Tranquil River Torrens and Elder park.
The River Torrens runs through the centre of the city. The park on either of its sides is known as Elder park. The river itself stretches from a small town in the Adelaide Hills called Mount Pleasant all the way to the ocean at West Beach. But in the city, within walking distance from each other, there are two major tourist spots you might want to visit. The Festival Theatre which sits on the banks of the Torrens and at the other end of the park lands the Adelaide zoo. What stretches in between is some lovely manicured gardens, water fountains, our historical rotunda erected in 1882, heritage buildings and some wonderful bird life. You can get from one point to the other on the little tourist boat "The Popeye" or you can also hire paddle-boats and bicycles.
The park has several rowing clubs that use the river. Its common to see them out on the water in the early morning hours.
Elder park hosts many events throughout the year. Check local papers for events such as Schutzenfest, the Indian Melia festival, Symphony Under The Stars, outdoor concerts and at Christmas time a large public carols by candle light.
The Elder family, after whom the park is named were early settlers.
Elder park has a kiosk and public toliets. They are located on the southern end of Elder Park in the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Clothing and what to wear
While SA continues the Australian theme of casualness in its dress habits, it does boast a fine sense of style. A better quality of clothing can be found amongst its residents. Again, dress for the season. In summer the weather can suddenly turn cool, so a jacket of some sort is essential. In winter you need to dress accordingly, especially to protect against the wind. Boots during the winter, open toed can be used for summer where the it can hit up to 40'.
Morialta Conservation Park
Very close to the city of Adelaide, on the eastern side, at the base of the Adelaide foothills, is a beautiful little spot. This is Morialta Conservation Park. He you can spend the day, having a picnic at one of the charming little spots.
A walk to the First Falls is a must. The walking track meanders its way up to the falls, passing over Fourth Creek quite a few times. On the way to the falls, you can climb up to the Giant Caves... I remember going there as a school girl, my whole class fitting into the cave.
The falls are spectacular after a heavy rain. Thats the best time to go.
For the more adventurous, there is rock climbing. This is done of Norton Summit Road.
Do be careful, as many people have had to be rescued.
Harbour Town is one of Adelaide's newest shopping destinations and specialises in outlet stores - mostly retail chains selling products at cheaper-than-usual prices. There are quite a few clothes and shoe shops, but also stores selling a variety of other things like homewares, books, bags, etc.
If you're lucky you can find some nice bargains. I've found it can be a bit hit-and-miss - for example there are lots of fairly ugly clothes - but sometimes you will find good things.
The nicest thing about Harbour Town, apart from the prices, is that it is outdoors; they've built a 'street' of shops facing each other but the path between them is not roofed in. It's right next to the airport.
The Indian Pacific
The Indian Pacific passes Adelaide on its 4352 km long journey from Sydney to Perth.
I took the train from Adelaide to Kalgoorlie and enjoyed the trip a lot. Just had a place in the "cheap" seater section, but it was comfy enough for me. There's a lot of legroom, the seats do recline and there's even a shower in the carriage!
I had to change the date on my ticket and was pleasantly surprised that it was done without any problems nor a fee!
Before buying your ticket, get a YHA (Youth Hostel Association)card. It saved me 50%!
The train departs from Keswick Station which is a bit out of town.