Australia, the land down under, the outback, funny accents, Steve Irwin, Crocodile Dundee, guys that like to Guy Around, kangaroos, boomerangs, drunks, Sydney, Opera House, Australian baseball they call cricket, Australian football they call Aussie Rules Football, some Aussie Guy I know nicknamed “Rapey Joe”, Melbourne, Ben Simmons, Margot Robie (Schwing!), surfing, shoeies, thongies, Contiki, another Aussie guy I know named “Clint” that “gets on the piss” (Aussie slang for slinging back Guy Sodas), Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Men at Work, stubbie holders (Koozies for you people from the states) and Russell Coight.
These are the first things that come to my mind when thinking of that nation far away from everything with all of those prisoners from England (zing!). I haven’t met one Aussie that doesn’t love some good banter.
When people think about visiting Australia a few things come to mind. Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, or some beach to ride some gnarly waves (sick mate!). Along with everywhere else in the world, there are hidden gems or underrated places to see. In today’s post, I want to share an underrated place to visit down under. The capital of South Australia, Adelaide.
I had the opportunity to Guy Around in Adelaide over new years this year which is during the Australian summer, perfect weather. They have reverse seasons down under. I was on a three week long trip to Australia, I will write about some of the other places I visited during that trip at another time. It was my second visit to Australia and I know I will be back again.
Traveling to a place where you know someone gives you such an advantage over traveling to a new place where you know no one. Now don’t get me wrong, they both have their allure, but knowing someone gives you an advantage in many ways. I had a good friend living in Adelaide, “Big Stan”. Big Stan was born and bred in Adelaide and had the insider tip on where to go and what to see. He worked at one of the top schools in Adelaide, I would suggest driving through as it has one of the most impressive high school campuses I had ever seen. It’s called St. Peters College and is right across the street from the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. That is also worth a visit!
When I arrived in Adelaide, Big Stan took me to Oddio my first night. This was a place that I would not have known if I was flying solo. It was sort of a pop up once every few weeks to a month spot. Oddio was located in an industrial area of the city, very secluded and hip. South Australia is known for having some of the best Australian wines which were on display that night. The crowd was young and welcoming, I really liked it. If you come across Adelaide make sure you check to see if Oddio is open that night. WARNING. If you linger around the back bar after 10 pm, be careful about lesbians on the prowl that will make out with you and tell you that you’re a “pretty man”. Their girlfriends will then step in and give you the evil eye the rest of the night. I’m not saying that from experience, but when you Guy Around anything can happen. Another insider tip.
The next day Big Stan took me to Henley Beach during the day. It is definitely worth a visit to relax for the day. As most people know the Australian coastline is usually filled with sharks, so swimming and going in the water is not recommended certain times of the year. One thing I wish I did while I was there was to go shark cage diving. You would need to travel to either Kangaroo Island by boat or dive 7 hours to Port Lincoln. Those were the two highest recommended places to shark cage dive. There are other beaches in Adelaide, but I would recommend this beach, perfect for an afternoon Guy Soda to get you going. Be mindful of parking during rush hour as well.
That night we ventured a bit north of Adelaide and drove up Norton Summit, which is a scenic drive or hikes up to a peak overlooking the city of Adelaide. For a sunset view, I highly recommend this. For time purposes we drove up, but Big Stan recommends a hike if you have the time or biking up if that’s a possibility. We then drove down the mountain to one of Big Stan’s favorite pubs, The Scenic Hotel. There is definitely some good scenery from the garden of this quaint Australian pub. They serve a pretty typical Australian pub fare, I opted for a Kangaroo Parma with chips and a pint of Coopers Session Ale. Some of you might be thinking, what is a parma? Basically any kind of a chicken Parmesan, but sub in Roo Meat, a classic Aussie pub meal. Coopers Brewery is a local Adelaide Brewery that makes a pretty good Guy Soda. I don’t think you can get any more Aussie than that.
The next day was New Year’s Eve and I had purchased tickets to a cricket match, the Adelaide Strikers vs the Sydney Thunder. It was a T-20 Match, I will release a separate post explaining cricket through my eyes. The Adelaide Oval (stadium) is one of the more famous places to play cricket, so that was a pretty cool thing to see. Every new years eve they play a match there, a big tradition in Adelaide. I will dive further into Australian baseball in another post.
All in all, I would highly highly recommend a visit to Adelaide if you ever find yourself down under. It has the right mix of beach and mountains, city and suburbs, old and new, big and small. I really liked the overall relaxed vibe of the city and I think people are starting to notice how amazing it really is. If you want more information or tips, please do not hesitate to contact me. Big Stan would be happy to help as well.
Australia has one of the highest rate of Guys that Guy Around per capita, which is also something to keep in mind. That always makes for a better trip, so get out there and go Guy Around today!