Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. It lies on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent in the central, southern part of the Australian continent. Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city, with a population of over 1.2 million. More than three quarters of South Australians live in the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Adelaide is located on a plain between the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Gulf and is bordered by many of Australia's famous wine regions. The Barossa Valley and Clare Valley regions lie to the north, the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions to the south and the cooler climate Adelaide Hills region to the east. Historically known as the City of Churches due to its new world origins as an incubator for religious freedom, much of the architecture in the inner city is retained from the colonial era. Heavily influenced by the prevailing styles popular in England at the time, the heritage architecture is similar to many European cities built in the 19th century.
Proximity to premium wine and food growing regions, as well as waves of immigration from Italy, Greece, Vietnam, China and India have created a unique multicultural gourmet food and café culture in the City and inner suburbs. This café culture is supported by Adelaide's global reputation for the arts and particularly the arts festivals held in March including the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which is second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in size.
The city is the home of Adelaide Oval, famed as one of Test cricket's most picturesque grounds and currently under redevelopment to host AFL football matches during the winter months. Australian football has a long history in Adelaide and AFL matches are currently played at Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide. Adelaide and the surrounding wine regions also host the Tour Down Under, which is the largest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere and the first stage of the UCI WorldTour.
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Adelaide is Australia's driest capital city, with summers that are hot and dry, and with winters that are rainy and cool.
In summer, the average maximum is 29°C (84°F) but there is considerable variation and Adelaide can usually expect several days a year when the daytime temperatures soar above 40°C (104°F). Rainfall is light and infrequent throughout summer. The average in January and February is around 20 millimetres (0.8 inches) but completely rainless months are by no means uncommon. Given the regular hot weather, virtually every public building, indoor tourist destination and most public transport is fully air-conditioned.
In winter from June to August, the average maximum is 15–16°C (59–61°F) and the minimum is usually around 8°C (46°F). Winter sees regular rainfall with June being the wettest month of the year, averaging around 80mm. Frosts are common in the valleys of the Adelaide Hills, but rare elsewhere. Adelaide experiences no snowfall in the city centre itself, although very occasionally a small sprinkling can be observed on higher ground at the top of Mount Lofty and in the Adelaide Hills.
Autumn and spring are slow, gradual changes between the extremes of summer and winter. From mid-February to late March, Adelaide goes into its mad March festival season of arts, music and sport festivals to take advantage of the moderate weather.
The first people to live on the Adelaide plains were the Kaurna people, whose territory extended from what is now Port Broughton to Adelaide's north, south to Cape Jervis on the southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Kaurna lived on the Adelaide plains in family groups called yerta, a word which also referred to the area of land which supported the family group. Each yerta was the responsibility of Kaurna adults who inherited the land and had an intimate knowledge of its resources and features. Adelaide's rich Aboriginal history and living culture can be explored at Tandanya, an Aboriginal-owned culture and history centre on Grenfell Street. Tandanya is free to visit and tours are available for a small charge.
Following the mapping of South Australia's coastline in the early 19th century by European explorers Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin, an expedition down the Murray River was held which reported favourably on land on the coast of Gulf St Vincent. At the same time, British reformers were keen to establish a colony based on free settlement rather than by the transportation of convicts, as all the other Australian colonies at the time were founded. In 1834, the South Australia Company was founded and it convinced the British Parliament to pass a law which created a colony for free settlers in South Australia. In December 1836, after a 10 month journey by a fleet of ships from England, the first Governor, John Hindmarsh proclaimed the creation of the new province in a ceremony in what is now the beachside suburb of Glenelg.
After wrangling between the colonists, Adelaide's first surveyor, William Light designed a city grid of wide boulevards surrounded by parklands, with one central square (Victoria Square) and four smaller squares (Hindmarsh, Light, Whitmore and Hurtle) set on the southern banks of the Torrens. Light's original design, with small changes, largely survives to this day.
The city's early industries were based around mining and agriculture, with England as the key export market. The relatively radical politics of many of the free settlers led to Adelaide being home to early progressive reform including the secret printed ballot, the first jurisdiction in the world to allow women to vote and run for Parliament and early trade unionisation and activism.
Following Australian federation in 1901, South Australia began to move into secondary manufacturing industries, a process which was sent into overdrive by the long term government of the conservative Premier Thomas Playford following World War 2. Playford set out to actively attract manufacturing companies like General Motors to South Australia by offering cheap land and low taxes. This, along with the growing ubiquity of car transport, led to Adelaide's relatively low density as workers lived close to the factories where they worked in the outer suburbs.
Mass migration from southern Europe transformed Adelaide's Anglo-Celtic culture, with Greek migrants mainly settling in the inner western and inner southern suburbs and Italian migrants settling in the inner eastern and north-eastern suburbs. These cultural identities persist to today, with continental delis and cafés being a common feature of Adelaide's inner city.
While South Australia's economy boomed, its public and cultural life lost much of its early radicalism, with blue laws requiring bars and pubs to close at six in the evening - causing the "six o'clock swill". The White Australia policy also meant that Adelaide residents were overwhelmingly from European backgrounds.
Cosmopolitan capital city
The 1960s saw a dramatic change in Adelaide's cultural life, with the start of the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Fringe Festival, which transformed Adelaide's arts culture and the end of the decade saw the election of the first Labor government since the 1930s. By 1970, Don Dunstan became Premier of South Australia. Dunstan was a transformational figure and sought to reshape Adelaide in the mould of a modern cosmopolitan capital city. Dunstan's government ended the six o'clock swill, pedestrianised Rundle Street creating Rundle Mall and built the Festival Centre, creating a hub for arts in Adelaide. His government enacted a range of progressive reforms, including making South Australia the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise homosexuality. This time also saw changes to Australia's immigration laws which saw Vietnamese and Chinese migrants join earlier waves of migration and the creation of communities in the north-west and western suburbs, as well as Gouger Street's multilingual Chinatown precinct next to the Adelaide Central Market.
After losing government for one term to the conservatives at the end of the 1970s, Labor returned to office under John Bannon in the 1980s. A more business friendly leader than Dunstan, Premier Bannon sought to drive the development of Adelaide's city, seeing the construction of Adelaide's tallest building now known as Westpac House and the development of the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. However, bad bank loans saw the state-backed State Bank of South Australia collapse in the early 1990s, requiring a huge government bailout and plunging the state deep into debt.
Revival after the State Bank
The 1990s under the Liberal government led by Premiers Dean Brown, John Olsen and Rob Kerin saw the conservative government undertake asset sales and reduce government services to reduce the state debt. This reduction in government spending, as well as the decline of Australian manufacturing following the abolition of the tariff wall by the federal government, led to slow growth in South Australia's economy and widespread emigration to the eastern capitals, particularly Melbourne.
Labor returned to office in 2002 under Mike Rann who sought to reshape Adelaide's industrial base to focus on education services, mining and defence industry, as well as building on its strengths in wine. Rann's government invested heavily in rebuilding the city, with overhauls to public transport, the construction of a new central hospital and the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval. Following ten years with Premier Rann as leader, Labor elected Jay Weatherill as Premier in 2011, who has largely continued this agenda, but with a renewed focus on transforming public spaces in the inner city through the relaxation of planning restrictions and looser liquor licensing for small bars.
Adelaide International Airport (IATA: ADL) is around 7km (4 mi) to the west of the city centre and is close to popular tourist beaches at Glenelg and Henley Beach.
Adelaide International Airport is surprisingly well connected, and has daily international flights to hubs in Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand which allow for one-stop connections across the globe. More frequent flights connecting via Sydney or Melbourne may be cheaper.
Travellers from Asia can catch direct flights from Hong Kong (on Cathay Pacific), Singapore (on Singapore Airlines), Kuala Lumpur (on Malaysia Airlines) and Denpasar (on Virgin Australia). Travellers from the Middle East or northern Africa can catch a daily flight on Emirates via Dubai, or Qatar Airways from Doha. Travellers from Europe can take a one-stop journey to Adelaide on any of these carriers.
Flying west, travellers from New Zealand can catch a direct flight flying daily from Auckland on Air New Zealand or a thrice weekly service on Jetstar. Travellers from North America or South America can travel one-stop on Air New Zealand via Auckland or can transit to a frequent domestic flight after first landing in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Domestic services within Australia include frequent services to every mainland capital city on full-service carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia. Budget carriers Jetstar and Tiger operate less frequent, heavily discounted services mainly to Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
Regional services and operations are provided by Regional Express Airlines (Rex), Sharp Airlines, Alliance Airlines, Cobham Airlines and Qantaslink flights operated by both Cobham Airlines and by Alliance Airlines. These services operate mainly to South Australia's regional cities and centres including Mt Gambier, Kingscote, Port Lincoln and Whyalla.
There is only a single terminal for international and domestic departures, accordingly transfers are relatively seamless. The airport has ATMs, currency change, food, shopping and lockers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal.
Between the airport and the city
Adelaide Metro's regular JetBus J1/J2/J7/J8 connects the airport with the City, Glenelg and some major shopping centres. J1 Services depart every 15 minutes 8 AM to 6 PM every day to the City, less frequent from 5 AM to 11 PM. The journey to the City takes around 25 minutes during peak hour. Additionally JetBus J1X offers express service from the airport to the city Monday through Friday hourly between 5 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM to 9 PM with a circular route around the CBD for more convenience to hotels. Services to Glenelg are every half hour during the day, less at night. Services to Arndale, West Lakes and Marion shopping centre are hourly during weekdays.
Buses depart from a single dedicated stop located left (West) of the Short Term Car Park outside the main terminal. Note that all buses in all directions leave from this one stop, so check the front of the bus to make sure its heading where you want to go! Realtime bus information is available for this stop and all Adelaide Metro stops or via dedicated apps for your Smartphone like TransitTimes.
The JetBus is part of the Adelaide Metro network, so the standard ticket types and fares in the public transport section apply, and a ticket used on the JetBus can be used with another bus, train or tram according to its type. Metrocards are also available for sale at the airport from a vending machine next to the JetBus stop.
Taxis are available downstairs out the front of the terminal. A taxi to the City costs around $30 during the morning peak hour and around $20 at other times, which can make it as economical as the JetBus for a group. Drivers will always use the meter, but note that a $2 surcharge is payable in addition to the metered amount for pickups from the airport.
Adelaide is at least a day's drive away from the capital cities on the Australian east coast. The shortest driving route from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 8–9 hours. There are some freeway sections, but the roads are mostly 2 lane roads of highway quality.
From Melbourne, Adelaide is 736km (457 mi) via Horsham (National Highway 8) or 901km (560 mi) via Mt Gambier (National Highway 1). The journey via Mt Gambier takes you through the Coonawarra wine region, one of the most renowned cabernet sauvignon regions in Australia and also is convenient for a side tour via the Great Ocean Road. More direct, the trip via Horsham has fewer tourist attractions, but high quality highways.
From Sydney, Adelaide is 1,422km (884 mi) via Wagga Wagga and Mildura (National Highway 20). Freeway conditions from Sydney to Wagga Wagga cut hours from the trip. The route via Wagga Wagga also passes close to Canberra, Australia's national capital, which is 1,196km (743 mi) from Adelaide.
Another option from Sydney is the 1,659km (1031 mi) route via Broken Hill (National Highway 32), which takes you through the Outback and one of Australia's most historic mining towns. The 2,031km (1,262 mi) route from Brisbane also goes via Broken Hill.
While Adelaide is the closest capital city to Perth, the 2,550km (1584 mi) journey across the Nullarbor is still arduous, though it's a unique drive through some of the most remote places in the inhabited world. Similarly, the 3,027km (1884 mi) journey north to Darwin via Alice Springs travels through the true Outback and Uluru is only a few hours from the main highway north.
Great Southern Railway runs long distance tourist train services to and from Adelaide. The Ghan runs to Alice Springs and Darwin, The Overland runs to Melbourne, and the Indian Pacific runs to Perth, Broken Hill and Sydney. These journeys are train experiences, and offer sleepers, and the opportunity to take your car with you on the train. However, they take considerably longer and invariably cost more than the journey by bus or plane, with the exception of the Melbourne-Adelaide route, which can be cheaper than or of comparable price with air fares. Further, the trains stop at intermediate stops which may not be serviced by air connections, particularly on the Melbourne-Adelaide route.
These interstate trains depart from the Adelaide Parklands Terminal just outside of the city. The station can be accessed by car or bus from Richmond Road. Rail connections to Adelaide suburban train services are available at Keswick station, a 200m walk from the interstate terminal. Taxis are also available to meet all arrivals.
There are no country rail services in South Australia.
Interstate buses are operated by a number of coach companies including Greyhound, Firefly and V/Line. The journey from Melbourne takes around eleven and a half hours, with both day and overnight services. The trip from Sydney can take up to 24 hours and by definition, travels overnight. Fares are less than train travel, but can be more than a budget airfare if you are booking well in advance.
Regional buses to South Australian country cities and towns are also operated by the interstate bus companies, but local South Australian coach companies including LinkSA and Premier Stateliner often provide more frequent services.
Almost all interstate and regional buses depart from the Adelaide Central Bus Station at 85 Franklin Street in the City. The Central Bus Station operates 05:00-21:30, 7 days a week. It has modern amenities as well as a café and it is just across the road from the Adelaide Central Market, a Coles supermarket and Chinatown.
A range of cruise ships call at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal during the cruise boat season, which runs from November to April each year. In the 2012/2013 season, ships called at the Port for a total of 26 days throughout the season. A list of ships arriving in Adelaide is available from Flinders Ports.
Bicycle SA, 111 Franklin St (Just to the North-West of the main Bus Station), ☎ +61 8 8168-9999. Operates a free bike hire service sponsored by a group of inner city councils. Bikes are available from more than 10 locations across the City and the inner suburbs for free, but must be returned M-F before 16:30 or 17:00 weekends or a $25 fee is payable. Arrangements can be made for bicycles to be hired overnight for an additional fee but all hires are stopped if temperatures are forecast to top 38°C. A list of locations for hire is listed on Bicycle SA's website Bikes are step thru-models with front baskets and a sturdy rear carrier (but you'll need to provide bungy straps or lashings). Front calliper brake, rear brake is an annoying back-pedal arrangement. Shimano 3 speed hub gear. They'll also supply you with a long sturdy combination lock and cycle helmet when you leave some photo ID.
A popular ride is to ride from the city centre along the River Torrens out to West Beach, then down to Glenelg and back. You cannot take your bike on the Glenelg Tram or any bus, even outside peak hour, however you can take them on trains. An alternative to taking the tram back from Glenelg is to ride a further 20 minutes south along the coast to Brighton Station on the Noarlunga Centre Line where there are reasonably frequent trains back to Adelaide.
Accurate transit directions can be obtained through Google Maps. To navigate around, just enter your "to" address and "from" address (or use current location) on your device (including iPhone, Android), then select the public transport icon. Realtime arrival information is available from the Adelaide Metro website or a number of apps for smartphones (e.g. Transittimes), use the time before your vehicle arrives to have a look around the nearby area.
