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Your Key To Adelaide Australia – 2024 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee

Adelaide, Your Gateway to Encounter Australia’s Beauty and Diverse Culture

Originally known as Tarntanya, meaning “red kangaroo place” by the Kaurna People, who were the initial custodians of the land. Adelaide was first settled by European first settlers in 1836. This vibrant city has evolved into the capital city of South Australia, drawing in visitors with its rich history, cultural diversity, and stunning landscape.

Adelaide today can be best known as the festival capital of Australia. Whether your attending numerous multicultural events throughout the year or catching an Aussie Rules game at the iconic Adelaide oval, the city offers an abundance of hidden gems waiting to be explored during your free time.

Wine enthusiasts will find paradise in the Barossa Valley, home to some of the worlds oldest surviving vines dating back 170 years. Embark on a wine tasting journey, immersing yourself in the renowned flavours of the region. Enhance your visit with a stop at Seppeltsfield’s sentential cellar for the rare opportunity to taste the 100 year old 1923 Para Vintage Tawny. For those seeking tranquility, a leisurely walk through Adelaide’s parkland’s awaits, spanning over 760 hectares, these gardens are adorned with rich history and heritage buildings, providing a serene escape from the urban hustle.

Immerse yourself in nature. Venture 10 km East to Morialta Conservation Park. With a legacy spanning over a century, this park has consistently provided a tranquil retreat, offering a variety of trails to suit every preference. Meander through the majestic Eucalyptus trees to uncover waterfalls which serve as habitats for diverse national wildlife and fauna.

Head to the Giants Cave and explore a cave created over 50 million years ago, then onto the Eagles Nest which offers a panoramic view, stretching from the Adelaide plains to the city skyline. Morialta is indeed a unique destination. As you explore, remember to look upwards; you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the cherished Koala Bears nestled among the branches. Witnessing these iconic Australian natives in their natural habitat creates lasting memories for all who visit.

Explore the city with ease, it’s strategic layout ensures that attractions are within easy reach. Stroll along the tranquil Torrens River through to North Adelaide, passing the impressive heritage-listed St Peter’s Cathedral towards Melbourne Street. You’ll find The David Roche Foundation Collection housed within David’s Fermoy house. This foundation showcases a lifetime’s private collection of antiques, paintings, and objects d’art, known as one of the greatest collections of European decorative arts in Australia. Special exhibits, such as Wedgwood ceramics and artworks by Arthur Boyd, add an extra layer of cultural richness to the experience. Spanning two centuries this collection is truly remarkable to see.

Continuing along Melbourne Street, you’ll encounter the Old Lion Hotel, Beginning as a brewery it is now a heritage listed building with a rich history. Old tunnels and cellars can be found underground for unique hospitality experiences.

Adelaide has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the festivals, indulge in the wine and impressive array of multicultural cuisines, explore the parks, and admire the history.


Lucy Williams  is a candidate for the 2024 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.

Meet the Author
Lucy Williams

Originally hailing from the Cotswolds in England, I developed a passion for travelling and immersing myself in diverse cultures and destinations from an early age. My venture into the world of Concierge services started at the InterContinental in Wellington, New Zealand. Beginning as a porter in 2016, I progressed under the guidance of Chief Concierge Jason Eade, eventually attaining the role of Concierge Supervisor in June 2018. Subsequently, I proudly joined the esteemed Les Clefs d'Or New Zealand Section in January 2022. Having relocated and established roots in Australia, I've continued my professional journey with the InterContinental Adelaide. Currently, I am honoured to serve as the Les Clefs d'Or State Director for South Australia. My enthusiasm for this role only deepens over time; I thoroughly enjoy discovering new destinations, accumulating local insights, and sharing personalised tips and experiences with guests to ensure they fully embrace all that Adelaide has to offer. Anticipating each guest's arrival at the hotel, I am committed to crafting memorable experiences. I eagerly look forward to extending a warm welcome and facilitating unforgettable moments for all visitors.

InterContinental Adelaide

The InterContinental Adelaide is situated in the heart of the city, nestled along the picturesque riverbanks of the River Torrens. Its prime location places it just steps away from key tourist attractions, including the Adelaide oval and the Adelaide Festival Centre, home of the world renowned Adelaide Arts Festival which commenced in 1960. Featuring 367 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, all guests at our hotel enjoy access to an outdoor swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness centre, and 24/7 guest services. The hotel also boasts a designated function space in the Lower Lobby well known for its capacity to hold large events. Guests can unwind in the Atrium lounge, which offers a relaxed environment for dining and drinks while providing scenic views of the riverbank and Adelaide Oval. Enhance your stay and include the exclusive Club Lounge upgrade, Guests can immerse themselves in an extensive culinary offering. This includes complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and canapés, all within the private lounge featuring five-star personalised service. For a culinary experience, guests have the option to indulge in the award-winning Japanese restaurant, Shiki. Here, they can savour world-class cuisine, accompanied by the theatrics of talented chefs showcasing their skills at teppanyaki stations.


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