• Duration (nights):
    7
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months
Australia
 
It may have deadly spiders, snakes and sharks but thousands flock to Australia every year for holidays or to start new lives. But as the sixth largest country in the world it also has the world’s lowest population density therefore providing a great sense of space.
Australia is a true natural beauty. Its landscape is varied and vast offering golden coasts, snowy mountains, sandy deserts, blue lakes and clear seas. Its natural wonders are famous throughout the world – just about every one has heard of the Great Barrier Reef, Ayres Rock (Uluru), the vast emptiness of the Outback, and the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast.
Isolated from other countries Australia boasts an abundance of unique plant and animal life such as the iconic Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus and the bizarre duck-billed-platypus. Many of these indigenous animals can be seen on Kangaroo Island.
The country’s cities are as diverse as its landscape. Sydney offers one of the world’s finest harbours, white sand beaches, great surfing and the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Melbourne is easy going but fashion conscious, its energy and vibrancy make it the ideal city to host many of the country’s sporting and cultural events. Brisbane is a wonderful gateway to the tropical northeast of the country whilst Adelaide on the Torrens River is genteel and unhurried and really rather English. The other large cities such as Cairns, Darwin and Perth all have their own unique charms creating an interesting and diverse country to explore.
Australia’s real magic lies with its indigenous people – the Aborigines. A must for any visitor is to experience this amazing culture for themselves.
The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Foreign currency exchange is possible at all international airports, international-class hotels and city banks. All major credit cards are accepted and there is a wide network of ATMs. However when you are in smaller towns and the outback you will find use of credit cards and access to ATMs restricted.
Traveller’s cheques in all major currencies are accepted at banks and large hotels. Some banks may charge a fee for cashing them though. Plus to avoid additional exchange rate charges you are advised to take traveller’s cheques in a major currency.
 
Adelaide
Introduction
Adelaide, capital of South Australia, has a very Mediterranean feel. Situated along side the Torrens River, it is a city full of churches (hence its nickname ‘The City of Churches’), gardens, civic buildings, cafés, museums, galleries and festivals.  
The city is laid out rather regimentally in a grid pattern of streets. This format was devised by the city’s founder, Captain William Light over 150 years ago. Since then Adelaide has continued to preserve its history and culture. 
Adelaide nestles against some of Australia's most important winery regions. It's also very close to some of the more accessible areas of the Outback. As such it is one of the best places for touring the areas of the bush wilderness such as the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Victorian Desert.  Whilst the Barossa Valley to the north is a verdant wine-growing region, and the Flinders Range offers some spectacular hill and valley walking.
The sheltered waters of the bay add to the effortless beauty of the city. It is perfect for water sports such as sailing and surfing and an ideal location from which to explore the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.
 

 