Ticketing and route information
Metropolitan train, tram and bus services are operated under the unified brand name Adelaide Metro and use a unified ticketing system, "Metroticket".
- Passenger Transport InfoCentre, Corner of King William & Currie Streets, Adelaide CBD, toll-free: 1300 311 108. M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 11:00-16:00. Or the Adelaide Metro website are the places to visit for timetable and route information. Accurate public transit information is also available through Google Maps, which has an easy trip planner if you select 'Transit' directions either on the website or a smartphone.
Single trip tickets with unlimited transfers for two hours are sold on buses, trams and at major train stations for $5 peak and $3.00 off peak. Alternatively, a $9.10 daytrip ticket is available, allowing unlimited travel within the Adelaide Metro area for an entire day.
Travellers in Adelaide for longer than a couple of days should buy a Metrocard for $10 which comes with $5 of value included. Trips on Metrocard cost $3.19 peak and $1.75 off peak. Metrocards are sold at major train stations (Adelaide, Elizabeth, Gawler, Noarlunga Centre, Oaklands, Mawson Lakes and Salisbury) as well as most newsagents and corner stores. A list of locations is on the Adelaide Metro website. Metrocards can be topped up wherever they are sold as well as on trains and trams using coins or major credit cards.
There is also a $25 visitors pass that can be used for unlimited travel on the network for 3 days. After the 3 day period, the pass can be topped up and used just like a normal metrocard.
The Adelaide Metro train system has four main lines, with two additional branch lines.
- The Outer Harbor Line, which goes up the Le Fevre Peninsula in the north-west of the city via Port Adelaide. The Outer Harbor line is convenient for the Semaphore tourist precinct, the historic maritime district in Port Adelaide and the Queen Street cafe strip in Croydon. The Grange line branches off the Outer Harbor line at Woodville.
- The Gawler Line, to Gawler Central in the north of the city, through Ovingham, Mawson Lakes, Salisbury and Elizabeth.
- The electrified Seaford Line, which extends to Seaford in the far south of the city, via the beachside suburb of Brighton and Noarlunga Centre. The Seaford line provides access to beaches at Brighton and Hallett Cove, as well as Westfield Marion at Oaklands. The Tonsley line branches off the Seaford line and it only operates Monday to Friday until the early evening.
- The picturesque Belair Line which extends to Belair in the Adelaide foothills through Blackwood and the inner south-eastern suburbs of the city. The Belair line is useful to access Belair National Park.
The Adelaide Metro has a comprehensive bus network, centred in the City. Full maps and information are available at the Adelaide Metro website. Most main roads including café precincts like The Parade, Prospect Road, Henley Beach Road, King William Road and O'Connell St are 'Go Zones' which have regular buses on weekdays at least every 15 minutes until the early evening. Adelaide's bus network extends out to the outer suburbs, to the Adelaide Hills in the east, down to McLaren Vale in the south (although buses there are infrequent) and as far as Gawler in the north. It does not cover the Barossa Valley. Frequencies in the outer suburbs are much lower than in the City.
Adelaide is also home to the O-Bahn which runs to its north-eastern suburbs. O-Bahn buses run from Grenfell Street in the City, entering the O-Bahn at Hackney and stop at Klemzig, Paradise and Modbury Interchanges. Rather than running on a road, buses with guide wheels run on a 12km specially constructed track reserved for buses - similar to a train or tram. Speeds on the O-Bahn can reach up to 100km/h (62mph). After finishing on the O-Bahn, the buses drives the same as a regular bus to reach its destination. O-Bahn services are very frequent, as often as every 3 to 5 minutes during peak hour to interchanges and every 15 minutes off peak.
Be warned that bus frequency declines sharply after 19:00, with hourly intervals being typical in the outer suburbs, half hourly along Go Zones and every 15 minutes on the O-Bahn. All services cease operation around midnight, so check your timetables and expect to catch a taxi if required if you are out after this time. Very basic After Midnight bus services along limited routes operate hourly after midnight on Saturday nights only.
The free City Loop (99C) bus runs on weekdays from 07:40–18:00 every 15min. On Fridays, it also runs at night 18:00-21:20 every 30min, Saturdays 08:00–17:00 every 30 minutes and Sundays (and public holidays) 10:00-17:00 every 30min. It has clockwise and anticlockwise routes each with about 30 stops taking in all the major cultural and commercial centres in the City, beginning at Victoria Square and including Adelaide Railway Station. The buses feature ground-level access ramps.
Adelaide has a tram line which runs from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Hindmarsh through the City, then down through the south-western suburbs to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. Travel in the City between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and South Terrace is free, while travel to Glenelg needs a ticket or a Metrocard. Tickets can be purchased on the tram from conductors, or from ticket machines at some stops.
As well as being convenient for popular tourist destination Glenelg from the City, the tram also stops at Rundle Mall, Victoria Square near the Adelaide Central Market and at North Terrace near Adelaide Railway Station. Travelling north on the tram takes you to Hindmarsh and Bowden, the home of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre venue for stadium concerts as well as a popular cafe and restaurant strip along Port Road and the side streets alongside.
If you're driving a car, a convenient (and popular) alternative to parking in the City is to park at the Entertainment Centre and catch the tram into the City. It only costs $4 for a whole weekday, which is much cheaper than city parking.
The City centre is relatively compact and can be easily covered on foot. Most attractions are centred around the blocks between North Terrace and Victoria Square on either side of King William Street. The core Rundle Mall shopping district is entirely pedestrianised. The Gouger Street precinct and the Adelaide Central Market are also great destinations for a walking traveller.
Travellers keen to keep up on jogging while away can use popular jogging tracks along the River Torrens and through the Parklands.
Adelaide has three main taxi companies which operate 24/7:
- Adelaide Independent Taxis, ☎ +61 13 22 11.
- Suburban Taxis, ☎ +61 13 10 08.
- Yellow Cabs South Australia, ☎ +61 13 22 27.
Cabs in South Australia are white (even those operated by 'Yellow Cabs') and they are clearly marked. It is generally possible to hail a taxi in the street or from a major hotel during business hours in the City, but in the suburbs you typically need to call one of the company booking services listed. There are a number of cab ranks which are staffed by the Taxi Council at night on weekends. Supervised taxi ranks offer extra security with lights and supervision by a concierge and a security officer. They operate 23:00-03:00 on Fridays and 23:00-05:00 on Saturdays. A map of locations is available on their website.
All taxis in Adelaide are required by the State Government to charge a regulated metered tariff, according to the time that the journey commences. Tariff one is the normal tariff rate and tariff two is a higher rate that applies between Monday to Friday 19:00-06:00, and on weekends and public holidays. Drivers almost always use the meter and are legally required to do so. Payment can be made by cash, EFTPOS, debit and credit cards and Cabcharge. It's a good idea to let the driver know if you are planning to pay with a method other than cash before you start your trip, as the machines can be unreliable.
Adelaide's city centre and inner suburbs like Glenelg, Norwood and Prospect are easily traversed walking and using public transport. However, if you are expecting to spend a lot of time outside of the CBD or you are planning a trip to a wine region, a car is useful to avoid long trips on public transport or in the case of the Barossa Valley, to get around at all.
Unlike other Australian state capitals, Adelaide does not have a network of freeways leading directly into the city centre. The freeways that exist begin in the outer suburbs and are for the purpose of carrying traffic to the nearby country towns. Speed limits on most major roads are signposted at 60km/h, though the default speed limit is 50km/h if no speed limit is posted. Speed limits are strictly enforced, and even creeping ever so slightly above the speed limit may earn you a ticket with a $350 fine.
All of Adelaide's roads as well as those throughout South Australia are toll free.
