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Adelaide Holidays

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. There’s something for every traveller in this cosmopolitan southern Australian city. Filled with churches, gardens, civic buildings, sidewalk cafes and a plethora of museums; Adelaide caters to the culturally inclined. 

The city was initially laid out in 1836 by Colonel Light in a square mile grid of wide streets with gracious colonial architecture. This has resulted in a compact inner-city area, geared for easy exploring on foot, which is perfect for visitors. The main boulevard is North Terrace, along which is the restored Mortlock Library, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum with its spectacular whale skeleton and collection of Aboriginal history. 

Visitors who have had enough of culture can take a cruise or gondola ride on the Torrens River, or ride a vintage tram to the nearby seaside town of Glenelg with its magnificent white sandy beach, famous despite the occasional rumour of sharks. Also popular with visitors, is the Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park, which features local birds and animals including koalas and kangaroos.

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Top 5 Things to do

Art Gallery of South Australia - The Art Gallery of South Australia, located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace in Adelaide, is one of three significant visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia.
Migration Museum, Adelaide - The Migration Museum is a social history museum located in Adelaide, South Australia.
Himeji Gardens - The Adelaide Himeji Gardens in the south parklands was a gift from Adelaide's sister city, Himeji, in 1982.
Victoria Square, Adelaide - Victoria Square, also known as Tarndanyangga, is a public square in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The square is in the centre of the city's grid of one square mile.
Adelaide Botanic Garden - Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 51-hectare public garden at the north-east corner of the Adelaide city centre.

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Detailed City Overview

Adelaide in Detail

In keeping with its climate, Adelaide, capital of South Australia, has a Mediterranean ambience as it straddles the Torrens River, and is filled with churches, gardens, civic buildings, sidewalk cafes and a plethora of museums, galleries and festivals catering to the culturally inclined. The main boulevard is North Terrace, along which is the restored Mortlock Library, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum with its spectacular whale skeleton and collection of Aboriginal history. Aboriginal culture is also catered for at Tandanya, a multi-arts cultural centre that has galleries, performance areas and a café serving native cuisine.

Visitors can also take a cruise or gondola ride on the Torrens River, or ride a vintage tram to the nearby seaside town of Glenelg with its magnificent white sandy beach. Adelaide's Central Market is the place to go for foodies. Among the colourful atmosphere and wondrous smells are fruit and vegetable stores and a large selection of meat and fish along with gourmet specialities. Also popular with visitors is the Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park, which features local birds and animals including koalas and kangaroos.

Getting around

Adelaide has a small city centre so it is easy to get around on foot, or by bicycle, using the many cycling paths. A novel service is the Adelaide City Bikes scheme, which allows visitors and residents to hire a bike within the city centre for free, so long as they leave valid ID as a deposit for the duration of the bike hire. Those wishing to explore farther afield can make good use of the Adelaide Connector free bus service, which provides a convenient link between north and south Adelaide through the central city area. The 19-seater free buses are fitted with disability access and run seven days a week. There are also other free bus and tram services in the CBD aimed at carrying visitors between the main sights. The city is also served by the TransAdelaide rail system that extends across the metropolitan area via a number of rail lines. Most visitors enjoy a trip on the 1929 historic vintage tram, which departs from Victoria Square at regular intervals, carrying passengers to Glenelg in about 30 minutes. Numerous taxi companies operate in the city and cabs can be hired at stands, hailed in the street, or booked by telephone.

Sightseeing

Choose between anything from strolling around the city admiring the architecture, and boutique shopping in the suburbs, to soaking up the sun on the beautiful sandy beaches, or enjoying Adelaide's nightlife, dining and art scene.

Start off in the historic beachside suburb of Glenelg for a stroll along the pier with an ice-cream in hand, before heading up into the Adelaide Hills to Mt Lofty Summit where breath-taking views over the city can be enjoyed - the perfect place for those travel photos. Sports fans should head to the Oval for a local or international cricket match; culture vultures will love the Art Gallery of South Australia on North Terrace, where more than 35,000 pieces can be viewed; and history buffs will be captivated by the Migration Museum's insight into the migration of British prisoners to Australia in the 1700s.

Nature and animal lovers should head out of the city to visit Belair National Park for some fantastic bushwalking trails or even just to hang out and have a picnic on the grass, while visitors can get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and wallabies at the Cleland Conservation Park. The Adelaide Botanical Gardens are a great place to relax and unwind under the shade of a tree and West Beach is perfect for family walks and swimming. After a long hard day of sightseeing, what could round it off better than a tour of the Coopers Brewery for a good old-fashioned, family-brewed, ice cold beer.

Adelaide Activities

Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

From £268 per adult, £226 per child (4-14)

Enjoy a cruise out to remote Kangaroo Island where you will explore this wildlife wonderland before returning to Adelaide by air.

From Adelaide you will travel south through rolling hills, following the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline to Cape Jervis to board the 9.00am Sealink ferry for the crossing to Kangaroo Island. Arrive on Kangaroo Island and travel to Seal Bay for a guided walk along the beach amongst a wild colony of rare and endangered sea lions. Travel to Vivonne Bay for lunch.

After lunch, the journey to Flinders Chase National Park, home to numerous native animals including kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for New Zealand fur seals. The final stop is at Hanson Bay Sanctuary for a walk amongst Eucalypt trees to look for koalas.

Grand Barossa Wine Tour

From £81 per adult, £40 per child (4-14)

Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Adelaide Hills as you follow the Torrens River to Barossa Valley for a great opportunity to visit some of Australia's most famous vineyards and sample their world-class wine selection. You will also Explore the enchanting town of historic Hahndorf with its unique Bavarian ambience.

Situated about thirty miles north-east of Adelaide, the world-renowned Barossa Valley is Australia's premier wine-growing region, home to household labels such as Wolf Blass Wines and Jacobs Creek. A wonderful blend of pretty Bavarian Villages, Italianate Chateaux and enchanting scenery, the area retains a distinctly European flavour and offers a wonderful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Adelaide.

At 9:15 am join your coach to commence a full day Grand Barossa with Hahndorf tour. Travel through North Adelaide and view the grand and historic homesteads, then travel through the Adelaide plains.

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  • Currency Australian Dollar ($)
  • Flying time from UK The average flight time from the UK to Adelaide is around 20 hours.
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas UK nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A pre-arranged Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for stays of up to three months