19 May 2017:
As mentioned in the last post, we drove from Alice Springs to Adelaide in order to meet up with some old friends who were flying into Adelaide. After having driven two days to get to Adelaide, we were quite happy to put our belongings down, and stretch our legs a bit. The first thing we did was head out for some dinner. We were staying in an Airbnb close to the Adelaide’s Chinatown, so we had a wander through the streets to see what was available. In the end, we ate at a Thai restaurant just across the street from the city market.
The next day we walked all around the CBD. We went to the high street, visiting the op-shops. We also explored the university area, saw the ANZAC memorial wall, and just spent hours walking. That night we went to a great restaurant for dinner.
The next morning, we got up and got ready to meet up with our friends. We had breakfast, and then we went to the South Australia museum to check out how kid-friendly it is (very). That afternoon we went to our friend’s hotel to meet up with them. They’d just arrived into the country, and were amazingly perky and alert!
Normally we’re oblivious to how many playgrounds there are, but given the ages of our friends’ kids, we were acutely aware of the playground landscape. Conveniently, right across the street from their hotel is the Hindmarsh Playground. After that we explored the city and enjoyed the 19th century architecture.
The next day we went to Glenelg which is at the beach just southwest of Adelaide. We took the tram, which runs every 10 minutes, and takes about 40 minutes to get there. It was super easy. We bought our metro tickets on board. The beach was not crowded, and we spent about two hours hanging out there while the kids played in and around the water.
We had lunch not too far from the water, and then after food, we went back to the water so the kids could play on this monumental playground. There was something for kids of all ages!
Late in the afternoon, our friends and their kids went back to the hotel to rest for a little bit, and we decided to stay down along the water for just a little longer. We eventually stopped and had a drink and dessert. It was great!
Monday was a little rainy, so we spent most of the day inside the South Australia museum. The kids seemed to love it, and the adults had a great time too!
Then on Tuesday, (after finding our car battery flat and getting a friendly jump from an Adelaide passerby) we said our goodbyes and made our way back up to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway.