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Welcome to Adelaide

Discover this colourful region as you loosen up and enjoy the incredible sights, tastes and sounds around you.

Adelaide, capital of South Australia, has a very Mediterranean feel. Situated along side the Torrens River, it is a city full of churches (hence its nickname ‘The City of Churches’), gardens, civic buildings, cafés, museums, galleries and festivals.  

 

The city is laid out rather regimentally in a grid pattern of streets. This format was devised by the city’s founder, Captain William Light over 150 years ago. Since then Adelaide has continued to preserve its history and culture. 

 

Adelaide nestles against some of Australia's most important winery regions. It's also very close to some of the more accessible areas of the Outback. As such it is one of the best places for touring the areas of the bush wilderness such as the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Victorian Desert.  Whilst the Barossa Valley to the north is a verdant wine-growing region, and the Flinders Range offers some spectacular hill and valley walking.

 

The sheltered waters of the bay add to the effortless beauty of the city. It is perfect for water sports such as sailing and surfing and an ideal location from which to explore the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

 

Weather

Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cool to mild winters. The city is mainly quite dry but rainfall, when it does occur, generally falls between May and August. 

 

The average monthly temperatures are:

 

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Aug

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29

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26

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16

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9

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14

 

Shopping

Shopping

Adelaide is a great place to shop – whether you are looking for clothing, wine, souvenirs, aboriginal art or chocolate, Adelaide has it all.

The main shopping area is Rundle Mall. This is a tree-lined pedestrianised street with over 700 retailers – enough to keep even the most ardent of shoppers happy. You will find many shops covering just about every product you can think of plus a few department stores. Just off here is Adelaide Arcade, a wonderfully Victorian arcade which houses various boutiques and gift shops, well worth a browse.

If you are looking for something slightly less mainstream take a look along Rundle Street. But if you are a serious shopper looking for designer fashion, antiques and gifts head for King William Road, Hyde Park.

Adelaide is also home to many markets. Central Market (Grote Street) is well worth a visit as it is one of Australia’s largest food markets. It is colourful, aromatic and fascinating selling all manner of foodstuffs from all over the world. Another one worth a browse is the Orange Lane Markets in Norwood. Here you will find artwork, antiques, furniture and second hand clothing.

 

Food & Drink

  • Grange Restaurant

  • Universal Wine Bar

  • The Bridgewater Mill Restaurant

  • Windy Point Restaurant

  • Ying Chow Chinese Restaurant

  • The Melting Pot Restaurant

  • Citrus Restaurant

  • Estia Greek Restaurant

  • Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante

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entertainment

Adelaide has a wide ranging programme of performing art (theatre and music) happening at various venues throughout the year. The best way to find events and venues is through the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre (King William Street) or the Rundle Mall Visitor Information Centre (corner of Rundle and King William Street).

For those that enjoy a flutter there is the Sky City Adelaide Casino on North Terrace. As you might expect for a great sporting nation, Adelaide also has a lot to offer sports lovers. For cricket there is the Adelaide Oval and Australian Rules Football can be seen at Football Park. As for horse racing there are several courses including the Victoria Park Racecourse, Oakbank and Morphettville Course.

Adelaide is getting a reputation for being a hotspot for clubs with probably the highest concentration around the East End thoroughfares of Pirie and Rundle Street. Below are just a few names to look out for.


  • Cargo Club, Hindley Street
  • Heaven Nighclub, North Terrace
  • Sugar, Rundle Street
  • Minkie Bar, Hindley Street
  • Waves, Hyatt Hotel

festivals month

  • January

    Big Day Out (music festival); Tour Down Under (cycle race); Australia Day
  • March

    Womadelaide (biennial world music event); Adelaide Fringe Festival; Adelaide V8 Clipsal 500 Car Race
  • April

    Barossa Vintage Festival
  • June

    Body & Mind Psychic Expo
  • September

    Barossa Music Festival
  • October

    Curdimurka Outback Ball; Tasting Australia (gourmet food & wine event); Glenelg Jazz Festival
  • November

    Credit Union Christmas Pageant

excursions

Although there are numerous attractions within Adelaide, it is also perfectly situated to explore what else South Australia has to offer. Your hotel will be able to provide you with details of local excursions but below are a few suggestions to get you started.

 


  • Barossa Valley (wine growing region)
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Murray River
  • Kangaroo island
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Hahndorf
  • Coober Pedy

 

 

Health & Safety

The tap water in Adelaide is safe to drink. Due to the high temperatures in summer, ensure you drink plenty of fluids and use sun block to prevent sun burn.

 

You are unlikely to come across dangerous animals in Adelaide (many of these are found in the tropical areas of the North and Southeast of the country). There are some snakes, spiders and wild animals which could cause harm however and should you be bitten by anything you should seek medial treatment straightaway.

 

There is a reciprocal agreement with the UK which means emergency hospital treatment is free to UK residents but you’ll have to apply for a waiver after receiving treatment. You will be charged for non-essential medical attention, ambulance transport and prescription drugs so you are strongly advised to ensure you have health insurance in place before travelling.

 

Adelaide is a safe city however you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables especially when in crowded areas.