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Adelaide has the historical distinction of being a free settlement, where the city and surrounds were established by non-convict labour. This historical anomaly (for Australia at any rate) is carried through with the culture of this attractive city.
With the water of St Vincent Gulf lapping the Western shore and the Adelaide Hills to the East, Adelaide is a city to offer something for everyone.
Adelaide is also well-known as the starting point for wine lovers visiting the cradle of wine in Australia, the Barossa Valley.
Adelaide itself is very easy to navigate as the main city streets are wide and laid out in a simple grid pattern. There is parkland around the city as well as a plethora of churches - giving rise to the city's nickname "The City of Churches". It is not, however, noted as being any more religious a city than any other in Australia.
Adelaide experiences a Mediterranean climate, with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. In the summer, maximum average is 29°C but can be punctuated by very hot days with usually around 3 days a year when the daytime temperature is 40°C or above. From 3 March 2008, Adelaide recorded 15 consecutive days of temperatures over 35°C, again a record for an Australian capital. In winter from June to August, maximum average is 15–16°C and minimum is usually around 8°C. Rain falls mostly in the May-September period with the most consistent wet month being June.
Getting to Adelaide
Owing to its distance from most other major population ares, many visitors and tourists fly into Adelaide on discount domestic or international airlines after purchasing cheap flights online. We recommend you book your flight to Adelaide through Flight Centre as they provide an excellent range of flight options covering all the major domestic and international airlines.
There are one dual passenger airports in Adelaide. All major international airlines service the city, including Air South Regional, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, National Jet Systems, Qantas, QantasLink, Jetstar Airways, Regional Express, Sharp Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, and Virgin Blue.
Many tourists and sightseers on vacation and holiday travel the 8km into their Adelaide city hotel via Jetbus service. Taxis are available from outside the airport terminal. Expect a taxi fare to Adelaide city for just $15.
If you are starting a journey from Adelaide airport, you can also hire a car from one of the car rental companies. Many people hire cars so as to easily explore many of the great locations in the greater Adelaide region.
Adelaide major activitiesKey events on the Adelaide calendar include:
- Santos Tour Down Under (cycling)(Jan),
- Adelaide Fringe (Feb),
- Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival (Feb/March),
- WOMADelaide music festival (March),
- International Rugby Sevens (Apr),
'Must Sees' for tourists and sightseers
Adelaide is a city of culture and vibrant inner city life. This is balanced with great natural beauty in the surrounding region that make for great day trips or trips over several nights.
A great way to familiarise yourself with Adelaide is to join the morning city sightseeing tour that covers all the main attractions.
Of great benefit is the free bus and tram that runs between North Terrace and South Terrace. This tram continues on to Glenelg (you need to purchase a ticket) and can be a wonderful outing.
In addition is the Adelaide Connector free bus service that runs between the major facilities within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre including universities, schools, community services and shopping precincts. The service operates 7 days a week (except public holidays). Mondays to Thursdays - 8am and 6pm, on Fridays - 8am and 9.30pm, on Saturdays and Sundays - 10am and 5pm.
Other places to wander include Australia's first pedestrian mall, the Rundle Mall where you can shop at any of the 600 stores for just about anything you need. There are also outdoor cafes and bars to relax in.
A stroll along North Terrace - Adelaide's "cultural boulevard" will allow you to immerse yourself in South Australia's rich arts and culture Here you will find the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery located within the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden and the National Wine Centre. Nearby, wander through the fascinating National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya.
While you are in Adelaide, make sure you visit the Adelaide Central Market located just East of the Victoria Square tram stop. The market is open all year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Saturday and is popular with locals as well as tourists.
The markets feature a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, bakery products, sweets, nuts and health foods. Within the precinct are some of the hippest cafes in Adelaide.
At other times you have a choice of around 700 restaurants, cafes and pubs with food choices including al fresco styles of East Rundle Street, the seafood and Asian cuisine at Gouger Street, or treat yourself to some fine dining at the restaurants and cafes of North Adelaide.
While in Adelaide, take the time to visit the coastal suburb of Glenelg which is the most popular beach location for residents of Adelaide. No matter if it is the sidewalk cafés along Jetty Road, or people flocking to enjoy the beach and summer entertainment, Glenelg is worth the short trip. It is one of the least know places where you can enjoy swimming with dolphins, when you sign up with Temptation Sailing.
Only 20km south of Adelaide is Port Noarlunga which is a quite seaside port with a nice beach and for the underwater adventurer, a snorkling trail to follow on the reef.
Hotel accommodation in Adelaide
Hotel and motel accommodation in Adelaide can often be in short supply, so it is worth booking some Adelaide hotel accommodation. There is a good range of hotels in the CBD as well as hotel and motel accommodation at Glenelg. Accommodation Plus provides you with the ability to book from just a few hours up to 12 months in advance, with the knowledge that you pay no booking fees, generally no deposit (depending on hotel policy) and often very flexible booking change ability (again at no charge from us).
Find hotels near these Sydney landmarks:
- AAMI Stadium
- Adelaide Botanic Garden
- Adelaide Convention Centre
- Adelaide Oval
- Art Gallery of South Australia
- Adelaide Central Market
- Rundle Mall
- Victoria Square
Adelaide Tourist Resources
- Check all public Adelaide transport timetables and fares
- Rent a car
- Taxis Call 13 22 11 or 1300 360 940 or 13 2227, 0r 13 1008
- Rail Timetables
- Find day tours, sightseeing and extended tours in and around Adelaide
- Search for Restaurants in Adelaide - Book Online!
- Adelaide hotel accommodation (includes location maps)
- Book flights to Adelaide through Flight Centre
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