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My favourite place: Hayley Pearson's Adelaide

My favourite place: Hayley Pearson's Adelaide

10:00 AEST Thu Aug 12 2010
Hayley Pearson is an Adelaidian through and through. Her first 23 years were spent having holidays between the beaches and the Adelaide Hills.

She began on radio in 2002 with an Adelaide radio station doing voluntary news producing, writing and broadcasting. She then made the move to Austereo Adelaide (Triple M and SAFM) where she was a Triple M FREQ SHOW announcer, late night announcer, assistant producer and street promotions coordinator.

In 2005 — 2007 Hayley made the move to HOT91 in Queensland where she was a morning announcer, drive show anchor on the Nugget and Hayley Show. NOVA then lured her to Melbourne after hearing of her favourite weekend hobby, checking the Sunday papers for silly bogan baby names.

Now you can catch Hayley as co-host on Adelaide's SAFM Breakfast show with Rabbit and Cosi weekdays from 6am to 9am.

She also has a love of television and has made appearances in shows such as McLeod's Daughters, Talkin' 'Bout My Generation and several commercials.

Henley Beach

Just 20 minutes west of Adelaide's city centre, Hayley has many childhood memories of Henley Beach. When she was at school she did her rowing training there. These days she takes her bulldog Millie for long walks along the beach. It has white sand and gentle surf. Henley Square is a good dining spot and in summer there's live music to enjoy.

Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate

Bracegirdles in Toorak Gardens is said to have the best hot chocolate in Adelaide. As Hayley has a sweet tooth and the shop is close to her house, she is a regular visitor.

As soon as you walk in the door the overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee and cake, and glass cabinets full of Belgian chocolates let you know you are somewhere irresistible. The centrepiece is a fountain overflowing with heavenly chocolate. Their range of loose chocolates have won gold awards at the Royal Adelaide show for the past three years.

One of the biggest sellers is Belgian sugar waffles, topped with liquid chocolate, strawberries and vanilla ice-cream.

When Lady Gaga celebrated her birthday in Adelaide recently, Bracegirdles gave her a pair of stiletto shoes made from their fine chocolate.

You can visit them in Glenelg or at their new location at Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door in McLaren Vale.

Star of Siam

Gouger Street is Adelaide's number-one stop for eating diversity. Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Argentine — whatever cuisine takes your fancy you will no doubt find it there.

Hayley's favourite is Star of Siam and she keeps going back for barbecue squid and duck curry. She and her husband have been going there for seven or so years, and they celebrated their engagement with their families there with a big banquet.

Carrick Hill

One of Hayley's favourite places is the magical Carrick Hill. She clearly remembers going there all dressed up for her wedding. She and James were married there in 2007.

Carrick Hill is one of the few period homes in Australia to survive with its original contents almost completely undamaged. It's an excellent example of the lifestyle of two wealthy and cultured Australians of the mid-20th century.

The spectacular gardens were chosen by Ursula Hayward in the Edwardian style. There are hedges, lawn terracing, stone paving, clumps of trees, orchards and cutting beds. The hills and bushland of Brown Hill rise beyond the house, gardens and paddocks.

A popular addition to the grounds is the Children's Storybook Trail. It has a series of landscaped scenes from classic children's stories for families to discover and enjoy.


Hayley Pearson's favourite places in and around Adelaide.


Carrick Hill gardens and grounds admission is free, except during special events. Admission to the house is $10.50 for adults and $24 for a family. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm. Guided tours are conducted at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Prices correct at August 12, 2010.

For further information

Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate
389-391 Greenhill Road
Toorak Gardens 5065
Ph: (08) 8431 0799

Star of Siam
67 Gouger Street
Adelaide 5000
Ph: (08) 8231 3527

Carrick Hill
46 Carrick Hill Drive
Springfield 5062
Ph: (08) 8433 1700
Fax: (08) 8379 7588

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