One of the best times of the year to visit is during Mad March, when a multitude of festivals and events are held. These include (see details below) the Adelaide Fringe, the Clipsal 500 Car race, the Adelaide Festival, WOMADdelaide, The Adelaide Cup horseracing carnival and the touring Soundwave and Future Music Festivals.
- The Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The gardens are quiet and relaxing even though they're in the heart of the city. They contain many large grassed areas ideal for relaxing, and just outside the gardens are the city parklands where ball games and picnics can be held. There is a cafe in the gardens and a conservatory. Free.
- Glenelg beach. The historic beachside suburb of Glenelg has a jetty, the Grand hotel and many restaurants and cafés. Catch one of the historic trams from in Adelaide's CBD on weekends and holidays or new light rail trams other times.
- Montefiore Hill, in North Adelaide provides a spectacular view of the city, especially at night. Other lookouts include Windy Point along Belair Road, and Skye at the end of Kensington Rd.
- Hahndorf, German settlement, a short drive up the freeway, attractions include a small chocolate factory, the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm (where you can pick your own strawberries for very reasonable prices) parks with barbecue facilities and a playground plus many small stores selling all manner of products.
- North Terrace, will take you past the Casino (Railway Station below), Parliament House, Government House, the State Library, Migration Museum (free entry), Art Gallery (free entry), Adelaide University, University of South Australia, Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Botanic Gardens. It is an attractive tree lined boulevard in a South Australian colonial tradition.
- Catch an O-Bahn bus out to the North East suburban shopping centre of Tea Tree Plaza. The O-Bahn is a 12km (7.5 mi) long guided bus way, where special street buses run on guided tracks at up to 100km/h. It uses the unified metroticket system mentioned above.
- Clipsal 500 Supercar, During mid-March, the Clipsal 500 supercar racing event is very popular, sporting massive street parties, huge concert line-ups and many fanatic Adelaidians.
- Adelaide Fringe Festival. During late Feb-March, the Fringe Festival (second largest of its type in the world) and Festival of Arts bring the city alive with music, arts, dance and culture from all over the world. Both are large and very popular events visited by people from all over the world.
- WOMAD, (World of Music Arts and Dance) is another hugely popular music festival now held every year in March. People come from all over Australia and overseas to be at this very special event. Adelaide at its very best. If you are planning on visiting Adelaide make sure to come at this time of the year for an unforgettable time when Adelaide is at its brightest.
- Conservation parks, Cleland and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, Cleland is a good stop on the way down from Mount Lofty. The park offers gas BBQ facilities. Entry fees apply.
- Rundle Lantern light display, Cnr Rundle St and Pultney St. See the Rundle Lantern light display. From dusk to midnight every night with 750 light panels.
Museums and galleries
- Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road. Daily 09:30-17:00. The only place in the southern hemisphere to see giant pandas.
- Migration Museum, Kintore Ave (North of the State Library.). Daily 10:00-1 7:00, closed Good Friday and 25 Dec..
- Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace (Half way between Kintore Ave and Frome Rd, between the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide.), ☎ +61 8 8207-7000. Daily 10:00-17:00, except 25 Dec.. Great place to see tits of all genres. Free cloakroom/baggage store. Free.
- South Australian Museum, North Terrace (Next to the Art Gallery of South Australia.). Daily 10:00-17:00, except Good Friday and 25 Dec.. Best collection Australian Aboriginal collection in the world and the largely Victorian pacific cultures gallery is neat too. Free.
- Port Adelaide Lighthouse.
- Port Adelaide Train Museum
- Glenelg Museum & historic tram.
- Gawler Museum, via Gawler train line.
- South Australian Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson St, ☎ +61 8 8207-6255. Port Adelaide. $8.50, concession $6.50, child $3.50, family $22 (2 adults & up to 5 children).
- National Motor Museum. Birdwood. Large automotive museum collection less than 1h drive from the city centre.
- National Wine Centre, Cnr of Botanic and Hackney Rd, Hackney, ☎ +61 8 8303-3355, fax: +61 8 8303-7444, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 09:00-17:00, Sa-Su & public holidays; Tours & tastings 10:00-17:00.
- Bicentennial Conservatory. The largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere.
- Belair National Park is a national park of 835ha, 11km (7 mi) south of Adelaide City. Due to its history as a "Recreation Park" it has many good trails for bushwalking, as well as tennis courts and grassy areas available for hire, and a good adventure playground for children. Old Government House, the colony's first official Vice-regal summer residence, is located within the park. A vehicle entry fee applies to cars entering the park, or else its western parts can be accessed from the Belair line train, a 35 minute journey from Adelaide city. Gates open 08:00-sunset, except 25 Dec.
- Cleland Conservation Park. Is a large National Park of 992ha (2,450 acres), located 20 minutes from Adelaide City. Although it lacks the picnic and sports facilities of Belair, Cleland offers greater opportunities for tourists to get up close and personal with Australian native fauna. Visitors can feed and wander at their leisure among kangaroos, wallabies, Emus and waterfowl. Displays of Dingoes, reptiles, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas and Koalas allow easy viewing access, or stroll through the aviaries. Visitors also have the rare opportunity to be photographed holding a Koala, under supervision from Parks and Wildlife Officers. There is also an Aboriginal cultural tour.
- Morialta Conservation Park. Is located 10km (6 mi) north-east of the CBD, where the suburbs meet the Adelaide hills. It covers 533ha (1,317 acres), and contains numerous walking trails of various levels of difficulty, including trails that pass by three major waterfalls, and provide panoramic views over Adelaide itself. There is also a popular rock climbing area within the park. Note that the waterfalls only flow in the winter months, and are usually completely dry by Christmas.
- Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. Is a privately run wildlife sanctuary, strongly fenced off from the outside, allowing it to remain completely free of feral plants and animals, especially cats. Warrawong offers unguided day, and guided day and night tours for tourists. As well as allowing visitors to get up close and personal with well known animals like the Kangaroo, Warrawong also offers a unique opportunity to see a number of very rare or less well known native Australian animals, such as the Platypus, Tree Kangaroo, Quoll, Bettong, Potoroo, Pademelon, Bandicoot, Bilby and Possums.
- Haigh's Chocolate, Greenhill Rd, Unley Park. Mondays to Saturdays at 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00. A factory tour. Haigh's was established in 1915 and is one of the best chocolate makers in Australia. 5 minutes from the CBD, the tour will give you a glimpse on how this fine chocolate is made and they give free samples. Free but bookings essential.
- The Adelaide Casino, North Terrace (Next to Adelaide station). adjoining the Festival and Convention centres. Adelaide Casino is South Australia's only licensed Casino, and offers not just great gaming, but also three restaurants, and four bars, including the LOCO nightclub and Grandstand sports bar. Valet parking is also available.
- Bicentennial Conservatory (the Adelaide Botanic Gardens). This is a worthwhile place to visit, it simulates a tropical rainforest micro-eco system, complete with mist falling from the roof. The space accommodates a number of full size rainforest trees and lowland rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the nearby Pacific Islands, many of which are at risk or endangered in their natural habitats. Be warned, it is warm and humid inside. All walkways have full wheelchair access. Free entry.
- West Beach, is ideal for family walks and swimming. It is reasonably close to both Glenelg and Henley Beach. At Henley Beach there is Henley square which hosts some 15 restaurants - an excellent dining venue. All the beaches along Adelaide's coastline are excellent white sand beaches, some with public toilets and cold water showers. If you want to 'wet a line' there are jetties at (suburban beaches, from north to south) Grange, Semaphore, Henley Beach, Glenelg, Brighton and Port Noarlunga.
