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The 7 Best Things To Do In Adelaide This February

Balloon over the Barossa, check out WOMADelaide and take a beautiful bushwalk.

Adelaide really hits its straps in summer. Hot days and warm nights are perfect for beach-going or bar-hopping, and as we creep towards festival season, the city blossoms into a vibrant, creative oasis.

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Celebrate a quarter-century of world music and arts at WOMADelaide

2017 is the 25th anniversary of WOMADelaide – Adelaide’s most colourful music and arts event. Spanning four days across the middle weekend of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the focus is on celebrating music, tolerance, goodwill, cultural curiosity and joy.

Botanic Park – in the heart of the city – becomes the epicentre of an immersive cultural exchange between artists and art lovers. Headliners The Specials, Phillip Glass Ensemble and The Waifs will be joined by international and local acts including Archie Roach, L-FRESH the LION, DD Dumbo and more.

Apart from a diverse musical line-up, the festival also includes a program of dance, food, kids workshops, markets and the Planet Talks, a series leading discussions around environmental sustainability and humanity’s relationship with our planet.

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Balloon over the Barossa

Several hot air ballooning companies operate in the Barossa Valley, flying visitors over some of the oldest continually producing vineyards anywhere in the world. Famous for it’s unique microclimate, exquisite produce and picturesque farmlands, the Barossa is a must-do destination for anyone landing in South Australia.

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Bare it all at the beach

Just 45 kilometres south of Adelaide you’ll discover Australia’s first ever nude beach. Back in the ’70s, Maslins Beach was declared a nude bathing area and ever since, skinnydippers, sunbathers and (literal) beach bums have flocked to its sandy shores. If you hate tanlines or are just looking for a fresh way to kick off the year, Maslins is the spot.

It’s important to note that only the designated southern portion of the beach is for nude bathing.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Go bush at Brown Hill Creek

With clear walking trails and 300-year old river red gums watching over you, a bushwalk at Brown Hill Creek is a great way to clear your head and reconnect with nature.

In times past, the area served as an important camping, hunting and gathering ground for the Kaurna Aboriginal People. Less than 30 minutes drive from the city, the park is easily accessible and entry is free.

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Catch the sunset down a country lane

A short drive into the Adelaide Hills leads you to The Lane – one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants. Every Friday throughout February The Lane invites guests onto their deck at twilight. Sip a fresh rosé, share a platter of local delicacies, watch the sun sink behind Mount Lofty, and wind down in preparation for the weekend.

Photo: The Lane

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Lounge on the lawn before a singer’s serenade

The Porch Sessions are “travelling bohemian backyard music festivals”. These intimate, one-night-only gigs have been popping-up on private properties around Adelaide since 2013, showcasing fine local music, food and wine.

The address is kept secret until one week before the show, but the line-up is public. February’s sessions features the sinfully soulful Mojo Juju alongside Jesse Davidson and Ollie English. It’s the best house party you’ve ever been to.

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Explore the top venues in Adelaide’s bar scene

Adelaide is a city where buildings huddle tightly together, enveloped by parklands. This makes for some magnificent views, and perfect-for-summer rooftop bars.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet session with mates, a beer and a bite to eat, or a night of snazzy cocktails under the stars, Adelaide has just what you’re looking for.

Photo: Rocket Bar & Rooftop/Facebook

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