Adelaide Australia is my favourite amongst Australia's big cities, after several visits, it feels like my home away from home.
Adelaide's biggest advantage is that you are never far away from the bush and the Australian Outback. It is the best starting point to travel to all regions in Outback South Australia.
Before European settlement the Kaurna people, who led a nomadic life, inhabited the Adelaide plains.
Early European explorers saw the promising plains, Matthew Flinders named Mt. Lofty in 1802.
Edward Wakefield and other people in Britain developed the idea to start a free settlement in South Australia.
The first fleet of ships took supplies and settlers to Kangaroo Island. Surveyor Colonel William Light finally chose the location of South Australia's capital close to the River Torrens. Light planned the city with wide boulevards and public squares, surrounded by parklands.
"Light's Vision" was to build a gracious city, adapted to the topography of the land. His work is commemorated with a statue on Montefiore Hill. Don't miss this lookout to see how well Adelaide was planned.
South Australia, the colony of free settlers, was proclaimed by Govenor John Hindmarsh in December 1836. The building of Adelaide began soon after. The city was named after Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the queen consort of king William IV of the UK.
Adelaide Australia has so much to offer to its visitors and residents. It is easy to fall in love with this beautiful city.
See grand old buildings at North Terrace and King William Street.
The list of museums is endless. Visitors have a big choice to discover them on a rainy day.
Adelaides beaches are marvellous. A string of white sandy beaches stretches along the coast from north to the south.
Want to stay in a beach-side resort? Glenelg and Henley Beach are the way to go. The choice is endless and suits all budget. Visit the beaches and relax a few days in the sun. Find a link to the most popular beaches on the bottom of this page.
Shopping centres, malls, arcades - Adelaide offers you the ultimative shopping experience. Bring your credit card! :)
If you stay in Adelaide Australia for a couple of days, there are quite some attraction worth to visit outside of the city.
The Adelaide Hills stretch just behind the city. Get a deep breathe of fresh air and see some native Australian animals.
My favourite spot is Belair National Park, just 13 east of the city centre. This is South Australia's oldest national park, and always a good place to see a koala and lots of birds.
The Barossa Valley is one of the best known wine regions in South Australia. Visit the wineries to taste the superb South Australian wine.
The Barossa Valley was first settled by German immigrants. Towns like Lyndoch, Angaston and Tanunda offer delicious German breads, sausages and cakes. You'll see many names that remind on the German heritage.
Hahndorf - another old German settlement is a favourite tourist attraction with a lot of old-world charm. In fact, it is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.
Enjoy arts & crafts shops and of course a German Bratwurst.
If you have some extra time, a trip to Kangaroo Island is really worthwhile. Explore the unspoilt nature of South Australia's biggest island. There is a lot of Australian wildlife to discover on Kangaroo Island. The ferry service from Cape Jervis south of Adelaide brings you quickly to the island.
Don't have your own transport? Join a tour to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide.
Public transport in Adelaide is fairly good. A large fleet of buses, a suburban railway network, and a tram from the city to the beach in Glenelg, help you to get around Adelaide.
Adelaide's international airport is about 6 km west of the city centre. You can take a taxi, or a bus to the city, it is just a quick hop. JetBus services connect the airport with the city and other key suburbs. The 99C city loop is a free bus service that runs around the city centre every day.
Adelaide has two major railway stations. The heritage listed railway station at North Terrace serves the railway lines to Adelaide's suburbs. A part of the grand old building houses the Adelaide Casino.
The Adelaide Parklands Terminal in Keswick is the interstate railway station. You can travel on the Overland to Melbourne, the Ghan to Alice Springs and Darwin, and the Indian Pacific either to Sydney or Perth from the Keswick Terminal.
Visitor Information Centres: There are many tourist information outlets in the city centre and at the airport.
The Adelaide Visitor Information Centre is Corner Rundle Mall & Pulteney Street.
The South Australian Tourist Visitor Information Centre is at 108 North Terrace. Here you can get all kind of brochures for South Australia's regions and you can book tours.
For those who don't want to deal with public transport and don't want to organise sightseeing themselves, there are quite a few tours within Adelaide and to the most favourite attraction in the surroundings.
Looking for something different? A tour to the Flinders Ranges or the Coorong Wilderness? Want to cruise the Mighty Murray?