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Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, one of the six provinces that make up Australia. Covering an area slightly larger than Texas, 1.5 million people call South Australia home, with most of them concentrated in Adelaide. That means lots of open space. The South Australian Outback is gorgeous, with tiny towns scattered all around the dry, hot land. Cruise ships frequently visit Adelaide between September and March annually.
Port Adelaide, about 14 km northwest of the city center, is a popular tourist destination with museums, restaurants, and well-preserved heritage buildings. Much of the town is a State Heritage Area. A number of imposing 19th century buildings such as the 1879 Customs House and the Courthouse bear witness to this city's early prosperity as a thriving port. Top tourist diversions include dolphin-spotting cruises and a clutch of intriguing transport-themed museums including a National Railway Museum, South Australian Aviation Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum where visitors can browse interesting exhibits on the region's seafaring history. Seafood lovers head to the Fishermen's Wharf Markets on Sundays to buy fresh-caught fish straight from the boats.
Adelaide has retained some small-town charm, even though it is now home to a little over one million people. The River Torrens runs through town, and the city layout is very simple, so tourists can find their way around with no problem at all. The people of Adelaide are fairly cosmopolitan, with the city having welcomed people from all over the world since its foundation. Its German population in particular has added to Adelaide's allure by bringing their world-class winemaking skills with them from Europe. As a result, South Australia produces some of the world's best wines, with vineyards in the Barossa Valley constantly coming home with top honors from international wine competitions.
Adelaide has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in Australia, so you won't be left wanting for variety when it's time for dinner. Visit the central market, pick up some fresh food and take it to the botanical gardens in the center of the city for a picnic lunch. Or take a short field trip to the Barossa Valley, but make sure you have a designated driver for the ride back. However you spend your time in Adelaide, you're sure to enjoy the temperate climate and laid-back atmosphere.
The Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal is 22 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. It has become increasingly popular as a cruise destination,
The 2015/16 cruise season, from November 2015 to May 2016, cruise ship visits for 38 days around South Australia. During this period, Adelaide will welcome 23 cruise ship visits to the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal, Kangaroo Island will host ten cruise ship visits, Port Lincoln four and Robe is expecting one cruise ship visit.
The mega-liner Explorer of the Seas along with Pacific Eden, Superstar Virgo and the Queen Elizabeth, all make their first visits to South Australia during this season.The passenger terminal is restricted to passengers only. The general public cannot access the area due to strict security regulations governed by the national security body of the Office of Transport Security (OTS).The best place to view the cruise ships is along the coast from Outer Harbor to Semaphore or the newly developed Lady Ruthven Reserve.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Adelaide, under the auspices of Ports Corp South Australia. Trains and buses travel between the port and the center of town.
At the port buses, shuttle  and taxis are available outside the passenger terminal door. The Outer Harbor train station is located 200 metres from the passenger terminal building – a new walkway has been created to make it easy and safe for passengers to walk with their luggage from the terminal to the train station.
Bus travel is the best way to get around Adelaide. Buy a Daytrip ticket at the Adelaide Metro Information Centre (08/8210-1000). The City Loop bus is a free service that circles around the city center. Most trains travel between Adelaide and other big cities and surrounding areas. Of course, taxis are everywhere. If you can't hail one, simply call Suburban Taxis (08/131-008).
Cruise lines most likely will offer a shuttle service to the center of Port Adelaide and/or to the city center of Adelaide. Public transportation (bus route 150) and taxis are also available to the city center. The rail line is currently undergoing major track repairs, and, at press time, it was not operating.
By car/taxi:
30 minutes to Adelaide CBD (taxi $45 to $50)
30 minutes to Adelaide airport (taxi $45 to $50)
15 minutes to Port Adelaide (taxi $25).
The Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal offers easy access to Adelaide city and Port Adelaide.
The train from Outer Harbour to Adelaide Railway Station takes under an hour and costs $4.70 for a 2hr ticket and $8.80 for a daypass. If travelling between 9am and 3pm, you can buy an interpeak ticket for $2.90 (Nov 2011) instead. Tickets can be purchased at the station or on the train (coins only) but need to be validated. From the atation, walk a block east and a block south to get to Rundle Mall. http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/
By train:
20 minutes to Port Adelaide Railway Station
40 minutes to Adelaide CBD.
Within Adelaide
On foot: Adelaide's city center is flat, compact and easy to explore on foot.
Buses & Trams: The free, intra-city routes use both trams and buses to provide access to most of the city's sites and attractions. Routes include City Loop bus (99C) and the Terrace to Terrace Tram service.
Taxis: Cabs are widely available and can be hailed on the street or boarded at a taxi stand. Taxis are metered, and most accept credit cards.

Things To See and Do
North Terrace
A handsome tree-lined boulevard graced by historic and cultural treasures, North Terrace is a great place to kick off a city tour. Parliament House, at the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace, is perhaps the most imposing building in Adelaide with its monumental colonnade. Just down the street, cheek by cheek, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, and the Art Gallery of South Australia, offer a triple dose of art and culture and are three of the city's top attractions. Bordering these, the main campus of the University of Adelaide hosts the Mitchell Building, one of the city's finest examples of Gothic Revival style. Other North Terrace treasures include the Migration Museum, Ayer's Historic House, and the Adelaide Botanic Garden, a green thumb's dream.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Wander through the wrought iron gates at the east end of North Terrace and enter a wonderland of botanical treasures. Established in 1855, Adelaide Botanic Garden features educational themed plantings such as medicinal plants, a Mediterranean garden, Australian native species, and a wetland designed to sequester enough water to eventually irrigate the entire grounds.
The Santos Museum of Economic Botany provides insight to the important role plants play in everyday life through a series of permanent collections. Other garden favorites include the palm house, the Bicentennial Conservatory with lowland rainforest plants, night-flowering Amazonica water lilies, and Australia's oldest avenue of Moreton Bay Fig trees. After strolling around the museum and gardens, visitors can enjoy lunch at the café or restaurant. Another of the three public gardens, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is also worth a visit with 100 ha of cool climate plants and a heritage rose garden.
Hours: Weekdays Feb-March 7:15am-6:30pm, April 7:15am-6pm, May 7:15am-5:30pm, June-July 7:15am-5pm, Aug 7:15am-5:30pm, Sep 7:15am-6pm, Oct-Nov 7:15am-6:30pm. Weekends and public holidays the gardens open at 9am. Free guided walks, daily, 10:30am from the Visitor Information CentreAdmission: Free -- Address: North Terrace, Adelaide Official site: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/home

Art Gallery of South Australia
In the heart of Adelaide's cultural precinct, the Art Gallery of South Australia exhibits one of Australia's finest art collections. The elegant Victorian building established in 1881 and fronted with a colonnade sets the tone for the eminent works within. The collection crosses all mediums, from sculpture, paintings, textiles, metalwork, and photographs to ceramics, jewelry, and furniture. The Australian collection spans the colonial days to the present, including indigenous and Torres Strait Islander art. European works highlight pieces from the Renaissance to the present day, and Asian exhibits include Australia's only dedicated Islamic gallery. Important North American pieces are also on display, as well as some evocative avant-garde sculptures.
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Christmas Day -- Admission: Free, except special exhibitions -- Address: North Terrace, Adelaide -- Official site: http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home
South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum, adjacent to the State Library, is a top research facility renowned for its Aboriginal heritage collections. In addition to the excellent Australian collection, visitors can peruse artifacts from the South Pacific Islands in the permanent Pacific Cultures Gallery, gaze upon Egyptian antiquities, and learn about local flora and fauna in the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery. Children love the natural history exhibits with stuffed specimens, fossils, and skeletons. Afterwards, visitors can stop by the café for a bite to eat or browse the gift shop for postcards, books, and souvenirs.
South Australian Museum boasts the largest collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts in the world, including an exhibition that tells the story of the local Aboriginal people. The museum also has a well-respected collection of European art and a celebrated Egyptian Room
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Christmas Day and Good Friday -- Admission: Free -- Address: North Terrace, Adelaide - Official site: http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/

In the sheltered and surf-free Gulf St Vincent, the seaside village of Glenelg is a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To get here, most visitors opt for the 25-minute trip on Adelaide's only surviving tram, which departs from Victoria Square in the city center. As well as its beach appeal and many tourist attractions, Glenelg has a fascinating history. The first group of free settlers disembarked from HMS Buffalo in Holdfast Bay here making this the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia. Sidewalk cafés, boutique hotels, and lively summer entertainment impart a holiday feel, and tourists will find plenty of family-friendly attractions. Kids can catch their thrills at The Beachouse, an amusement park packed with rides including a giant waterslide, bumper boats, and Ferris wheel. Those seeking a quieter visit can bask on the beach, or cast a fishing line off the pier. Sailing and swimming with dolphins are other popular activities.

