Adelaide City Guide

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As one of the few Australian capitals I am yet to visit, I have long had Adelaide on my list of must visit places in my home country. A few years ago I met someone from the city who convinced me I must go and ever since have had the calling in the back of my mind. There’s no denying there is one month of the year that is best to visit Adelaide, so read on to find out more to help plan your own visit!

Check In: The Mayfair Hotel

With just a couple of days in the city and hoping to maximise our time here, we checked in to the stunning Mayfair Hotel in the city, which was conveniently located a stones throw from everything! Should you choose to stay here I would highly recommend taking the time to visit the rooftop bar upstairs, which has a great view and even more beautiful interior art deco décor!

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Eats & Drinks:

Adelaide has a widespread reputation for being the gastronomic capital of Australia (okay, maybe a slight overstatement, but true in my opinion!) With so much fresh produce and some of the countries’ most creative chefs, be sure to book yourself a table every meal of the day!

Propaganda Club – Great for late night eats and drinks with a really cool art deco vibe.

Georges on Waymouth – Fancy Shmancy! If you’re looking for fine dining this place is an institution!

FB’s Fancy Burgers – Sometimes you just feel like cheap eats and a damn good burger. You’ll find both here!

When to Visit:

My partner and I visited Adelaide in the month of March, when the city comes alive with endless events to attend! Our visit centred on attending Fringe Festival, an arts festival with endless entertainment, good food and great times. This was the highlight of our entire trip in South Australia! There’s also WOMAD music festival in March, the Adelaide Cup and a range of concerts and events on in the city during what the locals have dubbed “Mad March”.

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There & Away

Adelaide Hills – Just outside of the city you will find the Adelaide Hills, offering great views of the city and cute little towns to visit like our favourite – Hahndorf, Australia’s first German settlement!

Barossa Valley – Our time in wine country was one of our favourite trips to date. You’ll need at least a few days to explore the Barossa Valley.

Clare Valley – Onwards past the Barossa is Clare Valley, a farming area with great fresh produce and unreal scenery.

Kangaroo Island – Another must visit spot in South Australia is just a 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland or a short flight. Kangaroo Island is the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife and get a feel for Australian way of life – laidback and low key!

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A short drive out of Adelaide and you will arrive in Hahndorf

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The Barossa Valley is one hour’s drive from Adelaide

World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

A Guide to Visiting the Barossa Valley, South Australia

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Located just a one hour drive out of the city of Adelaide is one of the primary reasons visitors come to South Australia: the Barossa Valley! Although there is much more to see and experience in the state, the Barossa is a great place to start, especially for wine lovers!

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Stay: Kingsford Homestead

My partner and I were eager to spend our time in the Barossa Valley at leisure – relaxing and unwinding as an escape from city life. We checked ourselves in to Kingsford Homestead for two nights, which was the filming location for McLeod’s Daughters, one of the most successful tv shows in Australian history. The homestead itself is much like a retreat – complete with an outdoor swimming pool, daily hosted breakfast and those incredible farm views!

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Things to Do

The Barossa Valley comprises of a number of small towns to explore, so be prepared for plenty of driving between your points of interest! A rental car is essential to get around the Barossa, as you will need at least a few days here to explore at length. We packed a lot in to our two-night stay, however would have loved an extra day or two to explore!

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Vineyards

Of course the key point of interest in the Barossa centres around vineyards as this region is known around the world for producing excellent wines! As someone who doesn’t tend to drink often, I found myself sampling and tasting at every stop we made – it was a lot of fun and quite the education!

Vineyards I would recommend visiting include 1847 Chateau Yaldara, Bethany Wines, Chateau Tanunda Estate and Seppeltsfield Winery… however the list could go on!

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From the Air

After seeing so many iconic photographs of hot air balloons floating over the Barossa at first light, one of my first plans was to experience this ourselves! Unfortunately the weather did not agree, however we were able to make an alternative booking with a scenic flight over the Barossa with Barossa Helicopters.

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Dinner at Hentley Farm

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Lunch at Maggie Beer’s Farm

Food & Wine

The food we devoured throughout this trip was among some of the finest cuisine I have experienced the world over – it was that good! Often we found ourselves eating more than our stomachs allowed, but after so much great food we just couldn’t say no! The dining experiences I would highly recommend include:

Hentley Farm – An absolute must for my fellow gastronomes out there! Visit at lunch or dinner for their famous degustation menu that features quirky flavour combinations and matching wines.

Maggie Beer’s Farm – A great little spot for a light lunch and a chance to shop the entire Maggie Beer range (yes, this is actually Maggie’s farm!)

Off the Grid – Another great low key option with some of the best coffee going around!

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When to Go

While I’m sure visiting the Barossa Valley would be idyllic at any time of year, I can highly recommend an autumn visit as the summer crowds have slowed and you have the added beauty of changing colours in the trees. To make the most of the Barossa I would recommend a minimum of 3 nights, or else you’ll end up like us, already planning our next visit!

