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5 Places to Totally Relax in Adelaide this Easter

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published March 17th 2017
4 days off to do absolutely nothing
It's that weekend of the year. Easter. Hooray! Four days off. Some people just can't wait to get away from it all. Serious planning, serious car packing and even more serious traffic snarls. Getting away from it all can be hard work. But, for those who stay behind, the city can be a quiet, calm and restful place to be. For the most part, the shops are closed and there are very few people around. It's a great time to explore your own 'backyard' and do your own version of some serious R & R.

Relax and take it easy! (İpaula mcmanus)

Take some 'you' time this Easter long weekend. I've listed just 5 relaxation hot-spots in and around Adelaide. There are dozens, if not hundreds more. Go and find them. Walk, talk, sit, dine, relax and enjoy. They're bound to make you feel like you're having a holiday while at home and, the best part is - they're free to do!

Beach Sunset
Watch the sunset (İpaula mcmanus)

Unwind at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a fantastic place to relax. These inner city public gardens are a perfect spot to visit at any time of year. The gardens are open 7 days a week and entry is free. There are 2 cafes and a restaurant, the Bicentennial Conservatory, First Creek wetlands, the Museum of Economic Botany and the historic Palm House. There's lots of great walking trails and several lawned areas for those who want to have a picnic or for those who just want to sit a while and take it easy.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Adelaide Botanic Gardens (İpaula mcmanus)

Amble along North Terrace in the city
North Terrace in Adelaide is a beautiful boulevard. It's lined with trees, gardens and historic monuments. Along one section of North Terrace is a fantastic blend of culture which is housed in an attractive mix of modern and old architecture. Spend a leisurely afternoon visiting the National War Memorial, State Library, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery. Or, just sit on one of the many lawns and just soak up the atmosphere of our incredibly charming and friendly city.

South Australian Museum
North Terrace, Adelaide (İpaula mcmanus)

Meditate at the Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the beauty and fresh air of the Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens in the Adelaide Hills. Do a bit of yoga, find a quiet spot for some peaceful contemplation or maybe just stroll around on a walk that's good for your health and your inner wellbeing. The Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens are magnificent all year round but it's a particularly stunning place to visit during Autumn and Spring.

Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens
Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens (İpaula mcmanus)

Put your feet up at Port Adelaide
It's the home of Adelaide's Maritime History and the world famous Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. It's also where you'll find fascinating museums, art galleries and antique markets. Stroll along the wharfs. Check out the heritage sailing ships, the iconic lighthouse and Hart's Mill precinct. Swap a book at the Little Street Library and breathe in that salty sea air. Go on! It's good for you!

Relax at Port Adelaide (İpaula mcmanus)

Slip, Slop and Flop at the Beach
Kick those shoes off, walk along the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Jump into the water and swim. Or float. Or both. Just do it! Get in and enjoy the water. Fly a kite. Collect shells. Build a sand castle. Take a walk on the jetty. Read that interesting book that you just borrowed from the Street Library in Port Adelaide. We are so very lucky here in Adelaide. Our beaches are pristine, they're safe and we even have some beaches that allow cars to be driven on them. Perfect! Take a picnic and stay till the sun goes down.

Beach sunbathing
Spend some time chilling at the beach (İpaula mcmanus)

There are countless things you can do in Adelaide over Easter. But, you don't have to do anything at all really. All you need to do is chill out and relax. It is an extra long weekend after all and that means there's plenty of time to do absolutely nothing.

Sit and watch the sun go down (İpaula mcmanus)
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Why? Take some 'you' time this Easter long weekend
When: Easter long weekend
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article Paula! Makes you appreciate how much we have on offer that doesn't have to cost the earth and is close by, as well as offering total relaxation!
by Graeme Fanning (score: 2|466) 2273 days ago
Congratulations on your award Paula.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 2263 days ago
Congratulations winning second place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12640) 2263 days ago
Well done on your 2nd in the comp, Paula - happy to see my vote counts, lol!
by Elaine (score: 3|9400) 2263 days ago
Congratulations on your competition prize. Amazing photography as always.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10580) 2263 days ago
Oh Paula you have just brought back such delightful memories, I lived in Adelaide for years! Mount Lofty and Waterfall Gully are my favourites.
Congrats on the prize ... how can anyone else get a look in?
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1501) 2263 days ago
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