State of South Australia Things to Do

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State of South Australia Things to Do

  • Hahndorf

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Well everyone else seemed to know about the German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills except yours truely. We went with a tour group but I am told you can easily go by the local bus. Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia and very nice it is too. We strolled along the main street...passed by the home made icecream and headed...

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  • Remarkable Rocks

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kangaroo Island Things to Do

    Absolutely stunning natural environment, different main highlights the rock were amazing and lots of great photo opportunities for those free souvenirs. A nice day trip from one end of the island to the other. A car is recommended to get around the national park A larger group split by erosion in remarkable form rocks on a cliff above the ocean in...

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  • HMS Buffalo

    Glenelg Things to Do

    The HMS Buffalo was built as the Hindostan in Calcutta in 1813. She was subsequently purchased by the Royal Navy as a storeship and renamed HMS Buffalo. Prior to the event for which she is remembered in Glenelg, the Buffalo, after service in the Napoleonic Wars had made a number of trips to Australia and New Zealand as a freighter, quarantine ship...

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  • Glenelg

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This review is an introduction to Glenelg on which I have written a separate page here on Virtual Tourist. I recommend you look at my Glenelg page and visit Glenelg should you find yourself in Adelaide. The text (below) of this general review is also the introduction on my Glenelg page. Glenelg is Adelaide’s premier, at least in terms of visitor...

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  • Adelaide Botanic Garden

    Adelaide Things to Do

    There are three Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide area: The Adelaide Botanic Garden Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, and Mittunga Botanic Garden. The now 125 acres Adelaide Botanic Garden which opened to the public in 1857, at the Eastern end of North Terrace, is the most accessible of the three. That doesn’t mean you should just go there. They are all...

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  • Barossa Valley and Winneries

    Adelaide Things to Do

    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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  • Zoo's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Adelaide Zoo is not that large - it's a city zoo within easy walking distance of the central business district - but it is well worth a visit. The biggest draws are of course Wang Wang and Funi, the only giant pandas in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a large area devoted to the panda exhibit, and keeper talks are informative about pandas in...

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  • Rundle Mall - Street

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This beautiful piece of Victorian street architecture, one of a two, was cast by Handyside and Co in the UK in the late 1800s and was originally located in front of the Jubilee Exhibition Building on North Terrace. The artistry is first class so do have a close look. In 1908 the fountains were given to the Adelaide City Council by the South...

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  • Morialta Conservation Park

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This walk takes you up to the First Falls plateau. It takes 1 1/2 hours. Its a great walk to take in autumn and winter as the falls are feed with the rainfall. The park has a $5 entrance fee if you wish to drive your car in or you can park at the parks entrance for free and walk in.

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  • Whispering Wall

    Adelaide Things to Do

    When you are in the Barrossa Valley area, you should go to the Whispering Wall. This wall 'talks'. You should stand at one side of the wall and another person should stand at the other side of the dam. And so you can talk to eachother. Realy funny to do. :)

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  • Monuments & Memorials

    Adelaide Things to Do

    A really nice memorial/statue I came across when walking North Terrace, was of King Edward VII (1841–1910), eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The King had two sides, a good and bad. The good - he was a peace maker, the bad side was his love of gambling and series of long-term mistresses, including the actress Lily Langtree. He was a...

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  • Cleland Conservation Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    With only a few exceptions, and this is not one, I am personally not a fan for zoos or small wildlife parks. That said visitors to Australia and children in particular will enjoy this park. An “open zoo” within Cleland Conservation Park and close to the summit of Mount Lofty. The aim of the park is to let you get up close to native Australia...

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  • Seaside Suburbs

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Adelaide is often referred to as the Festival City because of the disproportionately large number of festivals it has compared to Sydney, Melbourne and other Australian cities. Two of these festivals are held, back to back, at Brighton in the later half of January each year – the Brighton Jetty Beach Sculptures and the Brighton Jetty Classic. The...

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  • Mt. Lofty

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Mount Lofty summit (710m) is about 15 km east of the centre of Adelaide and affords reasonable panoramic views of the city and the Adelaide plains and foothills. I say reasonable instead of good or great as 15kms is a little far (even on a clear day) to see things in a lot of detail. On its own, I don’t think its worth the trip out of the city but...

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  • Migration Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Migration into Australia has been, and continues to be, an emotive topic for many. A brief history of migration to Australia Migration to Australia began around 50,000 years ago when the ancestors of Australian Aborigines arrived on the continent via the islands of Maritime Southeast Asia and New Guinea. In terms of migration from other sources...

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  • Victoria Square

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Victoria Square is in the centre of Adelaide’s one square mile grid and part of Colonel William Light’s blueprint for the new City of Adelaide in the mid 1830s. If you venture away from North Terrace and Rundle Mall you will come across it as thousands of locals do on a daily basis as city workers and commuters. While the square has a number of...

