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Adelaide Travel Guide

About Adelaide

Hedged in by a perimeter of eucalyptus-packed Park Lands, Adelaide salivates the palates of food travellers, festival-loving partygoers and free-spirited culture lovers alike.

Compact enough for easy, on-foot navigation, the city still has an air of enormous space. It’s flanked by the European-like Adelaide Hills to its east and world-renowned wineries to its north and south, and garlanded with a dune-draped coastline.

Its majestic boulevards, cobbled laneways and quaint parklets ooze charm and grace. It is refined with some of the country’s most handsome colonial architecture.

Being Australia’s food capital, Adelaide has perfected the art of oiling taste buds. Find local produce on the stalls of the city’s markets; savour it through the hands of expert chefs in the city’s hotels or the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

From cheese specialists to ChocoVino winery tours at German-settled Hahndorf, join the slow-food movement that the Adelaideans have passionately embraced. Take a ride out to the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale to sip South Australia’s finest vintages.

Adelaide has a menagerie of museums, galleries and shops, showcasing local artworks and installations, precious Aboriginal relics, railway and shipping artefacts and early settler migration memorabilia.

Flash your wallet in Adelaide’s gleaming department stores, or find quirky boutiques selling one-off designs, hidden down hip alleyways.
Craving some salt on the skin? The vibrant seaside village of Glenelg is just a quick tram-ride away. Swim with wild dolphins in Gulf St Vincent, before satiating yourself at the seductive restaurants of Holdfast Shores’ glitzy strip.

Northwest of the city is North Haven, where you can expend some adrenaline kiteboarding. Or head southwest to Waitpinga and get your cool on by surfing the wild crests and challenging sets of this untamed beach.

Dubbed ‘the Festival City,’ Adelaide is awash with world music, theatre and dance. She keeps all who visit on their toes and in her palm.

Key facts

Population:
1,324,279
Latitude:
-34.925770
Longitude:
138.599732

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Clarion Soho Hotel

There are only 29 rooms at Clarion Soho Hotel, hence the focus on quality over quantity. With modern Manhattan interiors, commodious king-size beds, crisp white linen and Missoni cushions, comfort and style intertwine in the sleeping chambers. Each room also comes with 42-inch LCD TVs, DVD players with free DVD hire, luxury spa products, iPod docks and cable broadband internet. Don’t miss the restaurant with Tom Dixon feature lighting, Kartell chairs and a marble bar imported from Italy.

The Hotel Metropolitan

Doubling as a hotel and a pub, this historic location dates back to 1883, and is conveniently placed opposite the Adelaide Central Market and a short walk from the Adelaide Railway Station. Although the rooms are small, the amenities are numerous: a game room with complimentary snacks, outdoor dining and live entertainment, and an art gallery. The guest list is mature—you must be 16 or older to stay.

Hotel Ibis Adelaide

Located in the Central Business District, the Ibis Hotel boasts 311 fresh and modern rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar with world-class food, and balconies so guests can enjoy the fresh Adelaide air. Wi-Fi, online check-in and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet are complimentary.

Largs Pier Hotel

Luxury suites and motel rooms await at the Largs Pier Hotel. Built in 1882 and still dominating the seafront by Largs Bay Pier, this is the hotel where AC/DC and Jimmy Barnes played before they were famous. Heritage rooms are a sensory mix of lofty ceilings and cutting edge bathrooms, complete with king-size, four-poster beds. One suite also contains a dining room. The hotel is the site of the very first drive-through bottle shop in Australia.

Majestic Minima Hotel

This artsy hotel stands out not only for its green and silver modern-style exterior, but also its unbeatable location in the heart of North Adelaide. Each of Minima Hotel’s 46 rooms was painted by a local Australian artist, giving every room a unique feel and aesthetic. Guests can look at the website and request a specific room or be surprised when they walk through the door. Expect decorations ranging from abstract ocean scenes to neon sculptures to a blown-up aboriginal alphabet.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

At the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, the guest experience is in the name—expect a gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the city to compliment the usual amenities of a modern hotel, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and complimentary breakfast. The location is great for exploring downtown as well.