Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. Its population is slightly over 1 million, which makes it by far the largest city in the (sparsely populated) state.
Adelaide is centrally located between the wine regions of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, all of which are within day-trip distance.
The Aboriginal population, in contrast to many of the state's towns and communities, is very low.
Adelaide is within a reasonable driving distance of the capital cities on the east coast. The shortest route from Adelaide to Melbourne takes eight to nine hours (stay safe: make sure you rest well every couple of hours).
Alternatively, if you prefer to fly, Adelaide is less than an hour from Melbourne and less than three hours from Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart by plane, and slightly further from the other capital cities.
Adelaide is part of the cross-country train network, and there are regular services from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The train to Alice Springs and Darwin) departs from Adelaide.
As a relatively small but still sprawling city, Adelaide has a public transport network made up of trains and buses.
Bus services are provided by a small number of providers who use a unified ticketing system, with tickets validated at each trip. Tickets are available for purchase on-board for a single trip on any bus and allow two hours of travel time. For travellers likely to undertake more than a couple of journeys, a "multitrip" (permitting 10 two-hour trips) is available for a discounted amount.
The bus network in Adelaide is well-established and service during the day is frequent enough to make it a viable option. Be warned that many bus services to and from the suburbs become much less frequent around 6pm. Timetables are often posted next to bus stops, and printed timetables are usually available from bus drivers on request.
There is a tram that runs from the centre of Adelaide to the seaside town of Glenelg where there is an interesting museum.
For more immediate needs, taxis are provided by a few companies and can be hailed on the street or arranged by phone. There is a common rate of flagfall (increased at night) and a per-distance charge.
See and Do
- Historic beachside suburb of Glenelg
- Beacon Hill in North Adelaide (provides a spectacular view of the city, especially at night)
- Belair National Park, via the Belair train line
- Adelaide Hills, including the Mt Lofty Summit and the Hahndorf German settlement
- Hindley Street, the CBD's 'red-light' district.
- Walking North Terrace will take you past the Casino (ex-Railway Station,) Parliament House, Government House, the State Library, Museum, Art Gallery, Adelaide University, University of South Australia, Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Botanic Gardens. A worthwhile trek!
- If there during mid-March, the Clipsal 500 supercar racing event is not to be missed, sporting massive street parties, huge concert line-ups and many rowdy adelaidians.
- Lazy walks along white sandy beaches - completely alone.
- Whispering wall at the Barossa Reservoir.
- Conservation parks such as Cleland and Warrawong.
Museums and Galleries
- the Art Gallery of South Australia - North Terrace, Adelaide . Open 10 am - 5 pm every day except Christmas.
- Adelaide Museum : Mawson Exhibit
- Adelaide Museum : Mawson Annex
- Port Adelaide Maritime Museum
- Port Adelaide Lighthouse
- Port Adelaide SA Train Museum
- Gawler Museum, via Gawler train line
- Rundle Mall - from megastores to boutique shops.
- The Central Markets just west of Victoria Square (closed Mondays and Wednesdays) and adjoining Chinatown (Moonta Street.)
- Gouger Street boasts a variety of Asian and seafood restaurants.
- Restaurants on The Parade in Norwood (generally accessed by buses numbering 122-124.)
- Rundle Street for al fresco cafes.
- Rundle or Hindley Streets in the CBD. Any night.
- For younger travellers (18-25), the General Havelock Hotel, 162 Hutt St, followed by The Exchange (cnr. Hutt St. and Grenfell St) is the place to go, as long as it is your scene. Full of students straight out of Adelaide's eastern suburbs private schools (in addition to many still at school), it can be a bit much for some. Nonetheless, foreigners are particularly welcome.
- For LGB travellers, there are a number of LGB bars that are easily discoverable and very well known.
- Skycity Adelaide, Casino on North Terrace adjoining the Festival and Convention centres.
- The Austral, 205 Rundle Street. tel 08 8223 4660. The Austral is a pub which provides accommodation upstairs from the bar area. Rooms are clean and fairly quiet despite the bar downstairs, although the mattresses aren't great quality. Bathrooms are shared. Close to Adelaide's centre. $35 per night single and $55 per night double. http://www.theaustral.com/
- Blue Galah (CBD) Rundle Street