Giant panda
Adjoining the Adelaide Botanical Gardens on the northwest, the Adelaide Zoo was established in the late 19th century and is much loved for its educational focus and charismatic collection of animals. The giant pandas are the stars here, delighting young and old alike. Other popular attractions are the aviaries, orangutans, and the Envirodome, an interactive visitor center with a vertical garden and terrarium. Kids will love the petting zoo where they can cuddle, kiss, and feed a cast of furry and feathery farmyard friends as well as kangaroos, quokkas, and wallabies. Admission: Adult $32.50, child (4-14) $18, concession $23, family $85Address: Frome Road, Adelaide -- Official site: http://www.zoossa.com.au/adelaide-zoo
Less than a 20-minute drive from the city center on the northwestern slopes of Mount Lofty, Cleland Wildlife Park cares for a cute and cuddly bunch of Aussie animals in a naturalistic environment. Kangaroos, wallabies, potoroos, and emus roam freely in the wide-open spaces, and visitors can wander among them, feed them, and enjoy close-up encounters. Photographers will have a chance to capture some excellent shots, and the interactive keeper presentations provide interesting details about the animals and their habitats. For an extra fee, visitors can cuddle a koala and take home a souvenir photo.
Hours: Open daily 9:30am-5pm, closed Christmas Day -- Admission: Adult $20, child (4-15) $10, concession $16, family $50 -- Address: 365 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers -- Official site: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/clelandwildlife/Home
Adelaide Festival Centre
A 5-minute walk from North Terrace and Rundle Mall, the Adelaide Festival Centre was Australia's first multi-functional arts venue and excites both locals and tourists with its lively cultural calendar. Its white tent-like roof structure is a distinctive landmark along the River Torrens. In addition to the large 2,000-seat Festival Theatre, the venue is home to several smaller theaters, a banquet room, light-filled gallery, and an amphitheater for concerts and recitals.
The center hosts the highly regarded Adelaide Arts Festival with theater, opera, ballet, exhibitions, lectures, and readings by writers. Those who don't have time to attend an event can join a behind-the scenes tour of the dressing rooms and performance spaces. Ample parking and easy accessibility enhance the appeal of this multi-faceted venue. Address: King William St, Adelaide -- Official site: http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/
Ayers Historic House Museum
Ayers House is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in Australia. Originally a modest house built in 1846, it was owned from 1855 to 1878 by Henry Ayers, for many years prime minister of South Australia. Ayers transformed it into an elegant 40-room mansion with a large new dining room and a ballroom. It now belongs to the National Trust of South Australia and is a popular event venue, but visitors are welcome to view the house on a guided tour. During the tours, guests learn fascinating tidbits about the social history of the period as well as the life and work of Sir Henry Ayers. The interior is famed for its beautiful decorative painted finishes on internal walls and ceilings. On display is a superb collection of period decorative arts, furniture, silver, and artwork as well as changing exhibitions. Entry to the house is only permitted on a guided tour.
It also boasts two restaurants that are open to the public (288 North Terrace, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.).
Hours: Open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, weekends and public holidays 1-4pm -- Admission: Adult $10, concession $8, child (13-16) $5, child 12 and under and National Trust members free -- Address: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide -- Official site: http://www.ayershousemuseum.org.au/

Victoria Square
In the center of the city, at the intersection with Grote Street and Wakefield Street, King William Street opens out into the revamped Victoria Square, an event venue with beautifully laid out gardens. The square is also known by its aboriginal name, Tarndanyangga. In the shadow of the modern high-rise blocks (among them the Hilton Hotel), a few handsome 19th century buildings have been preserved. On the south side, stands the imposing Magistrates' Courthouse (1851) with a Doric colonnade and the neoclassical Supreme Court (1868). On the east side of Victoria Square lies the Treasury Building adjoining the Town Hall, and St Francis Xavier Cathedral (1856-1926).
Other features of the square include a statue of Queen Victoria and a charming fountain by John Dowie, with figures representing the three principal rivers of South Australia, the Murray, the Torrens, and the Onkaparinga. Victoria Square also hosts the popular Adelaide Central Market, and the city's only surviving tram departs from the square to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. North of Victoria Square, the busy pedestrian-only Rundle Mall runs east from King William Street, lined with large department stores, boutiques, and arcades.
Migration Museum
The Migration Museum, housed in the beautifully restored former Adelaide Destitute Asylum, traces three centuries of immigration history in South Australia. From aboriginal history
Taste The Barossa - enjoy a tour of one of Australia’s best wine-producing regions. Departing 7 days a week, the tour combines historical wineries, delicious regional food, stunning scenery and local hospitality.
