Adelaide - South Australia
Renowned for its wine growing region, Barossa, South Australia has a multitude of sightseeing options including
Kangaroo Island, the Murray River and the Flinders Ranges.
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Drive the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to Melbourne and view the rugged coastline.
Adelaide has a population of about one million people and is host to many festivals and markets.
Excellent cuisine and wines are plentiful in this graceful city.
South Australia is the 4th largest state in Australia with an area of
379,725 sq mls (983,482 sq km). Located as the name suggests in the
southern part of the continent with shared borders to all other states
and territory on the mainland. Western Australia to the west, Northern
Territories to the north, Queensland to the northeast, New South Wales
to the east and Victoria to the south east. The southern border is on
the Ocean known as the Great Australian Bight. South Australia has a
Mediterranean climate with the northern areas being slightly warmer and
The state population is around 1.6 million with over 71%
living in and around the capital city, Adelaide.
South Australia is
home to over 50% of the country’s wine production due to its ideal
position and suitable and varied climate along with several low mountain
ranges. It is well known for its choice of different wines from Riesling
to Shiraz. The state is also known for its wheat and wool production.
Picturesque capital of South Australia and gateway to the rich culture and varied scenery that the state has to offer.
South Australia has a beautiful coastline, contrasting sharply with a rugged outback landscape. As the wine producing capital of Australia, the famous Barossa Valley is a must on any visit to the region.
Calm and peaceful with few crowds, Adelaide and South Australia have a superb range of natural attractions waiting to be discovered.
Adelaide - South Australia
With its Mediterranean climate, fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings
and neatly manicured parkland, Adelaide is a laid back provincial city,
without the buzz found in larger cities such as Sydney.
built on a grid plan, exactly 1.6km (1 ml) sq in 1836 with wide avenues
and spacious squares, just south of a loop in the Torrens River. The
so-called Central Business District (CBD), comprises older buildings
mixed with ultramodern high-rise office buildings.
Perhaps as famous
as the city itself is the surrounding winemaking area in the Barossa
Valley which produces some of the finest wines in Australia. Adelaide is
also a good stop off point for the Northern Territories and boasts one
of the best places to kangaroos in their natural habitat, on Kangaroo
Island no less!
Near the coast of
South Australia, on the Gulf of St Vincent. 648km (400 mls) northwest of
Melbourne (1 hr by air). City centre 6.4km (4 mls) east of the airport.
On the flat Adelaide Plain, bounded by
the Gulf to the west and the low, rolling Adelaide Hills – part of the
Mt Lofty Ranges – to the east.
All types of hotel and many motels from 5-star to backpacker hostels and
Victorian pubs offering rooms.
Daytime: botanic gardens area must-see and the zoo will occupy children
with panda(s) in residence. Cricket and Australian rules football are
populara at Adelaide Oval, which is worth a tour for sports fans. The
Adelaide Fringe in February and March is a major arts festival.
You can see dolphins and kayak in the the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and
Nightlife: Festival Theatre for shows, plays and
concerts. Hindley Street, in the northwest corner of the city centre has
the best selection of cinemas, pubs and clubs.
Adelaide is said to have more restaurants per head of population than
any other Australian city, with many oriental, Italian, Greek and native
restaurants. Local fish is a favourite and even legal "Aussie tucker"
like kangaroo-tail soup can be found. Head for Melbourne and O'Connell
Streets in North Adelaide or Rundle and Hindley Streets in the city
Plenty of shops, befitting
the capital of the state of South Australia. Rundle Mall is a pedestrian
street in the northeast 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
Take a tour of
the world-famous Barossa and Clare Valley wineries, approx. 2hrs away by
car. Kangaroo Island is the go-to place for kangaroos, wallabies, koalas
in their natural habitat. Or take a boat trip along the River Murray.
Catamaran cruises are also available, as are adventure tours into the
A dozen or more spread along
the 32km (20 mls) of coast nearest the city, boasting stretches of
golden sand. Glenelg is probably the best known and most developed with
safe swimming, a variety of water sports and a water park.
Since the centre is flat and built
on a human scale, walking is a serious option and allows time for the
various sights to sink in. Trams run from the centrally placed Victoria
Square out to Glenelg Beach. There is an also an extensive bus and
suburban railway system.
types 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.
Adelaide is surrounded by parks and gardens, Australia's festival city
is just one square mile in area. Spectacularly located between the
natural beauty of South Australia's rugged coastline. Adelaide is an
elegant, cultured city boasting a wide selection of theatres, concert
halls, art galleries, and an abundance of restaurants.
Outside the city you'll find many wonders of South Australia : from the
mighty Murray River with spectacular cliffs and abundant wildlife, the
picturesque Barossa Valley one of Australia's leading wine producing
regions, to the opal mining town of Coober Pedy, a place so hot half the
population live underground. A visit to South Australia would not be
complete without a trip to Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island, 155kms long and
55kms wide. The island can be reached by a 30 minute scenic flight from
Adelaide or a 50 minute ferry crossing from Cape Jervis at the southern
tip of Fleurieu Peninsula, a 90 minute drive south of Adelaide.
Surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery, secluded pristine beaches and
with 21 national parks, Kangaroo Island is arguably the best place in
Australia to see native animals in their natural habitat. To truly
experience all this remarkable island has to offer, we highly recommend
you stay for at least two days, however if your time is limited you can
do day tours.