Adelaide Travel Guide

Rich in culture, flavours, colourful events and entertainment, bustling Adelaide has become a key destination for those visiting Australia. 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. Today, this has setup a compact inner city area that is geared for easy exploring on foot. Hectares of parklands, walking trails, sports grounds and picnic areas on the banks of the Torrens River surround the central area.

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 cafe serving native cuisine. Adelaide is minutes away from three world-famous wine regions that produce both renowned and under-the-radar wines, and the city's award-winning restaurants are a must for foodies. Adelaide's lively Central Market is home to fruit and vegetable stores, a large selection meat and fish, and specialities introduced by the waves of immigrants who've settled in the capital of South Australia.

Visitors who have had enough of culture can take a cruise or gondola ride on the Torrens River, or ride a vintage tram to the nearby seaside town of Glenelg, with its magnificent white sandy beach, which is popular despite the occasional rumour of sharks. Also popular with visitors is the Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park, which features local birds and animals including koalas and kangaroos.