Top 5 Must Visit Places in Adelaide
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has always been a popular destination for tourists looking to visit the famous Vineyards of the Barossa Valley and surrounding areas of Adelaide. Many Adelaide hotels provide a wonderful base from which to explore the entire region.
This long established home of the Australian wine industry has a wealthy heritage of European settlement as well is having the added advantage of being a planned city, unlike most other capital cities of Australia which grew out of their penal colonial beginnings.
But there is also much more to Adelaide than the Vineyards cellar to take a look at. Here are a few things you should see when visiting this unique regional Australia.
- Adelaide Railway Station. More famous these days as a casino, the famous Adelaide railway station restoration project produced an iconic and beautiful home to the city’s first casino. The wealth of Adelaide’s beginnings are reflected in the detailed sandstone structure and even if you do not like to gamble, a visit here is a must. Stepping inside is like stepping into the past as you are welcomed by crystal chandeliers and grand sandstone and marble columns.
- Glenelg Beach. This famous beach is a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. Adelaide is an easy city to get around and you can take a tram from any point in Adelaide and you’ll find yourself at Glenelg relaxing on the sand in a matter of a few minutes. It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day and certainly a refreshing option on a hot summer’s day.
- Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Adelaide prides itself on being home to some of the most famous gardens in Australia. The Mediterranean style climate offers prime growing conditions that create a European feel in an otherwise harsh Australian environment. Roses are particularly well represented as well as careful plantings of historical flora that preserve the natural Australian heritage.
- Art Galleries. For years Adelaide was known as the centre for arts in Australia and it was the first city to host bi-annual festivals that became famous throughout the world. Adelaide’s artistic heritage is reflected in everyday lifestyle. You will find a plethora of galleries to enjoy traditional and modern works of art as well as the Adelaide Art Gallery which is home to many famous collections.
- Shopping. The first city in Australia to establish a shopping mall free from traffic, is a sure sign of a mature city keen to offer the best shopping experiences. Stroll through the streets for some well earned retail therapy.
As a planned city, Adelaide benefits from the green belt which surrounds the CBD making the surrounding suburbs appear as oases in an otherwise busy metropolitan region. As a tourist, you will find a huge range of choices when it comes to accommodation from hotels to budget backpacker options. Whichever your choice, make sure you allow yourself adequate time to explore the attractions of this beautiful city.
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