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Adelaide Travel Guides

Adelaide Travel Guides

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 city was originally laid out in 1836 by Colonel Light in a square mile (three sq km) grid of wide streets with gracious colonial architecture. This has resulted in a compact inner city area, geared for easy exploring on foot, allowing the central area to be surrounded with hectares of parklands, walking trails, sports grounds and picnic areas on the banks of the river. The main boulevard is North Terrace, along which are 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.

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Sightseeing in Adelaide

Adelaide tends to be underrated as a tourist destination but in truth, there is much for holidaymakers to see and do here. 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?