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Adelaide, referred to by many Australians as the 'city of churches' is the capital of South Australia and with a little over 1.1 million inhabitants, home to nearly 70% of all people living in the state and Australia's fifth largest city. With a nickname originating from the settlement of the area and the desire to create a dignified city, it is a surprise to many that today pubs and nightclubs outnumber the churches.

Adelaide is located on the coast, the southern side of South Australia, and the area surrounding Adelaide is popular for surfing. The city is well laid out, with plenty of parks, gardens, wide boulevards and large public squares to give it a spacious and overall relaxing feel. Adelaide is known for its many festivals, arts and sports. With it's location plump in the center of the wine regions of McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, Adelaide is also an opportune location from which to undertake day-trips to the many vineyards in the surrounding areas.




  • Glenelg
  • Inner City



Sights and Activities

Around Adelaide

  • Mount Lofty and Norwood Morialta National parks for hiking, trekking and rock climbing



Events and Festivals

  • Adelaide Festival of Arts - A biennial celebration of the arts, with a host of theatre, music, dance, film, literary and visual arts events across the city. One of the world's best arts festivals with a long and proud history.
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival - An annual open-access arts festival, the second largest Fringe festival in the world (after Edinburgh). Because it is an open-access, anyone can perform. This typically results in a lot of spontaneity and innovation.
  • Adelaide Film Festival (10 Oct 2013 - 20 Oct 2013) - A biennial film festival mainly promoting South Australian and Australian films. It is not a competitive film festival.
  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas - A biennial festival held in alternating years with the Festival of Arts. Focusses on talks, debates and panel discussions with lots of renowned speakers from Australia and overseas. Next event is expected in October 2013
  • Adelaide Writers' Week - Australia's oldest literary festival takes place as part of the Festival of Arts.
  • Feast Festival
  • WOMADelaide is Adelaide's premier world music festival.
  • Royal Adelaide Show
  • Summer in Australia is all about Outdoor Music Festivals. With single day events, camping festivals out of town and week long festivals, there is definately a music festival to suit all tastes. Check out soe of the festivals in and around Adelaide: Outdoor Music Festivals in South Australia.




Adelaide's climate in general is a pleasant one, with warm and dry summers and relatively mild winters. The summermonths from November to March can even be hot, with temperatures rising to 45 °C on some days. Usually though it is around a more pleasant 30 °C. During the wintermonths of June to August average daytime temperatures are around 20 °C with cool nights. This is also when the city sees some more rain compared to summer. Spring and autum are pleasant times to visit, withouth having to cope with severe heat.

Avg Max29.2 °C29.5 °C26.5 °C22.7 °C19 °C16.1 °C15.3 °C16.6 °C19 °C21.8 °C25.2 °C26.9 °C
Avg Min17.1 °C17.2 °C15.3 °C12.5 °C10.2 °C8.1 °C7.5 °C8.2 °C9.7 °C11.4 °C14 °C15.5 °C
Rainfall19.7 mm12.8 mm26.5 mm39.3 mm61.1 mm79.9 mm76.9 mm69.9 mm58.6 mm41.5 mm30.3 mm30.1 mm
Rain Days4.



Getting There

By Plane

Adelaide Airport (ADL) is located about 8 kilometres from the city centre and is the main gateway to South Australia. The airport has international connections with Auckland, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Several domestic and regional carriers operate flights to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Sydney and several regional centres. A few budget airlines like Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate budget flights on the Melbourne-Adelaide route as well as services from several other cites.

To/from the airport

  • Catching the public transport bus is the cheapest option for getting into the city. The local public transport system, Adelaide Metro, includes a service called JetBus connecting the airport to Glenelg, West Beach, and the North Eastern suburbs. You can either by a single pass for the journey or a daytrip or multitrip ticket if you intend to make more trips on Adelaide's public transport system. A standard single ticket costs $4.10 at peak hours and $2.50 between peak hours, from 9.01am till 3:00pm Mon-Fri.
  • The Skylink Airport Shuttle (tel: (08) 8332 0528) runs every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday and every 60 minutes on Sundays and public holidays. A trip to the city centre costs $7.50 one way and takes about 35 minutes to reach the final stop. Both JetBus and the Skylink Airport Shuttle leave from the southern end of Level 2 at Terminal 1.
  • Taxis are another option, costing about $20 for a one-way trip taking 15-25 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • It's also possible to rent cars at the airport and there are numerous options with companies like Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar.

