YOU only have to watch Maggie Beer on the TV to be convinced of South Australia's charms.
This is one lady passionate about her state, and with good reason.
South Australia has an exciting blend of life's good things: outback aplenty, wine country to satisfy aficionados, regions brimming with individuality, and welcoming locals.
Adelaide, a conservative city that goes about its business without the "look at me" brashness of Sydney or the "I'm a cultural hub" swank of Melbourne, is an easy and relaxing city to explore.
Green boundaries lead to well-designed city squares interspersed with congenial wide streets lined with graceful buildings.
Adelaide may be called the City of Churches, but dig under its dignified surface and you'll quickly find its pleasure-seeking side.
The bar and music scene thrives, restaurants cover everything from high-end to family-style bistros, and there is always a lively event popping up around every corner.
Adelaide is unabashed in its love of a festival and they don't come any more artistic and creative than the Adelaide Festival, held in February/ March each year.
A cornucopia of events ranging from theatre to dance, exhibitions and concerts, attracts devotees of the arts as well as people who just enjoy a good party.
With so many events happening all over the city, it's wise to study the Adelaide Festival program well in advance, choose what appeals to you most, and plan your itinerary with military precision.
Which is what we did, as it is impossible to see everything unless you embrace sleep deprivation.
A highlight for us came at the Dunstan Playhouse in a daring dance fest. Titled What the Body Does Not Remember, this was not dancing your grandmother would remember.
At the historic Her Majesty's Theatre it was all about old-fashioned slapstick and satire with the British comedy One Man Two Guvnors.
All this gadding about the city requires a number of sustenance stops and we loved Ruby Red Flamingo in North Adelaide.
The honest Italian cuisine and a "let us bring you out the food as it comes" philosophy means you get to taste most of the menu.
Our dinner started with paper-thin sliced Berala doused in good olive oil and scattered with rocket, went on to a vibrant seafood pizza, mountains of superb pasta and finished with a second bottle of excellent rose.
An excess of food, theatre, wine and culture requires a comfortable place to lay the head.
Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury is as good as it gets, and its CBD location in the lovely old Treasury building makes total sense.
The Adelaide Festival finishes on a grand scale with WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - featuring performances and workshops on seven stages.
One hundred food, craft and display stalls and the popular Taste the World cooking program covers all.
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