ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
South Australia is home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. It is the gateway to the Barossa, Flinders Ranges and Outback and Kangaroo Island.
Host to major events, such as the Santos Tour Down Under, the Cellar Door Wine Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide, South Australia loves a great party.
The weather here has beautiful, long summers and mild winters. It’s perfect holiday weather if you are thinking of extending your stay beyond the conference.
Adelaide has had many nicknames over the years, from “the Athens of the south” (a nod to our Mediterranean climate and lifestyle) to “the 20-minute city” (because getting around just isn’t a problem). This city is also famous as Australia’s home to great food, the arts and new ideas.
What visitors most notice, however, are the sense of light and space, and the range of things you can do in a day without feeling rushed. That’s what makes Adelaide a great convention city, and why both Lonely Planet and The New York Times rated it in the top 10 places to see in 2015.
CULTURE, DINING AND ATTRACTIONS
It is an easy city to enjoy, whether you prefer five-star dining, quirky laneway bars, exploring the bustling Central Market, cycling in the parklands, strolling in the picturesque Adelaide Hills or relaxing on a stretch of white sandy beach just 20 minutes (that figure again) from the CBD.
Visit Adelaide’s tree-lined boulevard, North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. Housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings, the Art Gallery of South Australia features a collection of more than 38,000 works spanning Australian, European, North American and Asian art. Delve into Australia’s natural and cultural heritage at the neighbouring South Australian Museum. From here it’s a 20 minute stroll to the Botanic Gardens, where you can wander among thousands of species of roses, and see three impressive glasshouses including the exquisite 1877-built Palm House. If you’re travelling with kids don’t miss the Adelaide Zoo, home to native Australian wildlife including koalas, Australia sea lions and kangaroos. If you love cricket, join a guided tour of Adelaide Oval, which takes you into the ground’s inner sanctum. Afterwards, visit the Bradman Collection, a private collection of memorabilia from Australia’s great Sir Donald Bradman.
Be sure to also explore Adelaide’s East End at Rundle Street. Originally home to Adelaide’s central market, the area is undergoing a retail renaissance with fashion boutiques – including Australian designers Gorman, Zimmermann and M.J. Bale – and specialty stores attracting the city’s style set. Find major department stores at Rundle Mall, shop for homewares along Norwood Parade and visit nearby Magill Road for art and antiques.
Adelaide is well-serviced by trains, trams and buses.
The Glenelg tram extends from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Port Road, Hindmarsh, via the city centre, all the way through to Glenelg beach. Two zones offer free travel – the city centre zone (anywhere between the South Terrace stop and the Entertainment Centre stop) and the Jetty Road, Glenelg zone (from the Brighton Road stop to the Moseley Square stop).
Outside of this zone, a ticket will need to be purchased. All route and timetable information on the Adelaide Metro website at www.adelaidemetro.com.au.
You can travel around the Adelaide city centre for FREE on the tram between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and South Terrace, or take the 99C bus which is the City clockwise loop and makes stops at Rundle Mall, the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Central Market.
The Adelaide Connector
The free City Connector Bus is a convenient link between the major facilities within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre including universities, schools, community services and shopping precincts. The bus service operates seven days a week (except public holidays).
Within the city streets, you will find this eco-friendly, short-trip public transport an option when it is a bit too far to walk. You can also discover Adelaide on a tour with EcoCaddy, visiting markets, green spaces, laneways and museums. Join a boutique bar cruise, kids cruise or shopping cruise.
There are a number of supervised taxi ranks that provide a safe place to wait for a taxi after a night out. On Friday and Saturday nights between 11pm and 4.30am these ranks are staffed with a concierge and a security officer. They are located at:
- North Terrace, entrance to the Adelaide Casino
- Corner of Hindley Street and Morphett Street
- Pulteney Street, near entrance to Rundle Mall
- King William Street near entrance to Rundle Mall
- Colley Terrace, Glenelg (near Moseley Square)
Adelaide is blessed with wonderful weather, with spring typically seeing weather warm up with average temperatures between 11.8 – 22°C (53.2 – 71.6°F). Rainfall is low but evenings can be quite brisk as temperatures drop quickly.