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By Kelley Granger

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Sue Devitt and her native Adelaide, Australia Courtesy of www.adelaide-attractions.com

It’s easy to see the impact the beauty of the world has had on Sue Devitt’s world of beauty. You might pucker up with her mini mocha lip gloss, Costa del Sol; smooth on a chartreuse green eyeshadow named Prague or line a lid with Zaire, a shimmering plum eye pencil. While the whole earth has been an inspiration for her color palette, it’s her native Australia that’s proved to be the celebrity makeup artist’s true muse – a melting pot of natural wonders spurred the use of indigenous ingredients and rich hues that Devitt uses in her Sue Devitt Beauty line.

According to Meredith Rommelfanger of luxury travel company Artisans of Leisure, the diverse Adelaide region in which Devitt grew up is one of the most overlooked – and underrated – tourist areas of Australia.

“Adelaide has an ideal location,” Rommelfanger says. “It’s close to the beach, excellent wine regions, Kangaroo Island and its wildlife and the Outback, so locals can enjoy a wide variety of options for day trips and long weekends.”

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Find the perfect glass of wine in the Barossa Valley Courtesy of www.globusjourneys.com

As one of the best places in the country to savor gourmet fare and swirl-sniff-sip some of the best Australian vintages (Penfolds Grange, anyone?), no trip would be complete without a visit to a winery. Rommelfanger suggests the Barossa Valley, a region that offers more than 60 wineries (ranging from boutique production to international sellers) and is just an hour’s drive from the city. She also recommends McLaren Vale, a little-known but great wine destination.

If you’re the more adventurous sort, sail over to Kangaroo Island and scope out the koalas, wallabies, fur seals, enchidnas, penguins and kangaroos that call it home. The island is outdoor bliss with an array of national parks, conservation parks and wildlife protection areas. For those who didn’t plan on packing hiking boots, there are a number of beaches and lighthouses that allow for a tamer sort of time.

Back in Adelaide itself, Rommelfanger says there’s no shortage of diverse activities to keep you entertained. “Rundle Street is a great place to stroll in the center of town to browse a wide range of cafés, restaurants, boutiques and markets,” she says. “Also, the Adelaide Festival, the biggest festival in Australia, takes place each March with a slate of dance, opera, jazz, cabaret and visual art events by performers and artists from across Australia and the world.”

If a March excursion is out of the question, don’t despair. Rommelfanger says the city still offers a number of other prospects like the Central Market, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the National Wine Centre of Australia.

“Adelaide is one of Australia’s smaller cities, but it still feels cosmopolitan and has enough urban attractions to keep things interesting,” Rommelfanger says. Similar to its stylish and laidback residents, consider the trip one of sophisticated relaxation – stroll the Adelaide Botanic Garden and its many parks, take in colonial architecture and churches and be immersed in the cuisine and wine of the region.

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Thorngrove Manor offers luxurious and unique Adelaide accommodations

To further complement your stay, Rommelfanger suggests a stay in the Fire Station Inn, which offers quaint accommodations in a converted Victorian-era fire station built in 1866. If you want a more opulent stay, check out Thorngrove Manor and its utterly romantic baroque towers and domed rooms. Less than 20 minutes outside the city center, the hotel offers privacy, peace and (aristocratic) country charisma.

Artisans of Leisure offer a number of packages that incorporate Adelaide’s offerings – discover more about the trips at www.artisansofleisure.com.

Originally published June 2008
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