"ADELAIDE ~ SOUTH AUSTRALIA" Adelaide by lovinoz

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Adelaide is a great Australian city of 1 million people. It is just big enough to have plenty to do, yet it feels like a small town.

Downtown Adelaide, one square mile, is very compact and easy to get around. If you love to shop, Rundle Mall is the place for you. If you are looking for entertainment, check out the Entertainment Centre or Thebarton Theatre.

Be sure to check out The Elephant Walk ~ a really funky coffee lounge on Melbourne Street!! More info under my 'Nightlife' Tips.

GLENELG ~ Adelaide's Beachside Suburb

Glenelg is a great little suburb that is always busy with tourists and locals coming down to Adelaide's most famous beach. Jetty Road is lined with dozens of little shops, cafes, restaurants and a couple pubs.

The beach itself is quite nice, with lifeguards on duty in summer and plenty of ice cream shops nearby to keep you cool.

The Stamford Grand Hotel is right on the beach, next to the jetty, and offers a few restaurants and The Pier and Pines night club / pub. Friday and Saturday nights there is usually a line to get in, but there is no cover charge.

If you feel impatient, go to the other bar just off the guest reception foyer since they usually have a live band and great music in a calmer atmosphere.

The Glenelg Tram runs between Adelaide's Victoria Square and the Glenelg jetty every 20 minutes. The ride takes about 25 minutes and gives a glimpse of a few suburbs on the way. The Morphettville Racecourse is 3-4 stops from the end, in case you are interested in horse races.

The charming old-fashioned trams are being slowly phased out during rush hour, as they introduce new modern Melbourne-style trams. Hooray for air-conditioning and a smoother ride! The old trams will continue to run nights and weekends for the tourists.

Tram fares are $3.70 for a two hour ticket or $6.20 for a day pass. These tickets are valid for buses and trains as well. Click here for the link to Adelaide Metro.

CLICK HERE to visit my VT page about Glenelg with photos and tips.


SECOND VALLEY is about 1.5 hours south of Adelaide and is great for a seaside retreat from the commotion of the city. CLICK HERE for more information about Second Valley.

RAPID BAY and DEEP CREEK CONSERVATION PARK is also about 1.5 hours south of Adelaide and definitely worth the drive! CLICK HERE for more information.


Famous for expansive vineyards and incredible wines (dry reds are the specialty), the Barossa Valley is a big tourist hotspot. Be sure to go wine tasting, which is free at most wineries, and buy a couple bottles to take home with you.

My husband is from Angaston originally and his sisters live in Tanunda. We go down there quite often to enjoy their company and the serenity of the area.

Tanunda is about a 70 minute drive north of Adelaide.

There are a lot of tour companies based in Adelaide that run shuttles for a full day of wine-tasting. Don't drink and drive.

(Photo coming soon)


Morialta is one of our favorite places to go hiking in the Adelaide area. It is quite rare to have such a great park so close to the city (20 minute drive east of the CBD), with waterfalls, diverse wildlife and flora and great hiking trails. CLICK HERE to see more photos of Morialta.

Some other great parks around for hiking are Waterfall Gully, Belair National Park, and Hallett Cove (relatively steep hiking along the beach).

Port Noarlunga is an incredible spot to snorkel, with a Marine Conservation Park at the end of the jetty and all along the reef wall. See the photo of the spot on my homepage.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty to do and see without the crowds of Sydney and Melbourne
  • Cons:Bad place for asthmatics (like me)
  • In a nutshell:Great Australian city to visit off the beaten track
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2006
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  • Jordie's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2006 at 5:04 AM

    Great tip on the port Noarlunga reef! I grew up near port noarlunga and its awesome to see some one else enjoy it as much as I have and my kids now do too! Keep up the great travel pages on little old Adelaide!!

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 12:31 AM

    I have missed to dive on the local reef (didn't know there is one). My Great Barrier Reef experience was awsome. Enjoy your RTW marathon and your next dives too;-)

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2006 at 5:14 PM

    Thks for the visit & welcome! I'm hoping to visit AU for the 1st time this year, but will likely be to Perth. My experience in Rio was an unusally wet July

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2006 at 8:26 PM

    I too satisfied my sweet tooth at Haigh's :~)

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