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North Terrace

Located at the centre of Adelaide, the North Terrace gives the insight about the culture, history and architecture of the city. There are a number of buildings and structures like War Memorial, museums, art gallery, Casino, restaurants, hotels among others. There is a lot to do in and around North Terrace. After exploring the area, you can take refuge under one of the shady trees over the bench and enjoy your lunch while watching the world around you.



Highlights: Take a tour through the cultural boulevard of the North Terrace which includes galleries, museums, university and library. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Enjoy your meal and drink at any of the several restaurants and bars in the area.

Location: North Terrace is 20 minutes drive away from Adelaide Airport. It is a few minutes’ walk away from Rundle Mall.

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Semaphore Beach

Bounded by a thick border of sand dunes, the popular Semaphore Beach is a place for all those who love to explore the historical side of Adelaide and know more about the rich culture of the city. Semaphore Beach is wide long beach beautifies with expansive foreshore and boulevard which remains effortlessly adorned by Art Deco buildings. Almost a replica of the grandeur of the Palais, this is undoubtedly a fascinating location to spend quality and experience classic gourmet coupled with best in class wine collection.



Other attractions nearby includes Semaphore’s iconic Time Ball Tower, historic buildings, ferry wheel, awe some boutiques and historic pubs. So go ahead and visit the destination for good time spend. Accommodation in the nearby location remains available for the interested visitors.  
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State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia is the largest public research library of the state. It has materials related to the information of South Australia. It consists of a number of materials and documents of the history of the region before and after the European settlement. The Mortlock Wing is not only a public library but also an art gallery and museum. It has the rich architecture with French roof. There are collections of some of the rare books along with general and heritage books.



Highlights: Book a guided weekday tour to the library where you can browse through the extraordinary exhibitions and appreciate the spectacular architecture of the Mortlock Wing. The informative tour will enlighten you about the history and important events of South Australia.

Location: The library is located in the North Terrace.

Timing: The weekday tour starts from 11 AM and 2 PM.

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Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide has a number of attractions that one cannot miss while on a trip to Adelaide. Port Adelaide has a marine setting with a number of seafaring ships and grand buildings. The place has numerous accommodation sites including hotels and self contained apartments. There are also a number of cafes, eateries and restaurants to enjoy a hearty meal. With a range of entertainment options like theatres, events and cinemas, and museums and galleries, the Port Adelaide is an intriguing place to visit.



Highlights: Port Adelaide has the largest railway museum of Australia, The National Railway Museum with over hundred exhibitions. There are South Australian Aviation Museum and South Australian Maritime Museum which are the major highlights of the suburb. There are also several pubs and wine cellars across the suburb.

Location: Port Adelaide lies fourteen kilometers away from Adelaide in the northwest.

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Seacliff Beach

Situated in the City of Holdfast Bay, Seacliff Beach is a suburb of Adelaide City and this suburb is adjacent to Brighton, Kingston Park, and Seacliff Park, Mario. Being South Australia’s most popular stretch of beach, seacliff allows the tourists to experience the most amazing beach holiday ever. It is backed by a park in the south direction, two club houses, and a caravan park, accompanied by boat ramp and a car parking area. It comprises of fronting rock flats as well as a high tide sand section, with a shallow sand bar taking the rocks to the north. Offering a good and easy access and a wide range of facilities and utilities, it provides a safe swimming experience with a very gentle surf. The visitors will not be able resist such an enjoyable place where there are water sports as well.

 Highlights: swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing club, life saving club.
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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Based in North Terrace, The Adelaide Botanical Garden is a great choice considering afternoon stroll or a leisure picnic. Situated over a spread of 125 hectares, this beautiful garden was opened in 1857. The best part of the garden is the Palm House which is a Victorian glass house built in 1877. Designed artistically with stained glass this is a beautiful creation. The Bicentennial Conservatory, being the largest in the southern hemisphere is also another prominent attraction here.



