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Amazing Adelaide

If you are after a holiday with absolutely everything – beaches, rolling hills, museums, art galleries, fantastic entertainment and food – then head for Adelaide.

Founded in 1836 and named after Queen Adelaide (wife of King William IV), the city was meticulously planned by Colonel William Light. His attention to detail resulted in a beautiful city with ocean on one side, rolling hills on the other, and the River Torrens running through. The city centre is completely surrounded by lush parkland, and boasts an easy-to-navigate grid system of exceptionally wide roads. Adelaide began as a centre for civil and religious freedom during the convict era and was entirely built using paid settlers rather than convict labour.

Adelaide is most famous for The Adelaide Fringe Festival – a three-week multi-arts festival hosting musicians, thespians, and other artists from throughout the country and the world. It is the largest festival of its type in Australia, and second largest in the world. The entire city embraces the Fringe Festival and its spirit, with entire sections of the city transforming into colourful and exciting stages for street performers and artists. Events range in price and there are many free shows and displays. There are events for all ages and by the end of the festival, you will have been thoroughly entertained.

In addition to the Adelaide Fringe, the city also hosts the biannual Festival of Ideas and Adelaide Festival of Arts.

Evenings in Adelaide are filled with music and theatre. If you want a fun night out dancing or listening to live bands, head up Hindley Street or wander over to Light Square where you will find plenty of local artists to keep you entertained. Adelaide’s many theatres host plays, musicals and orchestras from around Australia and the world, and there is plenty of local talent on stage as well.

Five things you simply must do in Adelaide
It would be impossible to list all of the attractions, so TakeABreak has chosen five “must do” items to get your trip planning started:
1.    Hop on a tram from Victoria Square and head out to Glenelg.  The popular beach is easily accessible, and boasts plenty of sand and surf.  There are also fantastic window-shopping opportunities to enjoy while you take a break with an ice cream.
2.    Stroll down Rundle Mall, stopping to enjoy the entertainment from a street performer or two, and shop in one of the many varied establishments ranging from department stores to boutiques. Have your photo taken next to the large silver balls (often referred to affectionately by locals as “King Kong’s Balls or the Mall’s Balls”). The balls are a popular meeting spot for locals and a convenient place to wait for members of your travelling party.
3.    Visit some museums and art galleries along North Terrace and then explore the grounds of the Adelaide Festival Theatre – be sure to check out their schedule for a fun night at the theatre!
4.    Take a relaxing walk through the Botanical Gardens with its many varieties of plants, before arriving at the Adelaide Zoo. Explore the exhibits before walking across the road to the Torrens River where you can rest on the bank while watching the rowers race by.
5.    Rent a car and explore the Adelaide Hills, stopping into quaint towns like Hahndorf. Trek around Cleland Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus, as well as pat and have your photos taken with koalas.

Good food
Some of the best Italian and Greek food this side of the Mediterranean can be enjoyed in Adelaide, thanks to the many immigrants who now call the city home. Food from around the world, including a good Aussie steak, can be enjoyed at outdoor cafes, or architecturally intriguing restaurants (several which are housed in former 19th century churches). Don’t forget to include a South Australian wine with your meal – the local wines are internationally renowned as some of the best in the world.

When to go
Adelaide is a fantastic place to visit year-round, although if you plan to swim at one of the many beaches, it is best to go between October and May.

How to get there
Adelaide is easily accessible by any form of transport, with an international airport, major highways and train lines feeding in from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria. Sailors may be disappointed with Adelaide’s ports – it is rare for visitors to arrive via sea, and consequently the ports are very industrial. For more information about South Australian ports and how to arrange moorings, check out Flinders Ports.

Stay in a luxury top-floor penthouse apartment, or windsurf in front of your lakeside self-contained home. Watch dolphins from a gorgeous beach house, or enjoy the services of a high-rise hotel with amazing views. There are many Adelaide accommodation options available through TakeABreak.com.au

Ideal length of visit
Depending on the type of vacation you would like, Adelaide is ideal for romantic weekend getaways, week-long family holidays or lengthy vacations for anyone who enjoys festivals, beaches or quaint towns spread throughout picturesque hills.

Further information
Check out the South Australian Tourism Commission’s website for more information about visiting Adelaide and other parts of South Australia.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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  You won't be able to hop on a 19th Century tram in Adelaide to travel between Victoria Square and Glenelg as they have all been replaced with modern Bombardier trams. You may still get a ride on an old tram at the St. Kilda tram museum.
Posted on Jul 10 2007 at 18:12

  If you'd really like to see what Adelaide's like, walk through the streets of Adelaide via the Adelaide Georama, a 360 degree fullscreen virtual city at http://www.georama.com.au/adelaide
Posted on Aug 22 2007 at 23:24

  Adelaide has number of interesting attractions for tourists like classical art galleries, museums, natural parks and garden, pristine beaches and great restaurants, etc.

Posted on Dec 24 2010 at 20:22

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