- Adelaide Oval. During the summer months get down to the Adelaide Oval for a cricket match. Australia plays host to a couple of touring nations each summer and they will play a few matches at this beautiful ground which is just minutes from the city centre. Tickets for internationals tend to be snapped up quickly, but domestic matches are frequent and equally exciting.
- AFL, the peak league for professional Australian Rules Football. Home games for the local teams the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power are played at Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide, after moving from AAMI Stadium in 2013. Getting tickets shouldn't be a problem - check out the AFL website for more details.
- SANFL, the state Aussie Rules league, has 5 games per weekend at a number of locations throughout the city and suburbs. Norwood Oval, home of the Redlegs , is situated on the Parade in Norwood which is home to a variety of restaurant, café and pub options for after the game.
- Adelaide United (soccer), Hindmarsh Stadium.
- Coopers Brewery. The only remaining large family owned brewery in Australia, well known around the world for their bottle conditioned ales. Founded by Thomas Cooper in 1862, the Brewery is currently run fifth generation Tim and Glenn Cooper. Take a tour, all proceeds from the tours go to charity.
- Historic tram ride to Glenelg, along King William Rd (only one line, City to Glenelg). Catch the new Tram or if you are lucky one of the older Trams to Glenelg. Get off at Jetty road and walk past all the great shops, to one of the most popular beaches in Adelaide. Very popular with young and old, lots of volleyball competitions.
- Format Collective, 15 Peel St, Adelaide (off Hindley St). A two story performance space with a permanent zine store. Hosts small art shows, some of the more experimental gigs, discussion panels and performance art. Much of this is concentrated in the yearly Format Festival which is on at the same time as the Fringe Festival and is considered a more experimental alternative, although there are things on all year round. Known for its hipsters, Japanese beer, and nostalgic games of four-square.
Three different universities call Adelaide home, of which the University of Adelaide is the best regarded. The other two universities in the Adelaide area are the University of South Australia and Flinders University. There are opportunities for international students to enroll in these universities, either as degree students, or as part of exchange programmes with foreign universities.
Unlike the "big four" Australian cities, top-end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada do not have a presence in Adelaide. The Victorian Adelaide Arcade that runs south from Rundle Mall has a fine collection of boutiques and specialist shopping such as numismatics, antiques and chocolatiers. Another good place to look for semi-luxury items would be Burnside Village in the eastern suburbs.
Malls and shopping precincts
- Rundle Mall. A pedestrian-only shopping strip, with many arcades and side streets coming off it. Runs parallel to North Terrace. Over 800 shops.
- Tea Tree Plaza, (TTP for short) is a medium-sized shopping centre with over 250 shops. Tea Tree Plaza is the terminus of the Adelaide O'Bahn dedicated busway which begins in the city centre at Hackney Rd. It is easy to get there from the city centre; most of the buses that stop on the Grenfell St stops travel to the TTP interchange via the O'Bahn busway. It's easy to see from a distance as it has the large antenna and supporting pyramid type structure, well-known to the locals, on the roof of the Myer department store. Ample parking is available around, on top of, and underneath the complex. The much smaller Tea Tree Plus shopping centre is right next to Tea Tree Plaza.
- Westfield Marion Shopping Centre is Adelaide's largest shopping centre with over 400 shops. There are direct buses from the city centre.
- Harbour Town. Mid sized mall currently undergoing an expansion, featuring outlet shopping, situated up against the western edge of the Adelaide Airport. Only a short bus ride from the Airport, and 30 minutes from the city centre.
- The Central Market (Between Grote and Gouger St, west of Victoria Sq.). Tu-Sa. All your fresh fruit and veggies under one Victorian roof and you can borrow a shopping cart from Coles Supermarket next door to stop your arms being pulled from their sockets by all the goodies you'll buy. It's not just vegetarians that will salivate here since foods and non-foods of every variety compete for the best displays. Cheap multi-storey parking adjacent.
- Chinatown, a pedestrian-only area (Moonta St) adjacent to Central Market.
- City East IGA the fine food store, 116 Hutt St, ☎ +61 8 8223 1112. Won best IGA Supermarket in SA for its amazing food range, including: Greek, Italian, Chinese and Indian.
- Gaganis Brothers, 9-13 Bacon Street, Hindmarsh 5007 (Car parking on site or Grange Road Bus), ☎ +61 8 8346 5766. 8:30-5:30 M-F, 8:30-3:30 Saturday. A food wholesaler but sells to the public with an amazing selection of ethnic foods. Most items available in larger quantities.
The BYO culture
While fairly unusual in the rest of the world, it's common for restaurants in Australia and New Zealand to allow patrons to bring bottled wine to dinner. This practice is called 'BYO' - 'bring your own'. Originally resulting from a loophole in liquor licensing laws, BYO is now a great opportunity to enjoy some of the wine which you have bought in a wine region, or to visit a local 'bottle shop' and enjoy a wider selection at lower prices.
Nowhere in Australia is BYO more common than in Adelaide. Most restaurants in Adelaide which serve alcohol will also allow BYO, though it's a good idea to call ahead to make sure. It's common for a charge called 'corkage' to be applied to the bill. Corkage will typically be around $5–$10 per bottle, though higher charges are not unheard of. Corkage is applied even if your wine is under a screwtop rather than a cork, like virtually all recently produced Australian wine.
The City caters to virtually every different taste and price range. Adelaide has one of the largest number of restaurants and cafes per person in Australia and most of the best are in the City.
- Gouger Street, Chinatown and the Central Market precinct is a multicultural food and wine paradise. Best known in Adelaide for good quality Asian food at a reasonable price, Gouger Street attracts a wide range of clientele from lawyers and public servants from the adjacent courts and State government precinct to new migrants. Chinatown and Gouger St is the hub of Chinese cuisine and culture in Adelaide and there are a wide range of Chinese restaurants along the strip. Other Asian cuisines are also featured including Thai, Vietnamese and Indian. On the northern side of Gouger St, the Adelaide Central Market has a great range of hawker style food stalls as well as a few older European cafes. The last decade has also seen the emergence of high-end dining on Gouger St, with a number of more expensive options joining the long standing and locally famed Argentinian restaurant, Gaucho's.
- Rundle Street and the East End is the traditional hub of Italian and Greek cuisine in Adelaide, but there are also newer Chinese, Thai and Japanese restaurants. Like Gouger St, it has options across the spectrum of budgets, with the western end of the street closer to Adelaide University catering more to the budget end while the eastern end is more upmarket. The East End laneways off of Rundle Street have a range of smaller, quirkier cafes - Ebenezer Place, Bent Street and Union Street all have a few alternative options.
- Waymouth Street and Pirie Street have emerged as new eating destinations over the last decade, particularly for an upmarket lunch. Waymouth Street, on the western side of King William Street, has a range of high end cafes, bistros and bars, while Pirie Street has a few new cafes.
- Hindley Street is best known for its bars and nightlife, but has a range of multicultural food options, particularly Middle Eastern and Asian. The Leigh Street and Bank Street laneways have also emerged as dining destinations in their own right.
- Hutt Street is smaller scale and offers a small variety of upmarket restaurants that please most tastes, and also has a wide variety of gourmet shops and supermarkets.
- The South West Corner of the City's square mile, south of the Gouger Street precinct, is more residential but includes some of Adelaide's most interesting dining experiences sprinkled among the heritage homes and apartments.
- An eclectic mix of small restaurants and cafes make Melbourne Street an interesting place to eat.
- The variety of take-aways, pubs, cafes, bakeries and restaurants that line most of O'Connell Street means you won't be wanting.
- The Parade, Norwood has a long stretch of shopping and cosmopolitan dining. Buses from the CBD numbering 122-124 or a very short taxi ride.