The opening timings of the garden varies in winter and summer months however the usual time is from 7 am to 7pm. The entry in the garden is absolutely free. Information on the garden can be collected from the centre at Schomburgk Pavilion which is open from 10am to 4pm everyday. Apart from having leisure strolls one can also enjoy Australian cuisine at the Botanical gardens Restaurant along with some of the best wines. It’s indeed a good destination to spend few hours. 
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Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Beach is the most popular and sought after metropolitan beach of Adelaide city. With easy access the beach is only a 20 minutes drive from city centre or for all those who love ethnicity can ride the vintage tram in North terrace and land at Moseley Square to take a small turn and reach the wonderful location. Sandy beaches, brilliant views, rippling gush of waters, buzzing of shopping strip at Jetty road, beach sports like volleyball, nice eateries, great nightlife, the location is a jam packed entertainment package for all visitors.



Apart from all the thriving and buzzing, one can get some good ocean adventures here too which includes snorkelling and scuba diving. Dolphin sailing tours are also quite popular here. For all the enthusiastic hearts the overnight adventure on a fishing carter is truly alluring. Some of the best restaurants are present on the beach side serving a host of cuisines for all to savour. 

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Waterfall Gully

Located at the foothill of the Mount Lofty range, the Waterfall Gully is famous for the First Fall waterfall. To reach the peak of Mount Lofty range, you have to traverse through the popular trail that starts from Waterfall Gully. Along the route, you can view the steep slopes of the hills covered with vegetation and forests native to this area. You can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Adelaide from there.



Highlights: Halt at Utopia @ Waterfall Gully to enjoy snacks, breakfast and lunch. It is located at the base of the waterfall and is the only restaurant in Australia next to a waterfall. It is accommodated in a century old stone chalet. Location: 5 Kms east from Adelaide city centre.

Timing: 6 AM to 7 PM from Monday to Sunday. During Daylight saving period the time is 6 AM to 9 PM from Monday to Sunday.
  
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What You Should Know More About Adelaide

  • Travel Advice

    • Make sure you obey the local rules prevalent in the region.

    • Do not get involved in any physical or verbal fight.

    • Do not insult the locals or the tourists of the place.

    • Never pass a racist comment on anyone.

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • If you indulge in the street food, make sure you check for the quality of the food before eating.

    • Do not drink unfiltered water.

    • Buy a water bottle that has its seal intact.

    • Do not leave your valuables or cash in the room.

    • Carry only the cash that you may need during the trip.

    • Keep your passport and VISA carefully.

    • Do not get over friendly with the guides or the hotel staff.

    • Be in charge of your luggage.

    • Do not indulge in drugs of any form.

    • Drink only the amount of liquor that you can handle.

    • Avoid going in a secluded place all alone.

    • If you are indulging in a water sport, make sure you keep a check on the safety harness. Also it is a good idea to learn a few tips and tactics from the guide before beginning with the activity.

    • Do not go in a crowded place with too much cash in your pocket.

    • Attain sufficient information about the destination before traveling.


  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Adelaide is 18 years.


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    North Terrace

    North Terrace is definitely one of the most important places to see in Adelaide. Graced by the cultural and historic treasures along with handsome tree-lined boulevard, North Terrace is the best place to kick start the city tour. Just at the intersection of the North Terrace and the King William Street lies the Parliament House which is unsurprisingly the most imposing building of Adelaide. Going down the street, you’ll come across the Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library of South Australia and the South Australian Museum which will offer you a triple dose of the art and culture of the city. These are also the three principal tourist attractions here. Other treasures of the North Terrace include the Adelaide Botanic Garden, green thumb's dream, Ayer's Historic House and the Migration Museum.   


