Adelaide is an enchanting destination to explore. The wide sweeping streets, city squares and lush green boundaries make for an experience in themselves. You only need scratch the surface to tap into its hedonistic side.
This adventure playground boasts major cultural, artistic, pleasure-seeking, gastronomic and sports events. The city also offers a wealth of cuisines and magnificent wines through to the live music and bar scene.
During the innovative Adelaide Fringe Festival, the artistic flair of this progressive city shine through. The traditional owners of the Adelaide area are the Kaurna people, whose territory extends south towards Cape Jervis and north towards Port Wakefield. Early European colonists (free settlers) began to arrive in 1836, creating a lush, European-style capital, while successive waves of settlers have added to the cosmopolitan mix.
Also popular with visitors is the Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park, which features local birds and animals including koalas and kangaroos. Locality: On the flat Adelaide Plain, bounded by the Gulf to the W and the low, rolling Adelaide Hills, part of the Mt Lofty Ranges to the E. Near the coast of South Australia, on the Gulf of St Vincent. 400 mls NW of Melbourne (1 hr by air). City centre 4m ls E of airport.
Adelaide suits all types of tourist but especially a more mature, quieter clientele who appreciate Victorian architecture and a refined, genteel atmosphere. The city does, however, have a livelier aspect, making it appealing to a younger crowd.
A dozen or more beaches spread along the 20 mls of coast nearest the city, boasting stretches of golden sand are also a fabulous attraction to this city. Glenelg is probably the best known and most developed with safe swimming, a variety of water sports and a water park.
There are Plenty of shops, befitting the capital of the state of South Australia. Rundle Mall is a pedestrian street in the NE of the city with department stores and lots of shops. Its continuation, Rundle Street, is full of boutiques. Central and East End Markets plus another in the suburbs at Tea Tree Plaza. In North Adelaide, Melbourne Street and O’Connell Street meet shoppers’ needs. Opals are promoted as a good buy.
By night there is the Festival Theatre for shows, plays and concerts, cinemas, casino, pubs, clubs and discos, with the best selection on Hindley Street, in the NW corner of the city centre, which also boasts a few adult entertainment venues.
Local excursions to Barossa and Clare Valley wineries; Kangaroo Island; boat trip along River Murray are also popular options for tourists.