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Travel Tales: Adelaide and Glenelg

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed my holiday spam all of last week. I do apologise but the reason wasn’t to make you jealous or envious; it was partly my way of reassuring family and friends I was alive as I was travelling alone, and partly because I wanted to share the joy and awe I was experiencing.

Glenelg North beach

I landed in Adelaide on Friday morning and was picked up at the airport by the owner of the Airbnb. They live in Glenelg North. Glenelg is a beachside suburb and while initially, I’d looked for accommodation in the CBD, I ended up choosing Glenelg due to my love for the beach. And I’m really glad I did it.


Glenelg is only 30 minutes to the CBD and there is a tram as well as bus services into the city. It has several cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. I chose to swim at Glenelg North beach as recommended by my hosts and it turned out to be a great idea as there were usually only three or four people on the entire stretch. Walking along the esplanade from Glenelg North to South is a lovely activity and an easy walk and you can usually finish off by having a beer at The Grand Bar while watching the sunset. Alternatively, you can also grab some take away food and sit on the grass overlooking the water and the jetty while reading a book.

Sunset at the jetty

The CBD itself is well laid out. Unlike Sydney, Adelaide CBD is well-planned. It is surrounded by parklands and clearly divided into north, south, east and west. The tram is free to ride within the CBD as are a couple of connecting buses. But if you can, I highly recommend walking as you get to explore more on foot. It’s pretty easy to walk around the CBD. I spent about three days visiting the CBD for the Adelaide Writers’ Week. I didn’t spend all day at the writers’ week, choosing instead to walk around for half a day and listen to author talks the other half.

St. Peter’s Cathedral


Adelaide central railway station

There are gorgeous Victorian-style buildings and I was in awe of most of them. The churches are especially beautiful. The River Torrens runs through the CBD and there’s a lovely walk beside it. The Botanic Gardens are another highlight as is the Adelaide Oval. During the time I was in Adelaide, the Fringe Festival was also on which meant I got to witness The Garden of Unearthly delights as well as the Parade of Lights.

The Parade of Lights


Torrens River

Rundle Mall is the biggest shopping area with several different shopping arcades and restaurants and the Adelaide Central Markets, which I couldn’t get to, have fresh produce. There are several places to eat, but in the three days, I probably tried out only two to three places because there is only so much a girl can eat! There was a beautiful middle-eastern place, Manooush, where I had an amazing haloumi wrap one evening.

State Library


Rundle Mall

I enjoyed Adelaide so much that I did look for jobs and found plenty in my field. Now if only I can convince all my friends to move down there with me, it’d be perfect. I’d live near Glenelg, of course.

I’ll tell you tales about the Barossa Valley, Victor Harbor, Hanhdorf and McLaren Vale in posts to come.

Have you been to Adelaide?

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,


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  • Ness
    12 March 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve never been. Would love to go. Enjoyed seeing your updates and glad you had a good time. xo

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      12 March 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Highly recommend it! Lovely city but not as crazy as Sydney can get

  • Harini
    13 March 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. I really want to visit Australia someday and may be we can catch up then in person :).
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  • Denyse
    13 March 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I loved being part of your Adelaide holiday on IG. Thanks for sharing. It looks such an interesting city and I have not been there (yet, I should add!)

    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 11/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “From My Window I See…” Denyse
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  • Obsessivemom
    13 March 2018 at 9:28 pm

    It looks gorgeous. The sky and the sea look bluer than ever. I’ve never been to Australia but it seems like a wonderful place. Loved the pictures.
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  • Soumya
    13 March 2018 at 11:38 pm

    That parade of lights is just so wow! We were thinking of moving to Australia a few years back but then decided to stay put here. This post is making me regret that decision.

    Awaiting more pictures and tales of your travel experiences.
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  • Parul Thakur
    15 March 2018 at 2:36 am

    Wow! Love the pictures and must have been such a fantastic trip. I would love to travel to that side of the world. Down under like they say. 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      15 March 2018 at 8:42 am

      It was amazing! And you need to visit and come to see me here ?

  • Rubina Ramesh
    15 March 2018 at 6:04 am

    The way you perceive building and the way I do as a commoner, are two different visions. 😀 loved these pics!

  • Shilpa Gupte
    17 March 2018 at 11:17 pm

    What fun and excitement travelling alone, Sanch! And, the place does look beautiful!
    Good for you, girl…May your dream of moving to Glenelg come true! 🙂
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