Adelaide Travel Guide

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Adelaide Things to Do

  • Hahndorf, Adelaide

    Hahndorf

    Well everyone else seemed to know about the German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills except yours truely. We went with a tour group but I am told you can easily go by the local bus. Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia and very nice it is too. We strolled along the main street...passed by the home made icecream and headed...

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  • Glenelg, Adelaide

    Glenelg

    This review is an introduction to Glenelg on which I have written a separate page here on Virtual Tourist. I recommend you look at my Glenelg page and visit Glenelg should you find yourself in Adelaide. The text (below) of this general review is also the introduction on my Glenelg page. Glenelg is Adelaide’s premier, at least in terms of visitor...

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  • Barossa Valley and Winneries, Adelaide

    Barossa Valley and Winneries

    Well I guess you just have to go and discover the Barossa for yourself... you can drive or do as we did and book a guided tour. We only had a day or two in Adelaide (August 2010) so this was the best option for us..We are not much for wine but the wineries are worth seeing. On our way we stopped to view The Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha....it was...

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Adelaide Restaurants

  • Chinatown, Adelaide

    Chinatown

    4 out of 5 stars

    By the time we reached Adelaide’s Chinatown we had been walking around the city for about four hours and were famished. It was well and truly time for lunch. As I indicated in my separate review on Chinatown, it is comparatively small. That said it has a number of eateries of various Asian ethnicity, not just Chinese though we chose Chinese for...

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  • Ned Kelly's Retreat, Adelaide

    Ned Kelly's Retreat

    5 out of 5 stars

    When a seven-foot bush ranger greets you for dinner, you know you are in for something different. Dunk your vegemite damper into Ned’s kangaroo tail “soup of yesterday”. Although Stringy Bark Creek chook (thankfully) does not live up to its name, you won’t be disappointed if you “steak out” the game grill with it’s spread of roo, emu, buffalo,...

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  • Rundle Street Tips, Adelaide

    Rundle Street Tips

    4 out of 5 stars

    Piattos is our favourite place to eat in Adelaide. We have been going here for years. The food is always great and the service is friendly. Specializing in traditional Italian as well as modern cuisine, the menu and bar is extensive. We love to eat out doors in the summer and do a spot of people watching. The pricing is average for a restaurant...

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Adelaide Nightlife

  • North Terrace venues, Adelaide

    North Terrace venues

    This is a tourist spot because it is located inside the former Adelaide Railway Station, an imposing heritage building right in the heart of the city. As a casino, expect the usual gambling dens full of table games and poker machines. There are pubs and restaurants that offer entertainment shows. Neat casual, but this is Australia where casual may...

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  • Rundle Street venues, Adelaide

    Rundle Street venues

    The Tap Inn is a very unique blend of pub, restaurant, gaming lounge, pool hall, beer garden and driving range! Yes I said driving range. The Tap Inn is a totally golf themed building with a large in door driving range. There are heaps of rooms in the Tap Inn and you could spend all night just checking the place out. From the pool room walls...

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  • City Area Venues, Adelaide

    City Area Venues

    The Cambridge Balcony Bar is located in North Adelaide, 106 O'Connell Street. Know where the Oxford is? Straight across from there. The Cambridge has an awesome atmosphere, with 4 pool tables, comfy lounges and a 360 degree fireplace giving it a kicked-back vibe. The balcony overlooks O'Connell street, the main shopping and nightlife street in...

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Adelaide Transportation

  • Public Transport, Adelaide

    Public Transport

    Adelaide’s tram system consists of one tram line which runs from the Entertainment Centre via the city centre to the seaside town of Glenelg. While only one line the system is very useful to visitors for three reasons: (i) the section from the Entertainment Centre to South Terrace – eleven stops - is free, hop on hop off as you like. The same...

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  • By Rail, Adelaide

    By Rail

    Adelaide’s Outer Harbor train line runs, not surprisingly, between Adelaide Railway Station and Outer Harbor Station on the northern tip of the Lefevre Peninsula on the Gulf St Vincent. I include a review on this specific station for two reasons: 1. Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal is at Outer Harbor. This is the terminal used by ocean going...