- Jetty Road / Mosley Square, Glenelg has a variety of restaurants and pubs at the end of a 30 minute tram journey.
- Stuart Road, Dulwich features two cafes, a licensed restaurant and a very good bakery. Catch the 145 or 146 from North Ter which heads along Fullarton Rd and up Dulwich Ave.
- King William Road, Hyde Park is an upmarket strip of fashionable cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.
- Alfonzo, 202 Hutt St. An Italian eatery and shop; a great place to enjoy breakfast and lunch any time of the day.
- Elephant walk, 76 Melbourne St, ☎ +61 8 8267-2006. – particularly interesting because it is a small, cosy cafe which is very dimly lit. Each booth is separated by straw screens so you can't really see the other patrons. It opens at 8PM and if they're full, you'll have to wait outside for a table.
- Jerusalem Sheshkebab House, 131B Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8212 6185. An Adelaide institution with decorations which probably haven't been changed in 30 years. Arguably Adelaide's best falafel and be sure to try the cauliflower dishes. Vegetarian/vegan friendly and BYO.
- Nano, 23 Ebenezer Pl (in East End), ☎ +61 8 8227 0468. Daily. Italian home-style food, great breakfast, good coffee, value for money, breakfast & lunch only, fresh daily. $5.80-15.
- Pho Thanh, 414 Grand Junction Rd. Mansfield Park. Range of Vietnamese dishes at reasonable prices. There are a lot of pho places around Addison/Hanson Roads at Arndale/Mansfield park areas. There are also a lot of nice viet roll places worth checking out. Vietmanese rolls will set you back anywhere from $3-5.
- Dumpling King & Charlie's Shack, Corner of Grote and Moonta Sts. Plates of 10-15 dumplings, steamed/friend, pork/chicken and prawn, for $6.80-7.80. Charlie's Shack has pho, laksa and other soup noodles at reasonable prices.
- Food courts off of Moonta St, Many different Asian cuisines at cheap prices. All you can fit on your plate for varying prices plus made to order food.
- Hawker's Corner, 141 West Terrace, cnr Wright St. Much the same as the food courts but open at night. Cheap but tasty with a wide range of food.
- Indiana Takeaway, Budget Indian food, located on the intersection of Marion Rd and Richmond Rd. From under $10.
- 'Cafe de Vili, '2-14 Manchester St. (off South Rd, after Richmond Rd). Vili is an Adelaide producer of pastries, especially pies and pasties. This unpretentious eatery at their factory serves full meals in addition to pastries. Shift workers and night owls regularly eat there because it is open 24 hr, 7 days. It is a minor Adelaide icon.
- Fasta Pasta, is the Fastfood version of pasta; although found in other states its popularity in South Australia is due to the chain having started in Adelaide. Expect to pay from $10 for a plate of pasta.
- There are actually a lot of budget eateries in Adelaide. They don't usually look like much from the outside but most have something going for them - the reason that they are still in business. It pays to look through menus plastered onto doors. Cheap eats should be anywhere from $8–14 for a main, and no more.
- Amalfi, 29 Frome St, ☎ +61 8 8223 1948. This little Italian place located just off Rundle St has a loyal following and is usually jam packed. It has an inventive range of pizzas and pastas, with quality a cut above the other Italian cafes filling Rundle St.
- Chefs Of Tandoori, 292 Unley Rd, ☎ +61 8 8373 5055. As the name suggest, founded by Indian chefs who deserted the Tandoori Oven across the road. Good Indian food at a very reasonable price.
- Fellini, ☎ +61 8 8239 2235. 102 O'Connell St. Large North Adelaide cafe is packed to the rafters every weekend. The menu is Italian-based pasta, pizza and so on, but what keeps the punters coming back is the large size of the menu and inventiveness of the dishes.
- Hotaru Japanese Restaurant, 162 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8410 2838. Cosy Japanese restaurant with wonderful food, particularly the fresh sashimi, various sushi rolls and the grilled eggplant. Home-made sesame ice cream and green tea ice cream. Hotaru is located off the main Gouger St area.
- Jasmin, ☎ +61 8 8223 7837. 31 Hindmarsh Sq. Arguably Adelaide's best Indian restaurant. Beautifully decorated, with classical music playing and impeccable service. The very hot curries (vindaloo and tindaloo) are especially good. You might also consider trying the mixed entree or orange sponge cake.
- Kenji Modern Restaurant, 242 Hutt St, ☎ +61 8 8232 0944. Nominated as the best Japanese restaurant in Adelaide.
- North, Corner of North Terrace and Station Road. Signature restaurant of the Adelaide Casino, exclusive a la carte cuisine, influenced by European and Japanese flavours.
- Nu Thai, 117 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8410 2288. Slightly more expensive than Regent, with a more adventurous menu. They have a huge blackboard inside with a long list of specials which change regularly.
- Raj on Taj, ☎ +61 8 8271 7755. King William Rd. Good, reasonably priced Indian food. There are two Raj on Taj restaurants, one in Hyde Park and one nearby in Unley. The Hyde Park one is the better of the two.
- Regent Thai, ☎ +61 8 8239 0927. 165 O'Connell St. Excellent and consistent standard Thai menu. The friendly proprietor Chang was a refugee from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Try the oysters in coriander sauce, the red curry chicken, or ask for a whole fish steamed with ginger and shallots. Its sister restaurant at Glenelg, Phuket, is worth checking out as well. Mains $13-18.
- Magill Estate Restaurant, 78 Penfold Rd, ☎ +61 8 8301 5551. Magill. While the food here is good, the real stars are the view and the wine list. This restaurant is owned by Penfolds, probably Australia's best-known premium red wine maker, and overlooks the vineyards on their Magill property, not far from the city centre. The grapes grown on this estate are used to make the Magill Estate label single vineyard Shiraz. The wine list allows you to order back vintages of the Penfolds and other wines going back 20 or more years.
- Windy Point Restaurant, ☎ +61 8 8278 8255. Windy Point Lookout, Belair Rd. Nice ambiance, excellent service and good food prepared in a unique way with a nice view of the city skyline. For those who wish to have a less formal setting, the adjacent cafe also offers a good selection. Usually only open for dinner from 6PM onwards, though lunches are possible with prior arrangements.
- Auge, 22 Grote St, ☎ +61 8 8410 9332. Small Italian/Modern Australian fusion restaurant tucked in a corner opposite Central Market.
- Red Ochre, ☎ +61 8 8211 8555. War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide. Modern Australian restaurant with a nice ambience situated on the River Torrens and with a good view of the city skyline.
- Shiki Restaurant (Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide), ☎ +61 8 8231 2382. North Ter. Japanese restaurant with a nice atmosphere in one of Adelaide's premier hotels. Mainly known for it's teppanyaki but also serves other Japanese dishes like sushi, sashimi and tempura.
There are pubs and bars dotted all around the CBD, but a few districts are worth singling out. Rundle Street and its neighbouring area known simply as "The East End" have a number of popular pubs. Hindley St used to be notorious as the seedy home of Adelaide's strip clubs and bikie bars, but it, and "The West End" have undergone a renaissance. The eastern end of Hindley Street is more mainstream, whereas the western end, west of Morphett Street has a few trendier and more alternative venues. The seedy places are still there, but so too is a university campus and a number of trendy bars and clubs. Also important are Gouger Street and its many restaurants but with an increasing number of bars and pubs. O'Connell Street is home to a few of North Adelaide's popular pubs.
There are also many bars in the suburbs of Adelaide which usually are busier on Thursday and Friday evenings. Quite a lot of the locals will go to the hotels in the suburbs on Thursday and Friday evenings, and go into the Adelaide CBD on Saturday evenings.
