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Adelaide

Introduction

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. The city is the gateway to the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. Adelaide is also known as a city of festivals with the Fringe Festival in February and March covering arts, dance and music.



Getting there

Air: Adelaide has a new airport terminal which is only 15 minutes drive from the CBD. There is a limited number of international services to New Zealand and a handful of Asian destinations. Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Blue have a wide range of domestic services covering the state capitals and other regional destinations. To search for flights to Adelaide look at Expedia.com.au

Rail: The Adelaide to Darwin railway is a classic Aussie rail journey known as "The Ghan". The name derives from the Afghan camel riders who used to run up "the track" to Alice Springs and Darwin. The 3000k journey will take a few days and two classes of travel are available.

Road: Adelaide is around a 1500km drive to Sydney via Mildura. Melbourne is a short hop at 750kms with Brisbane being a long 2000 kms via Broken Hill.

Accommodation

Adelaide has hotels to suit all budgets as you would expect from a large tourist destination. Search for great value city break hotels at Expedia.com.au

What to See and Do

Adelaide's numerous atttractions include the following:

Wine: The Barossa region is an hour or so north of Adelaide by car and is one of the premier wine regions in Australia. The numerous cellar doors will be happy to let you have a taste and sample the product! McLaren Vale is another region which can be visited in a day from the city or on the way south to Kangaroo Island. Famous for its red wines, the area is compact and can be covered easily in a day. Consider a tour from Adelaide rather than driving so you can sample more of the wine!

Glenelg: The beach suburb of Glenelg is around 30 minutes by tram from Adelaide CBD. The tram leaves from Victoria Square. Glenelg has a popular beach as well as numerous cafes and bars and is a great spot on a hot summer day.

Kangaroo Island: About 2 hours drive south of Adelaide is the ferry terminal to Kangaroo Island. The island is a haven for Australian native wildlife which can be seen in the wild rather than in a cage or dead at the side of the road. Visit Seal Bay and walk amongst the sea lions. The spectacular Flinders Chase National Park is a highlight with its rock formations and seals being a "must see" for any visitor to the island.

Getting Around

Adelaide's public transport system is centred around the bus network. There is even a 12km guided busway called the O Bahn which connects the city with a shopping centre at Tea Tree Gulley in the NE suburbs. Buy an Adelaide Metro Pass which will save you money.

As mentioned above there is one tram which runs from Victoria Square to Glenelg with a journey time of 30 minutes.