Keen to separate itself from Australia’s penal past, Adelaide’s grid of wide streets with gracious colonial architecture and swathes of surrounding parkland are a nod to early city planners keen to attract free colonisation. The South Australia capital city has earned a reputation as a gastronomic destination. The sights, tastes and smells of the bustling inner-city Central Market will impress even the most ardent of foodies. The warm weather is ideal for al fresco dining on one of the city’s busy ‘eat streets’. Sample some world-famous Shiraz in the Barossa Valley, although you are spoilt for choice in this part of Australia with vineyards and wineries in every direction. A plethora of museums, galleries and festivals cater to the culturally inclined, while a Mediterranean-like climate means sun-seekers can enjoy the city’s fantastic beaches all year round.