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  • City Architecture

    Adelaide Things to Do

    The Grand Lodge of Freemasons is one of the most imposing buildings on North Terrace, but who and what are Freemasons? ONLY MEN CAN BE A FREEMASON. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal societies. Freemasons learn the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, of goodwill and charity, it's a non-profit...

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  • Himeji Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    I am always taken by the peace and tranquility of Japanese Gardens and this garden on the southern flanks of Adelaide proved to be no different though it is smaller than most I have visited before. The main part of the garden is beautifully laid out around a small lake (senzui area of the garden) which serves as a centre piece to areas of...

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  • Victor Harbor

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Urimbirra Wildlife Experience is a privately owned and operated wildlife park, covering 40 acres and housing free ranging Australian animals. There are wombats, koalas, wallabies, crocodiles, chickens, emus and lots more. There are picnic areas with free gas barbecues and a childrens farm and play area. The highlight of the park for me was the...

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  • Port Adelaide

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Port Adelaide is a very easy excursion from Adelaide city centre, and there are lots of things to see and do. You can take a walk around the heritage area and look at the preserved historic buildings, or you can take a river cruise to see dolphins. On Sundays there's a market at Fisherman's Wharf. We were visiting on a Saturday, and opted to...

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  • Art Gallery of South Australia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    The Gallery was established in 1861 and is located next door to the South Australian Museum on North Terrace. Except for visiting exhibitions (entry fee payable) you won’t find any classical masters’ works here. What you will find, from its stock of 38,000 works, is an excellent collection of Australian, European, North American and Asian works...

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  • Religious Travel

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Flinders Street was named after Captain Mathew Phillips, Commander of the ship Investigator, who did the first detailed survey of the South Australian coast. Flinders street had very few buildings in 1842. By the 1860s and 1870s, the street was known for the many churches which included Anglican, (1863) Baptist, (1861 - 1863), Presbyterian (1865)...

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  • North Terrace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Right beside Adelaide’s Venere di Canova there is an area of low palms in which can be found the busts of four prominent South Australians. My particular admiration lies with the untitled Mary Lee. Mary Lee (1821 - 1909) - picture 2 Lee was born in Ireland in 1821 and came to Australia in 1879 where she worked tirelessly to relieve the misery and...

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  • Haigh's Chocolates

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    High quality chocolates and Haigh's go hand in hand. Haighs was founded in Adelaide in 1915 by Alfred E. Haigh, and this shop on Beehive Corner in Rundle Mall was his first shop. Its decor remains as it was when it opened. They even managed to survive during the war years, but instead of chocolates they were making boiled lollies and toffees for...

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  • Rural South Australia

    Adelaide Things to Do

    The surrounding hills around the city of Adelaide are known as the Adelaide Hills, funny about that! On this visit, it was not too long after terrible Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 and there was a lot of burnt out bush, as well as this rather intriguing HUGE old building, which I was fascinated with. I am not sure what the building was originally...

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  • Central Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    The official opening of the Adelaide Central Market was in January 1870. At that time, it was only open 2 days a week and sold fruit, vegetables, fish, game meats and hay, quite different to what is on offer today. You will probably notice the impressive façade, this was built in 1900 and in the same year, a 40 metre verandah was added. Come 1965,...

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  • South Australian Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Many people think of Adelaide itself as dated, boring and a bit of a museum. It hardly any wonder then that the main museum there – the South Australian Museum is a “museum of a museum”. While museums world wide are being jazzed up and turned into interactive and politically correct experiences this museum is like entering a time-warp – a museum...

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  • Casino

    Adelaide Things to Do

    When I visited the Casino this time around I didn’t come with the intention of having a flutter but rather with the sole desire to see the Marble Hall, the first room (and main table gaming area) you encounter when you enter the Casino via its main entrance on Station Road. Attired in shorts and a t-shirt (albeit with a collar) and having that...

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  • Kangaroo Island

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the Australian mainland. It is seven times the size of Singapore. It was uninhabited when it was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders and about a third of the island still has native vegetation, which makes it an excellent place to see native wildlife in its natural habitat. The ferry company,...

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  • Mount Lofty Ranges

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Located in Cleland Conservation Park , Waterfall Gully is home to the largest (18m) of seven waterfalls in the park and is a lovely stop to visit in itself from Adelaide (10kms) or as a base for a very popular 4km (each way) walk to Mount Lofty summit (see separate review). Even if not walking the whole way to Mt Lofty summit I recommend you at...

