South Australia’s well-planned capital city, founded in 1836 and spread around the tranquil River Torrens, is a charming settlement of parklands and wide streets, with a reputation as a centre for the arts, culture and fine dining.
In the City Centre you’ll find leafy Victoria Square, Adelaide’s bustling Central Markets and the lively Gouger Street Chinatown area. Further north, Rundle Mall’s shops, Rundle Street’s forty or so restaurants, and Hindley Street’s nightlife are major drawcards.
Most of Adelaide’s attractions, however, lie around the grand boulevard of North Terrace. This is the location of the Adelaide Festival Centre, the heart of the city’s renowned artistic scene, Parliament House, the Adelaide Casino, Migration Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, and South Australian Museum. Cricket fans will love the Mortlock Library’s collection of Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia. At the eastern end of North Terrace, visit grand 1846 Ayers House and the excellent Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, then head across to the superb Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the neighbouring zoo.
A cruise on the River Torrens is a must, followed by a walk across the river to North Adelaide - past the pretty Adelaide Oval and up the hill to 1859 St Peters Cathedral and the nearby Lights’ Vision lookout, from where there is a panoramic view of the city. Beyond here, trendy Melbourne and O’Connell Streets are popular shopping and dining venues.
Take a tram ride to the beachside suburb of Glenelg for a swim or a visit to HMS Buffalo, a replica of the ship that brought the first settlers to South Australia in 1836, then head to Port Adelaide, where you can take a cruise or spend time in one of the town’s interesting museums.
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Time Required: At least 2 days are recommended