1 Rundle Mall Most shopping malls look much the same. But not many boast a set of life-sized bronze pigs. In 1999, Adelaide City Council commissioned local artist Marguerite Derricourt to create the four sculptures for Rundle Mall. A public competition gave them the names Truffles, Oliver, Horatio and Augusta. Oliver rummages through one of the mall's rubbish bins and Augusta stares soulfully into the eyes of anyone who sits on the bench in front of it. The pigs are a contemporary contrast to the elegant architecture of some of Rundle Mall's decorative 19th-century arcades, among which Haigh's chocolate shop has an outstanding facade. 2 Central Market Stacks of freshly baked Turkish pide, freshly ground coffee beans, sushi, kabanas, spicy pepperoni and giant mettwurst are some of the delights of Adelaide's melting-pot pantry. Italian, Greek, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Chinese and German are some of the foods available under the one roof. There's a fresh food section with fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and watch the colour and activity while you sip on a cappuccino at one of the market's many cafes. Adelaide's Central Market opened in 1869 as a venue for growers to sell directly to the public ( www.adelaidecity council.com/centralmarket). 3 Hyde Park mansions Unlike many other parts of Australia, Adelaide was settled by people who chose to move there of their own accord, so the city has no convict history. In 1834 the British government established the Colony of South Australia, but gave it no financial backing. Private individuals invested in the South Australia Company, which was formed to sell land and attract new settlers. When the early colonists arrived and began building Adelaide they wanted to create a solid, dignified city and, therefore, used stone. From cottages to mansions, many of Adelaide's houses retain their stone look. Drive along Victoria Avenue in Hyde Park and you'll see some grand bluestone and sandstone mansions that reflect the wealth of a past era. 4 Adelaide Hills Experience a touch of Germany in the charming village of Hahndorf, Australia's oldest German settlement. Hahndorf was founded in 1839 by a group of Lutherans from Prussia and still has an honorary burgermeister, or mayor. Many Germans and other Europeans made their way to the Adelaide Hills to escape religious persecution in their homeland. In 1840, there were 6,557 Europeans living in Adelaide; by 1851 the population was 14,577. Stop at the 1839 German Arms Hotel for a stein of Lowenbrau and visit the Hahndorf Academy, which has an art gallery, craft shop and museum. You could spend a weekend at one of the many cosy B&Bs and munch your way through schnitzel, sauerkraut and strudel at any of the gourmet restaurants or pastry shops. 5 Port Adelaide By 1840 the colony had attracted a population of 14,000 free settlers, but was bankrupt. To try to save the city, the South Australia Company developed the wharves and warehouses at Port Adelaide, linking it and the emerging city by road. But South Australia was saved by the discovery of copper at Kapunda and Burra. Burra's Monster Mine became known throughout the world in the 19th century. Today, Port Adelaide is a heritage area preserved by the National Trust. Take a walk along the docks and through the old heart of the port, where you'll find art galleries, antiques shops, heritage pubs, museums and, reputedly, haunted tunnels. 6 Henley Beach Watch the brilliant sunset from Henley Beach. On a hot summer's day you'll find many residents of Adelaide fishing off the wharf, while children splash in the water and families picnic on the sand. In recent times, seafood restaurants have sprung up along the waterfront. One street back, you'll find some of Adelaide's best fish and chip shops and trendy cafes. 7 Tram to Glenelg At Victoria Square board Adelaide's one remaining tram, which travels to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. The area is where Adelaide really began, with the arrival of a fleet of eight ships from England in 1836 led by captain John Hindmarsh. Under an old gum tree, which still stands, Hindmarsh proclaimed South Australia a British province. Early Glenelg settlers lived in mud huts and tents for nearly six months while Colonel William Light, the colony's first surveyor-general, chose a site for the permanent settlement. Hindmarsh wanted the city to be built by the sea at Glenelg, but Light designed a neat and geometrically planned city between the coast and the hills. 8 North Terrace Soak up some culture at the Art Gallery of South Australia ( www.art gallery.sa.gov.au). While the gallery's traditional focus was on British painting and sculpture, it also has a strong collection of Aboriginal art from all over the country, including central Australian dot paintings. Ayers House Museum is a colonial mansion that illustrates Victorian domestic life. Guided tours provide a look at historic costumes, silver, artwork and furniture. The house is an important exhibit that contains ornamental painted finishes on its internal walls and ceilings. Henry's Brasserie and Wine Bar is located inside Ayers House and has a magnificent ambience, with cobbled stone and wooden floors, a glass conservatory ceiling, solid sandstone and bluestone walls and cast-iron gates. If you're in the mood for more history and culture, head down the road to the South Australian Museum or the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, which are also located on North Terrace. 9 Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 Supercar race Every March, the streets of Adelaide become raucous and vibrant with the arrival of Australia's largest national street motorsport carnival, the Clipsal 500. It's a four-day festival of racing, with categories such as V8 utes, GT performance cars and historic touring vehicles. There are free on-circuit rock concerts and fireworks displays. The Australian Defence Force participates with spectacular formation flying of Blackhawk helicopters, F/A-18 fighters and F-111 fighter-bombers. The circuit was created in 1985 when the city hosted the Formula One grand prix ( www.clipsal500.com.au ). 10 Barossa Valley Less than an hour away from the centre of Adelaide are the wineries and vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Driving through the picturesque valley, tasting wine, browsing shops and tucking into fine food is a terrific way to spend the day. Bluestone cottages set in charming towns dot the picturesque countryside. The Barossa is known around the world for its award-winning wines. There are 60 wineries, including some of Australia's top names, such as Jacob's Creek, Wyndham's, Yalumba and Penfolds ( www.southaustralia.com ).