Architecturally-designed in a neat grid pattern, with impressive boulevards, large public squares and expansive parklands; the beauty of South Australia’s capital resonates proudly. Dubbed the City of Churches, Adelaide commands exploration whether it’s the central heart, the coastal region or the picturesque surrounding hills. This is a relaxed, easy-going destination that can also be used as a launching pad to discover South Australia’s other fascinating wonders.
Founded in 1836 and named in honour of Queen Adelaide the consort of the reigning monarch King William IV, Adelaide was created to attract free immigrants by espousing notions of civil liberty and freedom from religious persecution. Today the city welcomes all keen to explore its historic legacy and enjoy the numerous cultural and sporting events offered through the year.
Adelaide’s weather enables exploration of the city year around. Summers can be very dry with very little rainfall. In January temperatures rise to an average of 29 degrees. While in winter the mercury peaks at around eight degrees.
The city is known for its numerous festivals and events including the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival. Other festivals include the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. In March, Adelaide hosts the Clipsal 500, a round of the V8 Supercar championship series and as such is Australia’s largest domestic motor sport event.
Adelaide International Airport is located seven kilometres from the CBD. There are direct flights from most major Australian capitals. The following airlines fly to Adelaide:
Flying from Sydney to Adelaide takes about three hours, while Melbourne to Adelaide takes just over two hours.
Being an Australian state capital, Adelaide features luxury five star accommodation options with all the associated amenities. International chains include the Crowne Plaza, Hilton, InterContinental and the Stamford Grand.
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Sights to See
Check out the sites of downtown Adelaide including the Adelaide Town Hall, Victoria Square with a statue of the monarch standing tall in the centre and the Parliament House before proceeding to the beachside suburb, Glenelg where you can stroll along the promenade or relax in a trendy café overlooking the ocean.
The city has several parks of interest, including the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary home to native animals including the pademelon, bilby and quoll. Located 20 minutes from the centre, the Cleland Conservation Park offers a relaxing opportunity to stroll amongst Australian native plants. The Belair National Park, seven kilometres south of the centre, offers great bush walking for keen enthusiasts and also features Old Government House, the official Vice-regal summer residence.
The surrounding Adelaide hills present spectacular views over the city. Climb or drive to the summit of Mount Lofty, south-east of the CBD. The Cleland Wildlife Park offers picturesque bushwalking. Alternatively catch the ferry across to Kangaroo Island for the peaceful tranquillity of the natural wilderness.
Don’t Leave Without…
Being a modern city, if you happen to forget your favourite moisturiser you can always restock at the local supermarket or department store.
Things to be careful of…
Apply plenty of sunscreen when enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities.
Be beach smart and swim between the flags. Never swim against a rip but rather signal a lifeguard for assistance.