Guide to Adelaide

There are many exciting things to do and see in Adelaide. Australia is home to many beautiful beaches, and Adelaide is no exception. Glenelg is always a favourite to visit, with a picturesque beach and jetty for fishing or simply for the magnificent views, and a wide range of shops perfect for lunch or a bit of shopping.
There are other amazing beaches that require a bit of a drive to get to – but are well worth it! Aldinga, Victor Harbor, Middleton and Port Elliot – home to one of the best bakeries ever – are just to name a few.  A trip to Granite Island just off Victor Harbor leads to island discovery walks and many, many fairy penguins, and a ride on the horse drawn tram to get there. 

In the Adelaide CBD is the Botanic Gardens, with stunning flora in every direction, making it the ideal place to go for a walk or a picnic. Another scenic sight to see is the River Torrens, running from the Adelaide Hills to the ocean. Make sure you jump on one of the paddleboats where the River Torrens runs through the heart of Adelaide in Elder Park – though watch out going under the fountains!

Along the river runs a linear trail, beautiful for a gentle stroll, invigorating run or scenic bike ride.

Other scenic sites to visit are the Morialta Conservation Park and the Mounty Lofty Botanic Gardens. 

There are many exciting activities for kids in Adelaide and South Australia.

The Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide and Marion Swimming Centre provide a fun-filled destination where the kids can frolic in the water all day. Then there’s the Beach House at Glenelg, home to many exciting games, waterslides and playground, enough entertainment to last all day, and especially perfect when it’s too cold to swim at the beach.

A real favourite for all ages is the Adelaide Zoo. Filled with animals from all the different corners of the world and in sympathetic environments, you can see everything from lions and tigers to birds and fish. If you prefer a more open zoo, the Monarto is just an hour’s drive out of Adelaide. With a bus to take you around the Zoo, you get the chance to see animals in their natural environment.

If you want to see animals even more up close and personal, then a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park is just the place for you. And of course, Adelaide is filled with many wonderful parks, the Princess Elizabeth Playground on South Terrace being a favourite.

Of course, there are also a lot of fun things to do for the adults too. Adelaide is home to some up and coming new bars and restaurant, with popular spots to grab a bite or drink.

For the younger adults, the nightlife is at a high on Hindley Street and Rundle Street. If you love wine, or just visiting vineyards, then South Australia is the place to be. With famous wine regions such as McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, the Coonawarra and a host of emerging districts,  there is a wealth of wine tastings and beautiful locations to have lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Adelaide is also home to the various arts, with popular visits being to the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Festival Centre.

If you’re into history then Adelaide has plenty of sites for you to see. Carrick Hill located in Springfield houses a twentieth-century heritage house that has been kept intact, and now features a museum and garden to wander through at. The Migration Museum has abundant information about Australia’s migration history, and the Adelaide Gaol is another popular historical place to visit. If you’re interested in transport there is the Australian Maritime Museum, the National Railway Museum and the South Australian Aviation Museum to choose form.

Like every city Adelaide loves its sport. The most popular and well-loved sports are the cricket and footy. With two football teams you can see the rivalry between the supporters of the two teams and the main question is; Who’s better? Port Adelaide or the Crows? (Port of course!!) Whether it be excruciatingly hot or pouring with rain you’ll see people from Adelaide toughing it out to see their favourite team and sport play! And with the newly built Adelaide oval, it’s in the perfect location to get to easily and go out for a drink after, either to celebrate or drown your sorrows!

Rundle Mall is the go to shopping area, centred right in the middle of the CBD it features a huge variety of shops and boutiques to suit all budgets. And of course if you get hungry, there are also a range of cafes and restaurants to get a bit, and a multitude of pop-up food stops running down the centre of the mall if you need a quick food stop. Other popular shopping centres are the Westfield Marion shopping centre, and Westfield Tea Tree Plaza. Just like Rundle Mall they are filled with dozens of shops to choose from, and are located indoors – perfect if it’s raining! 

Adelaide is also host to many exciting festivals and events. For the music lovers there is Stereosonic, Groovin the Moo, Futures and many more, for the sports fans there is the Clipsal, and the Tour down Under and there are a variety of many more events, such as the Fringe and Womad.

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