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  • Self-drive, Adelaide

    Self-drive

    Driving in Adelaide is very easy. The roads are very open and the traffic is quite light compared to other capital states in Australia. With only two highways in Adelaide it is quite easy to get back on track if you make a wrong turn.

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Adelaide Shopping

  • Gifts & Souvenirs, Adelaide

    Gifts & Souvenirs

    This is a souvenir that any young girl or even grown woman would like if she owned a "CHARM BRACELET." If you are from overseas, why not buy a charm of one of our Aussie animals, a Boomerang, or one our sights, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I know my daughter loved getting charms for her Bracelet! It is something different, and something that...

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  • Rundle Mall, Adelaide

    Rundle Mall

    I'm not generally a great fan of shopping whilst on holiday, but the Adelaide Arcade is worth a visit for the architecture and history as well as the shops. It was built in 1885 and retains the historical feel. There is even a small museum about the history of the Arcade and its shops on the balcony level. The shops include fashion, accessories...

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  • Central Markets, Adelaide

    Central Markets

    The Adelaide Central Market first opened in 1869, though was called the City Market until 1965. In earlier days, besides selling produce, the market area doubled up as a venue for public meetings and outdoors entertainment, such as Wilson’s Circus troupe with its man-eating lions. I have seen nothing to suggest that they actually ate any...

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Adelaide Local Customs

  • Tipping, Adelaide

    Tipping

    Only a fool would tip in Australia. It is not required and not expected. Perhaps people in the tourist industry would act as though it is expected...but wages here are not calculated to take account of tipping as they would be in some countries.

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  • Christmas, Adelaide

    Christmas

    Christmas in Australia falls in the summer. Of course like the rest of the world Australia is a melting pot of cultures so we all celebrate the day a little differently. A popular way to spend the day is outdoors, by a pool, under a pergola, at the beach or in a shady park. Presents are normally given in the morning so children can spend the day...

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  • General, Adelaide

    General

    Goods and Services Tax was introduced on July 1, 2000. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables international visitors to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on goods bought in Australia, whether used during the holiday or not. The refund applies only to goods taken as hand luggage when leaving the country, after...

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Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

  • Native Fauna, Adelaide

    Native Fauna

    IN Adelaide? You are more likely to be a victim of Adelaide's terrible drivers ;-) or ripped off than be hurt by Adelaide's creatures or other natural dangers. Some that people talk about are Octopus The blue ringed octopus is very small and highly toxic. The do live in coastal areas around Adelaide. They live inside small crevices which can...

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  • Crime & Safety, Adelaide

    Crime & Safety

    Adelaide isn't really a very dangerous city but it is still a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and I wouldn't suggest walking around the streets at night, epically if you are alone. Hindly Street has been classed at the worst street in Adelaide but it isn't really as bad as everyone makes out. Make sure you are not alone and stay away...

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  • Shark Attacks, Adelaide

    Shark Attacks

    I have written a number of tips and reviews about the wonderful white sand beaches and inviting sea right along the Gulf St Vincent. Because of the presence of sand banks the water tends to be shallow and there are rarely rips or large waves. While these beaches are generally safe for swimming and other activities it is important to exercise...

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Adelaide Tourist Traps

  • General, Adelaide

    General

    Well if you do a bit of gambling you will appreciate how frustrating it is to need dollar coins for all your gambling on machines. Well we tried the machines first in the hotel and were horrified to find acceptors for $1 coins and nothing else. So,we thought, it will be different at the Casino. But we were wrong! What a nightmare. Now in New...

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  • Tandanya, Adelaide

    Tandanya

    I have been meaning to visit Tandanya Aboriginal arts centre for a number of years and finally got around to it in December 2014. What a disappointment. Based on the hype I had anticipated seeing a wonderful selection of Aboriginal art, pottery and other artifacts. I wasn’t looking for other art forms (not that I saw any anyway). What I found...

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  • River Torrens & Pop Eye, Adelaide

    River Torrens & Pop Eye

    It's a foot paddle boat that you hire to "cruise" the River Torrens. This river is more like a pond or a weir that's surrounded by lovely park. Do this on a nice sunny autumn day to make it pleasant. Walk around the park instead. The river looks more like a man-made pond than a mighty fluvial path.

