Introduction to Adelaide
Neighbouring some of the Australia’s most fertile wine country, it’s hard for Adelaide not to be a city influenced by good food and dining. With plenty of local wine, complemented by a laidback attitude, there’s plenty of time for sampling and basking in the fruits of South Australia, however there’s much more going on in this charming city.
In Adelaide you can admire elegant colonial architecture and visit chocolate factories, museums and galleries. Wander through the world's largest collection of Aboriginal antiquities at the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, or do a cultural tour of Adelaide Botanic Gardens with a local guide. Find a nook in a cosy European pub to down a few beers, swim with dolphins at Glenelg Beach, wander around Adelaide Central Market for fresh produce, take a picnic to the botanical gardens or shop up a storm on Rundle Mall; Adelaide is an ideal city to visit all year round – even more so when the festivals come to town.
Affectionately dubbed ‘Radelaide’ by the indie community, Adelaide has a reputation, both nationally and internationally, for being a festival city with every other week seemingly filled with cultural events. Adelaide’s spacious boulevards and lush gardens make an excellent host for a non-stop calendar of fun. At the end of February, Adelaide Fringe Festival (the largest fringe festival in the Southern Hemisphere) takes over the town for a month of outdoor theatre, art displays, street entertainment, dance performances, cabaret, film screenings and live music.
The so-called City of Churches is also nicknamed the ‘20 minutes’ city because pretty much everything in the city - from the airport to the beaches - can be reached within 20 minutes. Go a little further and you’ve got excellent day trips in every direction from the Barossa Valley to the Fleurieu Peninsula, stopping to see wineries, explore sandy white beaches and rugged coastlines.