    Adelaide Botanic Garden 

    Located in proximity to the North Terrace is the Adelaide Botanic Garden which was established in the year 1855. It features educational themed paintings such as the Mediterranean garden, medicinal plants, Australian native species along with a wetland which is designed to insulate enough water needed to irrigate the entire grounds. The Santos Museum of Economic Botany offers information on the pivotal role that the plants play in the everyday life by way of a series of permanent collections. Other favourites here include the Bicentennial Conservatory with lowland rainforest plants, Australia's oldest avenue of Moreton Bay Fig trees, palm house and the night-flowering Amazonica water lilies. Once, you are done strolling the gardens and the museums, you can enjoy a hearty lunch at the café or restaurant here. It is a great sightseeing attraction of Adelaide.   


    Art Gallery of South Australia

    Located in the centre of the Adelaide's cultural precinct is the Art Gallery of South Australia. The gallery houses some of the finest exhibits of the art collections of Australia. The magnificent Victorian building was established in the year 1881 and the collection housed here crossed every medium be it paintings, sculptures, metalwork, photographs, textiles, jewelry, ceramics or furniture. This collection spans right from the colonial days to the present including the indigenous and Torres Strait Islander art.


    South Australian Museum

    Lying adjacent to the State Library is the South Australian Museum. It is one of the most renowned research facility in Adelaide that is known for its aboriginal heritage collections. Besides stocking the phenomenal Australian collection, visitors coming here can also peruse the artefacts from the South Pacific Islands. You can also browse through the Egyptian antiquities and educate yourself about the local flora and fauna in the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery. If you are with your children, they can enjoy the history exhibits like skeletons, stuffed specimens and the fossils.   


    State Library of South Australia

    The State Library of South Australia has the ability to surprise the first time visitors with its dramatic blend of old and new. Here the contemporary Spence Wing with its glass-fronted entrance and sharp lines presents the visitors with an array of modern facilities and free Wi-Fi. From here, you can directly head to the original library that is housed in the Mortlock Wing which is the 1884 French renaissance building. When you enter this grand old space you’ll experience a strange time travel.  The place also deserves a visit given its special collection of art pieces projecting the history of South Australia.  


    Glenelg

    Seeking an escape from hustle bustle of the city? It is time you head to Glenelg which is a beautiful seaside village located in the protected and surf free Gulf St Vincent. To reach the place, you’ll have to take a 25 minute trip on the only surviving tram of Adelaide that departs from the Victoria Square. Besides the abundant tourist attractions and the beaches, Glenelg is also known for its fascinating history. Kids can enjoy the thrills at the Beachouse which is an amusement park assuring several thrilling rides including bumper boast, Ferris wheel and a giant waterslide. Sailing and swimming with dolphins are other water sports that you can enjoy.


    Adelaide Zoo

    Located in proximity to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens is the Adelaide Zoo. The zoo has been in existence ever since the late 19th century and is highly loved for its charismatic collection of animals and educational focus. Star focus of the zoo are the giant pandas which are loved by both young and the old. Other prominent attractions of the place include the orang-utans, Envirodome and aviaries. Kids will particularly enjoy here as they can cuddle, kiss and feed the pandas as well as the wallabies, kangaroos and quokkas.

      

    Cleland Wildlife Park

    A mere 20 minute drive from the city center is the Cleland Wildlife Park. On visiting the park, you can fin the freely roaming potoroos, emus, wallabies and kangaroos. The park is an excellent tourist attraction for the nature lovers and the photo lovers who have a chance to capture some fascinating shots here. Just at an extra fee, the visitors can cuddle a koala here.


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    Shopping at the Adelaide Central Market 

    The Adelaide Central Market is one of the most loved shopping spot amongst both the locals and the tourists. It is also one of the oldest indoor markets of the world that has been in existence ever since the 1870. These colourful markets feature an array of fresh vegetables, baked goods, fruits, flowers and cheeses. You can also find a mouth watering range of multi cultural culinary retreats here. Once you are done with the browsing of the produce, you can enjoy a wholesome meal at one of the several cafes that are located in this area. If you are a lover of Asian food, you can can head to the Chinatown. Take note when you go there, you must carry with you your own shopping baskets or bags. The best time to visit the market is on the Saturday afternoon as this is the time when the vendors slash the prices to move their produce faster.


