By Jade Johnston and Lauren Burmaster
Adelaide is known for many things. The festival city. The city of churches. And the city with the best central covered markets in Australia – The Adelaide markets.
Adelaide Markets Whistle Stop Tour
When we hopped off the Indian Pacific train in Adelaide, we only had one day before we were heading to Kangaroo Island. Given that we had such limited time, we decided to have a look through the Great Southern Rail list of whistle stop tours. These tour ideas are perfect because they are suited for those with only a few hours available on their journey between Perth and Sydney.
With these ideas in hand, and with the great suggestions we got from users on OurOyster’s facebook page, we decided to visit the Adelaide Markets.
Food, Glorious Food
Whether you crave cheeses, meats, fresh fruit and veg, coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner, Adelaide’s famous Central Market is the place to head. The Adelaide market stalls are always a hub of activity as vendors offer their specials as you pass by. The markets are not just a kitsch tourist stop, the abundance of local foodies and chefs are a testament to the rich and diverse offerings of Adelaide Markets. Be sure to visit on an empty stomach, as you’ll fill up quickly as you move from stall to stall sampling the delicious goods from around the world!
At 140 years old and with 80 stalls under 1 roof, the Adelaide Markets have something for everyone, no matter what you are craving! While the markets are closed on Sundays and Mondays, they are open Tuesday through Saturday with the following hours. Tues 7-5:30?Wed 9-5:30?Thurs 9-5:30?Fri 7-9?Sat 7-3
How To Get There
If you are travelling on the Indian Pacific between Perth and Sydney, you will have a few hours stop in Adelaide. If visiting the central markets is high on your list, but you don’t want to risk being late for your train, then consider the Great Southern Rail whistle stop tour. A cost of $28 includes your return transfer to and from the markets, but the time in between is left entirely for you to wander the market, have some breakfast or lunch, and buy some goodies to bring on board the train for your next leg of the journey across Australia.
If you are disembarking the Indian Pacific in Adelaide (or arriving by other means), then just take a bus to the central bus station, and from there it is only a short walk to the markets.
Other Adelaide Whistle Stop Tour Options
Perhaps you have already eaten on the train, so a stop at the markets is not really necessary. Luckily, Great Southern Rail has several other whistle stop tour options to keep you entertained.
City Tour – For $23 you can join a one hour bus tour of Adelaide, which takes you past all the main sights, check out the festival centre, and visit the vibrant Rundle shopping and cafe district.
National Wine Centre Tour – Adelaide is famous for the nearby Barossa valley wine region. Train goers wont have time to visit the Barossa valley, but what you can do is visit the national wine centre. For $35 you get return transers to and from the train, entry into the wine centre where you can learn everything about wine production, and even indulge in a few tastings (additional fee per tasting).
Adelaide Zoo – This is a great option for those travelling on the train with kids. The Adelaide Zoo is famous for being the only zoo in the Southern hemisphere to have a panda exhibit. But it’s not all pandas, there are also 300 other animals on display. The fee of $59.50 ($46 child) includes entry and return transfers to and from the train.