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I'm challenging myself to go on 21 bike rides to 21 of my favourite spots in Adelaide.

I'm taking on Challenge 21 to raise funds to support sick kids who are cared for by the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Being lucky enough to work alongside the WCH Foundation, I see firsthand the fantastic work they do to brighten the lives of children in our care.  

There are SO many great ideas on the horizon, but they would only be possible with community support like yours.

Please follow my 21-day journey as I go on 21 bike rides to 21 of my favourite spots in Adelaide, but most importantly please donate to such a worthwhile cause.

Thank you  :-)

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Raised $1000

Received 21 Donations

In TOP 21 Fundraisers

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LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST

Monday 11th Oct
LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST

This one fills me with pride and is quite fitting to round off my list. The reason why is because I undertook the challenge to showcase some of the gems that Adelaide has to offer and to illustrate the delight in being South Australian. And that’s exactly what this brilliant small business does on the daily.

Focussing on strictly South Aussie small batch producers, this Brighton beauty supports the local economy while ensuring its quality never wanes. Whether it be for a fantastic coffee, great feed or a stunning drop of Shiraz, there’s plenty on offer next time you stop by Jetty Road.

Not only that, but I’ve been blown away by the dedication and passion that Tom and Anna-Lisa have continued to pour into the place; putting themselves ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability and becoming a staple of the Brighton community. Two gorgeous human beings with a great taste in food and bevs means that you reap the rewards when you step inside.

It’s no surprise that this one will continue to thrive.

#21 - The Seller Door.

Thank you so much to everyone for their donations and messages along the way. I’ve had an absolute blast!

STUNNING DROPS IN A SENSATIONAL SPOT (10 Oct)

Monday 11th Oct
STUNNING DROPS IN A SENSATIONAL SPOT

If there’s one thing we know how to celebrate here in SA, it’s our wine. And boy does this place know their stuff.

With such a fantastic selection for both takeaway and in-house, this is venue is a must for anyone wanting to nestle in for an arvo or evening. It’s also one for any time of the year, bringing a cosiness to enjoy winter reds, or a fun street party style outside in summer. Check it out at Fringe time and be prepared to be blown away. Such a vibe!

Coming in as my penultimate list entry, but a faultless venue in my eyes.

#20 - East End Cellars

NO FUSS. JUST GOOD TIMES (10 Oct)

Monday 11th Oct
NO FUSS. JUST GOOD TIMES.

I was pretty devastated to see that this one was closed when popping by for the challenge, but my hangover probably thanks me 🍺

Another Adelaide institution right at the very top of the pub scene and a well deserved entry onto my list. Similar to the Ex, what makes it great is the culture it has generated through a long, rich history. This is a pub for all walks of life, where there’s only really one rule: Don’t be a dickhead.

It looks dingy inside. And it kind of is. But it’s a bloody ripper.

#19 - The Cranker (Crown & Anchor)

ONE OF LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES (10 Oct)

Monday 11th Oct
ONE OF LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES

The hunt for Adelaide’s best banh mi is one that should be undertaken with the utmost seriousness. There are some rippers out there, so it can’t be taken lightly. And look, I might be biased because it’s a local for me, but I really struggle to fault these.

I’ve uttered the words “lemongrass chicken with extra chilli” so many times that the little Vietnamese ladies that own this place start to already write it down when I reach the front of the line. This place is a bakery, so the rolls are baked fresh - providing a point of difference that puts them at the top of the pile.

And wowee do they have some serious flavour. If I was to request a last meal in life, I reckon these may well be it.

Notable mentions also go to their sausage rolls, lasagna and choc fudge brownies. Pop in if you haven’t already!

#18 - Fullarton Bakehouse

THIS BREKKY IS UNPARALLELED (9 Oct)

Monday 11th Oct
THIS BREKKY IS UNPARALLELED
You know when a certain meal is so good that you get it every single time? Well that’s how I feel about the breakfast bowls here.
Surrounded by an abundance of indoor plants and a beautiful decor, this cafe continues to impress. The menu is well crafted, well balanced, and bloody delicious. The coffee is top notch too.
Situated a stone’s throw from the city, it’s a great option to kick off your Saturday morning the right way.
Also, you’re usually pretty damn likely to meet a few puppy dogs tnere and seriously who can argue with that?
#17 - Whistle & Flute

TOP OF THE TOPPINGS (8 Oct)

Monday 11th Oct
TOP OF THE TOPPINGS

If you’re a little bit confused about the recent venue spam, I’m taking part in Challenge 21 to raise money for kids in hospital. For me this involves showcasing 21 of my favourite spots in Adelaide.

