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Adelaide is one of those cities that is just a great size: large enough to have character, culture and services, yet still small and regional enough to offer the experience of running into real locals.
Adelaide is full of Australian culture, events and entertainment. Then add the world famous wine and award winning restaurants to make it a must visit Australian City.

A well planned and set out city, it is easy to get around on foot. Catch a tram (streetcar) to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. Enjoy lunch looking out over the Gulf St Vincent, and walk on one of the excellent city beaches of the area.

Architecturally, Adelaide is a gem: many of the houses lining its streets have a very distinctive sandstone, brick and bluestone combination of building materials that show off a distinct Adelaide character. Visit world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city or eat in some of Australia’s most award-winning restaurants.

Things to do in Adelaide
  • Visit Rundle Mall for some great shopping 
  • Glenelg
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • Himeji Garden
  • Visit the National Railway Museum
  • Go to Carrick Hill
  • Cleland Conservation Park
  • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
  • Go down the River Torrens
  • Explore Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
  • Visit the National Wine Centre
History of Adelaide

The vision of Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, dominates the development of Travel Destination Adelaide. In 1836, South Australia was declared a British Colony and Adelaide was established as its capital. Unlike Sydney, Hobart, Perth and Brisbane, Adelaide was not established as a convict settlement and was based on free settlement and trade. The exploration of the Murray River in the 1850’s linked Adelaide to the rest of Australia, and the area grew rapidly despite the setbacks of drought and being to the west of the major population centres of Melbourne and Sydney. Light’s vision for Adelaide’s layout was so good that Adelaide has maintained his notion of character and feeling of open space despite the development of the 21st Century.

The old Central Adelaide Railway Station has been converted into the Adelaide Casino.  It is worth a visit, even if you are not into gambling, just to see the wonderful job of developing a major gaming facility while maintaining the beauty, charm and character of the original building.  Adelaide has a well developed street restaurant and coffee culture precinct on the eastern end of Rundle Street, just a few minutes walk from North Terrace. The Annual Adelaide Festival of the Arts is South Australia’s premier cultural event. Held over several weeks in March, it is considered one of the world’s leading cultural festivals.

Geography and Weather

Adelaide stretches along the Gulf St Vincent, creating the excellent beaches of its western border, south over the McLaren Vale wine area and on to the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island via the Cape Jervis Ferry. On its eastern border lie the Adelaide Hills and the Mt Lofty Ranges, the western extent of the Australian Great Dividing Range. Adelaide has a mild climate, with most of the rainfall occurring in the winter months (June to September).

Annual rainfall averages 540 mm  (22 in). It has dry, hot summers that can be oppressive when the winds blow from the desert areas of Central Australia. You can expect average daily highs of 29 C (85 F) in summer, while overnight lows will average 17C (63 F). In winter expect average daily highs of 15 C (60 F), and lows of 8 C (46 F). Adelaide has a population of 1,200,000, making it Australia’s 5th largest city. The Adelaide Airport is very close to the Downtown Area.

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