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About Adelaide City

Have an Adventure in Adelaide

As the capital city of South Australia, Adelaide is teeming with culture, activity and fun. The coastal holiday destination is situated right between Gulf St. Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges, which provides gorgeous scenery from every angle. When visiting Adelaide, visitors have the option to go, go, and go or to relax on the coastline. An interesting mix of historic sites, modern attractions and vast outdoor space allows even the most finicky holiday maker a chance to unwind. In fact, the eclectic atmosphere that is Adelaide is one of the Lonely Planet's Top 10 places to visit in the world. Accommodation options in Adelaide are just as diverse as the people who travel to the destination each year; beach houses, fully serviced apartments, self-contained bungalows, townhouses and more are available to tourists.

Architecture of Yesteryear

Begin your Adelaide adventure with a dose of history, and venture through the town's port. One of the most notable features of Port Adelaide is the large grouping of colonial buildings; in fact, this is the highest concentration of colonial architecture in the state. Sites at the port include the telegraph office, a lighthouse, shipping offices, the customs office, a historic factory, shipways and much, much more. Pick up a guide to get the most out of your experience at the port.

As you stroll through the town, make sure to make a stop at the parliament house, which features grand features both inside and out. Distinctive stonework, beautiful peaks along the roof line and a number of gargoyles make the Beehive Building a must-see while in downtown Adelaide. If religious architecture is more your speed, there are several 19th and 20th century churches throughout the town.

Feel the Sand Between Your Toes

There are a number of beaches in Adelaide, all of which offer their own amenities and conveniences. Maslin Beach has great parking options and is even horse accessible. The sands are extremely clean, dogs are more than welcome, the water is clear and there is even a separate section of the beach dedicated for nudists. Henley Beach is a fantastic destination for those that desire more than just lounging on the sand. There is a long jetty to stroll along, and there is a square that contains numerous eateries. At Aldinga Beach, you have the opportunity to drive right onto the sand; this makes unloading all your beach gear a breeze. The sands are never too crowded, as this is a lesser known tourist beach.

Spend the Day Outside

Besides being a booming metropolis, Adelaide is also naturally beautiful. There are no shortage of parks and gardens in the city, many of which offer free admission. Adelaide Botanical Gardens presents well-planned gardens that are full of beautiful flora and fauna. The Water Lilly Pavilion is one of the notable exhibits within the gardens. With paved trails that meander through greenery and alongside the river, River Torrens Linear Park Trail is a great place to connect with nature without leaving the city limits. A more challenging walk, Waterfall Gully is a little further out from the central business district. See free-flowing water as you observe animal life in a natural setting. Bring along your binoculars, and check the skies and trees for birds as you hike through. St. Peters Billabong, Brownhill Creek Recreation Park and Black Hill Conservation Park are other exciting sites in which to take in nature.

Fun for the Whole Family

Adelaide Zoo presents a day of fun for visitors of all ages, with its informative demonstrations, interactive petting zoo and easy-to-see enclosures. Adelaide Zoo is also the first zoo in the entire southern hemisphere to acquire giant pandas - come and see! Cleland Wildlife Park is another option for animal fun. The park offers many feeding exhibits, and visitors even have the chance to hold a koala for the perfect photo opportunity. Miniature golf, indoor video arcades and even paintball are other options to keep the whole family moving while on holiday.

Visit Versatile Adelaide

With its comfortable Mediterranean climate, Adelaide is the ideal holiday destination throughout the year. Getting to Adelaide could not be simpler, as there is an airport right in town and public transportation options abound.

For more travel information about Adelaide City, read our guide on Things to do in Adelaide.