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11. Posted by patience (Full Member 118 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I went there and without putting the place down there isnt much to do at all. I mean I was there for two days and that was too long. You got to do the great ocean road. Apparently if you like wine Adelaide is great but i like beer so its not for me.

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

Hay guys,

We have decided to just go for one week now. We will be getting the train (overland) from Melbourne and we are staying at Back Pack Oz. This hostel looks like it has a good atmosphere and there seems to be trips the offer.

Has anyone visited Kangaroo Island? And if so how was it?? xx

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

Hi Janebell,

Kangaroo Island is a wildlife thing.....

Penguins, Wallaby's, the rare Australian SeaLion (think they're called Pinneped SeaLions if momery serves me right) and of course Kangaroo's.

We really enjoyed it as we're nature freaks, however, the really interesting part is that Great Whites Roam the waters round the island (Shark Alley) so don't go swimming (not that you're allowed) and hopefully you might get to see a fin popping out of the water... from the safety of the land :)

here's the Wikipedia Link which is helpful (includes a small map for you)

Have fun


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

Cool, i have always been interested in Great Whites!!

Did you spot a fin taffski??

15. Posted by bungee007 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Janebell

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.

I would absolutely recommend time in Adelaide. I spent about two weeks there this past July, lived with locals. I know a guy who owns a record store in Sea Cliff there near the beach, so I was lucky to get alot of my accommodations taken care of, and taken around by locals.

If you do go, be sure to go to the beach and the pier. Im assuming you really are 23, you must take your boyfriend to "THE GRAND" to dance the night away!! Its the largest night club in Adelaide and its on the beach, everyone gathers there Friday and Saturday night.

Also, visit the strand near the beach and walk around, its quite beautiful down there, and there are interesting shops. Be sure to stop off and buy a yiros (gyros, kebab) they are absolutely my favorite.

The State of South Australia (especially Adelaide, the capitol) is known for having the best dairy in Australia. Everyone drinks those iced coffees like mad!! I prefer the Malted Milks instead, because you cannot find anything like that in America present day!! Malted Milks are old fashioned here, so getting them at every corner store in Australia was a bit of spoiling for me. Also wonderful is the calamari. Im not sure about the UK, but in America, calamari is not too cheap and its regarded as a delicacy somewhat. It was nice to be in Australia where they actually give it away!! I met a guy who's family goes to the beach and catches the octopus that washes up (its considered a pest), and they give away calamari by the kilos!! its insane!! they actually have calamari yiros too, which was right up my alley!!

Also prepare yourself for parrots and cockatoos. Those are normal/average birds over there, something that took me a while to get used to, since we only have Mexican parrots here in Texas a few times a year.

The Zoo was a nice place to visit, I took my Australian girlfriend and her sister there. Be cautious if you visit the bird sanctuary there, because the parrots do swoop at your head!! I ended up running out of there pretty fast! The birds wouldnt even let my Australian girfriend's redheaded sister walk in the door!! The parrots actually blocked the door and heckled her!! I have it on video...its quite funny actually.

Also, from what I could gather, Australians arent too big on the Brits. In fact, I heard all kinds of names I had never heard before, and Im quite travelled internationally...Australians have their own slang and way of talk. Quite friendly people though.

If you go to Adelaide, go during their summertime (December). I hear that the beaches are loaded with BBQs and surfies.

I only visited Adelaide and Melbourne. I enjoyed Adelaide MUCH more than Melbourne but Im biased, because we had local accomodations taken care of in Adelaide and I found the most incredible woman in the world there. Its a small city, big town. Adelaide has over 78 churches or something like that. Also has alot of great white sharks, I met a guy that was on the front paper for having reeled in the largest great white from the shore (12 feet long!). It took him 8 hours to pull that fish to shore.

I didnt get to see nearly half of what I wanted to. I know I didnt really even see a whole lot, because I had some business to attend to. But I intend on going back to Adelaide to possibly live on the beach for a few years. Who knows, I have alot of catching up to do with Australia!! I want to see Perth and Cairns.

I recommend visiting Adelaide over Melbourne. Unless you prefer dirty, Asian powered cities over friendly/country Beach paradises, lol.

16. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting bungee007

[quote=Janebell]Hi guys,

I recommend visiting Adelaide over Melbourne. Unless you prefer dirty, Asian powered cities over friendly/country Beach paradises, lol.

Wouldn't be referring to the much loved mayor of Melbourne would we??? Same guy that gets cheered more than the premier of Victoria and PM of Australia... Each to their own i guess, but Melbourne dirty???? Come on now. I worked in the city centre for 2 years at a bar and would see cleaners at all times of the night.

To the topic, mate was in Adelaide a cpl of wks back and had a ball, everything is on one street and cabs/taxis are really cheap since everything is so centrally located.

Also been to Kangaroo island, very nature orientated as stated before. But nice place to get away from it all. Though the ferry ride is very borringgg.

Cheers anth

17. Posted by GreenCy (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That city gave me the creeps.

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