Smoking in pubs and clubs is banned under South Australian law. Many drinking establishments have outdoor areas where smoking is permitted.
- Grandstand, ☎ +61 8 8212 2811. Adelaide Casino, North Ter. Su-Th 10AM-late, F Sa 11AM-5:30AM. Situated on the 1st floor of Adelaide Casino, Grandstand is Adelaide's premier venue for watching all live sporting events. Featuring several TV screens showing all the action from Fox Sports, Setanta and Main Event, Grandstand also has full Keno and TAB facilities. A bar menu is also available, as are regular great drink promotions.
- Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, ☎ +61 8 8223 3212. M-W 11AM-3AM, Th-Sa 11AM-4AM. Situated just off Rundle St, this Adelaide institution is often referred to as "The Cranker", or less kindly, the "Crowd of Wankers" attracts those of an alternative bent. Goths, metalheads, punks and hippies all mingle in this multi-roomed venue, sipping beer. But don't worry, piercings and tattoos aren't essential to have a good time. Music playing could be just about anything.
- Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8231 9137. M-F 11AM-late, Sa 4PM-late, Su closed. Serves food all day. This lively pub features a beer garden and a solid restaurant. The crowd is generally early to mid 20s, many from the nearby Hindley Street campus of the University of South Australia. While it definitely has a strong pub feel, the music is more like a bar, with live jazz and funk, house and drum'n'bass (rather than rock) the order of the day.
- The Exeter, 246 Rundle St, ☎ +61 8 8223 2623. This friendly old-school pub is much frequented by students from nearby Adelaide University and TAFE. At night, it has an alternative feel drawing crowds from all areas. Two back rooms contain a great little restaurant. The curry nights on Wednesday and Thursday are popular. Small music venue, mostly showcasing live alternative bands. M-Su 11AM-late.
- The Archer, ☎ +61 8 8361 9300. 60 O'Connell St. Modern, hip feel and a large range of beers on tap. Be aware that it has to close earlier than most places (usually midnight) due to residential noise restrictions.
- The Cumberland Arms, 205 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8231 3577. M 9AM-midnight, Tu 9AM-1AM, W-Th 9AM-3AM, F Sa 6PM-4AM, Su 6PM-2AM. Located in a strip of bars and clubs along the southern end of Light Square adjacent to Hindley St. The Cumberland was bought out and refurbished some years ago. Nowadays it's a cozy spot which does a good job of being all things to all people. The front bar areas conceal a dance floor within, where a DJ is invariably playing house, and an outdoor area around the side. The popularity of "The Cumby" is cyclic, but if it's not happening, one of the adjacent places will be.
- The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8231 5500. (Opposite "The Cumberland). The Grace has plenty of trinkets behind and around the bar to keep one's eyeballs busy whilst nursing a Coopers or bloody mary. Local, interstate and overseas bands play most nights. Every Monday night Billy Bob's BBQ Jam sees a variety of local bands strut their stuff to impress the crowd with 3 or 4 songs (though perhaps more by popular demand) whilst a sausage sizzle out the beer garden feeds the hordes - a highlight of an otherwise quiet evening in Adelaide.
- The Austral. Rundle St. On the main street for shopping and nightlife in Adelaide, which is really the same long street as Hindley St but with a different name either side of King William Road, and the pedestrian only Rundle Mall in the middle. The Austral is the unofficial backpackers pub of choice.
- Coopers Alehouse (also known by the original name still on the front facade The Earl of Aberdeen), 316 Pulteney St. The only pub to hold the complete range of Coopers Beers on tap, including the Vintage Ale. Also serves good food, including pizzas, in the attached Arnou Woodfired at the Earl restaurant. 10 minute walk from the Rundle St-Pulteney St intersection.
- The Stag, 299 Rundle St (cnr of Rundle and East Tce). More up market establishment, with good views of the parklands from the al fresco seating, good range of drinks and weekly live music. The second floor balcony literally overlooked the old Formula 1 street circuit and was always crammed with race fans. With the shortened Clipsal 500 course this is no longer possible, but still a good place to go after the days races.
- Zhivago, 155 Waymouth St. This West End bar attracts a friendly, relaxed, mid-20s crowd.
- First, ☎ +61 8 8223 4044. 128 Rundle Mall. (in the Richmond Hotel), The only nightspot on Rundle Mall. First started life as a chilled out cocktail bar, but rapidly became popular as an after-work spot on Fridays, and could now also be filed under "clubs". On weekends they are packed out and play commercial house, but on weeknights it reverts to the original cocktail bar atmosphere.
- Fumo Blu, 270 Rundle St, ☎ +61 8 8232 2533. Below ground cocktail lounge in the heart of Rundle St.
- Boho, 27 Unley Rd, ☎ +61 8 8271 5544. Unley. Burlesque themed bar, with live music and burlesque and period performances, located a 5 minute drive, bus or Tram ride South of the CBD. Half price cocktails Wednesday and Sunday 6-9pm.
- Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St. Inconspicuously located off Hindley St (it's a door with a sign above it). Live venue hosting international/interstate and local alternative indie acts. Also home to indie/alternative Modular nights and ABRACADABRA on Fridays. Open every weekend until late.
- HQ, ☎ +61 8 7221 1245. 1 North Tce, (previously known as "Heaven" and "Heaven II"). A complex at the far end of the West End with possibly the best sound system and most floor space to be found anywhere in the city. It is easily Adelaide's largest club. The big nights are Saturday, where you'll hear mostly commercial house, with a little trance, and Wednesday, which is a retro night. Fridays can also be big, depending on what's on.
- Mars Bar, 120 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8231 9639. Adelaide's principal gay club. Straight people are also welcome.
- Jive, 181 Hindley St. 300 capacity mainly live venue that hosts local and interstate rock/alternative/indie acts. Also home to indie/alternative dance club Gosh! on Saturdays after the bands. Open every weekend and sometimes during the week.
There is a choice of backpacker accommodation around the central bus station.
- Adelaide Central YHA, 135 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8414-3010, fax: +61 8 8414-3015, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. $75, en suite: $90, dorm: $25.50 (YHA/Hostelling International members 10% discount)..
- Adelaide Travellers Inn, 220 Hutt St, ☎ +61 8 8224-0753, e-mail: email@example.com. Nomads Mad card members receive $2 off per night or their 7th night free.
- The Austral, 205 Rundle St, ☎ +61 8 8223-4660. The Austral is a pub which provides accommodation upstairs from the bar area. Rooms are clean and fairly quiet despite the bar downstairs, although the mattresses aren't great quality. Bathrooms are shared. Close to Adelaide's centre. $55, sgl $35..
- Blue Galah, 62 King William St, ☎ +61 8 8231-9295, toll-free: 1800 221 529, fax: +61 8 8231-9598, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Just one block from Rundle St Mall but no smoking rules not enforced so best to avoid if you do not carry your own gas mask/filtration system. Not the cleanest or quietest place but has a great bar with balcony overlooking King William St and CBD. Wi-Fi: $5/day, $15/wk. Dorm: $24 (weekly rates too); private single/twin/double: $70.
- Cannon Street Backpackers (across from Flinders St Bus Terminal). In house bar. Lots of Irish and English backpackers that like to party hard, so place tends to be on a bit noisy. From $21.
- Hostel 109, 109 Carrington St, ☎ +61 8 8223-1771. Small, quiet, modern, secure & centrally located. Very clean. Free internet.
- My Place Adelaide, 257 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8221 5299, toll-free: 1800 221 529. Very clean, good social vibe, free breakfast & free bus to Glenelg beach. BBQ nights, beach volleyball & soccer organised.
