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Adelaide is the national capital 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 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 Yorke Peninsula 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 Germany, 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 under redevelopment to host AFL football matches during the winter months. Australian football has a long history in Adelaide and AFL matches are 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.
The South Australia time zone is 30 minutes behind Australian Standard Eastern Time (AEST) used in Victoria or New South Wales.
Weather in Adelaide
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 tourism 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 climate. Spring also makes a good time to visit Adelaide, as flowers are usually in bloom following the rains of winter.
History of Adelaide
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.
Travel to Adelaide
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Travel by plane to Adelaide
- Adelaide International Airport (is around 7 km (4.3 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 around 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), Denpasar (on Jetstar Airways) and Guangzhou (on China Southern Airlines). 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.
Travellers from South Africa can first fly direct to Perth and then connect to a domestic flight onwards to Adelaide.
Travellers from New Zealand can catch a direct flight flying daily from Auckland on Air New Zealand. 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 national capital 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 and currency change. Food and shopping is available both landside and airside. Lockers are available in the car rental area in the carpark, including some larger lockers that would fit bike boxes. 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 8AM to 6PM every day to the City, less frequent from 5AM to 11PM. 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 left (west) of the Short Term Car Park outside the main terminal. 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 metroMATE.
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 a $2 extra charge is payable in addition to the metered amount for pickups from the airport.
Major national rental car companies operate kiosks on the ground floor near baggage claim including AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot Sixt. The car rental car park is on the ground level directly opposite the terminal.
Travel by car to Adelaide
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 famous cabernet sauvignon regions in Australia and also is convenient for a side tour via the Great Ocean Road. The trip via Horsham is more direct, on high quality highways, but has fewer tourism attractions.
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. This route 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 national capital to Perth, the 2,550km (1584 mi) journey across the Eyre Highway 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-Kata Tjuta National Park is only a few hours from the main highway north.
Travel by train to Adelaide
Great Southern Railway runs long distance tourist train services to and from Adelaide. Across Australia by train runs to Alice Springs and Darwin, The Overland runs to Melbourne, and the Across Australia by train 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 flight 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. Since the demolition of Keswick station, there are no connections to the suburban train network. 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.
Getting around in Adelaide
Travel by bicycle in Adelaide
Bicycle SA, 111 Franklin St (Just to the North-West of the main Bus Station), . 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 Monday to Friday 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.
Public transportation in 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. Monday to Friday 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.
The O-Bahn is a bus rapid transit line which runs to Adelaide’s 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. 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 tourism 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, .
- Suburban Taxis, .
- Yellow Cabs South Australia, .
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.
Travel by car to Adelaide
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.
Major national rental car companies operate kiosks at Adelaide Airport on the ground floor near baggage claim including AVIS, Budget,Alpha, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot Sixt.
- 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.
- Bicentennial Conservatory. 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.
- Montefiore Hill (North Adelaide). Provides a stunning view of the city, mainly at night.
- Other lookouts include Windy Point along Belair Road, and Skye at the end of Kensington Road.
- North Terrace. Driving east from West Terrace will take you past the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of South Australia’s City West campus, the new University of Adelaide’s medical school, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Casino (Railway Station below), Parliament House, Government House, the State Library of South Australia, Migration Museum (free entry), Art Gallery of South Australia (free entry), the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia’s City East campus, the site of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the Botanic Gardens. It is an attractive tree lined boulevard in a South Australian colonial tradition.
- Rundle Lantern light display, Cnr Rundle St and Pulteney St. From dusk to midnight every night with 750 light panels.
Museums and galleries in Adelaide
- Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road. Daily 09:30-17:00. The only place in the southern hemisphere to see giant pandas. The zoo also boasts meerkats, lions, tigers, a family of capybaras and some quokkas.
- 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 Road, between the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide.), . 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.
- National Wine Centre, Cnr of Botanic and Hackney Road, Hackney, , fax: . Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00, Saturday to Sunday & public holidays; Tours & tastings 10:00-17:00.
- Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
- Bay Discovery Center (Glenelg; take the historic tram).
- Port Adelaide Lighthouse.
- National Railway Museum (Port Adelaide). Australia’s largest railway museum.
- South Australian Aviation Museum (Port Adelaide).
- South Australian Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide, . $8.50, concession $6.50, child $3.50, family $22 (2 adults & up to 5 children).
- Gawler National Trust Museum (via Gawler train line).
What to do at Adelaide
- Glenelg beach. The historic beachside suburb of Glenelg has a jetty, the Grand hotel and many restaurants and cafés. Very popular with young and old, lots of volleyball competitions. Catch one of the historic trams from in Adelaide’s CBD on weekends and holidays, or new light rail trams other times.