By Train

Adelaide is part of the cross-country train network, with regular departures to and from Sydney and Melbourne. Its location on the southern coast, as the last large city before the desert heading north and west, make it a crucial connecting point for trains in both those directions. This makes it nearly impossible to take the train to Perth or Alice Springs and further north without going through Adelaide.

One of the world's most famous train routes, The Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin (via Alice Springs), 3000 kilometres to the north. The train departs twice weekly and takes about 48 hours to reach the final destination.
The The Indian Pacific train crosses the Nullabor Plain connecting Adelaide west to Perth and east to Sydney. Trains run twice weekly in both directions, the trip to Perth taking the longest.
The Overland links Adelaide with Melbourne 3 times a week in both directions.

By Car

The closest large city to Adelaide is Melbourne, which is about a 9 hours drive away on the shortest route. Sydney is approximately twice the distance.

  • Melbourne - Adelaide = approximately 750 kilometres on the Western/Dukes Highway (National Highway 8) via Horsham or 900 kilometres on the Princess Freeway (National Highway 1) via Mt Gambier
  • Sydney - Adelaide = approximately 1400 kilometres on the Sturt Highway (National Highway 20) via Mildura or 1700 kilometres via Broken Hill on the Barrier Highway (National Highway 32)

By Bus

All the cross-country bus networks stop in Adelaide, so getting to and from Adelaide by bus is straightforward, albeit slow. As with the trains, this is the last major stop before heading north to Alice Springs or west to Perth through the desert.

If you are travelling to Adelaide from Melbourne, you can choose to either catch one of the large bus companies which will travel along the somewhat dull Western/Dukes Highway or opt for a smaller bus company which might be able to offer trips along the stunning Great Ocean Road instead.



Getting Around

By Car

You can rent a car from the airport or downtown Adelaide. There are plenty of companies you could choose to hire a car from, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Car hire is often not available to drivers under 25, or if it is, it's more expensive for younger drivers.

By Public Transport

Adelaide Metro provides train, tram and bus services throughout Adelaide.

By Bike

Bikes are available all around the CBD and at Glenelg.




Adelaide has many places to eat. High-end dining options include places like:

  • Windy Point Restaurant - located on top of one of the many foothills surrounding Adelaide, with a magnificent view over all of Adelaide.
  • The Lenzerheide - A very up-market restaurant located in the Mitcham area (southern suburbs)

Adelaide also has its own market in the CBD. The Adelaide market is a labyrinth of small shops, green grocers, bakeries, butchers and fish shops. The market is also connected to Chinatown, with its hundreds of small Asian inspired restaurants.




The main drinking and clubbing scene is on and around Hindley Street which is just off King William street in the CBD.





Adelaide Travellers Inn220 Hutt street AdelaideHostel73
Adelaide's Shakespeare International Backpackers123 Waymouth StreetHOSTEL70
Annie's Place Adelaide239 Franklin StreetHostel-
Backpack Oz144 Wakefield StHostel81
BIG 4 Adelaide Shores Caravan ResortPO Box 69, GlenelgCampsite-
Blue Galah Backpackers HostelLevel 1 / 62 King William StreetHostel72
Glenelg Beach Hostel1-7 Moseley Street GlenelgHostel81
Hostel 109109 Carrington StHostel76
Kiwi Lodge262-266 Hindley StreetHostel-
My Place Adelaide Backpackers Hostel257 Waymouth StHostel-
Sunny's Adelaide Backpackers Hostel139 Franklin StHostel77
Tatts Backpackers Adelaide City17 Hindley StreetHostel65
The Guest House134 Wakefield StHostel76
The Quality Hotel Old Adelaide160 O'Connel StreetHotel-
The Gums B and B6 Patricia StreetGuesthouse-
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel55 Frome Street AdelaideHotel-
Raglans Backpackers92 Franklin StreetHostel-
Ambassadors Hotel Adelaide107 King William St AdelaideHotel-
Adelaide Central YHA135 Waymouth StreetHOSTEL81
Our House Backpackers33 Gilbert PlaceHostel-
Adelaide Backpackers Inn112 Carrington StreetHostel74
Adelaide Motel and Backpackers262 Hindley StreetHOSTEL65
CBD Hostel & Backpackers23 Hindley streetHOSTEL-




Keep Connected


Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.


Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.



  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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