And boy do I have a great spot for you with this one.

If you like amazing pizza, bumpin’ tunes and primo vino, then pull your head in and hit this place up.

Not even going to rave on about it, because you just need to trust me.

#16 - Sunny’s

P.S - I picked the worst photo cos the focus should be on the venue 😍

THE $20 ANNUAL MEMBERS FEE GIVES YOU (7 Oct)

Friday 8th Oct
THE $20 ANNUAL MEMBERS FEE GIVES YOU:

* $13 tickets for every single flick

* A diverse array of current and international movies that bullshit Netflix or ‘Event’ Cinemas doesn’t have to offer. (Also, Westfield Marion is full of little dero hoodrats that probably carry knives)

* An excuse to explore a multitude of hospitality options before or after, thus supporting the local Adelaide economy

* $1 back for every $10 spent

* 10% off lollies/refreshments/bar

But above all else, if in 2021 you can buy TWO sparkling ales and a large popcorn for $18 then you know damn right that this is going on my list. Not just sneaking in either; this goes on with fervour 🔥

#15 - East End Palace Nova

WHO SAID A FLING WITH THE EX WAS A BAD IDEA? (7 Oct)

Friday 8th Oct
WHO SAID A FLING WITH THE EX WAS A BAD IDEA?
Not when it comes to this fine establishment 😉
As their website says, “No pokies, no bullshit.”
PREACH!
Part of the holy trinity of Adelaide CBD pubs, and in the best location of them all, you probably can’t call yourself an Adelaide local unless you’ve once sat outside to people-watch those meandering through Rundle St.
In the same light, you could do far worse than sit in the beer garden out the back and take in the atmosphere on a busy night. Or catch a live gig in the front room. This place buzzes when it’s on.
It’s ALWAYS such an eclectic bunch rolling through these doors and with that seems to bring an attitude that striking up a convo with a stranger is only ever going to be met with friendliness.
This is undoubtedly an Adelaide institution, and one whose culture has been perpetuated by patrons there for the right reasons: to tip in and chat about life. Leave your inhibitions, ego and judgement at the door. Then share a jug with your mates.
#14 - The Exeter

MAKE YOUR TUMMY SMILE

Thursday 7th Oct
MAKE YOUR TUMMY SMILE
For those that don’t know, I’m going on 21 bike rides to 21 of my favourite places in Adelaide to raise money for sick kids in hospital. This is part of ‘Challenge 21’, coordinated by the fabulous folk at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Coming in as my most recent entry is a cute little cafe on Unley Road that has fast become a favourite for breakfast and lunch.
After trying their delicious ham, cheese, pickle and jalapeño toasties, I was inspired to replicate these in Adelaide’s most recent COVID lockdown. I don’t want to brag, but I probably gained a couple of kilos, which shows how good I got at making them 😂
Such is the flavoursome menu that there’s plenty more to gain inspiration, while the passionfruit mimosas are super tempting for a bit of a naughty brunch. Their in-house juices and smoothies are pretty damn good too!
Duck in and check it out if you haven’t already 👌🏼
#13 - Pickle In The Middle

TOAST OF THE INNER WEST (6 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
TOAST OF THE INNER WEST
Raise your glasses to a pub that has its own microbrewery, impresses with its consistent program of live music, and doesn’t need pokies in its revenue stream.
This ripper ticks all the boxes of how a traditional watering hole should feel, with a laid back attitude that even lets you bring in food from either the food truck outside or wherever else you want. You know why? Because the focus here is on the sheer quality of beverages and making you feel welcome and relaxed. From that, the punters respond with their patronage.
Take your pick from the vast array of beers brewed on site that are rotated through the taps over the year, set yourself for a mid arvo session outside, sneak in a couple games of pool, and check out one of the gigs out the back.
I don’t have a bad word to say about this one. They’ve forged such a genuine identity and they’re sticking with it. Bloody love this place!
#12 - The Wheaty