    Adelaide Arts Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre

    Just a 5 minute walk from the Rundle Mall and the North Terrace is the Adelaide Festival Centre. It is the first multi-functional arts venue of Australia. Known to be visited by both locals and tourists, the art centre will never fail to surprise you with its lively cultural calendar. Besides having the huge 2000 seat Festival Theatre, the venue also houses several small theatres, an amphitheatre, a banquet room, light-filled gallery and a venue for organizing recitals and concerts. Largely, known for its Adelaide Arts Festival, visiting the centre during the festival can be a great fun. During this, you can enjoy the exhibitions, theatre performances, lectures, opera, readings by writers and ballet.


    Guided tour to the Ayers House

    An exemplary of the Regency architecture in Australia, Ayers House is a modest house that was constructed in the year 1846. Initially owned by the prime minister of South Australia, Henry Ayers between the period from 1855 to 1878, today the house has been significantly transformed. At present, the Ayers House comprises of exquisite 40-room mansion that has a ballroom and a new dining room. This house is now owned and operated by the National Trust of South Australia. Though a popular event venue, visitors can also take a guided tour to the house. During the tour, you’ll learn about the fascinating things about the social history of the place. The interior of the house is adorned by paintings depicting the life and work of Sir Henry Ayers. You can find a magnificent collection of decorative art pieces, silver, furniture and artwork along with changing exhibitions. This can be a fantastic sightseeing tour in Adelaide.


    Beautiful and very breathable

    Adelaide may not have that stunning wow factor of Sydney but it definitely has a softer gentle beauty with its fringing hills to the east, wide-open spaces, luxuriously wide boulevards, enormous skies, humongous gardens and parks and beautiful beaches to the west. Unlike Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide offers you with exceptional place to breathe. Everything that you’ll need here is just 20 minutes away. With a population of just 1 million, you can swing and spin with your arms wide open while appreciating all that is on offer.


    Food

    Adelaide is the food capital of Australia. Spend an hour in the Adelaide Central Market which is 143 year old and you’ll be convinced about thus status enjoyed by Adelaide. The city has more than 80 cafes, restaurants and stalls that showcase the local produce. You can actually watch the cheese being made here. Further, enjoy coffee from an Italian family or feast on chocolate to make the most of your visit. You can even take a food tour to one of the markets here. Given the 100 pubs in the city, the nightlife here is also very hip and happening.


    Wines

    Besides food, many even regard Adelaide as the wine capital of Australia. What could be better than sitting around a cosy dire on a vineyard and relishing on a superb glass of Australian Shiraz? You can locate wineries all round the country and near to the capital cities however, when it comes to Adelaide several wineries are located just within an hour’s drive. Several of the most recognizable brands like the Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Yalumba can also be found here. With a nation brimming with the finest wine growers and producers, wine tasting is the best thing to do here. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Adelaide Hills, Mclaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. There’s probably no other capital city in the country that presents such easy access on the fine grade wine.     


    There’s a greater Adelaide

    If you head a short distance in just about any direction from the CBD you’ll come across a diversity of regions that can satiate any person’s interests with its historical towns, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, unusual villages in the hills, wine regions, and abundant wildlife. Most of the beaches of Adelaide are just a 30 minute drive from the city. The main tourist beach of Adelaide, Glenelg is just 12 km away from the town.


    Exploring the city on bike

    Adelaide is one city that you can actually explore on bike. The roads here are even and flat with beautiful biking trials that lead you through the magnificent parklands with well marked and safe bicycle lanes on the streets of the city. Rent a bike and ride along the Torrens River. There are abundant sightseeing attractions that will come along the way. You know what’s the best thing? Adelaide hires bikes out for FREE!


    Eclectic lifestyle

    Adelaide has a long history. It was the first free settlement of Australia and is over brimming with multiculturalism. This is very well projected in the enormous food experiences, suburbs and festivals conducted here. German influence is deep-rooted here especially along the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.


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