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Hahndorf – Australia’s first German settlement

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“Bush Bath” at Kingsford Homestead

World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

A Guide to Visiting Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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Located off the coast of South Australia is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets; Kangaroo Island. Aptly named, the island is a wildlife lover’s dream. Sure, there are kangaroos… but you’ll also experience a range of rare wildlife viewings in abundance: wombats, echidnas, and the country’s third largest sea lion colony (with their very own protected beach, mind you!) If I haven’t quite convinced you yet, here’s how Kangaroo Island stole my heart!

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Check In: Southern Ocean Lodge

If there’s just one wildlife lodge you should visit in your lifetime, make it Southern Ocean Lodge. This all-inclusive lodge doesn’t come cheap, but it does involve an experience of a lifetime. Guests are picked up from the airport on arrival and treated to every luxury throughout their stay: three meals a day with an open bar, daily guided tours to various points of interest around the island and a complete oasis tucked neatly away down a guest-access-only driveway on the Southern coast of the island.

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Must visit Photo stops

With so much to see and do on the island, you will need at least a few days to explore. With just two nights on the island, we hit the ground running with a hybrid rental car and our camera in hand!

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Flinders Chase National Park

Our first point of call was all the way on the other side of the island, but after seeing photos of the stunning coastline we decided our short amount of time on the island should be spent here on the West Coast. Whilst inside the National Park be sure to stop at the Remarkable Rocks, Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, Admiral’s Arch, and of course spot the sea lions lazing in the sun!

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Seal Bay Conservation Park

Wildlife lovers beware – you’re about to fall head over heels for these guys! Seal Bay Conservation Park is just as it sounds – a safe haven for sea lions and the second largest population in Australia of the endangered species. We spent at least an hour here commentating the leisurely life of a sea lion – too cute!

Willoughby 

Over on the eastern end of Dudley Peninsula you will find one of Kangaroo Island’s best spots to watch the sun set – complete with its own lighthouse and extremely scenic views!

Emu Bay

Just a short drive away from Kingscote (the largest town on Kangaroo Island and the point of entry to the island), you will find Emu Bay on the North of the island. If you find yourself arriving on Kangaroo Island in the morning and are looking for an immediate pit stop, this is one not to be missed!
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Eats & Drinks

Of the short time we spent on Kangaroo Island, I’d say about half of that time was spent eating. With so much fresh local produce on offer there’s every excuse to indulge!

Dining inside an Enchanted Fig Tree

Yup, you read correctly! As quirky as it sounds, one of our best experiences on the island and hands down our best dining experience, was inside the Enchanted Fig Tree, indulging in a 10-course meal.

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Although we didn’t get a chance to visit the distillery, many locals on the island were eager to rave about Kangaroo Island Spirits and in particular their gin offerings! Should you get time this is a great pit stop to taste the local gin, which is highly regarded across South Australia.

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World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

English Country Kitchen Inspiration (so pretty it hurts!)

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After 6 months of begging my boyfriend to join me in a kitchen makeover extravaganza, he has finally (and I still don’t know how it finally happened) agreed to come on board. With the excitement of creating a new space in our home totally overwhelming me (you know you’re an adult when), I’ve been scouring the interwebs for English Country Home Inspiration. Here are the ideas and inspiration I’m running with when going in to planning mode this week and having the plans drawn up!

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Open Shelving

For our kitchen makeover we’re going for a simple design & neutral approach. As we live in the countryside we want to keep our makeover true to the location of our house and keep it simple. Floorboards will be replacing our ancient tiles that look as if they belong in an old Italian villa’s powder room, ha! We will also be ripping out the kitchen in its entirety, removing a wall and opening up our kitchen/dining space to be conjoined.

Open shelving has really caught my eye as being a great way to make a kitchen look more interesting beyond cupboards and provide some depth to the space.

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Gold Accents

If I can somehow swing my boyfriend to see the beauty in brassware, I would love to feature some gold accents in our new kitchen. This splash of gold provides a more vintage feel to a kitchen it gives it that added point of difference.

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Wooden floors

As our house is carpeted throughout (great in the winter time), I really wanted to take the opportunity of a rome renovation to add some floorboards to our house. Particularly in practical spaces like kitchen/dining where you spend so much time, I believe it is important to consider what will work best for you. Our current tiles are extremely cold in the winter time, so I’m hoping the switch to wooden floors will be a little more cozy for our house.

Butler’s Pantry

Talk about the ultimate indulgence! Although I’m getting a little sidetracked here (our current budget and space does not allow for a walk-in pantry), I couldn’t resist sharing this photo with you! Organisation is on point.

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Neutral Tones

As our current kitchen is a dark and uninviting space, we’re really hoping to shift the gears by knocking out the wall that separates our kitchen and dining room, resulting in more light in the joint room and more space to enjoy hosted dinner parties. Another important thing for me is to keep a neutral colour palette, but not to get so carried away that you omit giving the space depth and character. I believe this is possible by sticking to a neutral palette, yet focusing on different tones and materials like these white wall tiles matched with the dark oak open shelving.

