Thursday, January 28, 2010

South Australia: Perfect Escape from East Coast Frenzy

South Australia isn’t an automatic “must see” on everyone’s list – rather, the state has a “secret” status the locals are only too happy about.

Same thing about “gay life.” There’s not much. I had a look.

You can’t depend on the local paper that comes out only once a fortnight, or the state’s tourism website, which hasn’t updated its gay travel section in years. You have to ask a local if not lucky enough to tour with gay and lesbian friends in Adelaide.

At best, I think the capital city of Adelaide is a great place to holiday for two moms/two dads and their kids. Or for beach bums/foodies. You don’t have to drive to the wine country for tastings; you can purchase picnic ingredients at the local market or sample any of the hundreds of fabulously good restaurants and cafes.

Of the 4 beaches I sampled from Brighton to Henley, from family-friendly Glenelg to lesbian-ville Semaphore, the latter was this Island Nomad’s favorite. A quiet spot on the map, the only thing to do besides eat fresh oysters and prawns is to take a guided heritage walk for a gold coin donation. Oh yeah, did I mention the funky shopping and al fresco beer sipping while people watching?

Not a bad way to spend Australia Day.

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