach is packed with pubs and restaurants, draped with thousands of fairy lights, and is only a few seconds from the sand.

6. Crack Kitchen

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Plastered top-to-toe in retro tiles, Crack Kitchen is hidden away between some of Adelaide's towering skyscrapers. Its quirky exterior is matched by the unique interior; filled with greenery, timbers, and delicious brunches, it's a must-try for locals and visitors alike.

7. Mount Osmond Reserve

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Put on your walking shoes, hike up the foothills, and take in some of the prettiest views the city has to offer. Mount Osmond Reserve is packed with gorgeous trails, creeks, and natural wildlife, and will show you Adelaide's famous suburban grid, from city to sea.

8. Lucid Lines Tattoo Studio

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Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder – but if tattoos are your thing, there's nothing quite like the delicate line-work and distinctive designs of Caitlin Thomas. Housed in the artist spaces at brunch hot-spot Karma and Crow, the Insta-famous tattooist is arguably one of Adelaide's most talented.

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9. Crystal Quarry

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This disused quarry in the Adelaide Hills is one of the state's best-kept secrets. Attracting scores of swimmers in the warmer months, the icy-blue waters and crumbling cliffs make for a delightful summer's day out.

10. Peter Rabbit Café

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What's a café without a resident pet bunny or two? Tucked away on Adelaide's infamous party strip, Peter Rabbit is a breath of fresh air on the murkier, concrete side of town. Offering coffee, food, and alcohol, the super-cute destination is built inside shipping containers and even has an organic garden on the roof. Did I mention they have bunnies?!

11. Beerenberg Farm

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There's nothing quite like the joy of picking and eating your own strawberries. Located in the Adelaide Hills for almost two centuries, these luscious fields are lined with row after row of the big red berries. If you can't make it to pick your own, don't stress: Beerenberg's scrumptious jams and spreads are sold in supermarkets around Australia.

12. Adelaide Arcade

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Branching off the concrete jungle that is Rundle Mall, this classic establishment is the oldest shopping arcade in Australia. Built in the 1880s, the tiled strip was one of the city's first retail hubs and still boasts a number of old-school outlets. It's even rumoured to have a resident ghost.

13. K1 Winery

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Recognised as one of Australia's top 10 cellar door experiences, K1 Winery overlooks an emerald-green lake and rolling fields covered in vineyards. Hidden away in the evergreen Adelaide Hills, you won't need much convincing to enjoy a glass of wine (or ten) among the leafy treetops.

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14. Karma and Crow

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The food is just as fun as the decor at this western suburbs café and artist studio collective. The brunch haven's menu is packed with Instagram-worthy dishes, while the space itself is full of revamped furniture and funky artist residencies. It also plays host to weekend craft markets from time to time.

15. Adelaide Oval

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The city's main sporting ground is more than just a hub for bellowing footy fans. Climbing the towering rooftop of Adelaide Oval will give you birds-eye views of the sparkling cityscape and put you in prime position for the city's famous technicolour sunsets.

16. Gullyview Vineyards

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Like something off a postcard, this Clare vineyard will have you questioning whether you've suddenly landed yourself in Tuscany. Producing some of South Australia's finest drops, the family-run property crushes grapes that are poured into the bottles of the ever-so-tasty Koerner Wine.

17. Stone's Throw

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For all lovers of interior design, this eastern suburbs restaurant and bar is the ultimate Sunday lunch destination. Inside the white-walled atrium you'll be served up flavours inspired by Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The botanical beer garden ain't too shabby, either.

18. Adelaide Botanic Garden

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Bordering Adelaide's CBD is the iconic Botanic Garden. Featuring bright purple wisterias, enormous greenhouses, exotic huts, and dainty rose gardens, you'll easily find your very own hideaway in this mass of greenery. For the ultimate experience, buy a pre-packaged sandwich from the retro kiosk, to eat whilst circling the duck pond.

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19. Port Willunga Beach

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What better place for a picnic than in a seaside cave? This unspoiled stretch of coast offers water views next to none. Atop the beach's cliff, grab some fish and chips from the Star of Greece – a renowned restaurant named after the ship that wrecked at Port Willunga in 1880, which you can still see at low tide.

20. Lost in a Forest

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This church-turned-restaurant is new, but already pulls strong crowds week in, week out. Tucked away along a windy road in the Adelaide Hills, you can take the family here for a pizza or two, or grab your crew for a boozy day out.

21. Mintaro Maze

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If getting lost is your thing, look no further than Mintaro Maze. The countryside web of hedges isn't just for children; adventurers great and small have attempted to conquer the pastel pink circuit. The goal is to find the centre, then somehow snake your way out again.

22. East Terrace

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Adelaide's eastern border is certainly one of its finest city streets. Some of South Australia's most esteemed restaurants are housed here, with evergreen parklands just across the road. Whether you're in need of breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three!), East Terrace has it all.

23. Brighton Beach

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Brighton is arguably Adelaide's best metropolitan beach. With pure white sands and deep turquoise waves, it's never as busy as other beaches. Plus, it's only half an hour from the CBD, and hosts some adorable little eateries along the main strip. It's pretty, it's quaint, it's oh-so-Adelaide.

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