See & Do
Adelaide has a diverse range of excellent attractions; your main problem will be fitting everything in during your stay. It can offer you everything from beaches and water sports to museums, architecture and fine wines.
Below is just a selection of some of the best attractions that await you.
  • Museum of South Australia
  • Port Adelaide & The Maritime Museum
  • North Terrace Precinct
  • River Torrens
  • McLaren Vale Wineries
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Adelaide Oval
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Adelaide beaches (the most popular is Glenelg)
  • Water sports (inc. swimming, surfing, wind surfing etc.)
  • National Wine Centre of Australia
  • Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • The Migration Centre
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (Tandanya)
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Adelaide Botanical Gardens
  • Ayres Historic House
  • Haigh’s Chocolates Visitors Centre
Shopping
Adelaide is a great place to shop – whether you are looking for clothing, wine, souvenirs, aboriginal art or chocolate, Adelaide has it all.
The main shopping area is Rundle Mall. This is a tree-lined pedestrianised street with over 700 retailers – enough to keep even the most ardent of shoppers happy. You will find many shops covering just about every product you can think of plus a few department stores. Just off here is Adelaide Arcade, a wonderfully Victorian arcade which houses various boutiques and gift shops, well worth a browse.
If you are looking for something slightly less mainstream take a look along Rundle Street. But if you are a serious shopper looking for designer fashion, antiques and gifts head for King William Road, Hyde Park.
Adelaide is also home to many markets. Central Market (Grote Street) is well worth a visit as it is one of Australia’s largest food markets. It is colourful, aromatic and fascinating selling all manner of foodstuffs from all over the world. Another one worth a browse is the Orange Lane Markets in Norwood. Here you will find artwork, antiques, furniture and second hand clothing.
Food & Drink
You will never be short of a choice of places to eat in Adelaide. Rundle Street and Gouger Street offer a great range of international restaurants. For a spot of relaxation and people watching head over to Hutt Street where corner cafés abound. Other good areas are O’Connell Street (North Adelaide), King William Road in Hyde Park and the seaside suburb of Henley Beach.
Below is a selection of some of the best restaurants you might like to try during your stay.
  • Grange Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, Victoria Square
  • Universal Wine Bar, Rundle Street
  • The Bridgewater Mill, Mt Barker Road, Bridgewater
  • Windy Point, Belair Road, Belair
  • Ying Chow, Gouger Street
  • The Melting Pot, King William Road, Hyde Park
  • Citrus, Hutt Street
  • Estia, Seaview Road, Henley Beach
  • Amalfi Pizzeria Restaurant, Frome Street
  • Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant, Solleys Lane
  • The Manse, Tynte Street, North Adelaide
  • Matsuri, Gouger Street
  • A Taste of Jamaica, Grenfell Street
  • Archer, O’Connell Street
  • Botanic Café, East Tce
  • Nu Thai, Gouger Street
  • Mesa Lunga, Corner of Gouger & Morphett Street
  • Kwik Stix, O’Connell Street
When it comes to drinks, you won’t get thirsty. The West End of Adelaide and Rundle Street have numerous wine bars and Australian pubs where you can sample delicious South Australian wines and the locally brewed Cooper’s beer. Here are some of the best bars in the city.
  • The Botanic Bar, North Terrace
  • Banque Bar, O’Connell Street
  • The Seacliff Hotel, Esplanade, Seacliff
  • PJ O’Brien’s, East Terrace
  • The Exeter Hotel, Rundle Street
  • The Austral, Rundle Street
  • Belgium Beer Café, Ebenezer Place
  • The Port Dock Brewery Hotel, Todd Street
Entertainment
Adelaide has a wide ranging programme of performing art (theatre and music) happening at various venues throughout the year. The best way to find events and venues is through the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre (King William Street) or the Rundle Mall Visitor Information Centre (corner of Rundle and King William Street).
For those that enjoy a flutter there is the Sky City Adelaide Casino on North Terrace. As you might expect for a great sporting nation, Adelaide also has a lot to offer sports lovers. For cricket there is the Adelaide Oval and Australian Rules Football can be seen at Football Park. As for horse racing there are several courses including the Victoria Park Racecourse, Oakbank and Morphettville Course.
Adelaide is getting a reputation for being a hotspot for clubs with probably the highest concentration around the East End thoroughfares of Pirie and Rundle Street. Below are just a few names to look out for.
  • Cargo Club, Hindley Street
  • Heaven Nighclub, North Terrace
  • Sugar, Rundle Street
  • Minkie Bar, Hindley Street
  • Waves, Hyatt Hotel
 
There are many events that happen throughout the year in Adelaide. It is impossible to name there all here, so here is just a selection.
 
  • January – Big Day Out (music festival); Tour Down Under (cycle race); Australia Day
  • March – Womadelaide (biennial world music event); Adelaide Fringe Festival; Adelaide V8 Clipsal 500 Car Race
  • April – Barossa Vintage Festival
  • June – Body & Mind Psychic Expo
  • September – Barossa Music Festival
  • October – Curdimurka Outback Ball; Tasting Australia (gourmet food & wine event); Glenelg Jazz Festival
  • November – Credit Union Christmas Pageant
 
Excursions
Although there are numerous attractions within Adelaide, it is also perfectly situated to explore what else South Australia has to offer. Your hotel will be able to provide you with details of local excursions but below are a few suggestions to get you started.
  • Barossa Valley (wine growing region)
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Murray River
  • Kangaroo island
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Hahndorf
  • Coober Pedy
 
Health & Safety
The tap water in Adelaide is safe to drink. Due to the high temperatures in summer, ensure you drink plenty of fluids and use sun block to prevent sun burn.
You are unlikely to come across dangerous animals in Adelaide (many of these are found in the tropical areas of the North and Southeast of the country). There are some snakes, spiders and wild animals which could cause harm however and should you be bitten by anything you should seek medial treatment straightaway.
There is a reciprocal agreement with the UK which means emergency hospital treatment is free to UK residents but you’ll have to apply for a waiver after receiving treatment. You will be charged for non-essential medical attention, ambulance transport and prescription drugs so you are strongly advised to ensure you have health insurance in place before travelling.
Adelaide is a safe city however you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables especially when in crowded areas.

 

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