Take a sightseeing trip to the former British province of Adelaide in South Australia

Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Victoria Square

Regarded as one of the Australia’s most beautiful cities, Adelaide is in the southern part of Australia – and is, indeed, the capital of South Australia. It is a scenic city by all accounts: one where you can almost simultaneously enjoy the attractions associated with the coastline, those associated with the plains and those associated with the mountains.

That is because Adelaide is located in a plain, next to a rather extensive beach line, and encompassed by mountains. It is also one of the world’s most consciously designed cities, surrounded by breathtaking parkland, and with remarkable boulevards that are interspersed with huge, well-kept public squares.

Getting around Adelaide

There are many ways of getting around Adelaide, meaning that you have a chance to choose the one that is most convenient to you.

Firstly, there is the option of using the buses: this being a city with a well organized bus transport system. The buses run on schedule, and they are more comfortable than what you’d get in most other cities of Adelaide’s size.

Secondly, there is the option of using trams. The tram system is quite extensive, though you will notice that, at the moment, the tram loop doesn’t get to the Adelaide Central Business District (CBD) and the city’s airports, though there are plans to extend it there. Still, it can be a nice way to get around the parts of the Adelaide Metropolis that are connected to it.

Thirdly, there is the option of using trains: especially if you are looking to go to the further flung parts of the metropolis. The good thing about Adelaide’s trains is that they are mostly on time.

Fourthly, there is the option of using a taxi. Now Adelaide’s taxis can be quite costly, but the convenience they give is unparalleled, especially for those who wish to travel in their own private space.

Fifthly, there is the option of hiring a car, and driving yourself around. There are many car hire companies in operation in Adelaide, and if you are visiting the city for an extended period of time, and you want to be driving yourself around, you can make use of the car hire services they offer.

Things to see and do

There is so much to see and do in Adelaide that you’ll probably end up being spoilt for choice.

If you are a person who loves beach recreational activities, you will be glad to learn that Adelaide is a coastal city, with extensive, scenic beaches. There, you can take part in water sports, swimming, beach-side walks, or just lie about and while away your time.

Part of the CBD skyline at night, 2013: on the far left is Waymouth Street looking east, while the Town Hall clock tower is on the far right.
Part of the CBD skyline at night, 2013: on the far left is Waymouth Street looking east, while the Town Hall clock tower is on the far right.

If you are a person who loves wildlife, you can make a visit to the Adelaide zoo. The zoo is coincidentally, located in the Adelaide parkland, which is a tourist attraction in its own right. This is the place to see all those exotic Australian animals you have always heard of: including the Karta, the Funi and the Wang Wang.

If you are a history lover, or if you are just a visual person who loves to see interesting things, you will find Adelaide’s museums attractive. These include the South Australian Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum and the Australian Museum of Childhood. Others include the National Museum Port of Adelaide, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and RM Williams Outback Heritage Museum.

If you love shopping, you can make a visit to the Rundle Mall or go for Boutique shopping at the Norwood Parade or yet still go for outlet shopping at the Harbor Town, to name but a few of Adelaide’s shopping haunts.

While in Adelaide, you may also want to go for a refreshing walk in the city’s Botanic Park, Himeji Garden or the Waterfall Gully.

Adelaide also has a vibrant nightlife, with lots of interesting pubs and nightclubs.

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