Adelaide, South Australia's capital city, is a dynamic cosmopolitan with an exemplary mixture of old world charm and contemporary comforts. This beachside city has top-notch architecture, an excellent collection of wine and a distinct art scene that’s celebrated each year with pomp and show.
If you wish to learn about the history of Adelaide, then definitely try to stop at its museums. The South Australian Maritime Museum traces the naval history of the region and recounts the journey of navigators and seafarers. You'll also find exhibits that provide insights into marine life as well. Ayers House Museum is a fine model of Regency architecture in Adelaide. Previously home to the Ayers family, this building displays the opulence and luxury of 19th-century society. The South Australian Museum will give you a chance to delve deep into the cultures that were already in place before the Europeans came to this continent.
Adelaide is a pioneer in horticulture and its Botanic Garden is an outstanding example of that. Designed to accommodate various species of plants and trees, this garden space has peaceful walking trails, conservatories and glass houses. The Bicentennial Conservatory is located inside the Botanic Gardens and is home to a large number of tropical plants and flowers. Rare and endangered varieties from Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia are on display here, including the Corpse Flower that smells like rotten flesh when in bloom.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $7.10|
|Average weekend price||$129 per night|
|Average weekday price||$121 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
We loved the many parks (including the Botanical Gardens), the walk around the perimeter of the city through different parks (unfortunately we only got to do a small portion of it), the museums, and the many old, colonial homes. The main CBD shopping centre was vibrant and contained all the shopping experiencesd one could ask for. In addition to the free bus that operates in the CBD area, the 14 days free travel on public transportation (restricted hours) for Senior Card and/or Pension Card holders was great. I would love to return and use this more extensively to further explore Adelaide and surrounding area. We loved the Barossa area and also our visit to Hahndorf. Generally, Adelaide operates at a slower pace than Melbourne or Sydney (reflected in traffic and city streets being far less busy), which is a delightful change. Everyone we met was helpful.
I was on a short business trip. This is an attractive very walkable city. Had at third visit to the remarkable APOTECA restaurant - don't be dissuaded by the dodgy area. This was my third meal there - it is world class food with a great selection of wines and well-informed and helpful staff.
The Torrens River parklands are well manicured. The light show on The Festival Theatre gave more vibrancy to our stay. The Illuminate Festival is fantastic for bringing people into the CBD at night. Well done. More shows like this would be great for families - maybe Artistic movie theatre on outdoor screens - Interactive displays with different themes ( animals, Adelaides history, etc ) Food stalls on the streets for once off day activities - only offered to local CBD businesses. Great to see buildings & areas being modernised (getting rid of 80's architecture ) We ate at Madame Hanoi, SOL Rooftop Restaurant & SOL Bar & ITL for breakfast one morning. ITL could do with a bit of an update. Paint colour looks 80's. Just needs a bit of styling.
We loved Adelaide the mall had great shopping. Easy to walk around. We only had a short stay this time but impressed by the Grand Chancellor, location,room, great breakfast, happy hour and a charming. Atmosphere.
Beautiful heritage buildings, city is easy to navigate, and everything is easy to access! Pizza e Mozzarella on Pirie Street is a must for wood fired pizzas! Early morning walk/run around the River Torrens is the perfect way to start your day!
Beautiful city, not too big… calm city centre with minimal traffic. Fab public transport. Excellent architecture, heritage and culture, wonderful gourmet and everyday foods at Central Market. A must see for art gallery, casino, river cruise ( so quaint).
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