Located next to the Torrens River, Adelaide is the jewel of South Australia. It is a green city, without traffic jams and ideal for walking. It is known for its many festivals, the beach, gastronomy, wine and culture. It also has an abundance of sports fields, golf courses, cycle paths, beautiful gardens, natural areas bordering the sea and rivers.
If you are travelling to Adelaide, here are some great things to do:
If you like swimming, fishing, walking on the beach and the beautiful sunsets, go to the beach. Adelaide has a seemingly endless number of popular tourist beach beaches such as Glenelg & Henley Beach, where you can relax, watch dolphins, do some shopping, eat, fish and more. There are also more secluded and secluded beaches with pristine reefs and beautiful views such as Port Noarlunga, Moana, Maslin, Port Willunga which are popular with artists. The white sandy beaches and clear waters of the Gulf of Saint Vincent provide hours of entertainment.
Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park
Naracoorte Caves are 26 caves in the underground complex, five of which are open daily for tours. It is only a short drive from Adelaide. These caves range from easy explorations to adventurous underground expeditions, one of the caves being the largest colony of curved-wing bats in Australia, which breeds there during the summer months.
Port Adelaide is the historic gateway to the city, where ships from around the world would dock before bringing their cargo and immigrants to Australia. The harbourside has been well restored and the immense warehouses and workshops of maritime mechanics breathe the atmosphere of a lively port from the Victorian era.
The Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is dedicated to the history of the city’s maritime navigation and contains reconstructions of various ships that visited the port more than 150 years ago. Interestingly, the museum’s database can find your last name through the catalogues of immigrants who landed there, and a special display allows you to experience for yourself the sweltering conditions of a ship of an immigrant.
North Terrace neighbourhood
If you go to Adelaide’s North Terrace, you will find the oldest and tallest buildings in the city. Gas lamps donated at the end of the 20th century to commemorate Australia’s bicentennial light up this area. Some of the old stone buildings dating back over a century and a half house the city’s most famous and venerable institutions, such as the State Museum, Botanical Gardens and the House of Government.
The Museum of South Australia
The Museum of South Australia is the largest collection of cultural and historical artefacts in the state. The huge whale skeleton in the front window symbolizes one of the monuments of Adelaide. It presents interesting exhibits of dinosaurs, fully fossilized skeletons, Egyptology, natural history and the military. There is also a beautiful showcase of the religion and way of life of the Australian natives.
Stroll through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. These hills contain vineyards, nature reserves, hiking trails and picturesque townships.
Adelaide has a vibrant nightlife. There are hundreds of pubs, clubs and bars scattered around Adelaide, where you can relax with a drink or take a break at the end of the day. Many of these pubs, clubs and bars are located on Rundle Street to the east and Hindley Street and Light Square to the west.