South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide is a contemporary city with a touch of old-fashioned charm, characterised by its remarkable and well preserved buildings. The city centre boasts a distinguished collection of architectural masterpieces made of ancient stone giving it an air of tasteful grandeur.
The Rundell Mall in the heart of the city is as modern as can be with a plethora of shops and arcades, with over 500 different stores over 500 metres. The mall is pure shopping heaven. Open 7 days, there’s always free entertainment and many eateries, indoors and out. On Sundays between 9am and 4pm the eastern end of Rundle St hosts outdoor markets.
The epitome of markets is Central Market
on Gouger St. All the fresh produce you can possibly think of is sold here from a variety of vendors. Fruit and vegetables, meats, seafood, flowers and freshly made foods of all descriptions, the market is a great place to shop and eat. The market is open Tuesday through to Saturday.
The Torrens River meanders through the city and a tranquil way to see some of Adelaide is by relaxing on one of the cruise boats that putter along the waterway. You can also hire paddleboats from under the footbridge on Victoria Drive and paddle your own way around the river and Torrens Lake where beautiful swans glide over the water.
Beside the lake is parkland which stretches all the way to the coast alongside the river. This city is totally surrounded by parklands, distancing it from the typical built up city centre of all bricks and mortar. The 29 gardens surrounding the city give it wide open spaces and an outdoorsy feel opposed to the usual congestion on inner city projects.
The Botanical Gardens are a classic example of the great outdoors in the city. Beautiful green lawns, big shady trees, lakes, lily ponds, succulents, palms and a variety of native plants make up these gorgeous gardens. The gardens are open daily and the main gate is on North Terrace.
Adjacent to the botanical gardens is the National Rose Trial Garden of Australia. This magnificent collection of roses started in the 90’s to trial roses not yet available commercially in Australia. The garden today determines the best roses suited to the Australian climate, promotes rose growing and notifies growers of the most popular roses according to the public.
The shoreline here offers many swimming beaches from Largs Bay in the north to Brighton in the south, the most popular and scenic being gorgeous Glenelg
The tourist hot spot is always bustling, on and off the shores. Jetty Road is lined with shops and eateries and there’s always plenty of entertainment in Moseley Square and along the foreshore. You can wine and dine in style on the marina pier or aboard an old sailing ship at the Buffalo Family Restaurant. Swim with dolphins on the Temptation Sailing dolphin cruise or sit back and enjoy the views from the foreshore ferris wheel.
Views over the city and the Piccadilly Valley can be seen from Mount Lofty Summit. Mount Lofty is in the Cleland Conservation Park 15km southeast of the city. Take the Crafers exit off the South Eastern Freeway and enjoy the panoramic views from the hills. A visitor centre, souvenir shop and licensed restaurant are also located at the summit.
Adelaide is also known for its wine regions. The hinterland is packed with vineyards and cellar doors. Explore the famous Barossa Valley, McLarenvale or Adelaide Hills Wine Region and sample some of Australia’s finest wines.
Adelaide is a pleasant and picturesque city with its parklands, beaches, hills and wineries. The region’s attractions are within a reasonable distance from the city and day trips to the hinterland can be done with ease if basing yourself in Adelaide or its suburbs.
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Destinations in South Australia
Lincoln National Park
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