- West Beach. 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 located 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.
- Format Collective, 15 Peel St, Adelaide (off Hindley St). A two-storey 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.
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 the Adelaide Fringe, the Clipsal 500 Car race, the Adelaide Festival, WOMADdelaide and the Adelaide Cup horseracing carnival.
- Adelaide 500 (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 live 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.
- WOMADelaide (World of Music Arts and Dance). A hugely popular music festival now held every year in March. People come here from all over Australia and overseas. It shows Adelaide at its very best.
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). 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 Road. 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. Adelaide’s largest shopping Centre with over 400 shops. There are direct buses from the city Centre.
- Harbour Town. Mid sized mall 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.
Where to stay
There is a choice of backpacker accommodation around the central bus station.
- Adelaide Central YHA, 135 Waymouth St, , fax: . $75, en suite: $90, dorm: $25.50 (YHA/Hostelling International members 10% discount)..
- Adelaide Travellers Inn, 220 Hutt St, . Nomads Mad card members receive $2 off per night or their 7th night free.
- The Austral, 205 Rundle St, . 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. Double $55, single $35.
- Blue Galah, 62 King William St, , toll-free: 1800 221 529, fax: . 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, . Small, quiet, modern, secure & centrally located. Very clean. Free internet.
- My Place Adelaide, 257 Waymouth St, , 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, , fax: . Double $72, single $66.
- Shakespeare International Hostel, 123 Waymouth St (150m north of Bicycle SA free bike hire & central bus station), , toll-free: 1800 556 889, fax: . Check-in: noon, check-out: 9:30AM. 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, . Midrange hotel in the heart of the city in a historic building. Great bar.
- Mantra on Frome, 88 Frome St, , toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: . 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, , toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: . 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, , toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: . 142 self-contained studio and 2-bedroom apartments in West End. Well-appointed spacious apartments with modern amenities.
- BreakFree Directors Studios, 259 Gouger St, , toll-free: 1300 987 604, fax: . 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: . Double rooms from $88 per night.
- Holiday Inn Adelaide, 65 Hindley St, , fax: . Double rooms $150. Comfortable, but at the start of the seedy end of Hindley Street.
- Quest on King William, 82 King William St, , fax: . Serviced apartments available for short-term or long term rental. 1-bedroom apartments from $145 short-term or $135 for long-term rentals.
- Mansions on Pulteney (Quest Mansions), 21 Pulteney St, , fax: . 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 Road West Beach, , fax: . 1-bedroom from $75, 2-bedroom from $90.
- Frogmore Apartments, 13 Military Road West, . 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.
- Oaks Embassy, 96 North Terrace, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. In CBD, This property contains a range of apartments with free Wi-Fi,indoor heated swimming pool access,gymnasium and parking facilities.
- iStay Precinct, 185 Morphett Street, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. A collection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with kitchen and laundry facilities,Jacuzzi, Indoor heated pool, spa and steam room
- Oaks Liberty Towers, 25 Colley Terrace, Glenelg, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. This property consists of seaside apartments that are suitable for vacations or business trips. Free Wi-Fi, swimming pool access and gymnasium facilities are available.
- Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Sq, , fax: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Deluxe king sized rooms from $250/night.
- Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury, 2 Flinders St, , fax: . 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), . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Ter, , fax: . Queen sized rooms from $225.
- InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, . 344$.
- Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square, .
Stay safe and avoid Scams in Adelaide
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 7PM and many rail services have bus connections available.
At night, police actively patrol the city Centre, mainly Hindley Street, the latter being where many of the city’s nightclubs and bars are. Taxi ranks are 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.
Stay healthy in Adelaide
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.
Consulates in Adelaide
The Consulate for the United Kingdom has closed, therefore the British High Commission in Canberra is the closest.
- Germany, PO Box 90 – Rundle Mall,, . Monday to Friday 10AM-1PM strictly by appointment. Honorary consulate only.
- Thailand, Room 9, 144 South Terrace, . Monday to Friday 11AM-3PM, except Thai and Australian holidays. Honorary consulate.
Where to go next from Adelaide
Adelaide Hills, including the Mt Lofty Summit, provides stunning views of the Adelaide metropolitan area. The Adelaide Hills are a series of villages, each having its own unique character. In particular, the towns of Hahndorf and Stirling are worth visiting.
- The wine regions of the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Yorke Peninsula
- Kangaroo Island. Explore the natural environment.
- Outback (South Australia). 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-Kata Tjuta National Park.
- 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.