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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 drier.

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.

It was 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!

LOCATION
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.

POSITION
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.

ACCOMMODATION
All types of hotel and many motels from 5-star to backpacker hostels and Victorian pubs offering rooms.

ENTERTAINMENT
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 Ships Graveyard.

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.

EATING
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 centre.

SHOPPING
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 shoppers' needs.

EXCURSIONS
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 outback.

BEACH
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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
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.

SUITS
Suits all 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

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.

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