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Since the middle of the 19th century, Adelaide has been known as the "city of churches" but more for its religious diversity rather than any zealousness. Once considered a sleepy, almost dull city, Adelaide has been undergoing a long and exciting transformation and can now rival any other Australian city for fun and beauty. All you have to do is stroll through the colourful streets and parklands to feel the pulsating energy of this southern Australian city. Adelaide offers an all-year event calendar full of festivals as well as art events and street food extravaganzas. Apart from the hustle and bustle, the city is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, just a stone's throw from the city centre - including some of the countries most renowned wineries.
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens, located in the heart of Adelaide, is a popular retreat for tourists and locals alike. The gardens cover 125 acres and offer a wide variety of plant life and distinct buildings reflecting all stages of development since the 1850s. With many spectacular gardens as well as historically significant buildings on the property, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens is an intriguing and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city life.
The South Australian Museum is well regarded for its world-class natural history and cultural collections. Of special significance, the museum is home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artefacts. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery brings into sharp focus the land and marine wildlife of South Australia, explaining the geology and fauna of the state. Featuring touchscreens, interactive elements, and free guided tours for kids, the South Australian Museum is well worth your time in Adelaide.
The Central Market of Adelaide offers fresh and diverse produce and gourmet goods. The market has developed into the largest market in South Australia and the most visited attraction in Adelaide. The story of the market goes back to a group of gardeners who wanted to sell their goods back in 1869. Since then, the market has grown to include over 70 market stalls and also features some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and restaurants. A highlight of the market are events that occur throughout the year, from BBQs to cooking demonstrations, all available to the public.
Victoria Square is also known as Tarndanyangga. The English name goes back to then Princess Victoria. However, the Kaurna people, know the area as Tarndanyangga, "the dreaming place of the Red Kangaroo". The square is located in the middle of the city and is surrounded by historic buildings. The square is popular for picnics in the summer and at night, the square offers a very special atmosphere due to its unique lighting and illuminated fountain.
Morialta Conservation Park has been a popular getaway for Adelaideans for over 100 years as the park is only 10 kilometres from the city. Large forests, deep gorges and breathtaking waterfalls make it feel like you are hundreds of miles from civilization. The name "Morialta" comes from Kaurna and means "east, always flowing" - which is appropriate, considering the three waterfalls of the park. The park caters to a variety of activities, including bushwalking, picnics and rock climbing as well as wildlife viewing and bird watching. If you have the opportunity, try to plan your visit during the week to avoid crowds.
Glenelg is a suburb of Adelaide and is home to the city’s most popular beach - Glenelg Beach. Known for breathtaking sunset views, trendy shops, cosy sidewalk cafes as well as the Glenelg Foreshore playground. Be sure to check out the bungee trampoline and pedal cars or hire a bike to ride on the coastal path along the beach.
Kangaroo Island, referred to by locals simply as "K.I." is just a short drive and 45 minute ferry ride from Adelaide. Here you can enjoy pristine wilderness and wildlife as well as excellent wineries. In addition to the excellent South Australian wineries, an eccentric and varied amount of wildlife awaits you as well: from kangaroos and wallabies to penguins and Koalas, there is a lot to see and experience on the island. Be sure to explore the Cape du Couedic region as well, with its wooden boardwalks found along cliffs referred to locally as the end of the world.
The Barossa Valley, just north of Adelaide, is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and one of the most renowned in the world. This wine region (know for its Shiraz wines) includes the cities of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa. If you have the time you can explore over 80 wine cellars, all while tasting some of the best wines in the world, meeting the winemakers, and chatting with the passionate and proud locals.
A little smaller, but no less enjoyable than Barossa Valley, Clare Valley is home to over 30 wineries, most of which are family run. Though the valley is known as the home of Australian Riesling, don’t despair if you prefer red wines, the valley is fast becoming known for its Shiraz and Cabernets. For a unique visit, be sure to check out Sevenhill Cellars, the oldest winery in the area.
There are many attractions and institutions to see along the North Terrace, a charming boulevard located in the heart of Adelaide and one of the city’s premier streets. From the National Wine Center of Australia and the Botanic Gardens to the South Australia Art Gallery and the South Australian Museum, this street has it all. Statues and war memorials line the street and at the corner of King William Street is the Government House and the Houses of Parliament. For a walk along this beautiful street, you should plan about 2 hours time.
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