South Australian Maritime Museum - located 15 minutes from the cruise terminal, the museum is in the heart of Port Adelaide. The oldest nautical collection in Australia, it houses nearly 20,000 images and 20,000 objects ranging from figureheads and maritime instruments to paintings, models, shipwreck artefacts and vessels.
Dsplays a number of permanent exhibitions, including one on South Australia's more than 850 shipwrecks. Another exhibition focuses on the famed Mosquito Fleet, the historic small cargo vessels that carried goods along the southern Australian coast until the 1960's.  Adress: (126 Lipson Street, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Rundle Street - visit Rundle Mall in the East End district if you want to experience Adelaide’s colourful culture. Discover trendy fashion stores and unique gift shops. Indulge yourself at some of the city’s best-known eateries and wine bars, settle in at an historic pub, or catch a movie at the famous Palace Nova Cinemas.

National Railway Museum - the fascinating National Railway Museum, the largest of its kind in Australia, is also in Port Adelaide. It has more than 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators. The exhibits range from massive steam engines to intricate model railways.
The area of Port Adelaide has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts, and many of the area's old warehouses have been converted into shops, galleries and eateries. The Visitor Information Centre, located at 66 Commercial Road, has tons of information on attractions and special events, as well as self-guided walking tour maps.
Australia's largest railway museum. It features more than 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia.  located - (Lipson Street, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The South Australia Tourism Commission (18 King William St., 08/8463-4500) will help get you started on your visit to Adelaide, with tons of free maps and brochures to guide your way. City tours are offered by the Adelaide Explorer (08/8293-2966) or Tourabout Adelaide (08/8333-1111).
The Migration Museum (82 Kintore Ave., 08/8207-7580) is often overlooked, but this small museum has some wonderful displays recounting the stories of Australia's original settlers. The Art Gallery of South Australia (North Terrace, 08/8207-7000) is Adelaide's best art gallery, with a collection of Australian art. The South Australian Museum (North Terrace, 08/8207-7500) has an Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, with a collection of Aboriginal tools and photographs. But for a more extensive selection of Aboriginal art and culture, visit Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute (253 Grenfell St., 08/8224-3200). Try to be there at noon for the daily didgeridoo performance.
Botanic Gardens: Begun in 1855, the more-than-50-acre site features artificial lakes, a tropical rainforest and more. The Garden's Bicentennial Conservatory is the largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere. Free 1.5-hour tours of the gardens are offered daily from the main kiosk at 10:30 a.m. There are also a restaurant, a cafe and a snack kiosk (North Terrace, City Centre).
The Adelaide Zoo (Frome Rd., 08/8267-3255) doesn't quite live up to its counterparts in Melbourne or Sydney, but it's decent. In nearby Glenelg, you can sink your teeth into the Rodney Fox Shark Experience (Moseley Square, 08/8376-3373).

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.
The National Wine Centre: Wine enthusiasts will appreciate this centre's Wine Discovery Journey, an interactive display that lets visitors make their own virtual wines. Set in an architecturally stunning building, this Australian wine industry showcase examines everything from the challenges of winemaking to the pure enjoyment of drinking fine Australian wine. Visitors learn the role that wine has played in history, the position of Australian wine in today's international market and the relationship between food and wine (corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Tandanya: Australia's first major Aboriginal cultural center features contemporary and traditional Aboriginal performing and visual arts. The Centre has rotating exhibitions and an extensive gift shop (253 Grenfell, City Centre, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free).
Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre: These award-winning shops feature contemporary art, glass, jewelry and crafts by local artists (locations on Rundle Mall and 19 Morphett Street).
Cleland Wildlife Park: This park conserves a vital area of natural bushland in the Adelaide Hills, located 20 minutes southeast of the city centre. Visitors can walk among kangaroos and emus, pet cuddly koalas and walk through an aviary to see native birds (Mount Lofty Summit Road, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Beaches and Outdoor Activities
The best beaches in town can be found in the suburb of Glenelg. Bike routes traverse Adelaide, and Linear Park Mountain Bike Hire (08/8223-6271) will rent out bikes for the day. The City of Adelaide Golf Course (08/8267-2171) offers two 18-hole golf courses, as well as club rentals if you forgot yours at home.
 Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Glenelg, or the laid-back vibe of Henley and Grange with wooden piers, beachside cafes and old-school pubs. For the ultimate retro beach experience, drive down to Semaphore. There’s an esplanade, fish’n’chip shops, safe swimming and a park for the kids.
Day Trips
Although there is more than enough to do in Adelaide, South Australia's surrounding territories offer numerous options for the explorer. Kangaroo Island is just a short ferry ride away from the suburb of Glenelg, which can reached by tram or bus. Contact Tourism Kangaroo Island (Gateway Information Centre, Howard Drive, 08/8553-1185) for information and maps. You can also explore the Barossa Valley, home to some of Australia's best vineyards. Less than thirty miles from Adelaide, the valley can be reached by bus. Contact the Barossa Wine and Visitor Centre (66-68 Murray St., 08/8563-0600) for more information.
Eating Out
Adelaide has a sophisticated dining scene, owing largely to a diverse population coupled with the thriving local wine industry. Jolley's Boathouse Restaurant (Jolley's Lane, 08/8223-2891) is right on the River Torrens. The Australian cuisine is complemented by the bright and loose ambience. Try and get a table outside so that you can enjoy a view of the river. The Oxford (101 O'Connell St., 08/8267-2652) is another excellent Australian restaurant, with one of the largest wine lists in town. Of course, if you're looking for something besides Aussie food for dinner, you are covered in Adelaide. Amalfi (29 Frome St., 08/8223-1948), just off of popular Rundle Street, serves up authentic Italian pizza. Golden Triangle (106A Hindley St., 08/8211-8222) is a small, inexpensive Thai restaurant, but the food simply shines here. For some delicious Japanese dishes, try the Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant (116 Glen Osmond Rd., 08/8271-1841). If you find Adelaide's dining options too dizzying, you might consider a food and wine tour. Contact Adelaide's Top Food & Wine Tours (08/8263-0265) for details.
Gouger Street is a dining precinct featuring a number of popular eateries; however, unlike Jetty Road, it sits almost directly in the heart of Adelaide city, making it one of the most convenient places to access for a quality bite to eat for those visiting Adelaide. If you're welling to take the time, you'll likely discover some of the best restaurants in Adelaide on Gouger Street.
The area is particularly popular for its Asian cuisines - specifically, its range of high-end Chinese restaurants (a result of playing host to Adelaide's Chinatown) - however, there are dining options from the majority of major fares across the globe such as Italian, French, Indian and many more. Some of the top-rated restaurants within this precinct include Concubine Chinese Restaurant, The Thali Room (Indian) and the Loft Oyster and Wine Bar (seafood), to name just a few.
Adelaide's nightlife offers a little of everything, from the tame to the tawdry. Theatre fans will love the Adelaide Festival Centre (King William Road, 08/8216-8600). If you're just looking for a fun local bar, try the Botanic Bar (North Terrace, 08/8227-0799). Savvy(149 Waymouth St., 08/8221-6030) is one of Adelaide's best nightclubs, although the hot spots in town change all the time. If you like throwing your money away, the SkyCity Casino (North Terrace, 08/8218-4239) is more than happy to help.
Adelaide has a great pedestrian only area, the Rundle Mall. The outdoor mall is filled with shops. Adelaide's central market (08/8203-7494) is a great spot to pick out your own meal and turn it into a picnic lunch to enjoy down by the river or in the Botanic Gardens. The Myer Centre is a multi-level souvenir shop. For crafts indigenous to the area, visit L'Unique (Shop 6, City Cross Arcade, 08/8231-0030). In Glenelg, Jetty Road is the place to go for all kinds of clothing, as well as a wide selection of souvenirs.Adelaide’s East End at Rundle Street. Once the site of the Central Market, the area is undergoing a retail renaissance. Check out Bauhaus for gifts, Bimbo for homewares and Sooki for designer labels. 
Adelaide Central Market - A few paces west of Victoria Square, on the south side of Grote Street, the Adelaide Central Market is a favorite shopping spot and one of the oldest indoor markets in the world. Founded in 1870, these colorful markets feature fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, cheeses, and a mouth-watering array of multicultural culinary treats. After browsing the produce-packed stalls, shoppers can enjoy a meal at one of the many cafés in the area or the Asian restaurants in nearby Chinatown. Visitors should bring their own shopping bags or baskets. Saturday afternoons are prime time for bargain hunters when some vendors slash prices to move their produce. Hours: Open Tues-Sat 7am-3pm -- Location: Between Gouger and Grote Street, AdelaideOfficial site: http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/

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