AN INSTITUTION OF EBENEZER (6 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
AN INSTITUTION OF EBENEZER
For anyone that frequents the gorgeous east side of the Adelaide CBD, this should be one of your regulars. If it’s not, do yourself a favour.
Discovering this cafe has delivered in spades (thank you to Kieran for the introduction) due to its great coffee, excellent food, friendly staff and the unpretentiousness you’d expect from a family owned Italian joint.
Don’t come here looking for fine dining, just expect no-fuss quality and affordability in a prime location.
Also. Nano Sticks. IYKYK.
Highlights for me include the triple shot coffees that became a regular before my 10am starts at Fringe In The Mall, which also coincided with 3am departures from Fringe Club the night before 😬
Other than that, this is my go-to before I kick off a bike ride along the Torrens, where a moment of reflection with a macchiato usually has me thinking how much I bloody love Adelaide and gems like this.
#11 - Nano Cafe

THE MONTH WHEN ADELAIDE TRANSFORMS (6 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
THE MONTH WHEN ADELAIDE TRANSFORMS
Did you know that we host the second largest open-access festival in the world?
With roughly 850,000 tickets sold and 1200 events across 470-odd venues, The Adelaide Fringe provides a different journey for all of us.
As I was finishing my degree a few years ago, I wanted to build a body of written work. Enter: Julian the fringe show reviewer.
A big shout out to The Adelaidian for giving me a taste of media life and the fun that came with it. And jeepers was there a lot of that.
From that year, I was hooked. I spent the next few years attending 30-40 shows each Fringe and discovering perspectives that have shaped me as a person, while meeting artists from all over the world.
I truly mean that about the shows shaping you as well. You’ll laugh and cry, you’ll hear stories of heartache and self empowerment, and you’ll be reminded to love and support each other. They’ll make you a more empathetic and accepting human being and then give you a good dose of partying while you’re at it.
The Arts is like being wrapped in a warm blanket of humanity, except you’re inside the fastest and most enjoyable roller coaster ever made. It’s so comforting, but bloody hell is it a wild ride.
And here in Adelaide, all of this comes together due to a magnificent team of selfless characters at The Adelaide Fringe office. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know quite a few of them, especially in my stint of helping coordinate Fringe In the Mall and I can tell you that their passion for the arts and dedication to Adelaide is the reason why we all have such a great time each year.
So how did I land at this particular spot in my favourites? Well, with so many venues it’s difficult to choose just one. Why not the home of the most iconic?
#10 - Rymill Park/Fringe Corner/Gluttony/Garden of Unearthly Delights

RICH IN HISTORY; NOW A WORLD CLASS ARENA (5 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
RICH IN HISTORY; NOW A WORLD CLASS ARENA
This list inclusion is undoubtedly the most dear to my heart. And with so much quality to come, that’s no mean feat.
I would have been no older than 6 or 7 when—accompanied by my late grandfather—I first approached the members gates behind me. I had played my fair share of kanga cricket, watched plenty on telly, and was finally going to see the Aussies. I was pumped.
Grandpa had recounted a plethora of stories to me about the legends of the game, particularly Sir Donald Bradman, who he had been lucky enough to watch here numerous times. My excitement to finally experience a test match, against England no less, was difficult to contain.
Boy, it did not disappoint.
For me, that day set off a personal adoration towards this elegant ground, with a collection of memories that continues to build over 25 years later.
I have witnessed some utterly phenomenal performances here, but it’s been both the immersion into Australian sporting culture and the oval’s magnificently rich history that has had me continuously blown away.
As a kid I’d work diligently to fill my autograph books each summer; tracking down players after their net sessions or on the way to the team bus and hoping to get a scribble from my idols. Gramps told me that in the members area it was protocol to address the players correctly when asking for their autograph. I can tell you what, on the days I finally landed Mr Warne’s, Mr Lara’s, Mr Tendulkar’s, you have never seen a happier kid. These are mementos I will hold close to my heart until my final days.
Admittedly, I had trepidation about the redevelopment when it was announced all those years ago. How could they maintain the traditional feel of the place and build new stands without wiping away so much history? I had nothing to worry about. They absolutely nailed it.
This one is a picturesque, world-class facility for sport and entertainment and every single Adelaidean should be proud to have it in our own backyard.
So many wonderful memories created; so many more to come.
#9 - Adelaide Oval

