The capital city of South Australia is Adelaide. This city is a melting pot of both historic and modern architecture with thousands of enthusiastic visitors, both local and foreign, paying a visit every year.
In the City
Adelaide boasts various tourist attractions with North Terrace as the most obvious choice for many visitors. This is the northernmost side of the city, which is surrounded by a lot of parklands. North Terrace has a museum and a classic art gallery and close to it is the Migration Museum on Kintore Avenue. Further up you’ll find the famous National Wine Centres and Botanical Gardens.
Shopaholics can make a beeline to Rundle Mall with its major Australian department stores, specialty shops and arcades. What makes this place different from other shopping districts is that it is totally closed off to traffic.
Port Adelaide is also a must-visit area. Here, you can take part in their two-hour boat cruise where you are likely to see dolphins. This area is also home to the Maritime museum (dedicated to Adelaide’s seafaring history) as well as the local markets during the weekends. This is, in essence, a historic entrance to Adelaide where ships from different places dock. The portside is well restored and you get a feel of the Victorian era as you move about and visit the shops and warehouses that line the area.
A visit to the Museum of South Australia would be a great way to cap your Adelaide tour. Situated on the North Terrace Precinct, this is the home for many cultural and historical pieces. Enjoy the dinosaur displays, Egyptology section, the full-fossilized skeletons, military artifacts and natural history displays.
Nightlife in Adelaide is a real blast, what with bars and pubs lining the city – there’s the Red Square Bar, Swish Bar, Fumo Blue Cocktail Lounge, Electric Circus, the Shotz Pool Lounge, and The Marble Bar, to name a few.
The South Australian Tourism board also promotes Adelaide’s 13 regional areas where festivals, carnivals, markets and sporting events are held. Plenty of accommodation options for all budgets are available for tourists who want to take part in these exciting activities.
The Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park is made up of a string of caves (all 26 of them) at the subterranean complex. Five of these are open daily for visitors to see. A short drive from Adelaide, these caves offer different levels of spelunking – from easy crawls to extreme underground expedition. While most tourists would opt for the beaches of Australia, why not be on the adventurous side and try spelunking for a change?
Forget the Beaches…For a Change
Who says going to Australia is all about a walk on the beach or getting a tan? There are more things to do in Adelaide that can pump adrenaline into your system, you just have to find the right places to visit. So the next time you go to Adelaide, seek out these new adventures and experience a whole new level of fun!
About the Author: Jessica is a travel writer for Global Jet, a private jet charter company based in Australia.