The National Wine Centre of Australia
When you're visiting the Botanic Gardens, it's only a hop, skip and jump over to the National Wine Centre of Australia. The Centre is officially located at Hackney Street, which is at the eastern end of North Terrace. If you're not already in the vicinity visiting the Botanic Gardens, South Australia Museum or the Art Gallery of South Australia, you can easily access the Wine Centre by boarding the "Adelaide Free Bus", which stops at the Botanic Gardens.
The building itself is an interesting example of modern Australian architecture, with lots of glass and polished light woods in evidence. There's also a restaurant and bar on the premises.
The Centre itself can give you information on Australia's 53 different wine regions. There are exhibits and displays that will even allow you to select and blend your own "virtual wine".
And needless to say, there is a tasting gallery, where you can purchase and/or sample quite a few local wines. The Centre itself has a vineyard and produces some of its own vintages.
A$11 for adults, A$6 for children under 18. (Kids have to be accompanied by an adult) BTW, you do NOT have to pay this admission fee to visit the tasting gallery and wine shop areas. The Centre is open Monday-Fridays, 9 am - 5:30 pm. It's closed on Good Friday and Christmas.
telephone 08 8222 9288 We enjoyed our little red wine tasting session. In all honesty, we didn't really find any of the group offered to be extraordinary*, but we DID learn a bit more about the fine art of tasting and evaluating vintages.
*And, we do not mean to, by any means, insult the wine-growing and production notoriety of South Australia. We have, on many occasions, had WONDERFUL wines from the area. It's just that during the "tasting" at the center, the vintages served were "average". The cost of participating in a tasting wasn't very high, so I'm sure that we didn't come across any 94 and above Wine Spectator-rated wines. ; )
Always be aware that Adelaides weather can change really fast. When my inlaws were here from the UK, they were amazed that one day it could be 40C and the next could be 20C. Always have a jumper handy, as the weather can be really changable, especially near the coast or in the hills.
Victoria Square Fountain
You can't miss this fountain situated in the northern half of Victoria Square between Flinders-Franklin Streets and Wakefield-Grote Streets if you are walking around the City. I walked passed it quite a few times as I made my way between where I was staying and Rundle Mall. The fountain is striking and never fails to bring a whiff of coolness to the senses on a hot summer day.
Victoria Square is also the place where you would board the tram to Glenelg.
Extracted from the link below:
..."The Victoria Square Fountain was set in operation by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 28 May 1968, to commemorate the visit to Adelaide in 1963 of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The sculptor was Mr John S Dowie, a South Australian. The theme of the fountain is the three rivers from which Adelaide draws its water: the Murray, the Torrens and the Onkaparinga. This has resulted in a three sided design in a hexagonal pool having an overall width of 18 metres. Unpolished Angaston marble has been used for the outside and capping of the outer basin wall.
The fountain operates at full capacity between 8.00a.m. and 11.30 p.m. each Monday to Saturday, inclusive, and from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Sundays. When strong winds prevail, the top major jet and, if necessary, the three other jets in the upper basin are omitted"...
Chic and Innovative fashion in the city
This is one of the main fashion shopping areas in Adelaide. Mixed in with the cafes, nightclubs and restaurants are the coolest-of-cool clothing boutiques for men and women. Check out Miss Gladys Sym Choons for 3 levels of shoes, street wear, ultra modern and innovative fashion and accessories, and traditional formalwear. There is a mens version of the shop next door too. Also look at Trademarks for a wide range of designer labels and Cheekee and Tu Yu for slightly cheaper clothes (in smaller sizes too). Silk Route and Blue Chili are great for jewellery and accessories. Fashion fashion fashion on Rundle Street. More expensive down here than most other places, but there are always bargains to be had.
Free Adelaide City buses..
There are two free buses in adelaide that show many interesting sights around the city. They are named City Loop(99C) and Bee line(99B), and both depart every 5-10 mins from Victoria Sq, one of the main transport interchanges... the tram to glenelg beach also departs from here.
these buses are very handy, hope on and off as you like, and the drivers of the city loop service point out all the places to visit, and historic landmarks..