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Overview to Adelaide: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Adelaide is yet another destination to add to the long list of Australia’s relaxed, friendly and just downright pleasant cities. It may not be as high-profile as Sydney or Melbourne, say, but it certainly punches above its weight.

During the day, Rundle Street is a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat while just up the road, Rundle Mall is awash with street performers. As it runs into Hindley Street the attractions become more nocturnal (and sleazier) with a host of great bars.

The fantastic beaches that line Adelaide’s suburbs perfectly complement this chilled inner-city atmosphere. A short tram journey takes you to Glenelg, Brighton Henley and West Beach – all of which are ideal for stretching out on the sand and soaking up the rays.

But Adelaide’s not just about raw hedonism, it’s also an impressively cultural city. The Migration Museum, the South Australia Art Gallery and Tandanya (an organization devoted to promoting understanding of Aboriginal culture), are all fascinating.

As for standout events, the biennial Adelaide Fringe Festival is the highlight of the city’s calendar. The range of arts events is staggering – in terms of size, only the Edinburgh Fringe is bigger – and attracts the hippest of crowds.

As you’d expect from Australia’s wine growing heartland, there are also a number of opportunities to go on a wine tasting tour. The options include: Barossa Valley (probably the most tempting, but a little further from the city), McClaren Vale, Penfolds Winery and the National Wine Centre of Australia.

Just outside the city there’s also (as is generally the case in Australia), a wealth of natural attractions such as the Belair National Park and the Adelaide Hills. So, nightlife, culture, a top event, wine tasting and beaches… It’s not hard to see why Adelaide has a habit of sneeking its way into the heart of the traveler.

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