Jeez, I'm not even sure of the...
Jeez, I'm not even sure of the name of the market, but just to walk through there, to see what kind of deals you can get on food, flowers, bread...where many true Aussies shop was fun. Of course, there are shops selling the usual tourist junk, but I enjoyed the people watching and food shopping. The Fairy Penguins at Victor Harbor (outside of Adelaide) were DARLING. When you could see them anyway. I guess that's the challenge.
Performing Arts in Adelaide
Adelaide is a city rich with festivals and performing arts events and venues. Among the more notable attractions and sites for artistic opportunities are
(1) The Adelaide Festival Center, on King William Road. Three separate auditoriums, ranging in size from 350 seats (the Space Center) to 612 seats (The Playhouse) to 1,978 seats (The Festival Theater). This is the place in town to see experimental drama, opera, ballet, orchestral concerts and plays. The AFC is home to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
(2) The Arts Theater, on Angus Street. Home to the annual Adelaide Repertory Festival, which hosts five productions a year. The Arts Theater also is home of the Metropolitan Musical Theater Company, which produces two musical comedies per year. Tickets for said comedies are very reasonable, approx A$16 for adults, A$11 for children.
(3) Her Majesty's Theater, on Grote Street, just opposite the city market area. HMT is a 1,000 seat venue that presents drama, comedy, musicals, dance, opera and recitals. Tickets at HMT generally run from A$30 - A$55.
Marino Conservation Park
Marino Conservation Park is located south of Glenelg in the suburb of Marino. It is a small rectanglular park with a lighthouse (off-limits), and superb views of Adelaide's coastline accessible by a short walk uphill. A good route is to walk north from the carpark to the lighthouse, then west to the coastal views, north along the coast, then east back to the carpark (or you can take a path that cuts diagonally back to the lighthouse, to savour the views as you walk back to the carpark).
It is located in a fairly convenient location for anyone visiting the Glenelg/Brighton/Marion area. After turning into James Scholfioeld drive via Brighton road, follow the roundabouts and bends along Newland Avenue, then turn into Nimboya Rd which has a brown sign pointing the way to Marino Conservation Park. See photos for a map.
Coober Pedy and the outback. ...
Coober Pedy and the outback. One of Australia's most famous outback towns, Coober Pedy is 850km northwest of Adelaide. The mines here provide more than half of the world's opals. Everything here is underground and that is what makes it so interesting. Houses, churches and even the motel is underground. Close by is Lake Eyre. Lake Eyre is a salt water lake that us usually empty but at the moment it is full of water and looks amazing.
Mellowed-out 70s grooves...
Set underground, Supermild is a very small, very groovy little club. Opening around 9pm and closing very, very late, it's a good place to either start or end your evening. 1970s decor and music, a small dancefloor, dj booth and cosy seating setup, this place is an Adelaide retro favourite (although the mainstream nightclubbers are starting to find it now, so it can get a bit weird at times...). The music is for dancing, but it's always on the more mellow side; definitely no hardcore clubbers to found here. Fantastic cocktails menu, and free water on the bar for all - what great guys! Definitely open Friday and Saturday nights, not sure about mid week. No dress code, but if you really want to look like you 'fit in' then either go for the street/skater look or some understated 70s vintage.