Must See, Must Do
The generosity of Adelaide’s friendly locals is most evident when the city turns out to welcome visiting event participants.
Each year the elite of the sporting world are made to feel right at home in Adelaide, where people go out of their way to make sure visitors are looked after. International racing drivers, cyclists, tennis players, golfers and soccer players are all warmly welcomed by South Australians.
Adelaide certainly knows how to embrace sport and sporting competitors, turning a race or event into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved. Adelaide’s friendliness finds expression in other ways too. It is inherent in the city’s safety, cleanliness, convenience and comfort. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly parks, safe swimming beaches and a relaxed way of living made possible by a mild Mediterranean climate.
Top 10 things to do in and around Adelaide
1. Take a tour to the Adelaide Hills and cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park
2. Cruise Adelaide’s calm waters aboard a 55 foot catamaran to swim with wild dolphins
3. Take a day tour to the nearby wine region such as the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills and sample the local drop
4. With over 700 restaurants to choose from, enjoy a meal at a vibrant city cafe, or indulge in a gourmet feast at a world-class restaurant
5. Shop till you drop in the trendy fashion shops and boutiques of the city centre
6. Take a walk along North Terrace, Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, which is home to many fine heritage buildings – many of which house key Adelaide attractions
7. Catch the historic tram to Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s most popular beachside suburbs, enjoy the restaurants and the shopping in this relaxed atmosphere
8. Visit the National Wine Centre of Australia, an exciting, interactive and educational wine experience right in the city
9. Walking amid a wild sea lion colony on Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island
10. Experience Australia’s biggest collection of Aboriginal artefacts at the South Australian Museum and a visit to Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is a must.
South Australian Regions
When you're the wine capital of Australia, the art of blending comes naturally. But here in South Australia, we blend far more than wine. Read on to explore more of the wine and food regions of South Australia.
Home of the National Wine Centre, Penfold's Grange and the Adelaide Central Market. Read more
A patchwork of wine valleys, cellar doors, stately homes and old world charm. Read more
The heart of Australian wine-making and home to names including Jacob's Creek, Wolf Blass, Seppelts and Peter Lehmann. Read more
Taste delectable wines along the Riesling Trail, settle in to cosy restaurants and visit famed boutique wineries. Read more
Renowned for the Seafood and Aquaculture Trail, oysters, annual Tunarama Festival and more. Read more
Home to the famed wine regions including McLaren Vale, Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek and the Southern Fleurieu. Read more
Flinders Ranges & Outback
Visit the amazing cellar doors of the Southern Flinders Ranges, or stop at the Prairie Hotel for some feral food. Read more
Taste the island's perfect honey and fabulous sheep cheeses, or visit a boutique winery. Read more
Taste some of Australia's best reds in the Coonawarra, Mt Benson, Padthaway and Wrattonbully wine regions. Read more
Hire a houseboat with friends and recharge on the Murray River, stocking up on local food and wine. Read more
Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, Hardy's Wines, Almondco, Berri Limited - it's all here. Read more
Catch whiting, salmon, squid and crabs to create your own seafood platter or follow the Homegrown Trail. Read more
Adelaide is known as the 'twenty minute city' meaning it is easy to move from one location to another in minimal time. The City is blessed with easy accessibility – a compact cultural core, no traffic snarls and the hills and beaches are only a stone’s throw away.
There's a sense of space as Adelaide's remarkable parklands let the city breathe. Suburban parks, street tree canopies and private gardens make this an urban place that’s surprisingly close to nature.
Adelaide’s domestic and international terminal is located approximately eight kilometres from the City centre.
All of Australia's major domestic airlines, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue operate multiple domestic flights to Adelaide every day. Regional airlines flying to Adelaide include Airlines of South Australia and REX – Regional Express Airlines.
International Airlines flying direct to Adelaide include Singapore Airlines (US, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East), Malaysia Airlines (US, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East), Qantas (Asia, Europe and US), Cathay Pacific (US, Europe, Asia and Middle East), and Air New Zealand (New Zealand and US).
The South Australian Visitor & Travel Centre has an information desk at the airport to assist visitors upon arrival and provide information on the City.
Adelaide has a very efficient local transport system, running buses, trains and trams throughout the City and into the suburbs and beyond. The system operates with a variety of ticket options to suit your needs.
Public transport tickets can be purchased onboard (except multi-trip tickets), via convenience stores, newsagencies, Post Offices, Rail Stations and from the Passenger Transport Information centre in the CBD. The tickets are also interchangeable between services enabling you to travel on buses, trains and trams.
There are numerous taxi companies operating in Adelaide. Taxis can be booked or hailed from various taxi stands located throughout the City and suburbs. All taxis in Adelaide accept major credit cards and Cabcharge.
There are numerous hire car companies in Adelaide. Car and 4WD hire cars can be arranged from Adelaide Airport or at a variety of locations in and around the City. Driving Distances from major Australian cities are:
From Melbourne - 725 km, 9 hours
From Sydney - 1,400km, 17.5 hours
From Brisbane - 2,000km, 25 hours
From Perth - 2,700km, 34 hours
From Darwin - 3,000km, 34 hours
From Hobart - 1,300km, 16.5 hours
Central Bus station
The main bus terminal in Adelaide is the Central Bus Station, located in Franklin Street, Adelaide. All intrastate and interstate buses depart from and arrive at this bus station. Three major coach companies have regular services to and from Adelaide.
The bus station is currently being redeveloped and will be a modern facility to welcome visitors for the Championships.
Coach services to Adelaide and South Australia include luxury vehicles, cheap and cheerful direct routes, and services that include some touring activities. Many coach companies offer both single fare tickets and coach touring passes.
Adelaide has two train stations. The Adelaide Railway Station is located in North Terrace Adelaide where all metropolitan train services arrive and depart. The Keswick Railway Station (two kilometres from CBD) is where interstate and long haul trains arrive and depart.
For more information visit www.southaustralia.com
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