Fresh Blooms

Another key focus of mine this year is to spend more time in our garden to create an oasis in the warmer months. Although this takes time, we’re lucky enough to live in a much older house that already had some pretty well established gardens before we arrived (though sadly after years of neglect, I’ve got my work cut out for me!)

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Glass Jars and Organisation Overload

Anyone who knows me or who has read my blog for a while now will know first hand that I am completely over organised (you name it, I’ve written a list for it!) I love the look of these glass jars filled with candy, granola or cooking ingredients to bring something new to the pantry.

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Topiary & Splashes of colour

Another obsession of mine is to include topiary in every room of my house – there’s just nothing more classically English! I had never thought of putting plants in my kitchen but I love the way this brings a burst of colour to an otherwise neutral room.

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Feature Lighting

Last but not least – feature lighting! I love the way two or three simple hanging lights provide such a feature in English country home kitchens. I’ve been using Australian interior design sites like Temple and Webster to search for hidden treasures, but I do so wish sites like Anthropologie had affordable shipping rates to Australia!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Going Offline for a Month & How I Handled Blogger Burnout

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I struggled to choose a title for this post and without a title, I didn’t really know where my writing would take me. But I guess the beauty in this will be an upfront recollection of where I’ve been the past month and why I believe taking a break prevents you from breaking.

Blogging and “being a blogger” has been a pretty weird ride over the past few years.

After starting my blog in December 2012, I have spent more than four years sharing the ins and outs of my life day-to-day through social media and my blog. I have travelled to 6 continents and 60 or 70-something countries (I lost count long ago) and have been incredibly fortunate to see and experience so much of the world. I owe this all to blogging and the wild ride it has taken me on.

But the truth is that life changes and with it, you change.

As a firm believer in change being a good thing – a constant challenge, a shift of gears, a chance to start anew… I’ve spent the last month grappling with what this change means for me, my blog and future endeavours.

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Its Okay to Take a Break

Here is where I’ve been hiding out – at home on the farm. Bliss, no?

For those of you who don’t know – I come from the island of Tasmania in Australia. It’s a hidden gem for those who come to discover it and a perfectly-positioned postcard just waiting to happen every which way you turn. It is often unbelievable to me that such a beautiful place exists, let alone a place I can say I grew up in and will spend the rest of my days enjoying (and probably still pinching myself over!)

After four years of wanting to escape the place I grew up and explore the “rest of the world”, I can now say with certainty and belief in my own words that I have grown a strong love and appreciation for Tasmania.

Since meeting my partner 2 years and 2 months ago on the dance floor of my sister’s wedding, I have slowly been spending more and more time at home and as such, spending less and less time on airplanes and in airports.

But that’s not to say that every day has been less of an adventure.

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Pursuing Other Passions

Since choosing to split my time between home life and “blog life (living out of a suitcase)”, I have rediscovered my love for the simple things. Things like cooking, cleaning, even getting excited to put a load of washing on and have the house sparkling top to bottom.

Through this time I began to spend more and more time in the kitchen baking (those with a sweet tooth will know sugar is an obligatory food group, I won’t have any of this sugar-free business!) As a result of this, I opened a bakery in my home town. It has been one of the craziest, most challenging and certainly most exciting things I have ever done.

Aside from business pursuits, I have also made more time for other things I adore: gardening, interior decorating, entertaining and generally feeling like I have two feet planted on the ground – a feeling I missed so much after living out of a suitcase for four years.

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Blogging is Changing & So Am I

Another challenge I have faced internally (a lot, lately) is the changing nature of blogging and social media. At the beginning of this I felt like an outsider looking in and lately I’ve began to feel caught inside this world of “living online”. The online stuff I love includes Pinterest, writing general nonsense on Twitter and sharing secret places around the world on Instagram.

The online stuff I don’t love so much is the oversharing, the constant pressure to be more exciting in order to be a better business and quite frankly, the over staging of photos (remember when you just ate your food before taking a photo of it!?)

Don’t get me wrong – it would be ironic and hypocritical of me to say that I hate the interwebs in any way – I love how integrated and interconnected we have all become. But I do feel as if this year I would like to have a different relationship with the interwebs and my approach to it.

The past month you may have noticed I haven’t uploaded a single photo on Instagram – a pretty big shift from my 2-3 uploads per day. Quite honestly, I was tired of uploading because I felt like I had to upload something to be interesting. 

You may have noticed in the past month I have also gone from sharing 5-7 blog posts per week to a dismal 1 or 2 every few weeks. Truth? I have been too busy living in the real world to live online this past month.

And truth? It has been awesome.

Where to now?

Wherever the wind takes me.

In 2017 I plan to have more authentic adventures – skipping the oversupply of hosted trips and blogger perks for the old school DIY trips with my film camera and paper maps to lead the way. I still plan on sharing my adventures and keeping the fire alive, but doing so on my own terms and for the right reasons – because I just love to explore.

This year I also plan to share more of my other interests – DIY projects, interior decorating in my home, adventures in the kitchen and so on, and so forth. I’m welcoming change and I hope you will too. None of us were ever meant to be one-dimensional so don’t be afraid to pursue multiple passions and keep embracing what makes you feel alive.

See you soon.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!