- Plaza Hotel, 85 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8231-6371, fax: +61 8 8231-2055, e-mail: email@example.com. $72, sgl $66..
- Shakespeare International Hostel, 123 Waymouth St (150m north of Bicycle SA free bike hire & central bus station), ☎ +61 8 8231-7655, toll-free: 1800 556 889, fax: +61 8 8211-6867, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 09:30. Good compromise between cleanliness and price, this hostel attracts an eclectic mix of long term residents and tour parties leaving early from the nearby bus station. Has a large lounge for socialising and the kitchen is kept surprisingly clean. Will not store passports safely so, if this is a concern, pay a bit more at the YHA a few doors down.
- Ambassadors Hotel, 107 King William Street, ☎ +61 8 8231 4331. Midrange hotel in the heart of the city in a historic building. Great bar!
- Mantra on Frome, 88 Frome St, ☎ +61 8 8223 9000, toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: +61 8 8223 9014, e-mail: email@example.com. 4 star apartment hotel. 72 studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, most with private balconies, fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. All have living and dining areas with cableTV and in-house movies.
- Mantra Hindmarsh Square, 55-67 Hindmarsh Sq, ☎ +61 8 8412 3333, toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: +61 8 8412 3344, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Short stroll from the Rundle Mall and Rundle Street dining precinct. 179 studios, 1 & 2 bedroom A/C suites with kitchenette, bathroom and laundry facilities. Some suites also offer a private balcony with views across the city.
- BreakFree on Hindley, 255 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8217 2500, toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: +61 8 8217 2519, e-mail: email@example.com. 142 self-contained studio and 2 bedroom apartments in West End. Well-appointed spacious apartments with modern amenities.
- BreakFree Directors Studios, 259 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8213 2500, toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: +61 8 8213 2519, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Boutique hotel within proximity to the CBD, Central Market and restaurants.
- Golden Chain Motels. Many locations throughout Adelaide
- Adelaide City Park Motel, 471 Pulteney St, toll-free: 1800 231 444, fax: +61 8 8223-1133, e-mail: email@example.com. Double rooms from $88 per night.
- Holiday Inn Adelaide, 65 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8231 5552, fax: +61 8 8237 3800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Double rooms $150. Comfortable, but located at the start of the seedy end of Hindley Street.
- Quest on King William, 82 King William St, ☎ +61 8 8217 5000, fax: +61 8 8217 5050, e-mail: email@example.com. Serviced apartments available for short-term or long term rental. 1 bedroom apartments from $145 short-term or $135 for long-term rentals.
- Quest Mansions, 21 Pulteney St, ☎ +61 8 8232 0033, fax: +61 8 8223-4559, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Serviced apartments available for short-term or long term rental. Studio apartments $138 short-term, $111 long-term. 1 bedroom apartments from $196 short-term, $158 for long-term rentals.
- Esplanade Apartments, 80 Seaview Rd West Beach, ☎ +61 8 8353 0443, fax: +61 88 356 4478, e-mail: email@example.com. 1 bedroom from $75, 2 bedroom from $90.
- Frogmore Apartments, 13 Military Rd West, ☎ +61 8 8353 3874. Beach. Close to beach with excellent Mt Lofty Range views). Apartments one bedroom from $75 per night and two bedroom from $90 per night, three bedrooms from $110 per night.
- Rydges South Park Adelaide, toll-free: 1300 857 922. 1 South Terrace, (next to the southern parklands). Views to the Adelaide Hills and features 97 rooms with 9 spa suites.
- Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Sq, ☎ +61 8 8217 2000, fax: +61 8 8217 2001, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Deluxe king sized rooms from $250/night.
- Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury, 2 Flinders St, ☎ +61 8 8112 0000, fax: +61 8 8112 0199, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. 80 studio rooms and 1-2 bedroom apartments in the former State Treasury building. The hotel overlooks Victoria Square and is only minutes to Rundle Mall and Adelaide Central Market. Studio rooms from $210.
- Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide, 55 Waymouth St (Central business district), ☎ +61 8 8115 8888, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Ter, ☎ +61 8 8461 1111, fax: +61 8 8231 7572, e-mail: email@example.com. Queen sized rooms from $225.
- InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, ☎ +61 8 8238 2400. 344$.
The Australia-wide emergency number is 000. The ambulance service, fire service and police are available through this number. For non-emergency police assistance, dial 131 444.
Adelaide is considered a safe city, and much more so than other Australian capitals. People should however exercise personal safety, particularly at night.
The city parklands are poorly lit and are best avoided after dark due to the presence of intoxicated people. If you need to cross the parklands to reach the suburbs, stay near the road. Catching a taxi or public transport is recommended at night.
Trains in Adelaide are generally reliable and arrive and depart on schedule. (Buses can be slightly more variable.) There are security guards on all trains after 19:00 and many rail services have bus connections available.
At night, police actively patrol the city centre, especially Hindley Street, the latter being where many of the city's nightclubs and bars are located. Taxi ranks are located near the Adelaide Casino on North Terrace, the Hilton Adelaide Hotel on Victoria Square, and the junction of Rundle Street and Pulteney Street outside the Hungry Jacks fast food outlet. Most regular public transport services end before or at midnight, but special After Midnight bus services operate Saturday night only, travelling from the city to brightly-lit points throughout Adelaide's suburbs.
Adelaide's remote location in the world's driest continent means that all of its drinking water is sourced from the River Murray or local reservoirs. Although the water is perfectly safe to drink, it does make tap water unpalatable to those not used to it and is best drunk filtered.
There is extensive free Wi-Fi access (port 80 only) in the CBD and the airport provided by Internode.
- Germany, PO Box 90 - Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000, ☎ +61 8-8224-068. Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 13:00 Strictly by appointment. Honorary consulate only.
- Greece. The Greek consulate in Adelaide is now closed.
- Thailand, Room 9,144 South Terrace, Adelaide 5000, ☎ +61 8 2311333. Monday to Friday, 11.00 - 15:00, except Thai and Australian holidays. Honorary consulate.
- Adelaide Hills, including the Mt Lofty Summit provides spectacular views of the Adelaide plains, Adelaide metropolitan area, Adelaide CBD, Glenelg and surrounding areas. There is a moderately priced restaurant at the Mount Lofty summit and a souvenir shop which offers tourist information. The summit cannot be accessed by vehicle between late evening and early morning hours, however the lookout is still accessible by foot.
- Kangaroo Island. Explore the natural environment.
- Flinders Ranges. Head north to explore the natural beauty and frontier history of the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound
- Victor Harbor, just an hour or so drive south of Adelaide. Granite Island is one of the few places you can see Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat. Visit the nearby surf beaches in Pt Elliot, Middletown and Goolwa.
- Whispering wall, at the Barossa Reservoir.
- Yorke Peninsula is a popular holiday destination for Adelaidians, and less touristy than Victor Harbor, with towns dotted along the coast and the rugged Innes National Park at the foot of the peninsula.
- Alice Springs, 1,500 km of driving. Main stops on the way are Port Augusta and Coober Pedy. Eventually, heading through the Northern Territory you will reach the turn off to Uluru.
- Melbourne, via Coorong National Park, followed by the Limestone Coast and finally the Great Ocean Road before arriving in Melbourne.
- Eyre Peninsula. Visit the historic town of Port Lincoln where you can see the massive tuna farms as well as going diving with Great White Sharks (in a cage) or swim with the dolphins and the seals.
|Routes through Adelaide|
|Port Augusta ← Port Pirie ←||N E||→ END|
|Port Augusta ← Port Pirie ←||W E||→ Gladstone, Peterborough → Broken Hill|
|END ←||W E||→ Murray Bridge → Melbourne|