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What's Adelaide's Best Kept Secret?

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published January 13th 2014
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Do You Know Adelaide's Best Kept Secret?


The phrase Adelaide's Best Kept Secret gets bandied around far too often. And ironically, a place that trumpets this loudly is no longer secret by definition.

The claims
This ubiquitous tag is particularly well favoured by real estate agents - there are thousands of Google search results for houses and apartments for sale or rent that are ABKS. Perhaps the owners hope that the Taxation Office won't notice the transaction?

There are also some rather more unusual (but still questionable) best kept secrets in Adelaide. A tourist commented that Hallett Cove Conservation Park fits the bill, but that's excusable as he probably couldn't find it on public transport.

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Colourful Sombreros at Chilli Mojo


An ardent chilli lover described Chilli Mojo as ABKS. While it isn't as well known as it could be, it is only a short trip up Magill Road and doesn't require an arduous trip across the Simpson Desert to find it.

One of our writers innocently asked whether Patritti Wines might qualify. As it has been trading successfully since 1926 I fear that news of this establishment has somehow spread on the grape vine - and maybe even been bottled by now.

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Could a Bakery Be Our Best Kept Secret?


A candidate with some merit to make the claim is Kronpuss Cakes, who proudly claim to be Adelaide's best kept secret for 50 years on a poster. I confess that I had never heard of them before in my life, but I do wonder whether it is a good marketing strategy.

The Riverdell Spiritual Centre also are said to be ABKS, At least if you're a believer then you can pray for guidance to find them in their near country home.

A spray tanning salon, a female escort, and Pinup Fashion boutique are just a few of many businesses and restaurants to announce how hard they are to find. If so, it is somewhat surprising that they are still in business!

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The Altitude Wing of iStay Towers Over the Surrounding Streets


One of the more curious claims to be ABKS is for the Altitude apartments, part of the iStay precinct in Adelaide. After all, this building towers 60 metres above nearby Light Square and boasts 19 levels. I'm really struggling to understand how anyone can think that this enormous building has remained a secret somehow.

Another that I struggle with is the Hotel Metropolitan on Grote Street. Again claimed to be ABKS, this bustling hotel is popular with traders from the Central Market across the road, while office workers also patronise it in droves. There were times when I worked nearby that I wished that it was a secret place, but my abstemious and beady eyed boss inevitably managed to locate me there if I was taking a long lunch.

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Can a Pub Be Hiding a Secret?


A more plausible case could be made for the Gaslight Tavern in newly trendy Brompton as being one of ABKS. But if it is, it won't stay secret for long as new residents move into the area.

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These Ruins Definitely Hide Secrets


My ideas of secret places
I can't positively claim to know Adelaide's best kept secret - after all I might not have discovered it yet. But I do have a few ideas of places that could be candidates.

The sleepy parks at Totness and Mount George are far better known to animals than humans, even locals seem to be unaware of them.

Shipwrecks at Jervois Basin and Mutton Cove are quite well hidden, and few people visit these free attractions.

The ruins of Arthur's Seat at Crafers and the Bootmaker's Cottage at Mylor are little known and easily missed by travellers passing by.

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Most Secrets Here Will Soon Disappear


A long forgotten Scout Hall in the inner suburbs may soon disappear with all its secrets, while visitors to the free Bicentennial Conservatory in Adelaide's Botanic Gardens are blissfully unaware as they pass a morgue.

My last thought sparks from this free museum, hidden in the back streets of suburbia and largely unknown to most people. Or perhaps this little known library with its breathtakingly beautiful architecture.

Your thoughts?
Well I have made a range of suggestions for you. Do you think Adelaide has any special secret places? Are there locations that are very attractive, unique, or special that deserve the title of Adelaide's best kept secret?

And if there are, will you let us in on the secret?
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What about Morialta Barns? Just north of Norton Summit along Colonial Drive: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6317683413/
by Michael Coghlan (score: 1|30) 1175 days ago
Adelaide's best kept secret: that's a secret!!
by Jenny (score: 3|1573) 1376 days ago
Has anybody heard of Proof Wine Bar, a very sophisticated bar, with super friendly and knowledgable staff, tucked away behind the well knows Press in
Anster Street? Could be a very well kept Adelaide secret?
by bpwil (score: 0|8) 1375 days ago
While not in Adelaide, this place is what I call S.A.'s BKS. 'Eastern Rd'. 5km east from Burra on the Morgan road is a turn off to the left called Eastern Rd which travels through to the Mildura - Broken Hill Rd. in Victoria. It is a remote road suitable for cars etc.and has some of the finest natural beauty in all of S.A. I consider this road to be the best tour drive in S.A. and it truly is a 'secret place'. - By Mark S.
by spare (score: 1|17) 1374 days ago
Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail
Chocolate Walking Tour Adelaide City
Totally Sustainable Energy Home to stay via Stayz near Deep Creek...AMAZING!!
Hope this helps Dave!
Cheers! Joanne http://whatsonthlist.net
I really enjoy the still to be discovered Adelaide gems you write about!
by micke (score: 1|73) 1377 days ago
Breakfast on weekends or any day at IKEA
by suanc (score: 1|29) 1373 days ago
The Gaslight Tavern in beautiful down town Brompton has been on the corner of Chief and Second streets for over 160 years. You would be struggling to meet a musician, who hasn't been there or at least heard of it, for the last 18 years. Live music is their forte. All genres ! Most week nights there is something good on, as well as Sunday evenings. Its a quirky little place that continues to improve though you cannot tell that from the outside. All part of the secret ! Call 8346 3498, speak to owner Mark Anders who will give you all the details, he's always looking for new talent as well as welcoming back established musos. Not a bad singer himself, see what you think! Keep THAT a secret! Marian Summers, (Bowden/Brompton resident for over 30 years.)
by msumm (score: 0|7) 1252 days ago
Hey Dave
Any ideas where the old Hills photo was taken.

Dan
by danie (score: 0|5) 1228 days ago

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