Adelaide Travel Guide

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Adelaide Highlights

  • Pro
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     Gateway to famous Clare Valley and Barossa Valley Wineries. 

  • Con
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     A little quiet for some 

  • In a nutshell
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     A food and wine lover's paradise! 

Adelaide Things to Do

  • Hahndorf

    We took a local bus out to this lovely German settlement outside of Adelaide. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. It is a very pretty village and my husband loved the German food - well he is half Austrian. The village is full of German bakeries, art shops, souvenir shops. I am now the proud owner of a Hahndorf hat. We...

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  • Barossa Valley

    Well I guess you just have to go and discover the Barossa for yourself... you can drive or do as we did and book a guided tour. We only had a day or two in Adelaide (August 2010) so this was the best option for us..We are not much for wine but the wineries are worth seeing. On our way we stopped to view The Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha....it was...

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  • Glenelg

    We boarded the tram from Victoria Square and went off to spend an afternoon on the beach at Glenelg. Glenelg is located 10 kilometres from the centre of Adelaide. It is a pretty seaside resort set on the white sands of Holdfast Bay. Victoria Square, Adelaide to Moseley Square, Glenelg takes only 25 minutes by tram.

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Adelaide Restaurants

  • Ned Kelly's Retreat

    When a seven-foot bush ranger greets you for dinner, you know you are in for something different. Dunk your vegemite damper into Ned’s kangaroo tail “soup of yesterday”. Although Stringy Bark Creek chook (thankfully) does not live up to its name, you won’t be disappointed if you “steak out” the game grill with it’s spread of roo, emu, buffalo,...

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  • Rundle Street Tips

    Piattos is our favourite place to eat in Adelaide. We have been going here for years. The food is always great and the service is friendly. Specializing in traditional Italian as well as modern cuisine, the menu and bar is extensive. We love to eat out doors in the summer and do a spot of people watching. The pricing is average for a restaurant...

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  • Chinatown

    Ding Hao stays open late and they don't give you that strange look if you eat alone. The food is fresh and the speed which the food arrive is impressive. The quality and quantity is rather appreciative. The service is good, without being too fussy or bored stand offish. An exception is main dinner times and Weekend dim sums- reserved a table or you...

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Adelaide Nightlife

  • North Terrace venues

    The Cavern Club on North Terrace. Adelaide has some great music venues, but this isn't one of them. Drinks are overpriced, service is slow, there's no drinks on tap, so you have to buy the expensive beers. The men's toilets are a joke.

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  • Rundle Street venues

    The Stag usually has a good band on Friday and Saturday nights in their downstairs bar area. With no covercharge and casual attire permitted, its a great place to go for a night out! Upstairs has a DJ playing 'doof doof' and techno music in case you are into that. No requirements, but always best to be safe by not wearing thongs or sneakers....

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  • The Exeter

    Exeter is a very popular East End icon and it can be hard to get through the door on a friday night. they normal have a live band of some discription on the weekends. After great pub to seat yourself outside and watch the people go by. Casual

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Adelaide Transportation

  • Public Transport

    A Daytrip Metroticket costs $9.40 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. Multiday tickets are not available. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A...

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  • By Rail

    Tip duplicated on my Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide pages. The Ghan is one of the Australian legendary journeys that I have been reading about since I was a kid and then as I grew up – although there are some who’d say that never did happen – another story for another day perhaps. The Ghan run by Great Southern Railways (GSR) is number 29 on...

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  • Self-drive

    Driving in Adelaide is very easy. The roads are very open and the traffic is quite light compared to other capital states in Australia. With only two highways in Adelaide it is quite easy to get back on track if you make a wrong turn.

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Adelaide Shopping

  • Rundle Mall

    Every major city in Australia has 1 street devoted to shopping therapy. Here in Adelaide, it's Rundle Mall, created in 1976 and named after John Rundle. A concentration of tourist information booths, boutiques, departmental stores, drug stores, CD stores, shoe stores, bookstores, post office, banks, cafes and restaurants all packed down one...

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  • Central Markets

    A myriad of shopping spots Lots of food outlets as well as craft and general stores. Try the samples of cheese available. Think about purchasing a few, a pack of water crackers or some bread and some fresh or dried fruit. Voila picnic in the park. Park? Take your pick!

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  • "Lovely..... . You gotta buy them,...

    Certainly not on the regular tourist circuit, this market is tucked away in the middle of no-where - though an industrial wasteland though only 30mins from Adelaide CBD. Its relative isolation means it is authentic, local and as such the place to go. A word of warning though – there are no stuffed kangaroos, cuddly koalas, gaudy boomerangs or other...

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Adelaide Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Only a fool would tip in Australia. It is not required and not expected. Perhaps people in the tourist industry would act as though it is expected...but wages here are not calculated to take account of tipping as they would be in some countries.

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  • Social Graces

    In Adelaide (and all of Australia), it is always polite to say hello (or g'day) and goodbye (or see you later). You may or may not shake hands but a lot of Australians have a "don't touch" policy to strangers. Always say please and thank you. This will get you a lot of mileage with Australians.

