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Adelaide (Australia)

Practical information on Adelaide

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  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Park and garden
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  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Museums
2 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
An hour and 20 minutes away from Melbourne by plane, or 8 hours away by car.
When to go
Between November and April
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Adelaide

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
285 written opinions

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide offers visitors a quiet and relaxing atmosphere and is an excellent starting point for exploring the Australian outback.

My suggestion:
Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the delicious Australian seafood at the city's markets and the region's wine, among the best in the country.
My review

I went to Adelaide twice and even though the city is charming at first, it may be somewhat sleepy, or even lethargic. Certainly you can eat well, and the wines are definitely good, but on a stay in Australia you'll prefer its two big sisters, Melbourne and Sydney, which offer more tourist activities for visitors.

However, you should know that Adelaide has the largest mall in the southern hemisphere, perfect for shopping aficionados, as well as the train station where the impressive Ghan starts out, the Australian train that splits the country in two, heading north to Darwin through breathtaking desert landscapes.

In addition, Adelaide is an ideal gateway to the Flinders Ranges to the north and the start of the red desert. 

Adelaide Railway Station
Tony Mainguenaud Seasoned Traveller
10 written opinions

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and a city where life is good.

My suggestion:
Head up to the highest point in the Mount Lofty range.
My review

Adelaide's street plan is similar to New York, but the comparison ends there. It may well be the capital of South Australia, with the highest population in the state, but the width of its roads help to minimise the fact. 

The town has a lot of open, green spaces but I admit I wasn't as impressed by them as all that. However, if, like me, you love panoramic views, then you should head up to the top of Mount Lofty, the highest peak in the Mount Lofty range. You'll find a superb view of Adelaide.

On a cultural level, Adelaide has a lot on offer. An art gallery, a museum dedicated to South Australia and the Migration Museum, all of which will plunge you into the history and culture of Adelaide and its home state.

Finally, if you have any energy left at the end of your day, I suggest you go to the North Terrace neighbourhood. It's the student part of town where you'll spend a memorable evening and leave with great memories of your trip to Australia!

Sunset over Adelaide
Sophie Liger Seasoned Traveller
53 written opinions

Pleasant little town in the south of Australia.

My suggestion:
Do not hesitate to go out and meet Australians, who are very welcoming in Adelaide and will have some excellent advice for your trip.
My review

Australians call Adelaide 'the city of churches' because it has dozens of them! It is a small and pleasant city to live in. There are several museums, including the 'museum of art' for those who enjoy contemporary art, as well as markets and a lively night life in which to meet other Australians.

During your trip to Adelaide, I would recommend that you spend an afternoon at Victor Harbour, a small village on the seaside, where you can catch a glimpse of little penguins or seals, depending on the time of year, as well as spend some time walking around the island.

Adelaide is also within a few hours of the Barossa valley, the oldest region of Australia, known for its vineyards and its magnificent landscapes. This area is worth the detour during yourtrip to Australia.

Victor Harbour