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Published: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 6:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 7:40:41 AM

Singing out the praises for Adelaide

Get geared for some of the best in the arts scene at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

Get geared for some of the best in the arts scene at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

The two finalists for the AirAsia X Takeover Challenge will be duking it out next month in Adelaide to see who has the best vocal chops. They will be entertaining thousands of visitors to the city who at the same time are discovering the best things that Adelaide has to offer.

YOU know what’s happening right now in Adelaide? Why it’s the Fringe Festival, the largest arts event in the Southern Hemisphere which started on Feb 14 and will go on till March 16.

How apt then, that the second challenge for the AirAsia X Takeover Challenge hosted by AirAsia X and South Australian Tourism Commission is a busking challenge! Very much in the spirit of the Fringe Festival.

The second challenge from 12th to 16th March will see the two finalist compete head to head giving their best performance as buskers. Vote now so that your two favourite contestants get to head to Adelaide for the AirAsia X Takeover Challenge. Voting is open on the YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/aaxtakeover) from Feb 25 till March 2. This challenge will go online on the YouTube page on March 24.

Our finalists and any visitor to Adelaide – one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2014 according to Lonely Planet – have much to savour! Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide with AirAsia X and discover the top 10 things to do in Adelaide, South Australia.

1. Adelaide Fringe Festival

Adelaide Fringe takes over the entire city featuring 4,000 artists performing with over 900 events staged in pop-up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and disused buildings as well as theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes. Professional and amateur artists from around Australia and across the globe have embraced the festival in the city of churches and gather to perform at the non-curated event.

2. Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market is 120-years-old and has a fine array of food and produce. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission
Adelaide Central Market is 120-years-old and has a fine array of food and produce. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

This market has been the heart of this city for over 120 years and still provides the most dazzling array of fresh foods, yummy homemade desserts and little cafés for all to enjoy.

3. Rundle Mall

Shopping, shopping, shopping at the 600 over shops in Rundle Mall. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission
Shopping, shopping, shopping at the 600 over shops in Rundle Mall. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

Shop till you drop at over 600 shops in Rundle Mall. This impressive complex boasts an array of international and national flagship stores, boutiques, local institutions, speciality shops, cafés, well-designed arcades and many more.

4. North Terrace – A Cultural Boulevard

Explore the free attractions along the boulevard starting from Adelaide University, then head west past The South Australian Museum (home to the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery), Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, State Library, war memorials and statues.

5. Adelaide Hills

Who can resist the koala? Catch them at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission
Who can resist the koala? Catch them at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

From beautiful rolling hills to flourishing fruit orchards, you’re in for a fun day with nature! Meet the kangaroos and koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park, take a tour at Jurlique Herb Farm and pluck fresh strawberries straight from the bush at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm.

6. Glenelg Beach

For that beach escapade just head on down to Glenelg. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission
For that beach escapade just head on down to Glenelg. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

Walk on the sugary sands as you visit the many shops and cafés in Jetty Road and Holdfast Shores Marina, or enjoy family fun activities at The Beachouse, which features water slides, a ferris wheel, dodgem cars, bumper boats and more.

7. Barossa Valley

Sip fine wines and go for a romantic dining experience at one of Australia’s foremost wine regions, just within an hour’s reach from the city. You can also enjoy the fresh produce at the markets, farm gates and restaurants that are available within the valley.

8. Kangaroo Island

An iconic spot for Australian landscapes and friendly wildlife, take a peaceful stroll at the beach with wild sea lions at Seal Bay. Go for a thrilling quad bike tour, sand-board your way down the sand dunes or swim with the adorable dolphins!

9. Eyre Peninsula

Come face to face with great white sharks from the safety of a diving cage, swim close with the lovely sea lions, and grab the rare opportunity to swim with the Southern Bluefin Tunas. Then later on, indulge in the region’s famed seafood including a 1kg King Oyster!

10. Self-drive from Adelaide to Melbourne

Self-drive from Adelaide to Melbourne. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission
Self-drive from Adelaide to Melbourne. - Photo from South Australian Tourism Commission

They say it’s the journey that matters, not the destination. Take a scenic drive to the neighbouring city of Melbourne. Enjoy the beautiful scenes and nature including the remarkable 12 Apostles and the Great Ocean Road!

AirAsia X flies five times weekly from its hub in KL to Adelaide International Airport. AirAsia X will be increasing its flight frequency to Adelaide to seven times weekly from Dec 1 onwards. It is the only direct low cost service between Malaysia and Adelaide. Visit www.airasia.com for more info.

Tags / Keywords: Travel, AirAsia X Takeover Challenge, Adelaide, South Australian Tourism Commission, AirAsia X, second challenge, busking, Top 10

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