Adelaide, Australia

Location:

Port Adelaide is well serviced by transport links. Regular bus and train services mean a 20-minute trip to the city and it’s a similar journey time by car. 

 

In general shuttles drop you off and pick you up from the Rundle Mall , which is right in the heart of the City. The shuttle takes around 30 to 40 minutes to the Mall.

 

The upgraded Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal includes a new road/traffic system into the terminal precinct, a direct walkway from the terminal to the nearby Outer Harbor railway station.

 

A taxi will run about 30 Australian Dollar after morning rush hour. Taxis are metered, and most accept credit cards.

 

Public transportation (bus route 150) is also available to the city center.

 

If you’re here on a Sunday, the Fisherman’s Wharf Market ( 9am-5pm Sun) has antiques, bric-a-brac and crappy collectables. The Port has some of the finest colonial buildings in Australia. Take a walk along the docks and through the old Port to experience the ambience. Self-guided and guided tours are offered.

 

The Maritime Museum, Railway Museum and Aviation Museum are located on Lipson Street and open daily…check out the spitfire, climb the old ketch and ride the steam train

Sightseeing:

Adelaide, capital city of South Australia, is situated on the River Torrens between Gulf St Vincent to the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east. The city is named after Queen Adelaide, consort of William lV. The city layout was planned by Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light, in 1836 as a square-mile grid of wide boulevards surrounded by parks and gardens. Once known, somewhat condescendingly, as “the City of Churches”, Adelaide in the past 30 years has become celebrated for its arts festival, its alfresco lifestyle, and its manageable size and pace, all enhanced by a climate in which hot summers and warm autumns are separated by mild springs and winters.

The city itself is studded with elegant colonial buildings and preserved facades. Along the north side of North Terrace you will find some interesting and some fine architecture – Old Parliament House (now the Constitutional Museum), the Parliament House, the Adelaide Railway Station, Government House, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Mortlock Library, and Adelaide University’s Elder and Bonython Halls. Elsewhere in the city, the Festival center on the Torrens, the Bicentennial Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, St Peter’s Cathedral in North Adelaide, Ayer’s House at the eastern end of North Terrace and the koalas at Cleveland Wildlife Park are all worth a visit.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Adelaide’s city center is easy to explore on foot. Most of Adelaide’s big-ticket sights are within walking distance of the city centre, with many along North Tce.

You can circle around the main Adelaide sights on the free city buses.

Nearby Places:

Glenelg , or ‘the Bay’ Located only 10km from the heart of Adelaide City, Glenelg is a charming seaside resort set on the long sandy white shores of Holdfast Bay. Glenelg is the site of South Australia’s original mainland settlement in 1836. A short 25 minute trip by tram departing from the centre of Glenelg – Moseley Square, takes you into Adelaide City and most importantly – Rundle Mall.

Shopping and Food:

Plenty of markets all around even where you are docked.

A few paces west of Victoria Square, on the south side of Grote Street, is the Central Market, which since the second half of the 19th C. has supplied the city with fresh fruit, vegetables and culinary delicacies. This colorful market was founded in 1870.

Rundle Mall: The city’s main shopping area features local department stores, boutiques, specialty shops, cafes and pubs. Watch for street entertainers, including mimes and musicians, and enjoy the people-watching on this pedestrian mall. There is also a Visitor’s Information Centre just off Rundle Mall on King William Street.

Currency:

Australian Dollar

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening – usually until 9pm – and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.

In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.

Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours

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