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The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a city known for its stylish architecture, sandy beaches, boutique stores, fine dining, café strips and its art events. It is located centrally in the wine region, providing tourists great access to the Clare Valley and Barossa Valley for day trips.

Adelaide is a multicultural city and this is reflected in the city's diverse cuisine, its music and arts and of course, it’s impressive number of festivals. March is perhaps the best month to visit Adelaide when many events and festivals are hosted in the city including the Adelaide Festival, Future Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Clipsal 500 Race.

The historic Glenelg suburb is synonymous with Adelaide. This beachside venue is home to historic trams, several cafes, restaurants, the famous Grand hotel and a jetty. The North Terrace Boulevard in Adelaide is where most of the cultural institutions of the city are located including the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Most of the cultural activities in the city are centered on the Torrens. This is also the location of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, State Theatre Company of South Australia and many cabaret bars, pubs and theatres.

Adelaide's nightlife is just as diverse as its people. Bars and pubs can be found all over Adelaide. Rundle Street and the surrounding areas are home to most of the popular pubs. Once a seedy area of strip clubs, Hindley Street has undergone transformation recently and is now home to trendy establishments as well as alternative mainstream options.

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Adelaide holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Hahndorf
16 miles (26km) south east of Adelaide
What is it? Just an easy 20-minute drive along the six-lane South Eastern Freeway from the city centre of Adelaide is the scenic Adelaide Hills region. The most popular tourist destination in the area is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf. The town was settled in 1839 by Prussian and East German immigrants, and today is a flourishing community that attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to admire the many historic buildings, the 100-year-old elm and plane trees that line the main street, to shop for crafts, and to enjoy legendary hospitality in the many restaurants and accommodation establishments. Hahndorf is surrounded by many wineries and there are two cellars in the main street offering tastings and meals. The three local hotels have traditional German beers on tap. Just outside the town is the famous Beerenberg Strawberry Farm where visitors can pick their own in season. Hahndorf makes a perfect base for exploring the other delights of the Adelaide Hills, which include the Mt Lofty area, Norton Summit, the Torrens Valley and Onkaparinga Valley. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Kangaroo Island
What is it? Australia's third largest island is home to colonies of sea lions, fairy penguins, pelicans, marine life and, of course, kangaroos, and provides so much to do and discover that visitors are advised to stay for at least two days. Kangaroo Island is situated eight miles (13km) from the mainland of South Australia. It is inhabited by a small farming community that produces speciality foods - this, combined with the fact that the fishing is excellent, means it is worth visiting for the food alone. The island separated from the mainland during the last Ice Age, and has many plants and animals no longer found elsewhere. A third of the island is protected to preserve the natural heritage. Organised tours visit the parks and protected waterways, or visitors can 'do-it-yourself' with the aid of a walking trails brochure available at the tourist office and many of the hotels. Walking close to wildlife is a unique experience - glance around at kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, possums and platypus; along the coast watch dolphins and seals frolic while penguins come to roost. Hours of Operation: The Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre is open 9am-5pm (weekdays), 10am-4pm (weekends and public holidays) Phone:(08) 8553 1185 (Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre)



3. Flinders Ranges
What is it? The Flinders Ranges, one of the few elevated landmasses in South Australia, is the gateway to the State's outback, offering rugged and spectacular scenery best seen at daybreak or sunset when the colours come alive. At the southern end of the ranges, about 25 miles (40km) from Port Agusta, is the town of Quorn which is the jumping off point for four-wheel-drive and adventure tours of the region. A vintage train runs through the nearby Pichi Richi Pass, and visitors can try rock-climbing at Warren Gorge. Further north is the small township of Hawker, which is the main point for access to the main attraction of the Flinders, Wilpena Pound. Wilpena is one of Australia's most significant Aboriginal heritage areas, enclosed in the Flinders Ranges National Park. Rock engravings can be viewed at Sacred Canyon and there are many bushwalks to be followed. Hours of Operation: Phone:(08) 8648 6419 (Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre)



Adelaide holidays - Top Events


1. Adelaide Festival of the Arts

From 2008-02-29

To 2008-03-16

What is it? The splendid Adelaide Festival of the Arts has become one of Australia's (and even the world's) premier cultural events, with its epicentre at the Universal Playground venue. The bi-annual festival draws about one and a half thousand artists in all categories, most Australian but also guests from around the world. The packed and exciting programme features everything from circus performances and symphony concerts to serious drama and ethnic art exhibitions. The first festival was held in 1960, and the event has grown in size and stature every second year since. Where is it? Various venues in and around Adelaide



2. The Credit Union Christmas Pageant

From 2006-11-04

To 2006-11-04

What is it? The streets of Adelaide come to a standstill on pageant day in November each year, when hundreds of thousands of people converge on the city to watch a procession of fairytale floats weave their colourful and magical way past, heralding the start of the Christmas season. Father Christmas has arrived in Adelaide in this traditional manner since the first pageant in 1933, helped along by South Australia's credit unions and the state government. The pageant is now the largest of its kind in the world. Where is it? The procession begins on the corner of King William Street and South Terrace and winds its way through the streets, finishing at the ?landing stage' on Adelaide Central Plaza, at North Terrace



3. Adelaide's Big Day Out

From 2007-02-02

To 2007-02-02

What is it? Each year Adelaide rocks to the tune of some of the world's top popular music bands, when the travelling smash music festival, The Big Day Out, hits town. Adelaide is an important stop on the famous festival tour, which begins each year in Auckland, New Zealand and then transfers to main centres in Australia over the following three weekends. Star attractions in previous years have included Metallica, The Strokes and The Black-eyed Peas. The festival, first organised in 1992, also showcases Australia's home-grown talent and is regarded as the country's biggest music event. Where is it? Royal Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville



4. Carnevale

From 2007-02-10

To 2007-02-11

What is it? South Australia's Italian community come out in force to demonstrate and share their vibrant culture, traditions and delicious cuisine at this annual event. Revellers can enjoy cooking demonstrations, Italian fashion on show, admire cars and motorbikes, watch music and dance shows, and fill up on Italian food. Where is it? Rymill Park




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