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Adelaide What to Pack

  • General, Adelaide

    General

    For traveling in Australia but also in the rest of the world you need at least a map and a photocamera. This trip a have maked 280 photo's. I continue my Australia trip on my BRISBANE PAGE.

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  • Weather Changes, Adelaide

    Weather Changes

    Always be aware that Adelaides weather can change really fast. When my inlaws were here from the UK, they were amazed that one day it could be 40C and the next could be 20C. Always have a jumper handy, as the weather can be really changable, especially near the coast or in the hills.

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  • Sunscreen & insect repellent in..., Adelaide

    Sunscreen & insect repellent in...

    Summer days are very hot & humid, and it doesn't cool down at night time either. On average the temperature drops to minimum of 30 degrees during the night from December to March so wear light cotton pyjamas for a comfortable nights sleep.Winter time does get cold, on average 20 degrees . . . and yes we do have rain so bring your...

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Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

  • Adelaide Hills, Adelaide

    Adelaide Hills

    Our next stop on DAY TRIP 5 was the small town of Echunga. We are now 34kms from Adelaide, and in a small sleepy town, which was more alive back in 1852, when it became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. Settled in 1839, a gold rush occured in 1852, however it did not last long with the diggings exhausted and all but abandoned...

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  • City Centre, Adelaide

    City Centre

    One of the great things about just going out for a wander or getting around a city on foot is that you come across places like this. Interesting places, but not must see tourist attractions, they are great ‘spacefillers’ between more significant sights. In 1877, German emigrant and veteran of the Franco-Prussian war, Otto Boettger, set up a...

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  • Rural South Australia, Adelaide

    Rural South Australia

    If you are with me on my tour, Day 8 from Adelaide, then you will be visiting Myponga, located 58kms from Adelaide in the Southern Adelaide Hills. Myponga has rich soil and you will see lots of Dairies running Holstein Cattle, and if you happen to still be in the area late afternoon, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo's come out to feed. There’s a good...

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Adelaide Sports & Outdoors

  • Cricket, Adelaide

    Cricket

    The Adelaide Oval is home to Cricket matches in the Summer. It is home to the cricket teams, the South Australian Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers, and the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871 Test and One Day International cricket matches, and every 4 years, one of the 5 Ashes test matches against England is held here....

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  • Tour Down Under, Adelaide

    Tour Down Under

    If you like Bike racing, or the Tour de France, then you must come to Adelaide to see the "Tour Down Under." It is held every year in January over 1week, and is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The TOUR DOWN UNDER is the first stop on the world cycling calendar. The race typically starts and concludes with exciting Adelaide...

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  • Clipsal 500, Adelaide

    Clipsal 500

    Clipsal 500 is one of the best supercar events ever!!!! Its the V8 supercars and its an awesome street circuit. Adelaide becomes alive when the V8s come to town.Its a fantastic time to visit. next years race is held from 23-26th March and there are tickets ranging from general admission ($125.00) for a 4 day pass...to the best gold seats in the...

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Adelaide Favorites

  • City Centre, Adelaide

    City Centre

    ADELAIDE has a great idea of having 'GREETERS" to "meet & greet " you. Greeters are trained volunteers, some speak more than one language, they are not professional tour guides, and they come from all age groups, backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The volunteers help you find your way around the city and the numerous attractions in...

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  • Food and drink, Adelaide

    Food and drink

    As I first mentioned on my Australia COUNTRY page, we Americans have been taught, via television advertising, to believe that all Australians LOVE Foster's Beer. Before I visited Oz, I thought Fosters to be the ubiquitous national brand of suds. Boy, was I ever wrong. Most Aussies tell me that the only persons who drink Fosters in Australia are...

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  • Native Fauna, Adelaide

    Native Fauna

    Elder park in the city centre is home to Adelaide's beautiful black swans who spend their days swimming back and forth in the river Torrens. These elegant birds are very use to living with people and will often come to the sides of the bank to check you out. Unfortunately they do this in the hopes of receiving food but try to resist the temptation...

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