Adelaide and South Australia
The state that provides over half Australia’s wines has a well earned reputation for great food and drink, and a Mediterranean climate to match.
The capital, Adelaide, sits on the banks of the Torrens River, with some fine colonial buildings, parks and gardens overlooking the Torrens River, plus an historic tram to Glenelg beach. Nearby is Kangaroo Island, a sanctuary for native Australian wildlife, as well as charming country towns along the Murray River.
Further north, past the extensive vineyards of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, is the spectacular scenery of Flinders Ranges National Park and the dry lake beds and barren plains of outback South Australia.
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Things to do in Adelaide
Relax and enjoy this most charming of Australian city. Adelaide’s attractions are nearly all within walking distance and acres of well tended green parkland surround the city centre.
- Marvel at the diverse flora of the Botanical Gardens
- Stroll through the Parklands that surround the city
- Enjoy a tipple at the National Wine Centre of Australia
- Travel by tram from Victoria Square to the beach at Glenelg
- Browse the museums and galleries of North Terrace
- Go souvenir shopping along Rundle Mall
- Check out the local produce at the colourful Adelaide Central Market
- Visit the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide
- Swim with the dolphins at Glenelg
- Enjoy fine dining in genteel North Adelaide
- Climb the roof of the famous Adelaide Oval stadium
A compact city centre with well laid out streets make walking around Adelaide easy. There are buses if you need them and a modern tram connects to the lively beachside district of Glenelg.
Day tours to Kangaroo Island, wine-tasting trips and even a cruise on the Murray River can be arranged by Freedom Australia before you go.
Most of South Australia’s population centres around Adelaide in the south of the state, where the weather is more moderate and the soils more fertile. Here vineyards and fruit orchards stretch for miles and there are plenty of country and coastal towns to explore.
- Discover the scenery and wildlife of Kangaroo Island
- Go wine tasting in the Barossa and Clare Valleys
- Bushwalk through the rugged Flinders Ranges
- Discover the wetlands and lagoons of the Coorong National Park
- Ride a horse drawn tram in Victor Harbour
- Visit the old German settlement of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills
- Cruise the Murray River on an old paddle wheeler
- Explore the country town and beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula
- Experience the red dunes and salt lakes of outback South Australia
- Search for opals at Coober Pedy
- Walk the forest and vineyards of the Adelaide Hills
By Road – Adelaide is 500 miles from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road and 1670 miles from west coast Perth.
By Rail – South Australia is at the hub of Australia’s great rail routes. You can journey to Perth or Sydney on the Indian Pacific or head north to Alice Springs or Darwin aboard the legendary Ghan. There are also daily services to Melbourne.
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