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1. Posted by Janebell (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

My boyfriend and i are going to Australia for three months. We are staying in Sydney for a month, port douglas for two weeks and City of Cairns for two weeks. We are then flying to Melbourne. We were planning on staying in Melbourne for a month but have decided to split the month and stay two weeks in melbourne then get a night train to Adelaide for two weeks. Can anyway tell me if this is a good idea??

What tourist things are in Adelaide. I would love to go a trip in the outback. We should be there in Middle May to start June.

I have went on a lot of website and can not really see that much about the city.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

One thing is all the wineries around there - tons in the Adelaide region!

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6419 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Unless you're going to get out of town, I really don't feel that Adelaide is worth spending two whole weeks in. The surrounding Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and various other fantastic wine regions are great though. If you like drinking wine that is ;)

As for Adelaide city, I think once you've spent 3 days there, you will probably feel like you have seen it all. That's not to say it's not a nice city, it's just a very compact one. I may be biased, but if you have to split up your four weeks, I'd make it 2 and a half in Melbourne and surrounds, half a week to get to Adelaide (the Great Ocean Road is worth spending time on!) and then one in Adelaide and surrounds.

Hope it helps.

4. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll totally back up Peter on his suggested itinerary (and i was born in Adelaide, so it ain't no bias here!!)
Adelaide is a pretty quiet city - the only time it seems to wake up is during the biannual Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival. Then the whole place seems to come alive and it's a really good time to be there. Next one's in 2008 though...:(
You can do day trips up to the wineries from central Adelaide and there's a great farmer's market as well.
But yay to spending some time on the Great Ocean Road, specially if it's summer and there's lots of fun events on all down the coast. Plus it's spectacularly beautiful.

May/June it will be a bit chillier but there's some forest for hiking about in and nice little places to hole up in front of an open fire.

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I quite Liked Adelaide.
We stayed for over a week and went to watch the crows play AFL. went to Kangaroo Island. Went to the Rodney Fox museum... you are after all in great white country :)
we also went down the Yorke peninsula and spent a day eating cornish pasties... they're a speciality down there :)
There's also the wines and the food which are all lovely in SA.
Agree with everyone so far though that 2 weeks might be a bit long for Adelaide alone.
Have fun

6. Posted by DanT1980 (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

From Adelaide you could head north into the outback, if possible all the way to Coober Pedy

7. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

u can get cornish pasties in aus?

8. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I travel to Adelaide regularly, and I like the Glenelg area (look at the name, try spelling it backwards... woah!). It's on the beach, lots of entertainment and eateries a-plenty.

You can get cornish pasties in Australia, but if you're going to Adelaide you have to try the following culinary delights: pie floater, Yiros and the various Coopers beers.

Although the order is typically reversed.. beers, then yiros or pie floater..!

A pie floater is an Aussie meat pie surrounded by pea soup..

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Two weeks in Adelaide is about a week and a half too much.

But that's my opinion, and I've never had a pie floater.

10. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Pie floating in mushy peas....not for me!! Maybe the pie by itself!

Yiros (or Gyros, or Gjiros, or a few other spellings) are the same kind of thing as Doner Kebabs. Gyros is from the Greek name for them, Doner Kebab is from the Turkish.

Thought I'd help out the original poster as I see she's from the UK, and in the UK Doner Kebab is the known name for them! In Australia, both Gyros and Kebab is used.

Of course, kebabs are done differently in different countries (and at different places in those countries) - and one thing I noticed was the amount of kebab places in Australia, almost guaranteed to get one in a food court of a shopping centre.