CAPTIVATING EASTERN BEAUTY (3 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
The first time I came here, I was blown away by how close and accessible it was from the city. Countless hikes since and the same sentiment remains.
With the trails connecting to the Waterfall Gully track, you can either set yourself for a day of adventure or just head to the lookout and enjoy the panoramic views.
Breathing the clear air, looking out to the coastline and admiring our cute little city that lies in between. It’s a spot that continues to bring a sense of pride towards Adelaide. Our home.
For many, this is also a place to celebrate the life of Bridget McCartan, who was profoundly dedicated to improving the health outcomes of kids at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Having spoken to a number of her nursing colleagues in Newland Ward, it’s clear she has left a lasting legacy, with her tenderness and patient advocacy held in such high regard. Bridget loved it up here too and the bench, a lovely spot to sit and reflect, is named in her honour. Sending love to all those close to her 💜
#8 - Mt Osmond

THE HUSTLING, BUSTLING HEART OF ADELAIDE (2 Oct)

Thursday 7th Oct
THE HUSTLING, BUSTLING HEART OF ADELAIDE
A common theme occurs when this one comes into conversation. It’s usually something along the lines of “oh it’s so good there; I really should go more often.”
Indeed, you can make a pretty solid case for visiting on the regular; whether it be for the fresh and affordable produce, supporting local, or unapologetically gorging into the vast array of cuisines on offer.
Sometimes it’s just nice to grab a coffee and wander around with no real plan (although this more often than not still results in my self-restraint buckling, resulting in the purchase of fancy cheeses). Guilty 🙋🏻‍♂️🧀
I could be pretty specific and say that Charcuterie (extension of the iconic Lucia’s) is the favourite of mine here due to their incredible paninis, but I think this entry has to be all encompassing due to the sheer amount of how much is on offer.
#7 - Adelaide Central Markets

GREATER THAN GOOD (29 Sep)

Thursday 7th Oct
GREATER THAN GOOD!
Folks, this one is a gem.
A charming wine bar with the friendliest of staff, a stunning selection of drops, and a vibe that can swing from super relaxed to the record player pumping Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Situated on Goody Rd, this joint gives you the feel of a night out without having to leave suburbia. Why venture into the CBD when you can tip in so locally?
Its Owner/Operator, Wilson, had a vision in mind after his 10 year stint in London and making the move over from Sydney.
“We wanted to make it feel like you were drinking at your mate’s place. Just with better wine and better food.”
I’ve gotta say that they’re nailing that.
A well deserved entry on my list of favourites! Be sure to check it out.

WEIRD BUT MAGICAL. HEAR ME OUT…

Wednesday 29th Sep
WEIRD BUT MAGICAL. HEAR ME OUT…
Okay, so I copped some strange looks from high school students as I trotted over to a seemingly random part of the park, put on my beanie and started taking selfies.
But this little patch of grass holds some of my fondest memories.
Surrounded by a thriving population of Flying Foxes in the tree lines, the month of March sees this space also become Stage 7 of WOMADelaide. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve set down my rug and become captivated by sounds of the planet - savouring every second as the sun goes down and the silhouettes of our nocturnal friends are joined by a golden sky. The tunes, the dancing, the smiles, the beauty of it all.
Your soul becomes nourished in those moments.
It’s strange to wander through this area at other times of the year, looking at the permanent foundation of the stage and thinking back to how it transforms. A place of music, art, acceptance, and love… and a whole heap of Fruit Bats that call it home.
#5 - Botanic Park/WOMAD Stage 7

TIME FOR SOME OF THE SCENIC SPOTS

Tuesday 28th Sep
After ticking off a couple of excellent locations to tip one in, I thought I needed to balance it out with one of the more wholesome regulars of mine.
The views rarely fail to disappoint - especially in the warmer months - and is PERFECT for getting a few kilometres into the legs and making a day out of it 🚴🏼
Accessible via the city-to-coast Linear Trail along the River Torrens, this gorgeous spot is a constant reminder of the sheer beauty Adelaide’s coastline has to offer. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the square and have a couple scoops of ice cream 🍦
Looks like I chose a pretty perfect night to ride down to #4 on my list - Henley Beach.

THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE HARD TO BEAT!

Thursday 23rd Sep
It didn’t take long for this venue to pick up momentum after its opening. Yet, here it is - still evolving and becoming a quintessential part of Adelaide.
A repurposed industrial space whose adaptability allows a seamless transition from markets into weddings into just a superb spot to have a drink all year round. Whether it be from the delicious eateries, the focus on sustainability, or a fierce endeavour to support local, this family run venture has its visitors quickly feeling a sense of community from the magic created here.
Highlights of mine have included:
•First date with the gorgeous Lee-anne
•Watching the space flip from Saturday markets into a beautiful wedding venue in the space of a couple of hours
•Sunsets at the balcony bar
•Post-close lock ins with Jono and taking control of the Spotify at 1am
•An ongoing adoration towards the owners’ sheer dedication to such a worthwhile vision
•Rating Pirate Life beers and getting creative with our videography along the way (Shout out to Enzo and Tim for this one too).
If you haven’t been to this spot, do yourself a favour and make it a regular this summer.

ANOTHER FAVOURITE COMING UP

Tuesday 21st Sep

Challenge 21 is a great way to showcase my picks of Adelaide and support the local economy while I’m at it. We know it’s been a seriously tough 18 months for the hospo industry! 

Situated in Parkside, this gem of a hotel captures a traditional English decor and provides an unparalleled front bar cosiness throughout winter time. Don’t even get me started on how good the food is! 

Highlights of mine have been:

•Becoming a ‘Beer Drinking Legend’ by progressively ticking off 82 froths from around the world.

•50c Wings on Tuesdays

•Tucking into Asahis after a (very silly) 41 degree day bike ride with James, Mike and Matt Khabbaz

•Tim Burford and Enzo Ferraro testing my rubber arm whenever they feel like a cheeky midweek visit

•The boys and I raiding the bistro salad bar to get bang for our buck as growing teenagers 

Visiting this joint isn’t much of a challenge, but it’s impossible to leave out. 

#2: The Earl of Leicester Hotel 

Shout out to Lee-Anne, Jono and Khalid for their generous donations to get the ball rolling 💙

Here we go!

Tuesday 21st Sep
CHALLENGE 21 HAS BEGUN and I’ve just kicked off my 21 bike rides to 21 of my favourite spots in Adelaide.
Getting things started is the place that not only gives me the motivation to take part in this fundraising, but also gives me a heartfelt reason to get up each day.
Every kid should be out enjoying the wondrous experiences of discovery that is synonymous with growing up, although the reality is that some have been dealt a hand of which it is difficult to make any sense.
This is understandably sad and hard hitting, but amongst these walls are thousands of people truly dedicating their lives for the betterment of the babies and young people in our care.
I’m personally privileged to provide support to such a vast array of clinical spaces and to help lighten up the lives of patients through special events, visits, and connecting with the community. I’m immensely grateful for that.
I know that work wouldn’t be amongst their favourite spots for a lot of people, but I can honestly say that I’m damn lucky to do what I do.
#1 - The Women’s and Children’s Hospital

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H-bomb

Thoroughly enjoyed the trips down memory lane man!! 😂 Good on you bro 🤜🏼

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Liz

Good job Julz 👍👍

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Nate

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Imre

Still waiting on the ride up to Mt Lofty!

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Jake Vaccarella

Good on ya Julz! What a great idea for such a great cause. Amazing stuff

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Matthew Khabbaz

Great effort for a great cause Jules!

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Michael Khabbaz

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Enzo Ferraro

Congrats Julian Looking forward to the final few destinations

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James Khabbaz

Great work Jules!

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Elle Martin

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Tim Leek

Always love your work mate 💪

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Lucas Vaccarella

Great work Julian!!

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Amy H

Such a champ Julz!

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Will Batty

Awesome work mate, great cause and loving the trip around Adelaides finest.

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Onya JC, the most important cause xx

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Good on you Jules!!

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Michael Cunningham

Well done Julian!

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Nice work mate!

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Tom Rodger

Great Cause mate, well done!

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Khalid A

First one was easy, hope the others are more challenging. Good luck mate, great cause!

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Lee-anne

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Jonathon Kaitatzis

Love your work brother ❤️ Xxx

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