Adelaide, South Australia, is a vibrant and attractive city with a unique selection of budget and exclusive accommodation with many things to do for the visitor such as attractions and tours. Adelaide has always been a tourist destination in Australia due to its unique characteristics and gateway to outstanding natural scenery.
With many great accommodation specials and interesting tours, visitors get to enjoy the eclectic mix of modern and historical sites around the CBD whilst sampling the great selection of dining and bars.
There are tree-shaded walks to be found and picnics in the manicured gardens are a popular choice on hot afternoons. With a lot to see and do, and an atmosphere of lazy sunny days, a good way to tour Adelaide is by public transport.
Activities close to accommodation in Adelaide include learning about the history of the area in the local museum or enjoying some of the local wine and cuisine in one of the many bistros or cafes.
Begin at North Terrace, the city’s most attractive boulevard, and wander along the street and find the casino at Skycity Adelaide, Government House, Parliament House(with its award-winning museum of state history), the State Library of South Australia and the Mortlock Library. Further along North Tce, are the Botanic Gardens.
Behind Parliament House off King William St is the South Australian Theatre Museum.
A shopper’s paradise, Rundle Mall is located adjacent to North Tce.
Located above North Tce to the west is the Old Adelaide Gaol; definitely worth a visit. Other attractions of the city include Edmund Wright House, where the History Trust of South Australia promotes the state’s history; the Lion Arts Centre, containing 9 different arts organisations; and Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Two kilometres north of the CBD, North Adelaide is lined with grand Victorian and Edwardian homes made of bluestone and sandstone. There is an abundance of hotels, motels and B&Bs in this suburb, with exotic restaurants, cafes and welcoming pubs all within walking distance.
Around 20-30min from the CBD, Adelaide’s beaches are popular seaside escapes. Well-known areas include Henley Beach, West Beach and Brighton.
The site of the first mainland settlement in South Australia in 1836, Glenelg is a seaside suburb with a 5-star hotel, beachfront apartments, shops and restaurants on the shoreline. Jetty Road is a hive of activity as the main precinct for shopping and alfresco dining. Rodney Fox’s Shark Museum is located in the Town Hall. For the adventurous, attractions include helicopter rides and parasailing, with other outdoor activities like beach volleyball available.
The area around Adelaide is world famous for its award-winning wines. The Barossa Valley, South Australia is renowned for its Shiraz amongst others.
Whilst the Adelaide Hills region in South Australia, South of Adelaide is the states oldest wine region dating back to the first vintage in 1841. There are now 35 wine labels in the picturesque setting of Mount Lofty Ranges.
The Clare Valley is just an hour and a half north of Adelaide. With a rich cultural tapestry dating back 160 years and more than 35 cellar doors, and is famous for its Reisling.
Due to its proximity to the airport and good public transport, visitors to Adelaide can enjoy both long stays and weekends in this cultural and enjoyable city.
Adelaide Rosella, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills Region – Image South Australia Tourism Commission
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