The capital of South Australia doesn’t have the population of other Aussie cities like Sydney or Melbourne. It has a reputation for being a tad staid with a title of the City of Churches. But Adelaide is far from the sleepy town you might think. It has two world-renowned arts festivals, a passionate sporting population and some of the finest eateries and vineyards on its doorstep.
The team at Adelaide eGuide have come up with some of the best things to do and experience in Adelaide. It is hard to choose the best and so if you have ideas do please let us know at eGuide and we will check out your recommendations, this is not a static list, just search for "eGuide contact". Each list has the top three in the category.
Improve your wine tasting skills with one of the many vineyard tours offered in the famous Barossa Valley wine region. Complement the wine by sampling some of the region’s best gourmet produce – ranging from boutique chocolates to world class cheeses.
Cast off the anchor and climb aboard a Murray River expedition boat. These overnight tours will take you through the Outback in style, with resident experts on hand to explain the finer points of the area’s culture and environment. Venture inland during the day to explore the isolated wilderness with the experienced guides, then enjoy some Aussie tucker at night on the sandy banks of the Murray.
Be guided through significant Aboriginal sites in the Coorong National Park by the traditional owners, the Ngarrindjeri people. Learn some of the traditional arts like basket weaving and share the magic of traditional stories shared by the elders. Cruise the shallow lagoons with ease in flat bottomed boats or rent a kayak to see the multitude of bird life who seek refuge in the area.
A taste of Europe in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest German settlement. Sample the gourmet delights while strolling the tree lined streets, then visit the Hahndorf Academy, a regional centre for heritage and the arts. Explore the local galleries and cellar doors, then stop in at the Hahndorf Inn for a German pint to round out the day.
With 35ha of native grasslands and forest reserve, Cleland Wildlife Park offers a hands on approach to getting to know Australian wildlife. Roam around the open enclosure with the kangaroos, or get up close and personal with a cuddly koala. Be educated and entertained with the daily live animal feedings, including Tasmanian devils, dingos, pelicans and snakes. Stay late for the nocturnal tour, where you’ll see what the animals get up to when the sun goes down! You can find affordable Adelaide accommodation, flights, and tours online with Expedia.
Adelaide the capital of South Australia is one of the best planned cities in Australia. The mountains along the inner boundary and the sea along the outer boundary define Adelaide. The beautiful Torrens River runs through the parklands in the city centre. Adelaide known as the city of churches and none more magnificent than St Peter's Cathedral. Standing atop Montefiore Hill is Colonel William Light, who watches over the city he helped found.
Award winning hotels line the city streets from where you can walk to the Casino housed in the restored old Adelaide Railway Station, and the magnificent Parliament House in North Terrace. You can review hotels in Adelaide here.
Adelaide's population is around 1.1 million people but it is a city that is easy to get around and there are many transport options.
Adelaide is so close to the beach with a choice of Glenelg, Semaphore and Henley beaches only a few minutes from the heart of the city. The beach atmosphere is relaxed with wide beaches and white sands. And the little cafés along the beaches makes it a relaxing way to spend a Sunday – take the dog for a walk along the beach, stop for breakfast and watch the waves break onshore.
Take a ferry on the Torrens River to the Adelaide zoo or a tram to the beach at Glenelg. The city centre of Adelaide is a contrast of beautiful old buildings and the modern Adelaide city centre measures just one square mile and has many attractions that are well worth visiting.
The team at Adelaide eGuide is always researching Adelaide to ensure that we provide the most informative Adelaide travel guide available. Adelaide is an excellent city to visit and many readers tell us one of their favourites in Australia and one reason being that is easy to walk around and explore. So enjoy Adelaide this 2012 and tell us what you like on facebook so that we can share with other travellers.