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“Oz on Provence”

Adelaide a charming city of style and culture. Undoubtedly Australia’s wine and festival capital with magnificent parks and gardens, art galleries and restaurants, bluestone buildings and a history unspoilt by big business and rapacious developers. This mix creates a unique Australian city with one of the best city lifestyles to be found anywhere in the world.

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Australia’s only state capital not established with the use of convict labour, a city surrounded by parklands, with the metropolitan area bound by the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf St Vincent. Once renowned chiefly for its large number of beautiful churches built by the early colonists with stone in a manner unique from other Australian cities. Today it is best known for the eclectic Festivals held in and around the city each year.

The central business district follows a grid pattern, which makes it easy for visitors to find their way around. At the centre is Victoria Square, with King William St (the main street), running through it. Rundle Mall is the main shopping centre, with most of the big name department stores. The eastern end of Rundle St is renown for its fine dining and boutique shopping. North Terrace runs parallel to Rundle Street, a boulevard lined by the SA Art Gallery hosting probably the finest collection of Australian art in the country, the State Museum, State Library, State Parliament,  Adelaide Casino, SA Festival Centre, SA Exhibition Centre and the SA University. The fine buildings and statues along this terrace provide a unique insight into the culture and history of this remarkable capital.

The River Torrens separates the city centre from North Adelaide. North Adelaide being the more trendy and upmarket part of the city. Adelaide airport is about 6 km west of the city centre, and the interstate train terminal is just south-west of the city centre in the suburb of Keswick. Interstate buses arrive at Central in the middle of town.

The summer period (December to February) can be very hot, with Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) being the more enjoyable times to visit. Winter (June and August) can get quite cold and wet.

Festival Centre SculptureAdelaide Festival of the Arts, held in late February/early March is a three week event. The Adelaide Arts Festival takes place in even-numbered years with live drama, dance and musical events. There is also a writers’ week, art exhibitions and poetry readings with guest speakers and performers from around the world. The Fringe Festival, about the same time, features alternative music and performance art. Womadelaide is an outdoor festival of world music and dance which takes place every February in odd-numbered years. Other festivals include the Idea’s Festival, SA Living Artists Week and many more.

There is much for the tourist to see and do in Adelaide including visits to the South Australian Museum, Migration Museum, the University’s Museum of Classical Archaeology, Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Festival Centre. The white sandy beaches at Glenelg are popular. The Barossa Valley 50 minutes north east of Adelaide provides a great day out for the wine buff or those wishing to learn more about this industry. The region is dotted with Lutheran style churches, historic cellars and vineyards with vines up to 160 years old. Some fo the more popular include Seppelts vineyards, Yalumba, Richmond Grove, Jacobs Creek, Jenke, Peter Lehmans and many many more in fact around 50 different wineries producing some of the finest Shiraz, Cabernet Chardonnay, Grenache, and many other varieties of wine in the world.

SA Botanic Gardens Rainforest CentreHahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia is only 29 km south-east of the city or head south 30 km to McLaren Vale to sample the wineries, especially during the festival in late October. Also south of Adelaide, only 84 km away is Victor Harbor, the main town on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Founded originally as a sealing and whaling centre in the 1830s, a visit during June to October can offer the opportunities to see a southern right whale. For more information visit the South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor. Other activities include bushwalking in the Mount Lofty Ranges, sailing along the shoreline of the Gulf of St Vincent or a diving visit to the artificial reef near Glenelg beach.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Adelaide Visitor Information Centre
Corner of Rundle Mall and James Place
Ph: 08 8203 7611
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Holidays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
South Australian Visitor & Travel Centre - City
18 King William Street
Ph: 1300 764 227 (within Australia)
Ph: 08 8463 4547
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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