Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. It is situated in an idyllic setting between the hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the peaceful beaches of the Gulf St Vincent. Adelaide is a city of natural beauty and simple elegance. The city has wide flat streets, and is surrounded on all sides by parklands. The urban landscape is highlighted with many elegant colonial buildings, museums, churches and galleries. With a population of over one million people, it is also safe, friendly and welcoming. A great advantage of Adelaide is its proximity to numerous touring destinations – Kangaroo Island is a 30 minute flight or 90 minute car and ferry trip. The Adelaide Hills is a 30 minute drive, the Barossa, and Fleurieu Peninsula only one hour’s drive, while the Murray River and Clare Valley are approximately 90 minutes drive. Adelaide is easily accessed by air from Australia’s capital cities and because of its central location, Adelaide is the perfect gateway to discover other regions of Australia. Major coach companies link Adelaide to other capital cities and Adelaide is also a hub for rail access across Australia.
Adelaide’s nightlife varies from sophisticated clubs and wine bars to pubs and nightclubs. Hindley St is one of Adelaide’s main nightspots, where the club and pub scene is strong for those young at heart. Rundle St is another popular nightspot for those looking for a more relaxed, casual evening with friends. Throughout greater Adelaide, hundreds of pubs and clubs host musicians, bands, comedians and dance bands during the weekend. Likened to a constellation of restaurant villages, with over 700 restaurants scattered throughout Adelaide city and along the many “Eat Streets” there is a gastronomic global adventure to suit all palates and pockets. Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm, dry summers. Most rain falls during winter in June, July and August. Very hot days and cool nights can be experienced during summer. Average summer minimum and maximum temperatures are 16 and 27 degrees Celsius (temperatures can reach over 35 degrees Celsius). Average winter minimum and maximum temperatures are 8 and 15 degrees Celsius.
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Steep slopes are pocketed with vineyards, cherry and apple orchards just 20 minutes from the city of Adelaide. The Adelaide Hills is South Australia’s oldest wine region and a pioneer of the nation’s wine export industry. The wineries and vineyards in the region continue a tradition begun in 1845 when hock from Echunga was the first Australian wine exported and enjoyed by Queen Victoria. Some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate sparkling and still wines are produced here. Varieties grown include: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. There is also growing interest in Pinot Gris and Viognier varieties.
Barossa and Eden Valley
The best-known wine region in Australia, the Barossa, is just over an hours drive north east of Adelaide. Established in 1842 by immigrants from England, Germany and Silesia (now part of Poland), the region’s rich heritage is reflected in its architecture, food and music as well as its wines. This is where most of the country’s large wine companies are based, along with dozens of medium and small producers housed in over fifty cellar doors.
Located off the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island, is 155km long and 55km wide. Renowned as the place in Australia to see wildlife in its natural habitat, Kangaroo Island offers a unique opportunity to get up close to koalas, little penguins, kangaroos, echidnas, sea lions and fur seals. Kangaroo Island is a spectacular place where you can find cliffs that drop steeply to roaring surf, secluded white sandy beaches, vivid blue ocean, vast tracts of eucalypt woodlands, white desert sand hills, hidden caves and a growing list of cottage industries. A visit to South Australia is not complete without spending a few days on the Island.
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- Adelaide Central Market, known as the “pantry of the city” this market is admired worldwide for its unique charm and character. Offering a wonderful blend of cultures, an abundance of fresh delicious produce and a wide variety of gourmet foods, it is the oldest produce market in Australia.
- National Wine Centre, situated in Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens the National Wine Centre, is a ten to fifteen minute walk from most city hotels. The centre takes you on an interactive and educational wine making journey, from vine to glass, using the latest multi-media technology.
- North Terrace, is regarded as Adelaide’s cultural boulevard and is home to many beautiful buildings including the State’s Art Gallery, Museum, Library, National Wine Centre, Casino, Government House, Adelaide University and the Botanic Gardens.
- The Art Gallery, Adelaide’s reputation as a city of art and culture owes much to the Art Gallery of South Australia. Situated on North Terrace, it holds the nation’s most representative collection of Australian colonial art, one of the finest collections of post 16th century British art outside Britain.
- Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, located in the South Australian Museum the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery hosts the largest and most comprehensive collection of indigenous artefacts in the world.
- Comprising some 3,000 items on two levels in a contemporary, interactive setting, the Gallery provides a rare insight into the immensely creative, innovative and adaptable nature of Aboriginal life.