South Australia’s state capital is a happening place, filled with boutique stores, cosy cafés and swanky bars. Wander the city’s Eat Streets; entire avenues lined with restaurants and pubs, and you’ll see why the Adelaideans love to eat. Or for something simpler, take the tram down to Glenelg for fish and chips followed by an ice cream on the beach, and you may spot the resident pod of dolphins too.
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Just a stone’s throw from the ocean, graced with a fabulous selection of shops, markets and boutique stores, and dotted with architectural gems, Adelaide has a lot going for it. Sure, it might not top the cities of Australia list, but it definitely comes pretty high up. Especially if you like food, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? With entire Eat Streets dedicated to showcasing the very best local flavours, some quirky independent cafés and plenty of relaxed restaurants, you’re never short of a place to eat. To top it all off, Adelaide is a convenient access point to the fine wines of the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and the McLaren Vale. There’s a vibrant arts and music scene here too; South Australia may be nicknamed the Festival State, but it’s in its vibrant capital Adelaide where you’ll find the real celebration.
Did you know?
Adelaide’s favourite shopping street, Rundle Mall, is home to four life-sized and much-loved bronze pigs named Truffles, Horatio, Augusta and Oliver.
Adelaide’s popular Botanic Garden is home to the largest single span glasshouse in the southern hemisphere, the Bicentennial Conservatory.
Adelaide’s reputation for religious tolerance and the large number of religious denominations here has led to it being dubbed the ‘City of Churches’.
Adelaide is known as the ’20 minutes city’ because it is claimed that you can reach anywhere in the city within 20 minutes.
How to get around
Take the tram
Adelaide operates an efficient system of public transport known as the Adelaide Metro, a network of interconnecting trains, trams and buses linking the city centre to the Adelaide Hills, the McLaren Vale and beyond. The tram to Glenelg is an attraction in itself, especially when the vintage 1920s carriages are running. The city centre is easily navigated on foot or by bike (which can be rented for free at the bus station) but for trips to the outlying vineyards, you’ll need to hire a car or join an organised tour.