Want to know what to do, where to go and what to see when you’re in Adelaide? Here, some of the country’s most loved identities who still call South Australia home reveal, in their own words, their favourite spots in what is so much more than the City of Churches
Hollywood actress and Model
Teresa Palmer has come a long way since she went to Adelaide’s prestigious Mercedes College. The golden girl – part earth mother, part gorgeous actress – opened her Hollywood thriller, Lights Out, last month. It’s the latest addition to a long movie resume that includes comedy thriller film Kill Me Three Times and the 2015 remake of Point Break. The movie star has also upsized her private entourage. There’s her angelic son Bodhi Rain (pictured above), American independent film-maker Mark Webber who she married in Mexico in 2013, and stepson Isaac, another tallow-haired boy. Now with another boy due in December, she bought her father Kevin Palmer’s large wildlife sanctuary at Scott Creek in the Adelaide Hills and is madly renovating as part of a grand plan to create an Australian anchor for her gypsy life.
We actually go to Rundle Mall a ton. Mark and Isaac really get a kick out of Rundle Mall, it’s so funny. We always have photos at the Malls Balls, like total tourists. We went to the Reject Shop the other day and we spent $10 and got the craziest amount of toys. We get DVDs and games for the Wii there.
I go to Seed, I shop at Seed a lot. That’s not for me, it’s all for him.
I love the Matilda Bookshop in Stirling. I used to go there as a little girl. My dad lived up in the Hills and my mum lived at Mitcham – so I’d get off the bus and dad would meet me and walk over to the Matilda Bookshop and he would get me a Goosebumps book ever week. I’ve been going there since I was six so now we take our boys to Matilda Bookshop. It’s been nice. My son just bought seven books from there and Isaac has already read everything. We’ve been reading Blinky Bill, very Australian. We don’t have Possum Magic yet. And we sing “…give me a home among the gum trees”. He sings the whole end bit “… a verandah out the back and an old … chair”.
We go to Bar 9, on Glen Osmond Rd. It’s the best place in the entire world, it’s amazing. We love Bar 9. Bodhi has his babychino, and Isaac plays the old-school Nintendo that they have there. That’s definitely a local staple for us.
Also the Organic Market at Stirling, we hang out a lot. The library in Stirling is unbelievable. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am, they have books and story time for under three years.
We go to a lot of peoples’ farms in the Adelaide Hills. Around the Scott Creek area which is where we live.
Best Part of coming home
We go to all the awesome new playgrounds that weren’t there when I was younger, near the parklands. They weren’t there when I was young. Since I’ve had kids, Adelaide is really different. I used to go out to dinner with friends, go to Semaphore beach, take my dog down to the beach at sunset. Now I’m taking Bodhi to different places, like St Kilda Adventure Playground.
We’ve been to the Beach House a bunch of times since we’ve been here. We went to this new, amazing place for kids called Latitude – it’s so great, it’s in Greenacres. Anyone who has kids –you’ve got to take them there. It’s this big, huge space and they have tons of trampolines, and you can do parkours, you can do harnessing from the roof, you can do rock climbing. There’s a whole big kids section, an adventure section for kids five and under.
It’s hard to find stuff suitable for Bodhi and Isaac’s ages. We’ve been there three times.