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  • Tipping

    Only a fool would tip in Australia. It is not required and not expected. Perhaps people in the tourist industry would act as though it is expected...but wages here are not calculated to take account of tipping as they would be in some countries.

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Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

  • Native Fauna

    IN Adelaide? You are more likely to be a victim of Adelaide's terrible drivers ;-) or ripped off than be hurt by Adelaide's creatures or other natural dangers. Some that people talk about are Octopus The blue ringed octopus is very small and highly toxic. The do live in coastal areas around Adelaide. They live inside small crevices which can...

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  • Weather

    Here in Adelaide South Australia we are experiencing a phenomena of 'Extreme Weather'! We are living through the hottest and longest heatwave ever recorded - one can't help but think about global warming. Last Summer we endured 15 days straight when the weather was 38 degrees celcius or above. This Summer, over just the last few days, we have...

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  • Transportation

    The speed limit in Adelaide is usually 60 kph. If you drive 70 kph instead and you are caught it costs you AUD 133. :( Drivers in Adelaide are very considerate. There is not so much fighting and showing off as I knew it from other cities. Only riding a bike is quite dangerous on main roads without bicycle path. Cars pass incredibly close to your...

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Adelaide Tourist Traps

  • Dollar coins to gamble

    Well if you do a bit of gambling you will appreciate how frustrating it is to need dollar coins for all your gambling on machines. Well we tried the machines first in the hotel and were horrified to find acceptors for $1 coins and nothing else.So,we thought, it will be different at the Casino. But we were wrong! What a nightmare.Now in New South...

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  • Don't Miss Out

    It happens everywhere but you find something you really wanted to do was on yesterday and you leave before the next time.the tour is available. Yes I know there is heaps you can do on your own but some guided tours are really very good. Or it was Autumn yesterday and today it Winter (and it is still quite warm)and that tour does not run in...

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  • So called Taxi Scam

    Some people have told me, even posted, that taxis leaving the Adelaide airport are scaming passangers. Suposedly charging more to leave the airport then to goto it. The taxi isn't at fault, the reason behind this is like most other airport taxi ranks.The airport wants to make money out of having the taxis there, so evey taxi that pulls up at the...

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Adelaide What to Pack

  • Weather Changes

    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.

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  • Sunscreen & insect repellent in...

    Summer days are very hot & humid, and it doesn't cool down at night time either. On average the temperature drops to minimum of 30 degrees during the night from December to March so wear light cotton pyjamas for a comfortable nights sleep.Winter time does get cold, on average 20 degrees . . . and yes we do have rain so bring your...

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  • 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...

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Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

  • Adelaide Hills

    Our next stop on DAY TRIP 5 was the small town of Echunga. We are now 34kms from Adelaide, and in a small sleepy town, which was more alive back in 1852, when it became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. Settled in 1839, a gold rush occured in 1852, however it did not last long with the diggings exhausted and all but abandoned...

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  • National / Conservation Parks

    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...

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  • City Centre

    Just as the traffic lights changed and it was my turn to cross the road I espied a brass plaque out of the corner of my eye. Not wanting to miss the green light I quickly opened my camera and snapped a picture of the plaque with the view of looking at it later. It really is amazing the sort of obscure things you find in places if you keep your...

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Adelaide Sports & Outdoors

  • Cricket

    The Adelaide Oval is home to Cricket matches in the Summer. It is home to the cricket teams, the South Australian Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers, and the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871 Test and One Day International cricket matches, and every 4 years, one of the 5 Ashes test matches against England is held here....

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  • Tour Down Under

    If you like Bike racing, or the Tour de France, then you must come to Adelaide to see the "Tour Down Under." It is held every year in January over 1week, and is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The TOUR DOWN UNDER is the first stop on the world cycling calendar. The race typically starts and concludes with exciting Adelaide...

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  • Clipsal 500

    Clipsal 500 is one of the best supercar events ever!!!! Its the V8 supercars and its an awesome street circuit. Adelaide becomes alive when the V8s come to town.Its a fantastic time to visit. next years race is held from 23-26th March and there are tickets ranging from general admission ($125.00) for a 4 day pass...to the best gold seats in the...

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Adelaide Favorites

  • City Centre

    ADELAIDE has a great idea of having 'GREETERS" to "meet & greet " you. Greeters are trained volunteers, some speak more than one language, they are not professional tour guides, and they come from all age groups, backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The volunteers help you find your way around the city and the numerous attractions in...

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  • Native Fauna

    Elder park in the city centre is home to Adelaide's beautiful black swans who spend their days swimming back and forth in the river Torrens. These elegant birds are very use to living with people and will often come to the sides of the bank to check you out. Unfortunately they do this in the hopes of receiving food but try to resist the temptation...

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  • Food and drink

    As I first mentioned on my Australia COUNTRY page, we Americans have been taught, via television advertising, to believe that all Australians LOVE Foster's Beer. Before I visited Oz, I thought Fosters to be the ubiquitous national brand of suds. Boy, was I ever wrong. Most Aussies tell me that the only persons who drink Fosters in Australia are...

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