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  • Murals

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Situated in the lane-ways of Adelaide's CBD is where you will find street art. Many of the dull, old walls have been transformed, mostly into a form of modern art. The street art has been such a success, that on the lead-up to the Adelaide 2016 "Fringe festival," - the world's second largest art festival, artists will create dozens of street-art...

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  • Elder Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Elder Park is a pleasant park by the river Torrens. There are some interesting water features and sculptures to look at - I particularly liked the sculpture that resembled paper boats. The birds are also fun to watch - I watched as a pelican managed to get some food, then waddled to the waters edge where all the ducks and other waterfowl queued up...

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  • Walking

    Adelaide Things to Do

    I think this is a MUST DO when in Adelaide. North Terrace is 1.6km long, and quite an easy walk. It is along here where I think the most interesting buildings are. I love walking along here, seeing the old buildings and going inside many of them! The walk takes you past the Casino, Anglican Holy Trinity church, Parliament and Government House,...

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  • Festival Centre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    The Adelaide Festival Centre is where you can see all kinds of entertainment. Opera, Theatre, Dancing, Singing, Circus, allsorts, so just check the website for what is coming on in the future. In 1973, when it was built, it was Australia's first multi-purpose arts centre, as it opened three months before the Sydney Opera House. It is the home of...

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  • Town Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This classically styled Victorian building, featuring Corinthian style ornamentation and built of local Tea Tree Gully freestone and Dry Creek bluestone, was designed by Edmund Wright, a former city mayor. The building opened in 1866 and was touted as the largest municipal building in the southern hemisphere at the time. In 1872, writer Anthony...

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  • Gorge Wildlife Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This is a must if you get to stay a few days in beautiful Adelaide. Even as a local I adore coming here. You get to walk amongst wallabies and kangaroos, feed monkeys, an ape, pelicans, kangaroos and more. Beautiful, exotic birds of all descriptions also follow you throughout the enclosures. The monkeys were a blast as they hold on to your fingers,...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This is a pretty river with walkways. It goes through the centre of Adelaide and through Adelaide botanical gardens. I strongly recommend going for a stroll along it. We saw pelicans and black swans here.

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  • East Terrace & East End

    Adelaide Things to Do

    East Terrace marks the eastern edge of the city centre of Adelaide, but unlike Adelaide's other three terraces, its path is not a straight line, but a rather crooked one. You can either walk or drive like we did, stopping along the way to take photo's of the beautiful old buildings that line the Terrace. The East End precinct was originally a self...

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  • Gumeracha Toy Factory

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Took a day-tour into the Barossa Valley via Prime Mini Tours. It was A$48 each circa 2001. The tour took out us through scenic views of the Torren Gorge, as well as a drop by Angus Park Dried Fruits to allow folks to load up on dried fruit (duh), nuts and chocolates. Next stop - Australia's increasingly American obsession with things BIG...

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  • Gaol

    4 out of 5 stars

    Adelaide Things to Do

    This old gaol is the part of the Australian history. It's not just interesting, because you can learn about Adelaide's penal history, but architecturally is also worth a visit and to spend a few hours there. Check my photos about the Adelaide Gaol

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  • Family

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Kart Mania offers a unique controlled environment with all the excitement and competitiveness of Formula One racing. Everything is supplied including genuine race karts, protective gear and a 320 meter track. Safe and fully supervised, Kart Mania can cater for kids right up to racing enthusiasts. Its ideal for business function, social club event,...

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  • Adelaide Arcade

    Adelaide Things to Do

    When the 'beautiful and commodious' Adelaide Arcade, built in just 5 months, opened in 1885, ‘to the plaudits of polite Adelaide society’, it was billed as the largest shopping arcade in the Southern Hemisphere. It boosted 50 shops and was one of the first buildings in Adelaide to use electric lighting (having its own generator which I will come...

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  • Pop Eye

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Popeye is a small cruise boat that travels along the river Torrens. Its a 40 minute cruise with commentary. Its very popular with the children of Adelaide. Most of us Adelaidians have fond memories of taking the Popeye to the Adelaide zoo. The Boat departs from outside the festival theatre. Summer timetable September to May Cruises depart on the...

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  • Chinatown

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Adelaide’s Chinatown is, to be honest, rather underwhelming when compared to those in say Sydney or Melbourne. It is small and consists of just a handful of Asian grocery stores, Chinese herbal and medicine shops and a number of restaurants, tucked in beside the Adelaide Central Market, between Gouger and Grote Street, the former of which is laden...

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  • McLaren Vale

    Adelaide Things to Do

    McLaren Vale is just a 45 minute drive from Adelaide and has more than 60 wineries where you can sample the exquisite wines of the region. The ICON wines for the region iare shiraz and cab/sav. Of course they also produce great whites as well. The best way to enjoy the region is to take a full day with Cultural Tourism Professionals, a tourism...

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